With winter clipping at the heels of the Northern Hemisphere, what better way to celebrate being indoors than by seductively disrobing? Opening 27 October 2010, the first-annual Stockholm Burlesque Festival invites striptease fans and performers alike for four days of pasty twirling, fan shaking and coquettish pouting in the appropriately faded glory of the Berns Salonger. Alongside Scandinavia's finest burlesque artists—including The Amazing Knicker Kittens, Miss Lilly Deluxe, Bettie Blackheart and the world's quickest showgirl, Kiki Hawaiji—the event heats the city up with some of the scene's top performers from around the globe, including Miss Indigo Blue, Trixie Little, World Famous *BOB* (the incredible female-female impersonator) and holder of Mister Exotic World 2010, The Evil Hate Monkey .
Lending support to the Pink Ribbon Campaign for breast cancer relief, the cleverly-named Octbooberfest showcases amateur talent with the Tassel Twirling Championship, open to anyone with ta-tas who wants to shake them.
Saturday's events include the world's most seasoned burlesque stars, who will stun the crowd with their ingenuity, experience and innovation. The fantastic lineup includes The Evil Hate Monkey, World Famous *BOB*, Miss Indigo Blue and Trixie Little performing all strands of this genre of performance.
Sunday finishes the weekend with a more civilized schedule inviting guests to dine well with afternoon tea and buffet while enjoying yet more sumptuous delights of the Amazing Knicker Kittens—a perfect way to wind down before rejoining the realm of the clothed.
As well as the evening (and afternoon) entertainment, Stockholm's Burlesque Festival has organized a series of workshops led by some of the evening's star performers. Choose from learning about The Art of the Tease or Tassel Twirling for the Twenty First Century, both led by Miss Indigo Blue, and World Famous *BOB* will be divulging tips for confidence building in her own special way, as well as leading a workshop on stage beauty techniques.
Considering this is the premiere for this event, organizers have set the bar high for what promises to be one of the future highlights of the European burlesque calendar.