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The Harbour Agency presents: 

Anita Lester is a Melbourne based multi-disciplinary artist.

She has been described as ‘Nick Cave and Mary Magdalene’s love child’ and the ’Tiny Church with Cathedral pipes’. Having spent years touring the world with rock outfit ‘Lester The Fierce’, in March 2020, Anita released her debut solo EP ‘Erato’. Whilst the timing of the release was ominous, tracks from the work eventually resonated- notably ‘Wrong Time’ and Anita’s cover of ‘You Want it Darker’ by Leonard Cohen – being picked up by film and television including ‘The Walking Dead’, epilogising her viral live video of the same song- praised by Leonard himself prior to his death.

Over the last decade and a half, Anita has quietly and gracefully established herself as a force in not only music, but visual art, literature and film. Her last short film ‘Noch Am Leben (I’m Still Alive)’ was shown in over 50 festivals globally, including multiple Oscar contenders. Additionally it is the winner of 23 award laurels. Her paintings are irreverent, technical and striking, all with a nod to mythological stories- which is shown in her upcoming book ‘The Seven Palaces of Breath: The Mysteries of the Flying Hobbler’. Anita is also an accomplished poet and storyteller with her work appearing in over a dozen books. Her musical release ‘Erato’ is also accompanied by a book of poetry, including the widely publicised ‘Ode to Oz’.

Though there are many facets to Anita Lester’s art practice, it is all grounded in a unique storytelling style that has a red thread woven throughout with links to death, sex, love, longing, slavery and spirituality.




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  • 8 July: Anita Lester
    8 July 2021
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm



280 Cleveland St, Gadigal Land, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010, Australia

Anita Lester
8 July: EARLY BIRD; General Admission

or as rescheduled within 3 months

8 July: General Admission

or as rescheduled within 3 months


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