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Bugas by Buddy

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BUGAS by Buddy

You are invited to enjoy this ‘3 course’ exhibition of visual art, fashion design and movement at the forefront.

Bugas - translating to “milled rice” in the artist’s mother tongue, Bisaya - is a live interdisciplinary exploration, navigating a cultural reconnection, an understanding of self and an interrogation on hierarchy. Relearning and reconnecting, the work stems from the artist’s recent trip to his homeland, Philippines, noting key reflections and memories distant, yet emerging. In its literal form, Bugas explores the significance of rice through a first generation Asian-Australian lens  - a small grain withholding a nostalgic past. Metaphorically, the work activates viewers to encourage a better understanding of our own perspectives, influences and position in the world. Bugas is a non-funded research project with intentions for further development.

Immerse yourself in this 2 night contemporary experience and question how will you digest Bugas?


Thursday June 29 | 6:30 - 8:30pm

Friday June 30 | 6:30 - 8:30pm

Exhibition doors open at 6:30pm for a 6:50pm reservation to the showing and we encourage patrons to arrive by 6:25pm at VENTspace to get the full Bugas experience. Exhibition and bar will continue to open until 9:30pm.


Reservation for 1 - $25

Early bird booking for 1 - $20 | limited to first 20 bookings per show


Please note that Parking will not be available at the venue. We recommend Bugas patrons to leave ample time to find nearby parking around Southbank.

Public transport is also a convenient method to arrive at your designated reservation with a 5-10min walk from the Cultural Centre Bus Stop.

  • Please also note that audience participation is encouraged in sections of the performance.



Directed by Buddy and choreographed in collaboration with dancers.


  • Leyla Boz
  • Grace Campbell
  • Clare Dark
  • Buddy Malbasias

Visual Artists

  • Subashini Balakrishnan
  • Paean Sarkar

Fashion Designer

  • Amihan Aquilizan

Featuring music by


Graphic Designer

  • Joshua Regan

Loud music, flashing lights
When you attend this event, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction. If you are not happy with your image being used in this way, please advise a member of our crew.

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