A David Bowie pageant is kicking off in Dublin this week

With 2018 marking two years for the reason that passing of David Bowie, Dublin City in Ireland is getting ready to honour the enduring songwriter and musician with a week-long pageant in his identify.

David Bowie performs his closing concert as Ziggy Stardust on the Hammersmith Odeon, London on three July 1973. Image by Express/Express/Getty Images

Now celebrating its third 12 months, the pageant’s inaugural event formally closed on 9 January 2016, the day earlier than David Bowie died. Taking place from four – 10 January, this 12 months contains a lot of new happenings and showcases, with visible artwork being an enormous characteristic. Highlights embody 14 unique lithographs signed by the Starman himself, which will probably be on present at Gallery X on South William Street, whereas particular company at a reside Q&A embody Woody Woodmansey, who performed drums for Bowie from 1969 – 1973 and was an unique Spider from Mars and Jonathon Barnbrook, who designed the covers for the albums Blackstar, The Next Day, Heathen and Reality.

The festival will include a number of live gigs, as well as special screenings, performances and art events.
The pageant will embody a lot of reside gigs, in addition to particular screenings, performances and artwork occasions. Image by Paul Keeling

“The reaction has been unbelievable. Fans from all over the world are attending and it’s now the biggest event of its kind on the planet. We had 7,000 people attend last year, so we are hoping for the same or more this year. Bowie is popular worldwide, but Irish people especially love their music and art, so it’s a great fit,” mentioned John Brereton, one of many pageant’s organisers.

Last year the festival played host to Gerry Leonard, Bowie's longtime musical director and guitarist.
Last 12 months the pageant performed host to Gerry Leonard, Bowie’s longtime musical director and guitarist. Image by Billy Cahill

As nicely as that, a lot of reside performances from Irish musicians will probably be happening throughout the town, together with I Heart Bowie, a collaborative concert at Whelan’s on 5 January, The Bowie Ball, which is able to see attendees donning house boots and make-up and partying by way of the night time at The Sugar Club on 6 January, whereas a particular Bowie-themed drag present celebrating his musical and vogue legacy will happen at The George. Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema can even be internet hosting screenings of the 1986 movie Labyrinth as a part of the pageant, whereas Poetry Brothel, an evening that includes burlesque dancers, physique painters, magicians, aerial acrobats and tarot card readers will happen at Liquor Rooms on 5 January.

David Bowie acting on his Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983. Image by Tony Mottram/Getty Images

More info, together with the complete schedule and pricing for occasions, is offered on the official David Bowie Festival web site.

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