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Friday Follies: Weekend of Burlesque Splendor

October 3 – 6 is a weekend of burlesque splendor here in Wellington as we host the NZ Burlesque Festival. Two nights of performances, a sparkly burlesque market on Saturday, three days of workshops, and a chance to meet the luminaries of NZ and international burlesque at a cocktail evening on Sunday.

Click to buy tickets to the festival itself!

I’m giving the very first workshop at the festival, too. And you’re invited. Get Your Booty Online! Web Presence 101 for Burlesque Performers with Sadie Von Scrumptious (Wellington) If you’re taking your performance on the road, you NEED a great web presence. This one-hour workshop is an investment in your performer future. You’ll learn how to develop a web presence, how to make Google love you, how much web hosting and web site development cost, the pros and cons of “free” web sites, and how to promote and protect your photos and online reputation. We’ll even talk about how you can make money from your online presence.

Then, the next day, I’m going to Lola Von Ella’s hosting workshop. Is there some law that all burlesque hosts must have a “von” in their stage name? I originally did it as a nod to my Prussian stepmother. It seemed like a good idea in 2010.

That weekend, Wellington’s Underground Market is also on, a hop and skip away from the burlesque market, and the Vintage Bazaar is on in Newtown, 22 Emmet Street, St. Anne’s Hall. The finishing touch is that World of Wearable Arts is on and many stores have wearable art window displays and fresh specials, just to make being a flaneur extra fun.

Can that weekend get ANY better? Yes. I recently won a pin-up mini-shoot with Photography by Sharyn, and I’ll be doing that on October 6th. I’ll be taking the chance to immortalize one of my insane fan-lacing vintage girdles. Looking forwards to it all!

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