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London Burlesque FestivalBurlesque festivals are threatened around the world, and the most recent of those to suffer was the London Burlesque Festival which went ahead in May despite losing its major sponsor. Like many other city based burlesque festivals, it’s a huge event, with more than 120 artists taking part, 3,500 tickets on offer and three venues in London.

So why did it struggle to happen in 2017? Mark Henderson (aka Chaz Royal) the founder of the festival says that Brexit has had a substantial effect on festival attendance because people say they can’t afford London prices and he’s also had emails from people who are less willing to want to go out and spend money until they know how Brexit will affect them. The LBF Kickstarter campaign covered much of the costs but after last year’s festival was affected by being hacked and having its website redirect to pornography, the future of the festival is in some doubt.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

If you’re one of the many people who unconsciously links burlesque to winter, we’re ready to change your mind. The association isn’t difficult to understand - after all we associate burlesque with gloveshats and furs - all winter garments, but burlesque today is definitely an all weather pursuit.

 

So what’s the best way to get your summer groove on?  Traditionally, baby oil and sailor suit costumes have been key features of the summer burlesque performance but we have some other ideas to share with you:

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Dita Von Teese of course. Now 44 years old, the international glamour star and pretty well inventor of neo-burlesque is changing direction … and this time it’s a new development that is a real talking point. Here’s why.

 

Reinventing yourself through burlesque - the Dita Von Teese way

 

Burlesque is an eye-opener in so many ways. We can’t tell you how many shrinking violets have placed their first ‘sexy’ order through our online burlesque shop and gone on to become not only regular customers but expert proponents of the art of burlesque. It’s just as much an eye opener for their partners, as burlesque allows both people in a relationship to explore new and often very different ideas of how to behave both inside the bedroom and out. Finally, burlesque’s accepting attitude to size, age, gender, orientation, everything … makes it a place where people can learn to love both their bodies and their natural instincts. So that’s one kind of reinvention.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

Our end of month round up includes the straight, the good and the great, and time to celebrate!

 

First of all, the straight - Dita Von Teese reveals her Halloween secret

 

Dita Von Teese Astonishingly enough, on the one day of the year when many of us choose to reveal our inner quirks and kinks, Dita Von Teese has also been exploring her alternative side, but for her, of course, the ‘other side’ is her normalcy!  Yes, in a blonde wig and girl-next-door makeup, it seems that Dita’s been out trick-or-treating for four years in a row without being recognised.

 

The good and the great - burlesque founder stands as LA Mayor

 

Paul E. Amori might have seemed like an outside chance to become Mayor of Los Angeles, but with Donald Trump heading for the White House, who knows? As the founder of Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, he has also established a new political party called The Love Party which aims to bring love to politics. The one place we’re certain that Amori will be the front runner is in rallies, the first of which has already taken place … with 200 supporters and performances from Cirque du Soleil performers, dancers, hula hoopers and musicians who paraded through downtown LA. The event finished with a collection to be donated to local homeless veterans.

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Posted By Victoria Barber

We know that for many of our http://www.loveburlesque.com customers, it is one of the two biggest days of the year - the other being Valentine’s Day. Why? Because they love the opportunity to get out there and get their burlesque on.

Burlesque Advent CalendarSo we had a little think and came up with a sexy little idea to help our burlesque fans make the most of December.

 

Burlesque Advent Calendar

We think it would be a wonderful to give your loved one a little burlesque gift - one for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas and then a big gift on Christmas morning! Here’s how we think this could work:

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Posted By Victoria Barber

It might be a surprise to you to discover that Manchester doesn’t have a dedicated burlesque venue, but that’s about to change. The former Cirque Manchester which closed two years ago, has been reinvigorated after a make-over to become a bespoke burlesque and kink venue for the thirty-plus customer.

 

The club, which is next door to the Manchester Cemetery, is a three story bar and dungeon venue … yes, dungeon venue and its new incarnation has been shaped by one of the organisers of Sexhibition - Manchester’s annual kink festival. The venue will host regular burlesque nights, so that’s great news for new performers looking for a place to get their burlesque on and the basement dungeon will be used for more adult ‘kink’ and fetish nights. It’s a members-only club, as is more common for burlesque venues in the USA than the UK.

 

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Posted By Victoria Barber