Be Bold Festival returns

Be Bold is a music and cultural festival in Brimbank. Pic of Dagogo Obogo; mayor Ranka Rasic and Lisa Maza with Giant Crane created from 'Snuff Puppetts'. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 232594_01

Tara Murray

The Be Bold is back this weekend, bigger and better.

The festival which first ran in 2019, wasn’t held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.,

The two-day festival at the Bowery Theatre and St Albans Community Centre features a jam packed schedule with events for everyone.

The festival honours Brimbank icon Leigh Bowery, who is remembered, in part, for his bold, creative and artistic zest for life.

The first night of this year’s festival will feature the Be Bold Blackout program – a dedicated Torres Strait Islander program.

It will include the unveiling of the newly completed Aunty Joyce and Uncle Boot’s mural, an artist talk, dance, music, a night market and more.

Day two offers a community arts and culture program, with free family-friendly fun, entertainment, activities, music, performances, art tours and markets.

In addition, the Bowery Theatre is running a program of film, art, and children’s theatre delivered by its artists-in-residence.

There is no charge to attend festival events, but bookings are required for the Bowery Theatre program and art tour.

Brimbank mayor Ranka Rasic said this year’s festival would reflect Brimbank’s diversity.

“After a year where the arts sector has suffered much through the pandemic, council is especially excited to be staging the Be Bold Festival in St Albans and invites the whole community to take part and make the most of having this wonderful arts event in our city.

“This year’s Be Bold Festival shines a light on our Indigenous communities’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to the land.”