Thank you!

Adora Derriere - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A personal message from the Producers of the Perth International Burlesque Festival:

To our dearest PIBF supporters and followers,

After much deliberation, the Producers of the Perth International Burlesque Festival would like to officially announce that we will be ON PAUSE for 2017. Don’t panic - it’s not goodbye! It’s a breather.


Well, creating PIBF involves many many countless hours in preparation, blood, sweat, tears, angst and administration that come with producing a festival, or any event of this size. For us, PIBF is full time job for the majority of each year, and is exponentially more than that in the lead up and for the duration of the festival. As anyone involved in event production will understand first-hand, it's a rollercoaster of learning curves, high stress, proud moments and elation. Most of those moments are unpaid.

We’re now 5 years in, and the hard work has been immensely rewarding in so many heart-warming ways. Although the emotional, energetic and time costs of festival life are enormous, we feel so blessed to always be supported and reinvigorated by our community. PIBF is a continuously inspiring journey, and has year after year been an overwhelming joy to create and share with Perth’s burlesque scene and its touring artists. We are so fortunate to be able to contribute to a chapter in the tremendous evolution and expansion of the city’s performance community - it’s an exciting, magical time and a privilege to be a part of this era, and we’re so proud of the festival every year.

Nonetheless, it’s time to take a moment to consider the reality of Perth and the state’s economy, and its creative industries. Let’s be real. A wonderfully evolving arts industry comes too with an excess of competing events, and competition is what it is. At a social, political and economic and time when audience members are feeling the strain on their wallets as much as in in their lives, there is simultaneously so much more to engage in, watch and do. For all of us, it’s as stimulating as it is frustrating and limiting. It’s a risk every producer feels, and more so now than in any time recently. For PIBF, just between us and the internet, the coinciding Dita Von Teese tour and the currently heaving Perth burlesque calendar impacted sales of our own festival events in 2016 - and as a largely self-funded festival, it’s something the festival can’t pick up the slack for financially. For us, as for the festival, it’s time to take stock and recoup, and to allow the industry to breath. It’s a moment also for the industry to think of itself collectively, and considerately - and we’re part of that.

Without a doubt, the commitment to this community by its members impresses us continuously. To exist at all, PIBF requires behind-the-scenes contributions and efforts of hundreds of dedicated individuals each year, in the form of our event support staff, volunteers, performers, MCs and musicians, venue staff, technical staff, affiliate festivals and event operators, sponsors, suppliers, caterers, graphic designers… the list goes on. We’re so thankful for each and every one of you! So before we commence our long service leave to dance and change nappies respectively, we would like to extend a tremendous Thank You to our entire 2016 crew who helped to make it all happen - we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you, and we mean that sincerely. You go above and beyond the call of glitter or feathers, and you are a huge part of what makes PIBF such a memorable experience for everyone involved. In particular, much respect and everlasting love to our kick-ass event support crew for 2016: Monet Petite, The Sugar Duchess, Ivana B Serious, Agatha Frisky, Amanda Kemp, Liv Baker and Katherine Godfrey - you wonderfully talented beings, you complete us.

Thank you also to all who have supported the festival and the burly community by coming to our shows and events for the past 5 years. For those in the arts, this is our livelihood, our community, and our way of expressing what’s important to us. Keep supporting the arts with your presence, your laughter, and your voracious applause.

Lastly, this decision also comes with a timely and valuable opportunity to tend to our own personal lives (yes we have them!). We are very much looking forward to spending some time with other areas of interest: touring and travel, our own artistic outlets, baby Amelie, our friends, partners and loved ones, our homes and/or tents, health, and sleep. We’d also like to take the time to extend this invitation out to all of you: take care of yourselves. And take care of your art (whatever that might be), your inspiration, and the people who make it what it is to you. Don’t be afraid to take a breather, and recalibrate. Be honest, be respectful, and be bold.

Whether this pause will bring a change in the festival format or its inspiration for the future is for the next year to decide. The story will unfold as it should. You will still hear from us over the year, with updates from the PIBF 2016 Convention and the like (including hearing from our 2016 Delegates, who have so much to say!), and with news on collaborations and our extended Australian network. So, stay tuned and stay in touch.

However we find you when we resurface, we hope this next year brings you everything you need for the journey. Take to the road with the top down and your glad rags on.

Much love, glitter and happiness,

Coco Poppin & A’dora Derriere
Perth International Burlesque Festival

Retro Market & Peep Shows on Today

Adora Derriere - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Head down to our wonderful Retro Markets today and enjoy browsing through our fabulous stalls and be entertained by festival artists on the main stage as well as the matinee Peep Shows in the adjoining Four5Nine Bar.

Date: Sunday 26th June 2016

The Retro Market
Where: The Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Time: 12-4pm
Tickets: $3 at the door

Info Here!

Peep Shows

Where: Four5Nine Bar, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Time: 1pm & 2.30pm
Tickets: $10 + Booking Fee or $15 at the door (if available)

Info Here!

Tonight's shows!

Adora Derriere - Saturday, June 25, 2016

Its the HUGE Night of Nights for the 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival!

Saturday 25th June 2016

Glitter, Garters & Tease

Astor Theatre, 659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

Doors: 6.30pm, Show 7.30pm

Tickets Here!

Festival After Party

Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

Doors: 10pm

Tickets Here!

Door sales for both shows may be available by heading down early.

Don't forget about our Retro Market & Peep Shows on tomorrow (Sunday 26th June) at the Rosemount Hotel, North Perth between 12-4pm

Info Here!

Get your Festival Full Pass!

Adora Derriere - Monday, June 13, 2016

For $90 + Booking Fee, get the 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival Full Pass!

Included in the pass is general admission tickets to:

Fri 24th June: Dark of the Cabaret Couture Ball (Valued at $45 + processing fee)
Sat 25th June: Glitter, Garters & Tease (Valued at $60 + processing fee)
Sun 26th June: Retro Market ($3 Entry)

Passes are limited, buy yours here!

Festival starts next week!!

Adora Derriere - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Countdown is on! The 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival officially launches next Thursday 16th June. Check out all full PIBF programme here! Why not get one of our Full festival passes?

Headliner Announcement! Imogen Kelly

Adora Derriere - Thursday, May 19, 2016

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Australia's Queen of Burlesque, Imogen Kelly will be a headliner in the 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival!

She will be performing in the Dark of the Cabaret Couture Ball and Glitter, Garters & Tease as well as teaching a workshop: For the love of Lili.

Photo by Nelli Scarlet

2016 PIBF Workshops!

Adora Derriere - Friday, May 06, 2016

The 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival workshops with the headliners are now up!!

Clowns can be sexy! with Amber Topaz

Booty Rock - Twerkshop with Di' Lovely

Fabulous Floorwork with Bella de Jac

Introduction to Neo Burlesque with Lila Luxx

Photo of Di' Lovely

2016 Full Festival Programme now up!

Adora Derriere - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The amazing 2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival Programme is now LIVE!

The  2016 programme includes a regional tour to Bunbury, the PIBF Convention, all Perth Shows & Events, Festival Affiliate Events & Workshops (coming soon).

Performer profiles coming soon!

Photo of Festival Headliner Amber Topaz by Thomas R Grady.

Early Bird Tickets are up!!!

Adora Derriere - Thursday, April 07, 2016

Pick up tickets to 'Glitter, Garters & Tease' at early bird ticket prices, for a limited time only. Early bird tickets are available for purchase from today until 13th April or until sold out, and there are only 100 available. Don't delay in buying yours!

Be witness to a dazzling line-up of spectacular international, interstate & local performers in Perth International Burlesque Festival's night of nights, showcasing classic burlesque and variety artistes at their finest! 'Glitter, Garters & Tease' shows at the Astor theatre on the Saturday 25th June, 2016.

**Early Bird Tickets for General Admission seating only: $50 ($10 off full price tickets) 
Standard General Admission seating: $60
Concession General Admission seating: $57
VIP Table Seats (10 Tables of 4 seats available) $70 per seat
Group of 6+ (General Admission) : $54 each

Get your tickets here!

Lila Luxx by Nylon Riot

Burlesque Strip Strip Hooray - Dita Von Teese in Perth

Adora Derriere - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

We're so excited to announce International Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese will be touring her show Burlesque Strip Strip Hooray as part of Perth International Burlesque Festival 2016 programme! 

Show Details:

Where: Astor Theatre, 659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

When: Friday 17th & Saturday 18th June 2016

Pre-sale tickets are available on Wednesday 6th April HERE!!

2016 Perth International Burlesque Festival show, Glitter, Garters & Tease (25th June at the Astor Theatre) will have Early Bird Tickets on Sale this Thursday 7th April! 


The 5th Annual Festival of
Burlesque, Cabaret, Circus & Variety
in Perth Western Australia

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