Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, by Tomas Orihuela.

Meet the New Burlesque Queen of New Orleans

Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière has been crowned ‘Queen of Burlesque’ at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, in a classic burlesque contest where competitors perform accompanied by a live band. Routines sometimes last up to eight minutes and transition over two or three traditional burlesque melodies, which defies the typical four minute rule at […]

Alyssa Kitt at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Byron Bay and Brisbane

Alyssa Kitt‘s epic Australian Burlesque Festival 2016 report continues in Byron Bay and Brisbane. Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. Read Part Three here. Australian Burlesque Festival: Byron Bay We boarded the flight from Darwin to Brisbane and then had a late night drive to Byron Bay. Our tiredness inspired a deliriously choreographed suitcase ballet […]

LouLou Champagne ©Lorea Marchand

Toulouse Blackface Walkout: European Performers Respond

Last week, eight performers walked out of the Toulouse Burlesque Festival in protest at the inclusion of a burlesque act involving blackface. Click here for full details. In response to the incident, a collective of European burlesque performers, concerned about suggestions that racist and culturally appropriative acts are a common and accepted occurrence in the […]

Burlesque Festival Cast Quit Over Blackface Dispute

The Toulouse Burlesque Festival, produced by Florence Boué, and Stephane Lafage of Le Kalinka, has a cast crisis on its hands after a dispute over a blackface burlesque act. Eight performers have walked out in protest at the inclusion of the act.     According to information given to 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, local performer Fafa […]

Dolores Daiquiri at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Adelaide and Darwin

Alyssa Kitt‘s epic Australian Burlesque Festival 2016 report continues in Adelaide and Darwin. Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. Australian Burlesque Festival: Adelaide Adelaide is known as the city of churches, and as we arrive it’s cold, overcast and rainy. Driving to our hotel we come across a shop called ‘DIRT! Fashion’ and […]

Jett Adore on stage at the Burlesque Hall fo Fame Weekend 2013. ©Derek Jackson [Stage Door Johnnies Post-BHoF Recap]

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival Presents Fifth Star-Studded Cast

Now in its fifth year, the award-winning Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival returns in 2017 on April 27 – 30 with a full rosta of some of the biggest names from the world of burlesque and alternative cabaret. The pride of the UK burlesque and cabaret scene, the festival has become a must-visit and holds its […]

Imogen Kelly at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Canberra and Sydney

Alyssa Kitt‘s epic Australian Burlesque Festival 2016 report continues in Canberra and Sydney. Read Part One here…   Australian Burlesque Festival: Canberra Our next stop is Canberra, which is Australia’s capital city by name only. Probably our coldest stop on the tour (note: overseas audiences will laugh at Australian’s definition of cold). Not much goes […]

Alyssa Kitt at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: Melbourne

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2016: twelve shows, eight cities, a bunch of flights, and a few long drives. The Blue Mountains, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Byron Bay, and Brisbane. Cue a month of madness with the Australian Burlesque Festival team, which included headliners Dirty Martini, Zelia Rose, Jacqueline Furey, MC Elena Gabrielle, myself – […]

Lola Frost at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2015. Image copyright Jean Paul Bichard.

Lola Frost’s Stockholm Burlesque Festival Diary

A morning like any other was transformed in a single moment with the opening of a single email from Fraulein Frauke and John-Paul Bichard, producers of the Stockholm Burlesque Festival, asking me to join them overseas as one of their headlining performers. I literally started jumping on the bed! Yes, like a child. But I […]

Kitten N Lou at the Toronto Burlesque Festival 2015, by Chris Hutcheson.

Kitten ‘N’ Lou’s Toronto Burlesque Festival Diary 2015

Presenting: The Toronto Burlesque Festival with Kitten ‘N’ Lou (aka: Poutine and Pool Lounging, eh?) Can we talk about the Canadians? WHAT MAKES THEM SO NICE AND PLEASANT?! Is it their socialised healthcare system? The fact that they’ve had marriage equality for a while now? That their national ‘dish’ is essentially a pile of French […]

Lili La Scala at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2015, by Nick Singleton Photography

Photos: Lili La Scala’s Stunning Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival Wardrobe

Renowned for her exquisite wardrobe, sublime hostess Lili La Scala made a modest four changes during the glittering Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival Gala last year. She takes us through her costume changes, calling the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival “the best festival that the UK has to offer. Beautifully organised. I had the best time.” This year, […]