Welcome back to the ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015. We’re continuing our journey Stateside as we check out some more of the upcoming dates in this year’s calendar. Many of the festivals are still accepting applications, so dig out your diary and start planning….
Natural State Burlesque Festival
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Years running: first year
About: The Natural State Burlesque Festival is in its inaugural year and promises to bring together classic and neo-burlesque in a 2 day festival celebrating the art form. It appears to be organising for a 2015/2016 launch but details have yet to be announced.
New Jersey Burlesque Festival
Location: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Dates: 28-29 August 2015
Years running: 2
Organisers: Mr Khon, Attica Wilde, Lily Stitches
About: The application deadline for the 2nd New Jersey Burlesque Festival has been extended to 30 May due to popular demand, so there’s still time to get your application in. The website hadn’t been updated yet for this year’s festival, but their Facebook page has all the latest news.
New Orleans Burlesque Festival
Location: New Orleans
Dates: 17-20 September 2015
Years running: 7
Organiser: Rick Delaup
About: Returning for a 7th sizzling year of competitions and shows, the New Orleans Burlesque Festival application deadline has just passed on 22 May. For more info, visit their website below or check out the blog we dedicated to the festival last year: Spotlight on: The New Orleans Burlesque Festival.
New York Burlesque Festival
Location: Manhattan, New York
Dates: 24-27 September 2015
Years running: 13
Organiser: Pontani & Thirsty Girl Productions
About: The NYBF is one of the longest-running international burlesque festivals and has an outstanding international turnout of performers every year. Applications are open until 15 June, for the chance to appear at the festivals various shows, including the Saturday Spectacular at BB Kings or the infamous Golden Pastie Awards on the Sunday night. Many of the USA’s biggest burly stars have appeared in years past (Tigger! World Famous *BOB*, Ms Tickle, Dirty Martini) so it’s guaranteed to be an amazing weekend whether you’re performing or watching the shows.
Ohio International Burlesque Festival
Location: Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Ohio
Dates: 30 July – 1 August 2015
Years running: 5
Organiser: Bella Sin
About: The 5th Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival is due to hit the stage at the end of July, with headliners including Bazuka Joe and Dangrrr Doll already announced. Shows include the Rock & Roll Opener and the Saturday Night Gala and the festival promises not only burlesque performances, but also drag, vaudeville and circus acts too.
Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival
Location: Lyric Theatre, Oklahoma City
Dates: 26-27 June 2015
Years running: 3
Organiser: Adele Wolfe
About: Now in its 3rd year, the Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival consists of 2 shows, featuring burlesque, belly dance and more from local and international acts. Confirmed headliners include Perle Noire and Bella Blue.
Oregon Burlesque Festival
Location: Portland, Oregon
Dates: 30 July – 2 August 2015
Years running: 2
Organisers: Tana the Tattooed Lady & Holly Dai
About: A 3 day festival, the Oregon Burlesque Festival features a number of shows which will include newcomers, local showstoppers, classic and neo-burlesque as well as Boylesque. Applications for the festival have just closed, with performer announcements coming soon.
We’ll be back next week with the final installment in our USA Burly Festival Guide. If you’ve missed any of the blogs in the series so far, catch up below.