Stockholm Burlesque Festival
Press release June 2016
“A provocative, glittering `Smörgåsbord of Sin`”


Fräulein Frauke and John-Paul Bichard are proud to present The 6th International
Stockholm Burlesque Festival! One of Europe’s biggest and most lavish burlesque
events featuring the glamorous and amazing talent of 34 acts in styles as diverse as
classic and neo burlesque, boylesque, circus, drag, dance, live music, comedy and
cabaret including top solo performers, ravishing duo acts and spectacular troupe
numbers from no less than 16 countries!

The festival runs on the 7 & 8 of October weekend with two nights of show-stopping
performances plus live music, workshops, an exhibition, the Octbooberfest
Tasseltwirling Championship, and fantastic DJs at Stockholm’s premier burlesque
venue: Nalen’s beautiful 1930’s gilded ballroom.

The performers are as diverse as they are amazing and represent the best in
international Burlesque. Australian superstar Imogen Kelly is the main festival
headliner and the first time a “Reigning Queen of Burlesque” / “Miss Exotic World
2012” (the biggest burlesque award on the planet!) is coming to the festival. Imogen
is not only an amazing performer but also a scholar, activist and comedienne.
Headliner Luminous Pariah is a Boylesque superstar from Seattle USA, a gorgeous
mix of burlesque, dance and performance art.
Hosted by one of Great Britain’s most beloved compères Lili la Scala on her Swedish
debut with her laid back wit, the most glamorous vintage wardrobe and beautiful
singing voice.
Alongside a rich line-up of very talented Swedish and international performers, two
internationally headlining acrobatic circus duos are invited: Duo Vilja (swe) and Leo
and Teo (us).

The Stockholm Burlesque Festival is a non-competative celebratory showcase of the
“best of the best” that brings together as many different styles and geographical areas
as possible to show the audience something truly unique and varied.
A little bit of competitive fun is, however, included with the very popular
“Octbooberfest – Tasseltwirling Championship”- a month long online and on site
collection to the Pink Ribbon Breast cancer fund as well as a silly, sparkling, light
hearted competition in the fine art of Tasselwtirling!

The festival was founded in 2010 by Duchess and The Amazing Knicker Kittens and
has the last five years been developed and run by Bichard Studios: performer and
producer Fräulein Frauke and photographer and artist John-Paul Bichard, both named
“Top 50 Burlesque personalities” by online magazine 21 Century Burlesque two
years in a row.

The 6th International Stockholm Burlesque Festival – 7 & 8 Oktober, Nalen
Press contact: Fräulein Frauke / Felicia Bichard – – +46 (0) 708605057
Press pictures:


Photo credits: John-Paul Bichard (Luminous Pariah & Bichard Studios duo ) and Caveboy Studios (Imogen

Burlesque is an established, largely feminist creative artform growing in popularity
around the world questioning sexuality, gender norms and beauty standards with
humour and striptease offering high production vintage inspired glamorous
entertainment and beauty in a modern twist.