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15 July, 2021

Taking Kate to new heights

CAIRNS residents’ will be in for a musical treat tomorrow when a group of local dancers will celebrate The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever at the Cairns Lagoon.

By Wilma Stevens

PHOTO: Peter McCullagh

Dressed in their best red Cathy dress, the group will re-enact the dance to the iconic Kate Bush 1977 track Wuthering Heights to celebrate the artist’s 63rd birthday.

Rehearsals for the performance will start at 9:45am at the Fogarty Park Sound Shell with the grand performance at 10:30am.

The song Wuthering Heights takes its inspiration from the Emily Bronte book of the same name.

The song is sung from the perspective of the ghost of the book’s protagonists Catherine Linton.

Wuthering Heights was Bush’s debut single, reaching number 1 worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, Italy and England.

The first Most Wuthering Heights Day was held in Brighton in England as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013. Since then, this event is celebrated globally with multiple events in America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Kate Bush and Emily Brontë not only both wrote ‘Wuthering Heights’ (the song and the book that inspired the song), but they also share the same birthday, July 30.

The event was celebrated in Cairns for the first time in 2018, with a small band of Wuthering Heights fans dancing on the Cairns Esplanade. It is hoped the number will be greater this year with over 100 dancers participating.

Event organiser, Ms Alison Lee explains the singer, Kate Bush is a musical icon from the 1970s.

“She has a unique theatrical style and is an expressive dancer.

“She captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world.”

“She is a strong female figure and used her music as an outlet to take a stance on issues she was passionate about,” Ms Lee said.

The celebrations for the day are a way of her fans around the globe to have some fun, to let their hair down and to dance.

No previous dance experience is required, just a smile, your best red dress and a pair of safe comfy dance shoes.

The aim of performance is to recreate the music video of the song.

“There could be no better setting for a modern take on Wuthering Heights and the Cairns Esplanade,” Ms Lee added.

You can check out the Cairns Most Wuthering Heights Day 2018 performance here:

For more information about how to get involved, contact Alison Lee, phone or text, 0425 225 270.

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