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The 18th Annual New York Burlesque Festival 2020 FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED!

Oct 1st-4th, 2020

The New York Burlesque Festival is going Virtual! Get ready for 4 days and nights of classes, shows and much more! Show details and tickets coming soon!

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Dear Burlesque Performers and Patrons of the NYBF,

As we navigate through these uncharted territories we first and foremost send our love to all those affected by COVID-19.

As the months have passed, we have been watching and waiting, as have all our venues, to see what possible scenarios we may face as we move towards October. The truth is, no one knows. So we look to the future with cautious optimism and a commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, the venue workers, the performers and audience.

We remain hopeful that the festival will take place and we are dreaming of seeing all of your faces again, but in the meantime we have some new information to share.

● Applications to perform have been extended to July 15th

● We have removed our mandatory application fee and are simply asking you “pay what you can” and if you can pay nothing, that is fine, we understand.

● We are adding a new element to the event this year with an online show. As of now, the main purpose of this show will be to feature performers who will be unable to travel to NYC due to to the affects of COVID-19, be that a travel ban, loss of work, health concerns, etc. The online show will air during the week of the festival. All applicants are welcome to apply to be considered to be a part of the online show. The show will be made up of videos performers shoot on their own and submit.

● In the event that we must cancel all live elements of the festival, performers that have chosen to partake in the live event only may chose to have a refund of their application fee or they can defer their application until next year.

● If you have already applied, we will reach out to you when we begin to review applications to inquire as to wether you would like to be considered for online options as well.

● Audience members, we will keep you posted as soon as we know what our ticketing situation will be.

Historically, burlesque has brought people together, when the country went through the great depression it was the lights of burlesque houses that continued to shine and the theaters roared with laughter, hoots and hollers. We are counting the minutes until we can shimmy out of this historic moment and hoot and holler and maybe even hug you!

With love,
Angie & Jen

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