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 Thursday 31st October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Combining vintage glamour, sumptuous surroundings and some of the best talent in the industry, the first Manchester Burlesque Festival welcomes everyone to join together and celebrate the thriving burlesque and cabaret scene in 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.

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.

The festival is produced by popular burlesque performer, teacher and producer Bella Besame, Owner of Besame Entertainment and producer of The Slippery Belle.

Bella said: “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!

“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 the website and Facebook page.


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