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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 – rivaling 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 cabaret talent and innovation. The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose the wonderful people of Vancouver to the intricate art of burlesque. Over the last 10 years this project has grown into a world class cabaret experience. Each year we produce two showcase events highlighting many of the world’s most sought after burlesque performers alongside International Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque and the best of Vancouver’s Glitteratti.
Stay tuned for 2018 application and festival dates!
The VIBF 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.
Experience the VIBF 2017 Showcase Events at The Vancouver Playhouse March 31st & April 1st