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It's time to celebrate. With restrictions relaxing and live events possible once more, we're delighted to invite you to FANZA's first in person event of 2022 - FANZA CLASSICA - February 11.

Joseph Havlat and Lotte Betts-Dean
Kieran Rayner

Australians Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-sporano) and Joseph Havlat (pianist/composer) and New Zealand baritone Kieran Rayner are already making their mark on the professional scene with awards and accolades aplenty. We're delighted to bring them together for an evening of fine classical fare in the glorious setting of Christopher Wren's St Mary-at-Hill church.

The programme will feature works by British, Australian and NZ composers and is part of the FANZA Festival curated to complement the 2021/2022 UK/Australia Season of Culture.

Doors open at 5.30pm and the ticket price of £25 includes a glass of wine. Special price tickets available for young adults and under-25s.

Book tickets here.

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Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery: Tell Them I’ve Gone to Papua New Guinea

Ends February 6

This fabulous exhibition is a celebration of the life and finest looks of the late nightlife icon and legendary figure in the worlds of art, fashion, dance, club and music. Born in Sunshine, Australia, Leigh himself was essentially the living, breathing work of art. Also reknowned as one of Lucian Freud's most famous models, his large naked bald form became almost as recognisable as when wearing his outlandish and ornately decorated costumes and creations.

The Fitzrovia Chapel, the only remaining building of the Middlesex Hospital, where Leigh died from AIDS in 1994, charts the arch provocateur and performance artist's life and work with a stunning display of his thrilling and extreme creations plus a specially produced short film.

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Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations Directors

Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations Directors

February 2 - 23

The new season at the Barbican (London) offers a rare chance to delve into the very best movies by Indigenous Australian filmmakers from the last three decades.

Fantastic films by Indigenous Australian directors are made every year, but very few are released in the UK. This series of screenings is long overdue. Embracing a variety of genres, including westerns, film noirs, horror movies and dance films, and themes of displacement and marginalisation, as well as resilience and humour, Australian First Nations' rich cultural heritage is showcased through films starring many of Australia's greatest actors.

Kicks off with Leah Purcell's fierce, feminist, Australian revenge western The Drover's Wife starring Kerry Fox. Full listing and tickets here.

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And finally...it's the last chance to see two of the brilliant exhibitions that feature in the UK/Australia Season:

Looking ahead...

  • Rice - Australian writer Michele Lee's wickedly humourous observations on gender, globalization, family and friends, goes on UK tour February 5 - April 14
  • Aussie band Gangs of Youth tour March 5-15
  • The indefatigable Barry Humphries takes to the road April 9 - June 6
  • Rolling Blackouts' Coastal Fever tour runs May 25 - June 28
  • There are just a few tickets left for Lorde's UK tour May 25 - June 28
  • It's already sold out, but try for returns for Australian-born Suzie Miller's gripping, one-person play Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer (April 15 - June 18)

The FANZA Team

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