The UK’s first touring film festival dedicated to the work on screen of legend David Bowie
Bowiefest was launched in 2012, the year of David Bowie’s 65th birthday, and the 40th anniversary of the seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Co-founders Oli and Natasha thought it the perfect time to celebrate an overlooked aspect of the great man’s career, namely his contribution to cinema and the small screen. Somewhat surprisingly, such an event had never been held in the UK, and as a result, went on to sell out the ICA in London in the late summer of 2012 for its entire weekend of events. Bear in mind this was before the announcement of the 2013 V&A exhibition celebrating Bowie as well as the surprising comeback album, so very much at the start of the revival of Bowie-mania.
Since then, Bowiefest has collaborated with various partners on one-off screenings and events, including at the BFI, Riverside Studios and Latitude Festival, every time to sell-out audiences.
RIP David Bowie, 1947-2016.