Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is an annual event taking place over three days and featuring dancers, comedians and musicians. The festival debuted in February 2006.
The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is making a bold move this year dedicating one night of its 7th annual festival to burlesque with live music.
“Back in the day burlesque was performed with live bands” says Blue Morris, a festival rep. “They didn’t play records. All that bumping and grinding would have made the records skip.”
The first night of the festival this May will take place in East Van’s historic Rio Theatre and all the acts on that night will be supported by live musicians.
Vancouver has become a hotbed for burlesque in North America. On any given week this fair town has at least one burlesque show, if not two or three. “Vancouver is a creative city” says festival rep Sparkle Plenty. “Burlesque attracts all kinds of artistic people interested in dance, theatre, music, costumes, and g-strings.
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