Act Applications Now Closed

We are no longer accepting submissions from performers.  All notifications will go out by February 29, 2020.  Application fees were on a "Pay What You Can" basis and here is the philosophy behind doing it this way.

Howard Awards Change

This year, as a nod to our new home, the categories for Howard Awards have been magically transformed! They are now Most Bewitching, Most Enchanting, Most Spellbinding, Most Magical, and Most Wicked.

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Our Lucky 13th Edition!

NEW 2020 Dates & Location Announced

Labor Day Weekend, 4-6, 2020 in Salem, MA

The Great Burlesque Exposition scheduled for April 2020 is being rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2020.  A longer letter will be going out to each of the people effected by this decision, but the high points are:

  • If you were accepted to perform or teach, your are still accepted.  We'll just ask you to confirm.  If you need to cancel because of a conflict with the new dates, we will do our best to get you into BurlExpo14.
  • If you purchased a Vendor Space, you can reschedule or request a 100% refund.
  • If you purchased tickets, you can reschedule or request a 100% refund.
  • If you had made a reservation at The Hotel Salem, they will refund you. 
  • Our new hotel is The Clipper Ship Inn, located less than a mile from the Bridge at 211.  Please call them at (978) 745-8022 and ask for the "Burlesque Expo" room block.  They have a very limited number of rooms set aside for us and Labor Day is a very popular time to go to Salem, so please make your reservations ASAP.
  • The Museum of Burlesque, scheduled to open BurlExpo weekend, will be opening on August 1, 2020 and be open through the last weekend in September.

This is not a decision that was made easily or lightly, but the physical and emotional health of our attendees, staff, participants, and audience has to come first.  Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you all in September.

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Get Involved

The Great Burlesque Exposition wants you! Now is the time to get involved as a high-level organizer.  We're looking for people passionate about burlesque to help make 2020 our best year so far.  If you're intested in being part of the steering committee, please email us with a little bit about you and what you're interested in.