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After the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, which saw over 2200 men, women and children dress in red and dance en masse to Kate Bush's classic Wuthering Heights in Melbourne's Kings Domain organisers are looking to do it again on Saturday 15th July 2017.
The inspiration for the event began when in 2013 UK performance artists Shambush!' took their wuthering flash mob act to greater heights in The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, gathering 300 Kate Bush impersonators and turned a pleasant Sussex park into wily, windy moors filled with Cathy’s performing the iconic Wuthering Heights choreography.
The viral success of their YouTube video has started a movement and in 2016 many sister events called The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, coined by Berlin organiser and musician Sam Wareing, started being created all over Facebook.
This year organisers Katherine Brandenberger and Maybelline Taylor are hoping to attract even more Melbourne Kate Bush fans to come learn the dance and share in this singularly joyful and uniting experience and to support their chosen charity Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.
To fund the event local Melbourne designer Katherine Brandenberger has created a faithful reproduction of the iconic red outfit worn by Bush in her 1978 music video, and will be making these available as rewards via a Pozible crowdfunding campaign that will run through the month of March.
If the campaign goes over target, Brandenberger hopes to be able to make 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"
Anyone interested in joining in the fun can find out more on the Facebook Event Page; The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever - Melbourne 2017