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FOMAnipaluna / HOBART 24—26 FEBRUARY 2023

Songs for Freedom

Big hART

Photograph of a group of people standing on stage. They vary in age from children to elders. A couple of the people smile and point towards the crowd while the others look around. A person playing the guitar can be seen on the left hand side.

Guided by Ngarluma and Yinjibarndi Elders, songwriters from the Pilbara town of Roebourne sing for freedom. A stunning inter-cultural band join local musicians, family and friends to pay tribute to the family of John Pat in the fortieth anniversary year of his passing in custody. At dusk, they’ll bring Western Australia’s vast Pilbara to life on the Mona lawns, using music, vision and story.

Book bus or ferry transport to Mona Sessions—get there in style!

Thursday 23 February

5pm Doors

6pm Cultural Ceremony – All welcome

7pm-9.30pm Songs For Freedom (2.5 hours inc short intermission)

Accessibility Information

Full wheelchair access

Mona Lawns events are mostly accessible, with some limitations to sightlines. Mona is mostly accessible, with some limitations.

Partial wheelchair access

Mona is mostly accessible, with some limitations. Accessible viewing platforms will be available, contact the Bookings & Enquiries team by emailing or calling +61 (3) 6277 9978.

Accessible parking nearby

We recommend catching the ferry to Mona. By the time Mofo comes around, there’ll be an accessible entrance via tunnel if you need it. If this is you, make yourself known to staff on the ferry. The ferry departs Hobart from Brooke Street Pier (accessible via lift and ramp entrance). So does our wheelchair-accessible bus. If driving to Mona, accessible parking spots are located in the main car park, approximately 150m from the museum entrance. Go to the top of the driveway, turn left and look for the signs. Alternatively, get dropped off at the bus stop at the top of the drive, approximately 75m from the museum entrance.

Accessible toilets

Available at the Wine Bar and Ether Building at the rear of the event. Ask staff for assistance if you're having difficulty finding them.

All gender toilets

Portaloos on site are all gender.

Quiet spaces/break out rooms for sensory relief

Make your way to see staff at the entrance gates if you require access to a quieter space during the event.

Companion Cards

Entry is free for companions. Please contact Bookings and Enquiries directly on +61 (3) 6277 9978 to book or add a Companion Card ticket to a booking.


Co-created with the community of Ieramugadu (Roebourne)

Produced by Big hART

With thanks to the Pat family

Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Elders: Allery Sandy and Jeanie Churnside

Musical director / Freedom Band: Lucky Oceans

Associate musical director / Freedom Band: David Hyams

Narration (story teller) / Freedom Band: Patrick Churnside 

Freedom Band:

Kutcha Edwards 

Naomi Pigram

Kankawa Nagarra

John Bennett

Rose Pat

Fred Ryan

Jay Jarome

Tehya Makani

Kate Pass

Talya Valenti

Angus Smith

Dewayne Everettsmith

Kendall Smith

Creative director: Scott Rankin:

Video design: Jordan East

Lighting design: Stephen Hawker 

Producer: Rick Heath 

National operations / production: Sam Hawker 

Associate producer: Bodhi Aulich-Croll 

Community producers: Aimee Kepa, Patrick Wundke, Zoe Street

Impact producer: Angela Prior