Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy today unveiled a dazzling program for the 2012 Foxtel Festival Hub, featuring Boy George, Eddie Perfect, Lanie Lane, Club Soirée and screenings of Jim Sharman’s surreal film on Andy Warhol, Andy X.

Melbourne Festival has collaborated with internationally renowned festival producers, Strut & Fret to create a three-story Hub featuring an intimate theatre space, with multi leveled viewing, a rooftop terrace overlooking the skyline and the gardens, an intimate under-tunnel bar and outdoor wood fired kitchen.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with our great friends at Strut & Fret to realise and create what I hope will be the most successful Festival Hub in our history,” said Brett Sheehy.

“With a roster of outstanding talent, the Foxtel Festival Hub is guaranteed to be not only a venue of outstanding entertainment but also, and more importantly, Melbourne’s temporary ‘gathering place’ for daytime, pre- or post-show meals, drinks and festival chat.”

Setting the tone for two weeks of revelry is iconic 80s poster boy and Culture Club frontman Boy George who jets in on Friday 12 October to lay down a blistering DJ set alongside his gifted collaborator, Marc Vedo. The following day, the Hub hosts Life, Art and Leigh Bowery: In Conversation with Boy George – Australian cabaret star Paul Capsis and operatic diva Le Gateau Chocolate (La Soirée) join Boy George for an intimate tribute to avant garde icon, Leigh Bowery.

The sublime program of ticketed events also includes: Sophie Brous, Paul Capsis, Los Angeles’ DJ Rashida, New York composer and performer Sxip Shirley, Australian theatre company C!RCA, Belgian clowning duo Okidok and New York electro pop outfit Project Jenny, Project Jan.

Running alongside the ticketed program is a FREE late night music program featuring Bombay Royale, Flap!, The Trons, Simone Page Jones and Miles O’Neil, Kiwi DJ Uncle Barnie as well as the outstanding Ringside: Artists in Conversation program.

Many of the artists are coming to Australia exclusively to perform at the Foxtel Festival Hub – including Boy George (UK), Sxip Shirley (USA), Okidok (Belgium) and DJ Rashida (USA) and others have created works specially for the Hub space, including Australian choreographer and dancer Antony Hamilton. Queensland’s CIRCA will perform a special Hub version of their world-wide hit Wunderacts.
 

The Hub also hosts a startling exhibition from renowned Chinese artist Liu Zhouquan, Where Are You?, which was a hit at this year’s Sydney Biennale.

Rounding out this feast for the senses is the Hub’s spectacular cafe and restaurant – EPULO – with free Wi-Fi and a sumptuous menu crafted by Jason Jones, chef and co-founder of Melbourne’s beloved modern eatery, Mamasita.

Strut & Fret Creative Director, Scott Maidment said: “Our creative and producing team have worked with the brilliant technical, creative and construction minds of Nathaniel Holmes, Josh McIntosh, Dan Cadwallader, Justin Green and Tom Hall to program, design and physically build a Hub that maximises the historic Princes Bridge, the beautiful gardens, the Yarra River and Melbourne’s cityscape.”

Made of corrugated iron, polycarbon and modular-style gantries, the Hub will be constructed over five weeks. With communal tables, views over an outdoor BBQ pit and garden furniture provided by IKEA, areas of the Hub are always available for audiences to extend the artistic and cultural experience of the Festival, even when ticketed events are on in the theatre space. It will become the beating heart of Melbourne’s festival life for 17 delirious days.

Thursday 11 – Saturday 27 October, 7am till late, under Princes Bridge, on the banks of the Yarra

Tickets on sale from Monday 10 September from ticketmaster.com.au or 136 000
For full program details, please visit: melbournefestival.com.au

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