About Us

The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is Canada’s most prestigious and longest-running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006, the VIBF brings global talent and local superstars to downtown Vancouver every spring!

Our City has a rich history of burlesque and cabaret dating back to the Golden Age of Burlesque. Entertainment reporter Jack Wasserman said of our 1940’s cabaret scene:

“Vancouver erupted as the vaudeville capital of Canada – rivalling and outstripping Montreal in the east and San Francisco in the south as one of the few places where the brightest of the nightclub era could be glimpsed from behind a post, through a smoke filled room, over the heads of $20 tippers at ringside.”  

Vancouver has honoured this colourful history by becoming an incubator of talent and innovation. The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose Vancouver audiences to the art of burlesque. For over a decade and counting, our weekend event has grown into a world class experience. Each year we present four unforgettable days of engaging talks, educational workshops, and other fun and fabulous supporting events, including two showcase evenings featuring many of the world’s most sought-after burlesque performers, Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque, and the best of Vancouver’s own glitterati.

NEW FOR 2018

Diversity Policy

The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Association and Artistic Director are committed to ensuring that our diverse local and international burlesque community is represented on the Festival’s stage. The VIBFA and Artistic Director curate our annual events to ensure the visibility and inclusion of those who identify as performers of color, performers of size, performers over 40 years of age, performers with disabilities, and performers belonging to the LGBTTTQQIAAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Agender, Pansexual) community. The Festival’s final curation is designed to reflect the full spectrum of bodies and identities enriching and defining burlesque today.

3 Years On, 1 Year Off Recommendation

The Festival Board and Artistic Director have heard and listened to community feedback and concerns about repeat casting. With this in mind, The VIBFA recommends that local and international performers use a self-monitored and self-implemented “3 years on, 1 year off” policy for solo acts; If a performer has been selected to perform a solo for the past three consecutive years, the VIBFA Board and Artistic Director encourage them to get involved with the Festival in alternate ways for the upcoming year. This recommendation is self-implemented and optional; performers will not be penalized for applying against this recommendation, and their acts will be scored fairly alongside other submissions.

Fresh Face Features

Fresh perspectives, ideas, and innovations are required for the growth and continued health of any art form. In order to shine the spotlight on emerging talent newer performers, the VIBFA and Artistic Director have implemented one “Fresh Face Feature” solo slot each for both our local and international showcase events; one “Fresh Face” will be selected per showcase, giving those who have been performing for 2 years or less an opportunity to show us the bright future of burlesque!

FESTIVAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DIAMOND MINX

DIAMOND MINX

PRESIDENT - ASSOCIATION TREASURER - PRODUCING MEMBER (TIT TALKS)
FAYE HAVOC

FAYE HAVOC

VICE PRESIDENT
DEE LUSHIOUS

DEE LUSHIOUS

ASSOCIATION SECRETARY - PRODUCING MEMBER (BUFFIES)
DONNA BOSS ROGERS

DONNA BOSS ROGERS

MEMBER AT LARGE
REBEL VALENTINE

REBEL VALENTINE

MEMBER AT LARGE - PRODUCING MEMBER (BUFFIES)
GINGER AVENUE

GINGER AVENUE

MEMBER AT LARGE - PRODUCING MEMBER (TIT TALKS)

The VIBFA is a non profit association run by an elected Board of Directors. This team volunteers their expertise to bring you the finest in modern burlesque.

VIBF ADMINISTRATION

RUTHE ORDARE

RUTHE ORDARE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
ARABELLA ALLURE

ARABELLA ALLURE

FESTIVAL ADMINISTRATOR

ADJUDICATION TEAM

FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS

FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS

VIBF 2018
Thank you to this year’s dedicated panel of adjudicators, who carefully considered each and every one of this year’s record-breaking number of submissions! Your expertise and opinions are greatly valued, and play an intrinsic role in making the Festival the best it can be. We would also like to credit Gina Louise for inspiring the phrasing of our letters to applicants not accepted into the Festival this year; thank you for sharing your gifts of encouragement and wisdom.