The Best New Fest in Town – Blending Empowerment & Worldly Entertainment

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Burlesque is now huge, with festivals in Milan, Amsterdam, New York, and now Richmond.  The Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival exploded onto the RVA scene two years ago with a very successful, well-attended weekend and expects to swell in attendance, community support, and artistic caliber for 2015.

This Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival was created to:

  • Present empowering entertainment and mature themes to a smart, progressive audience that values both levity and gravity in the performing arts.
  • Supply both beginners and career performers with opportunities to network, learn, and innovate their art, businesses, and lives.

To this end, we are bringing in artists from across the US and as far away as Australia to teach and entertain. We are also honored to support the mission of the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project and Safe Harbor Shelter in educating about health, relationships and healthy sexuality. http://safeharborshelter.com

Belladonna and Ken Vegas

Belladonna and Ken Vegas

2015 Festival Headliners:

  • The Maine Attraction, bringing her outrageous skill from NYC to RVA
  • BellaDonna and Ken Vegas, gender-bending drag and bellydance duo from DC
  • Rusty Bolts, hunky classic sideshow strongman
  • Danielle Romano, multi-award-winning Pole Arts actor
  • James Taylor, America’s Sideshow Historian, as seen on TV
  • The mountain swing styling of our energetic band, the Judy Chops

and many more. Interviews and media spots are available with the artists.

WHEN, WHAT, WHERE:

Enjoy stunning performances, classes, DIY vendors, a Sideshow artifact display with James Taylor, and more at locations around Richmond.

Friday May 29 Friday Teaser Gala Show

RVA Event Space, Old Manchester, 1 East 4th Street, Richmond VA

7:30pm. Tickets $15, $25 VIP. Hosted by the original hilarious Sideshow Geek, Swami YoMahmi.

Friday May 29 Friday Last Pasties Standing Burlesque Improv Show

RVA Event Space, Old Manchester, 1 East 4th Street, Richmond VA

7:30pm. Tickets $15, $25 VIP. hosted by festival star of Atlanta, Sadie Hawkins.

Performer Ellie Quinn

Performer Ellie Quinn

Saturday May 30 Saturday Spectacular

RVA Event Space, Old Manchester, 1 East 4th Street, Richmond VA

7:30pm. Tickets $20, $35 VIP. Hosted by Mab Just Mab, DC’s own Sideshow Girl.

Sunday May 31

Hilarious Festival Sideshow Awards Brunch with the Slomski Family Cabaret

The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA, 23220

12:30pm Brunch Included. $15.

Saturday May 30 Workshops:

RVA Event Space, Old Manchester, 1 East 4th Street, Richmond VA

9:30-4:30 Classes in business for artists, dance, lectures. Workshops $25 each

 

HOW DO I LEARN MORE?

All tickets & reservation or more information: www.virginiaburlesque.com

Contact: futureoftradition@gmail.com

Press and Interview Contact: Onca O’Leary (828) 232-2980