Glasgow Festival of Burlesque: a weekend of workshops and exotic performance

Glasgow Festival of Burlesque: a weekend of workshops and exotic performance

Curators Lady V and Roxy Stardust on this celebration of teasing talent, tassels and twirls

The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque is coming this November, celebrating the very best in the art of cabaret. Gareth K Vile caught up with curators Lady V and Roxy Stardust to find out more.

Was there any particular approach that drove your selections for the festival?
When making selections for the festival we were really looking for a broad selection of performers which could show as many different facets of burlesque as we could. We wanted there to be performers that would suit a wide range of tastes but also to enlighten audience members to things they haven't seen locally before.

For headline acts we wanted performers who had been influential on the Scottish scene and who had really made Glasgow grow.

What kind of audiences are you hoping for – and what will they experience?
We just want the whole of Glasgow and beyond to come along. Audiences will experience a fun filled weekend showing the many facets and faces of Burlesque but also focusing and highlighting on what makes the Glasgow scene unique and fabulous.

Why hold the festival in Glasgow?
Glasgow is home to the world's largest burlesque show, Club Noir, and the world's oldest surviving music hall, the Britannia Panopticon. We are home to the best audiences the world has to offer. This is also our home city, which we both love dearly.

Glasgow has plenty of performers diversifying their skills: they are constantly challenged to come up with something new and innovative.

Do you have any guys doing boylesque at the festival?
Certainly! Burlesque is not gender specific. It is heavily influenced by female or feminine performers but the boys certainly give them a good run for their money. For us there's no separation of boylesque from burlesque, it’s just a different face of the same coin.

Classic Grand, Tue 17–Sun 22 Nov

Glasgow Festival of Burlesque

A weekend festival celebrating the very best in the art of cabaret, with workshops and performances throughout the three days.

The Riding Rooms, Glasgow

Thu 9 Nov

£20 / 0845 659 5904

Fri 10 Nov

Times to be confirmed / £12–£14 (Early bird pass £20) / 0845 659 5904

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