A new arts festival is about to hit the streets of Melbourne later this month and it is called Provocaré.

Guaranteed to warm those cold winter nights, Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street will be transformed into the world that is Provocaré. The festival aims to reflects Chapel Street’s unique essence while paying homage to the community that celebrates diversity; challenges social norms; and embraces people from all caste, creed and religion.

The festival is an excitingly eclectic blend  of artists, acts and performers from all over the world and is purposely provocative, challenging and arousing.

The main hub of the festival will claim its home in Grattan Gardens, on Greville Street in its spectacular Main Tent. which will be home to exciting international acts that have created tantalizing new performances for the festival.

One of those acts is the delicious Miss Bernie (Bernadette Byrne) and her, The Little Death Club, dubbed as the darkest, funniest and most debauched variety show in town. Byrne is a London Cabaret Award Winner and was instrumental in forming the London based musical comedy cabaret. Eastend Cabaret.

She is the infamous Mistress of Mayhem and describes her show as “the hottest kabarett show this side of the Berlin Wall, funny, filthy and fabulous.”

Byrne has been performing all her life “darlings”, and it is in her blood. “My grandmother was a Ring Mistress in the freak show of a German travelling circus before the war,” she says. “But I am always inspired by other brilliant performers- Frank ‘n’ Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Marlene Dietrich, Soiuxsie Sioux, and the performance artist Peaches, there are so many!”

Byrne shares the creation of The Little Death Club with Creative Director Tom Velvick (Dead man Label) and the vision for their work is specific and universal.

“We always strive to make work that makes people laugh, that shocks them, arouses them, enlightens them, allows them to inappropriately touch the thighs of their neighbours, ” says Byrne. “It’s a party, a conversation, a connection in a society that is becoming so much more disparate every day.”

Byrne acknowledges that she is always growing and developing as a performer. “You drink more gin, you discover new things and the audience comes along on that journey with you.”

Provocaré. is the ultimate festival bringing together new and exciting acts form all over the globe. Melbournians are in for a hot and saucy winter with 10 days of festival madness

Says Byrne: “The festival is new and brash and bold with amazing shows from all over the world. We have a phenomenal line up for The Little Death Club-hula hooping sensation and notorious strumpet Jess Love (La Soiree), gender bending contortionist Jared P Dewey (circus Oz), the Queen of Corporate Karen from Finance (Ru Paul’s drag con), and Melbourne’s own burlesque superstar miss Bettie Bombshell (Australian burlesque festival headliner). It will be dark, debauched and hilarious. Do not miss it.”

July 20 – 30