In light of the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis, the Burlesque Hall of Fame has made the difficult decision to postpone the 30th annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, usually held in June, until August 2020.
Read on for essential information and some exclusive insight from the Burlesque Hall of Fame team.
When is the Weekender?: BHoF 2020 has been rescheduled to August 27 to 30, 2020.
Weekender Location: The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, as usual.
Hotel Reservations: Rebook your hotel rooms now at the special reduced rate. Visit the Orleans Hotel & Casino booking page and use the reservation ID# BHOF08, or call 1 (800) 675-3267 and use the same reservation ID#. The group rate expires July 25, 2020, and the BHoF block will most likely sell out early, so the sooner you book, the better.
Application Notifications: Application notifications will be going out in the next few days.
Ticket Sales: Once the official showcase line-ups are ready, then ticketing will launch, tentatively mid-late April.
Legends Challenge: BHoF hope the challenge will still be met by the burlesque community–with creative, virtual and socially-distant ideas! Visit the Legends Challenge page to meet the challenge today.
Legends Attendance: BHoF is continuing to monitor restrictions on travel from CDC and other health organizations. Many Legends are local to Las Vegas or live in the surrounding areas so travel may not be a limitation for them. If you have any creative ideas about how to stay connected with those who may not live nearby, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
21st Century Burlesque spoke to Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend executive producer, Joyce Tang, about the changes.
“Personally, I am excited by this development, not because postponing an event is fun but because it’s an opportunity for change,” says Joyce.
“One of the main goals when I came on board as executive producer was to provide leadership and consistency for our event. I could come into a management role and establish roles and processes without influence from the past, and I can confidently say I have accomplished this goal. For the last several years, attendees coming to the Weekender know exactly, to some degree, of what they can expect from the event, and our survey results reflect that.
“However, consistency has meant no change to our formula,” she continues. “If there was any silver lining to this pandemic, then selfishly I would say that facing this challenge to fit our normal Weekender into a condensed time frame is personally invigorating for me and I hope our community will appreciate our efforts.”
Joyce wants to make it clear that the Weekender format we are all so used to will be changing.
“Attendees can expect a shorter overall duration of stay in Vegas, but the same amount of content they are used to receiving. There will be three showcases in total, and while the competition will remain on Saturday and at the same length, more content will be added to the other two showcases. Attendees may arrive on Thursday for a welcoming party and early networking, or arrive on Friday. They may depart Sunday night after the show, or Monday.”
So, why this change?
“We are hoping that a shorter overall length of stay will keep this trip affordable as we know gigs have been cancelled and jobs have disappeared,” Joyce explains. “One less day means less hotel nights, less meals at restaurants, and less time to take off from work. There is no question that the Weekender needs to happen to keep the museum running, but our community also needs their annual dose of glitter so we must meet the challenge to provide that experience while keeping it accessible.”
Visit bhofweekend.com, and Burlesque Hall of Fame social media streams for updates as they occur.
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