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    Posted on: 11/01/2016

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    Bowie Down Under
    Celebration
    Sat 16 Jan, 6pm - 10pm

    This Saturday the Australian David Bowie fan community Bowie Down Under will congregate at ACMI to celebrate the life of the Starman. The free event in ACMI's Lightwell will provide a place for fans to enjoy music and each other's company. All welcome.

     

    In a tragic loss for music and the arts, David Bowie sadly passed on January 10 at the age of 69.

    "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," a statement on the icon’s official social media accounts read.

    His son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, confirmed the passing on his own social media accounts.

    Born David Jones on January 8 1947, the boy from Brixton would evolve to become one of the most influential cultural figures of all time, during a career that lasted up until the end. Blackstar, his 28th studio album, was released last week on his 69th birthday to critical acclaim, proving his passion and creativity never dimmed.

    After changing his name early in his career, David Jones emerged as David Bowie at the end of the 1960s with the zeitgeist-smashing hit, 'Space Oddity'. Strumming guitar, haloed by a curly afro and wearing bellbottoms and a paisley shirt, Bowie first appeared as the quintessential counterculture hippie.

    While the song remains embedded in pop culture, it was Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops a few years later that would capture the imagination of fans around the world. In his iconic red mullet, eyes smeared with blue eye-shadow and a psychedelic out-of-this-world jumpsuit, Bowie’s performance of ‘Starman’ enthralled a generation and introduced the androgynous, creative chameleon who would continue to push-boundaries the next forty years.

    Not just a musician, at the same time as he was spreading his Ziggy Stardust persona across the globe, Bowie was also producing albums for rockers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, while also collaborating with John Lennon and Queen. Meanwhile, his otherworldly grace and charm translated to the silver screen, first appearing in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1978) and later fan favourites Labyrinth (1986) and Absolute Beginners (1986).

    Bowie always soared through different styles and genres, personally and musically, shedding his artistic skin as simply as he did his personas. Only a month ago in December, a musical he co-wrote and features his music, Lazarus, opened in New York City, further demonstrating his amazing energy and output.

    In 2015, we here at ACMI were lucky enough to celebrate that amazing output, screening his films in our cinemas in conjunction with the V&A’s groundbreaking exhibition ‘Davie Bowie is’. We are truly honoured to have spent much of the last year celebrating and sharing his genius with you.

    "Vale David Bowie. An extraordinary artist who had so much impact on so many lives over so many decades. The V&A David Bowie is... exhibition we hosted recently at ACMI was such a celebration of his work. It broke attendance records wherever is was presented around the world and showed how vibrantly dynamic and ground breaking his creativity was - in music, art, fashion, film, design - and what a vital and brilliant collaborator. His passing is a tragic loss. Rest in peace," said ACMI director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick.

    You will be sadly missed space man, but never forgotten. Rest in peace.

    As the man himself said, “I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.”

    We tend to believe that.

    - Matt Millikan

    To relive David Bowie is and celebrate his career, see our dedicated Bowie Channel for videos, film clips, blogs and interviews.

    Bowie Down Under Memorial Event
    Sat 16 Jan, 6pm - 10pm

    This Saturday the Australian David Bowie fan community Bowie Down Under will congregate at ACMI to celebrate the life of the Starman. The free event in ACMI's Lightwell will provide a place for fans to enjoy music and each other's company. All welcome.

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