Q & A Stockholm Burlesque Festival
Why should I apply to the Stockholm Burlesque Festival?
SBF is one of Europe’s biggest and longest running burlesque festivals. Over the six years have we brought amazing performers from around the globe to our beautiful venues in Stockholm and our wonderful audience.
We pride ourself on having a non-competitive, inclusive and supportive atmosphere, where we want as many different types of burlesque be represented in terms of styles, sizes, gender etc. We also provide great quality pictures and video (for a small fee). We offer a programme of workshops and informal meet and greets as well as our ‘famous’, casual and super cosy performer Sunday Brunch.
You state that you can not take much glitter and confetti – why, and is it worth me trying to apply anyway with my glitter number?
Our Saturday venue Nalen does not allow glitter or confetti at all – the fine plastic gets into their lights, damaging them. The Friday venue have not banned glitter, but they don’t like it. We love glitter as much as the next guy, but we often feel that glitter can be over-used in acts and leaves the stage slippery for subsequent performers.
So we want to keep our shows as free of glitter as possible. If you have a glitter act you want to apply with, state in the application if you are happy taking the glitter/confetti away, and how much glitter you are planning on using.
There is a specific type of glitter canon with larger, streaming confetti that both venues approve of, so ask us if that is an option for your act. Also flower petals and such are alright.
Why does it cost to apply to your festival?
We take a small fee to apply to SBF (70 SEK / 7 euros). This is because we want everyone applying to be really serious about wanting to come and take part in the festival. The fee ensures us that applicants have thought about their commitment, are serious about performing and have considered the costs involved with coming to our wonderful city.
We are aware that festivals are expensive but feel we offer a chance to network with amazing performers, to see a broad cross section of styles and celebrate our form in amazing surroundings.
What acts are you looking for?
We are looking for well developed acts from as a wide style of burlesque- and related artforms as possible! We plan the two nights to be of equal quality and ambition, so there is no “better” night, just two crazy, engaging and unforgetable experiences. We do love everything from classic and beautiful, to weird, crazy, political, satirical and scary.
How do you feel about inclusion vs racial appropriation?
This is a hard but important question. The SBF do not support acts that racially appropriate. We are looking for as diverse a line-up as possible, but also feel that acts that are ‘borrowing’ too much, and too clearly, from another culture, is problematic. Of course, this is sometimes a very fine line, but for example, we won’t book a caucasian artist performing a Geisha or Native American act and we will not show Blackface. We are open to discuss acts if you have any questions regarding this, and we also want to be very clear that this is an area that is difficult for all of us as we learn lessons and work to improve the way we work with influences and show sensitivity to other cultures.
How do you decide on who is going to headline? Can I apply for a headlining slot?
The SBF is a big and beautiful event and we are fortunate to have had absolutely amazing and well established performers apply over the years. We have few headlining spots that are by invitation only, and usually booked between 9 to 6 month prior to the event.