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Freddie Mercury Day In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO – August 26, 2019 – St. Louisans are invited to dress like “Freddie” and celebrate Freddie For A Day  with a special showing of the Queen Rock Montreal concert, 7pm, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at MAD ART Gallery, 2727 S. 12th Street in St. Louis, MO.

Freddie Mercury was Queen’s iconic lead singer and Freddie For A Day is celebrated each year on September 5, his birthdate. The St. Louis event includes a Freddie Mercury look-alike contest with special prizes for those who most resemble Mercury. All net proceeds from the event benefit The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

The film was recorded in Montreal, Quebec at the Montreal Forum on November 24 and 25, 1981, exactly ten years before Mercury died of AIDS. The movie features Queen’s greatest hits. The footage has been lovingly restored from an original release that combined the nights’ two performances together.

This special showing is presented by Culture Shock: a traveling film series which is operated by St. Louisans Mia Maksimowicz and her mother Amy Barnes as part of their social enterprise A Universal Design Project, Inc. project promoting active living and access to the arts & culture.   

 “Mia and I worked with The Mercury Phoenix Trust (and the licensing authority of the film) to make this event happen,” Barnes said. “The movie features Queen when the band was at its peak. We also want everyone to dress up like Freddie Mercury and have a chance to win some great prizes. It promises to be an exciting and fun night.”

Prizes include vinyl editions of Queens Greatest Hits volumes 1 and 2, t-shirts, the book-Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender: A Life in Pictures, and other swag. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at

Those unable to attend the film can contribute directly to The Mercury Phoenix Fund at

About Culture Shock: a traveling film series

Culture Shock: a traveling film series is a fundraising film series designed to provide people a good time through screening events while raising money and awareness to keep the project Helping Kids Together moving forward.  It began on September 9, 2011 at Schlafly Bottle Works and offers an off-beat mix of cult classics and other performance art to help illustrate the value of diversity not just in film but in life in general.  In 2019 it began its journey as a traveling film series to help people experience places they may not otherwise visit.

The series is made possible with help from Real Living Gateway Real Estate, Tom Stewart, Cinema St Louis, Tom Stockman, St. Louis Brewery and We Are Movie Geeks. 

The Queen screening is being presented with organizational assistance from Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

About The Mercury Phoenix Trust

The Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT) was founded in 1992 by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS related causes. In the last 27 years the Trust has given away over 17 million dollars in his name and funded over 1000 mainly grassroots projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. For more information on The Mercury Phoenix Trust visit

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