GIG OF THE WEEK: The Bender, Returns! / by Kian West

THE BENDER is back!!! Returning as a one night only art party, THE BENDER has built a reputation as an immersive interdisciplinary feast. A celebration of collaboration, THE BENDER is a time for experimentation, exploration & debauchery.

This year’s explosive line-up features invited headline acts, local artists as well as artists from further afield. The Lock-Up cells will be filled with visual sound art, installation works, boxing, fashion, projections, interactive entertainment, Studio 54 disco beats, and explicit power-filled nudity.

This year THE BENDER will bring fringe festival favourite Betty Grumble to Newcastle for the very first time. Self-described as an obscene beauty queen and sex clown, Betty Grumble has toured internationally weaponising her own body to create a show that redefines the boundaries of feminine sexuality.

Prepare to boogie as the Main Gallery transforms into a Studio 54 inspired dance floor via an installation work by Central Coast artist Ingrid Stiertzel. Wouldn’t be complete without roller girls, classic beats and giant disco balls!

Other elements of the show include an endurance boxing performance by local artist Tim Buchanan, interactive physical theatre from Sydney collective Big Muscles Sad Heart, and textile/performance work by Michaela Swan. 

Local fashion label Chinchen St will also launch their next handmade collection ‘The Commander’, to be followed by an explosive showing by fashion designer Beau Idaho.

 Expect to be immersed and spat back out. You’re in for one wild ride.

THE BENDER LINE UP

BETTY GRUMBLE // BIG MUSCLES SAD HEART // TIM BUCHANAN // CHINCHEN STREET // LIAM HERNE // BEAU IDAHO // FOOL & GEORGIA FREW // ASHER MILGATE // MEL O'DELL // NEON OCEAN // MIA PETERS & ALYSHA FEWSTER // MICHAELA SWAN // INGRID STIERTZEL // JASPER KILLKELLY

7PM – 11PM 20 OCTOBER 2018

TICKETS $15 - CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE AGED 18 YEARS +