Sunday 26 April 2020
Join the launch of World Burlesque Day, an international day and celebration of all things burlesque created by our founder – showgirl, author and mental health ambassador, Sapphira.
Owner of the event production company, Sapphira’s Showgirls, who produce the annual Ibiza Burlesque Festival and World Record Events #BurlesqueAPeel, Sapphira is author of the mental health recovery story Burlesque or Bust. World Burlesque Day supports Sapphira’s vision that ‘everybody should try burlesque for their self confidence at last once in a lifetime’ following her own profound self-acceptance since first setting foot on stage in 2004. The epiphany of escapism in this beautiful art-form came after she had been hospitalised with a one-time episode severe bipolar at age 21 and she credits burlesque as the tonic for finding herself again.
The celebration coincides with the commemoration of burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee and the anniversary of her sad passing on the same day 50 years ago in 1970 and honours the immense contribution Gypsy made to paving the way for those who have followed in her glittering footsteps.
Would you like to be involved?
You can be!
We invite burlesque festivals, dance schools, performers, teachers and aficiandos around the globe to join us on World Burlesque Day by hosting workshops, events, dressing in something a little burlesque for your day, watching a burlesque movie or reading a burlesque book.
The way you choose to celebrate is up to you be it simple or large scale, simply share your joy by taking photos and sharing on social media with the hashtag #WorldBurlesqueDay and be sure to follow us and tag us on social media too so we can retweet and share your activities and we don’t just want to hear from the ladies, bearlesque, boylesque, translesque, queerlesque, gorelesque, whatever your ‘esque maybe this celebration is all embracing and all loving so please get involved.
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