Pepper Sparkles. ©Atelieri O. Haapala

Burlesquers of the World: Pepper Sparkles (Helsinki, Finland)

Click the link below to tell your burlesque story… I know most people outside Finland usually find out about me through my Mata Hari signature act, and tend to think I’m the ‘always classy and glamorous’ kind of performer. I wish! As an example I can say that when the girls in our troupe, The […]

Bettie Blackheart, by Minna Jerrman

Burlesquers of the World: Bettie Blackheart (Helsinki, Finland)

Click the link below to tell your burlesque story… My signature fire act ‘Thunder Goddess’ was born in 2010. It has changed a lot since. I absolutely love performing it, however it is hard to find venues that allow fire these days. It is my first fire act since being sanctioned by Satan’s Angel. It is […]

Kitten n' Lou's Helsinki Burlesque Festival Diary

Kitten ‘n’ Lou’s Helsinki Burlesque Festival Diary

Hi! We’re Kitten ‘n’ Lou, ‘The World’s Show-busiest Couple!’  We kicked off our marvellous month-long European Honeymoon Tour with the Helsinki Burlesque Festival, and we would love to share it with you! (Disclaimer: this journal in no way attempts to speak for everyone else’s experience; it is simply a glimpse of the festival through our […]

Burlesque Beauty: LouLou D'vil

Burlesque Beauty: LouLou D’vil

In a new Burlesque Beauty series, performers discuss their favourite beauty products, beauty regimes, indulgences and philosophy.  Kitten De Ville and Melody Sweets have had their say; next up is Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013 and Burlesque TOP 50 No. 1 2013, LouLou D’vil… Lips Onstage: I use RED Burlesque lipstick, colour […]

Interview: The Rise and Rise of the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Interview: The Rise and Rise of the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

The Helsinki Burlesque Festival, now in its seventh year, is one of the trendiest and increasingly high profile events on the burlesque calendar and attracts a steady stream of burlesque heavyweight headliners, including Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Tigger!, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, and burlesque legends Satan’s Angel and Isis Starr.  This year, […]

Minnie Tonka's European Tour Diary, Spring 2013.

Minnie Tonka’s European Tour Diary, Spring 2013.

The fabulous Minnie Tonka shares her European burlesque adventures… This spring, I embarked on a month-long European tour. I’ve been touring extensively nationally and internationally since 2010, but this was my first time performing in Europe and my first time touring on my own. I was so excited! Germany, Italy, and Finland – let’s ROCK! […]

Behind the Scenes at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival with Tinker Bell.

Behind the Scenes at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival with Tinker Bell.

Set designer Tinker Bell takes us behind the scenes at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival… My name is Tinker Bell and I am, in about equal amounts, a burlesque performer and a set designer from Helsinki, Finland. Theatre was my first love, but as we all know, burlesque has that peculiar tendency to take over all […]

INTERVIEW: LouLou D'vil (Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013)

INTERVIEW: LouLou D’vil

LouLou D’vil, a fabulous Finn who embodies the golden age of classic striptease, was crowned Miss Exotic World 2013, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque on Saturday, June 1st at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. I have enjoyed spending more time with LouLou recently, and when we hung out in London a couple of weeks […]

Kaylin Idora at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Kaylin Idora at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival

Celebrated burlesque photographer Kaylin Idora shares her Helsinki Burlesque Festival experience… I’ve been to Helsinki, Finland a lot of times. Probably more than anyone realises. Way before I knew anything about burlesque shows going on there. Long story short: a few years ago some friends invited me to ‘come hang out’ and check out some […]

Duchess DuBois' Stockholm Burlesque Festival Diary (Part 1)

Duchess Dubois’ Stockholm Burlesque Festival Diary (Part 1)

Duchess Dubois presents her Stockholm Burlesque Festival Diary… My name is Duchess Dubois and I founded Sweden’s first burlesque troupe, the Amazing Knicker Kittens Burlesque Revue, in 2005. I was also involved in the start-up of Sweden’s first few burlesque clubs, (HootchyKootchy and Kitenville) and in 2006 I founded Burleskakademien, Sweden’s school of burlesque, where […]

BHoF 2012 - The Road to Reigning Queen: LouLou D'vil [10/11]

BHoF 2012 – The Road to Reigning Queen: LouLou D’vil [10/11]

As we count down to the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, let’s find out more about the eleven talented temptresses competing for Reigning Queen!  I have asked each of them about their lives, personalities, preparations and plans, so that those who don’t already know them well can learn a little about them and their work, […]