Get ready for another year of tease, glamour, high-jinx and so much more at Vancouver’s best burlesque event of the year! The 14th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2019 is Canada’s most prestigious and longest-running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006, the VIBF brings global talent and local superstars to downtown Vancouver every spring!
Dazzling dancers, naughty nerds, bawdy drag performers, and satirical stripteasers from around North America celebrate sexuality and diversity at this year’s Vancouver International Burlesque Festival!
Vancouver has a rich history of burlesque and cabaret dating back to the Golden Age of Burlesque. Entertainment reporter Jack Wasserman said of our 1940’s cabaret scene:
“Vancouver erupted as the vaudeville capital of Canada – rivalling and outstripping Montreal in the east and San Francisco in the south as one of the few places where the brightest of the nightclub era could be glimpsed from behind a post, through a smoke filled room, over the heads of $20 tippers at ringside.”
Vancouver has honoured this colourful history by becoming an incubator of talent and innovation. The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose Vancouver audiences to the art of burlesque. For over a decade and counting, our weekend event has grown into a world class experience. Each year we present four unforgettable days of engaging talks, educational workshops, and other fun and fabulous supporting events, including two showcase evenings featuring many of the world’s most sought-after burlesque performers, Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque, and the best of Vancouver’s own glitterati.
The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Association and Artistic Director are committed to ensuring that diverse local and international burlesque community is represented on the Festival’s stage. The VIBFA and Artistic Director curate annual events to ensure the visibility and inclusion of those who identify as performers of color, performers of size, performers over 40 years of age, performers with disabilities, and performers belonging to the LGBTTTQQIAAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Agender, Pansexual) community. The Festival’s final curation is designed to reflect the full spectrum of bodies and identities enriching and defining burlesque today.
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