ONE of the world’s leading burlesque star is set to add a little bit of spice to Belfast’s International Women’s Day celebration. Saucy singing starlet Amber Topaz revealed she’s planning on “blowing the audiences socks off” with a “cheeky burlesque cabaret”.

The curvy dancer is just one of the acts taking to the stage at the International Women’s Day Cabaret Party supported by easyJet in aid of the Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre on March 8.

Celebrating the international festival in Belfast was “an absolute pleasure” said Amber.

Amber joins a line-up for event including Living TV Rehab star and former X-Factor finalist Rowetta, I’d Do Anything singers Rachel Tucker and Niamh Perry as well as performances from top swing singer James Huish and a special live set from international DJ and music producer Micky Modelle.

Over the next week a whole host of other performers will be announced for the marathon event starting at 7.30pm at the Speakeasy in Queen’s Students Union, Belfast. These will include performance arts, dance, acrobatics and more singers.

John Ferguson of Crew Management, who are managing the event, said: “I was approached by the Rape Crisis Trust who were set up late last year to raise vital funds for the Rape Crisis Centre.

“Each month staff and volunteers at the Rape Crisis Centre battle against an ongoing funding crisis to keep their helpline open.

“We wanted to put on an event that brought the best of female talent together a variety of other performances to give a night of entertainment for everyone.

“We decided that we wanted to also use the event to celebrate the work of the centre and also to celebrate International Women’s Day which this year will mark 27 years since the organisation opened it’s doors in 1982.

Tickets are £10 for the Sunday March 8 event at the Queen’s University Speakeasy and available from , sponsorship opportunities and student discounts available please contact [email protected]

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