Melbourne’s premier LGBTIQA+ event, Midsumma Festival, kicks off around the city on Saturday 19 January. Celebrating all things queer, we’re getting in on the action.

The Bowery Theatre (that’s us!) was named after art-fashion icon, Leigh Bowery. Born in our neighbouring suburb, Sunshine, he was little known in Australia. Meanwhile in London, Bowery built a significant profile as an artist in the 80s art, fashion and club scenes.

Bowery’s flamboyant and outlandish costumes and makeup saw him become muse of artist, Lucian Freud, front the band Minty and star in a 1989 Pepe Jeans campaign. A number of his costumes now exist in the National Gallery of Victoria Collection.

This Midsumma Festival, we’re celebrating the man in all his fabulous glory, with an in-depth focus through performance and visual art.

Sunshine Boy

Following on from a raging season at Edinburgh Fringe, performance artist Andy Howitt brings this daring account of Bowery’s time in London to life. This one-off event for Midsumma Festival will lure you into the pit of the city’s club scene, sharing a visceral sense of who Bowery was.

Fri 1 Feb
All tickets $15

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Leigh in London

Our gallery space features Bowery as subject of Australian photographer Robyn Beeche. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Bowery’s persona through the lens of this lauded artist.

Opens 21 Jan
No charge

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For more info and to explore Midsumma Westside, head to the Midsumma Festival website.