A day is approaching that I’m quite excited about. I’m also a little nervous, as it will involve quite a bit of bravery. Wearing a dress in public. With a flower in my hair. Dancing.
I will have the support of many hundreds of others, however, and it’s all in the name of fun. We’ll be replicating this dance en masse:
Kids Love Balloons podcast episode 19 goes in depth through this phenomenon and I highly recommend listening here.
I’m DJing the official afterparty in Melbourne – details HERE
The below is a piece from Katherine Brandenberger who has organised an easy way for participants to costume up, and help many others while doing so. If you’d love to dance with us, check out event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/943071012437369/
Melbourne’s Wuthering Heights mass dance event to stand out with crowdfunded Kate Bush costume – and time is running out to get one!
Melbourne’s Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is shaping up to be not only one of the biggest of the global en masse public Wuthering Heights dance events planned for 16 July 2016, but also one of the most visually spectacular.
Local costume designer Katherine Brandenberger is giving the Melbourne event a co-ordinated edge, after launching a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to provide attendees with a faithful reproduction of the outfit worn by Bush in her 1978 music video – and men and children are ordering the costumes.
“So far we’ve sold over 400 complete costumes, at least 42 are to men planning to join in and another 36 are for children, I am so thrilled, I think it will look amazing.”
To meet production and distribution timeframes, there are now only 7 more days to for orders to be placed.
By establishing demand through the Pozible campaign, she has been able to have an affordable and complete costume manufactured.
Launched on the 8th April, the Pozible “Kate Bush Cathy Costume” project reached its funding target within the first week ensuring that Melbourne can expect hundreds authentic Kate Bush impersonators pouring off trains and trams and wuthering their way through the CBD on the day.
Brandenberger is running this campaign not for profit, part proceeds of costumes go to local event organisers to help cover staging and sound equipment hire.
With the campaign now funded, and costumes can be guaranteed, the more orders she receives will enable her to generate a donation to help Safe Steps Victoria in their efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children.
“Whilst I’ve had a lifelong love of Kate Bush and her song Wuthering Heights, when I read Emily Bronte’s book as a teenager, my teacher called it ‘A Great Love Story’, so I was shocked and fascinated by how deeply unromantic and twisted it was! To me it is a bitter tale of domestic violence and abusive relationships. When I heard about this event my immediate thought was, even though this day is primarily a silly and joyful homage to a great artist, given the disturbing findings of our recent Royal Commission into Family Violence, wouldn’t it be great if we danced for the cause? I’d love to see a sea of Cathys united in ebullient dance against domestic abuse, I think that would be a very powerful and beautiful message”
The Pozible campaign ends on April 27th, so the window of opportunity is quickly closing with less than a week left for attendees to order their costume and make Melbourne the largest single gathering of genuine Kate Bush impersonators on the 16th July 2016 for The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever!
Order a costume at www.pozible.com/project/204877
To find out more about Safe Steps Victoria visit www.safesteps.org.au/
Footnote from The Song Nerd:
Here’s Brighton’s effort in 2013. Surely Melbourne can look better than this! See you there!