The first annual Amsterdam Burlesque Festival will take place this November in a unique venue in Amsterdam West.
The festival is the joint venture of Chaz Royal, organiser of London Burlesque Festival, and Miss Beeby Rose, one of Holland’s most popular burlesque performers.
The Amsterdam Burlesque Festival will showcase top performers of classic striptease, circus sideshow and variety arts.
The four-night extravaganza will begin with an opening gala, featuring newcomers to the scene. The festival will also feature British burlesque stars, a local and international showcase, and workshops for burlesque starlets in the making.
The first Amsterdam Burlesque Festival will conclude with an encore presentation and an official wrap party.
The festival takes place Thursday 19th November – Sunday 22nd November, 2009, at Casablanca Circus Tent in Amsterdam West. “We were looking for a nostalgic venue,” says Chaz Royal, “Casablanca Circus Tent reminded us of the early days when classic burlesque, circus sideshow and variety entertainment were presented under one roof.”
The idea behind the Amsterdam festival came after Miss Beeby Rose’s participation in Royal’s London Burlesque Festival, which has become a major event in the international burlesque calendar.
“I wanted to introduce the international burlesque scene to my local stage and also expose local talent to an international audience,” says Beeby.
Over the last few years, burlesque has experienced a major revival and its latest incarnation, neo-burlesque, is taking over stages across the world. “Now is the perfect time to celebrate the different eras of the art form with veterans and newcomers alike,” says Chaz.
‘Early Bird’ tickets can be purchased now through ABF’s website, which also provides the latest information on schedules and performers.
Amsterdam Burlesque Festival 2009
@ Casablanca Circus Tent
Stravangerweg 900, Stand West, 1013 AX