Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:00

Australian Burlesque Festival: In Preview

Gear up for a show you'll never forget. The Australian Burlesque Festival is heading back out on the road, and this year it's bigger and brighter than ever before.

“It really is the best of the best," says burlesque performer The Diamond Dahlia. “A lot of amazing international performers that we don't really get out here for any other events. The audience gets to see some of the best performances of the world up on stage and we have some really cool venues across Australia. It's a burlesque lover's dream.”

The striptease star says Australia's burlesque scene has put itself on the world map.

"Because we came to the scene a lot later in the rebirth of burlesque in the '90s, we've established a mix and mash of everything that's going on in the world. I think we're only beginning to be noticed as a good scene. We've had quite a few international performers come down the last couple of years and 2012 Queen of Burlesque was an Australian performer named Imogen Kelly. I think everyone is realising what Australia has to offer and what we've been hiding down here underneath the world." She describes the art form as a way of expressing who you are in a sassy, in-your-face way. "It's taking the best elements of yourself and chucking it on stage and not being afraid to be bold out. It's all about confidence. Obviously you're not going to get up on stage if you're not comfortable with your body. It's about having a gimmick and having something to offer."

The Diamond Dahlia discovered burlesque at the age of 18 and said it was the glitz and glamour that appealed the most to her. "It turned into this thing that I'm happy to spend thousands of dollars on creating a masterpiece that I can take to an audience. I get to go on stage dressed as a princess or an absolute goddess or whatever you can dream up in your head. We get to travel around and I've seen the world and I've performed with some amazing people. Seeing the world and doing what I love — who could ask for more?"

See The Diamond Dahlia as part of The Australian Burlesque Festival on Friday June 14 at The Tivoli.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 17:24

Australian Burlesque Festival Tickets

The Australian Burlesque Festival 2013 will tour the nation throughout the month of June, showcasing classic glamour, exciting neo-burlesque and sizzling striptease.

The festival will roll into Brisbane for one night only, and promises to ruffle some feathers with a night like no other!

To win a double pass to see the best local burlesque performers and international stars at The Tivoli on Friday June 14 This competition has closed.
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