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Film Screening: Farinelli

Part 3: Festival of the Sun King

Film Screening: Farinelli

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

In collaboration with Sands Films Studios, part 3 of Hex's series 'Festival of the Sun King':
Ascending from above the stage on a chariot, wearing an elaborate and vaguely Aztecan golden headdress, Farinelli caused women to swoon as he sang operatic arias. He used handkerchiefs to wipe the sweat from his brow, then threw the silks to his audience. He was responsible, one listener tells him, "for my first musical orgasm." He was also responsible, in my opinion, for Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Liberace, whose Vegas acts are the direct descendants of Farinelli's European concert tours, and for Elvis' late period, as well as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and all the other peacocks of rock 'n' roll. He founded a style.

  • 🎉Festival of the Sun King
  • 📅Tue, 6 June 2023Wed, 7 June 2023
  • 📍Sands Films Studio, London
  • 🕑8:00pm
  • 🎫Pay what you can
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