Bur­lesque Fest re­turns


The New Zealand Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val is prob­a­bly the spark­li­est event on Palmer­ston North’s per­for­mance cal­en­dar.

The whirl­wind of glit­ter, feather boas and nip­ple tas­sels re­turns next week for its third year, as part of a three cen­tre tour. Its head­line acts in­clude win­ners of the Las Ve­gas-based Bur­lesque Hall of Fame – Ginger Lee Valen­tine, Missy Lisa, Angie B. Lovely and Bazuka Joe.

They per­form along­side New Zealand’s Ruby Ruin, win­ner of the Grand Tease New Zealand bur­lesque com­pe­ti­tion, Fan­ci­fo­ria Fox­glove and two dozen other top lo­cal per­form­ers.

The fes­ti­val in­cludes work­shops in the art of the shimmy and tease for new­com­ers and ex­pe­ri­enced per­form­ers alike.

For the third year run­ning, the Bur­lesque Ex­change Schol­ar­ship will be awarded to an out­stand­ing Kiwi per­former, grant­ing au­to­matic en­try into the Show Me Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val 2016 in St Louis, USA, as well as as­sis­tance with travel costs, and help to es­tab­lish their own US-based tour.

New Zealand Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val co-pro­ducer Kerry Rodda, known in­ter­na­tion­ally for her per­for­mances un­der the stage name MisRed De­li­cious, es­tab­lished the fes­ti­val with hus­band Danny Ras­cal, to foster and grow the bur­lesque in­dus­try in New Zealand. The award­win­ning en­ter­tainer re­cently per­formed in the United States.

Tick­ets for the three-night fes­ti­val which opens with a 7.30pm prom­e­nade night in the Globe Theatre next Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 8, are on sale via eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2015/newzealand-bur­lesque-fes­ti­val

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