Inaugural Manchester Burlesque Festival
The first Manchester Burlesque Festival will celebrate all things burlesque and cabaret, featuring workshops, socials and headline shows held at venues across the city, running from 31st October - 3rd November 2019.
Combining vintage glamour, sumptuous surroundings and some of the best talent in the industry the first ever Manchester Burlesque Festival welcomes everyone to join together and celebrate twelve years of thriving burlesque and cabaret across the Northwest.
The festival will feature a headline show every evening starting with a Halloween-themed opening night. The Slippery Belle, the longest running burlesque show in Manchester, will also feature on November 1st, starring an abundance of internationally known artists as well as local legends including; Albah Bernaux, Coco Deville, Cleopantha and Eva Fox.
Saturday 2nd November will see the grand finale of Ecdysiast Encounters, a competition for new burlesque talent, where eleven performers chosen from three qualifying heats in Manchester, Leeds and York will compete for the title as chosen by a combination of audience votes and guest judges.
On the closing day of the festival, The Burlesque Bee social event will take place including refreshments, a raffle and pop up burlesque and cabaret entertainment.
Throughout 2nd and 3rd November there will also be workshops taught by industry leaders covering a wide range of skills from feather fan dancing and stage presence to vintage hair and make-up styling.
“Since I produced the first ever burlesque and cabaret show in Manchester, it has been my dream to host a burlesque festival in this amazing city. Twelve years later it is finally becoming a reality. I suppose Manchester now really does have everything apart from a beach!” said Bella Besame, Owner of Besame Entertainment and Producer of The Slippery Belle. “As well as celebrating the community of performers in the Northwest and beyond, I hope that anyone new to burlesque or cabaret can discover its spirit and unique charm at the Manchester Burlesque Festival”
Tickets for evening shows and further information on the festival program is available both on our website via link below and Facebook page.
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Manchester Burlesque Festival is a celebration of cabaret and burlesque in the Northwest, founded by Bella Besame. Bella is a performer and teacher of burlesque and the director of Besame Entertainment, a production company creating burlesque and cabaret shows nationwide including The Slippery Belle. Recognised as the longest running burlesque show in Manchester and the North-West, The Slippery Belle is a regular evening of vintage glamour, comedy performances, retro decadence and good old-fashioned debauchery.Read More