New York Burlesque Festival

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New York Burlesque Festival
The World Famous *BOB*, Miss Exotic World 2006
The World Famous *BOB*,
Miss Exotic World 2006
Status Active
Genre Festivals
Date(s) September 24 - Sept 27, 2015
Frequency Annually
Location(s) New York. NY US
Founder Jen Gapay
The World Famous Pontani Sisters

The New York Burlesque Festival is an annual four-day event that takes place in New York City each fall.


The festival premiered in 2003 and was founded by Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions along with Angie Pontani, Tara Pontani and Helen Pontani of The World Famous Pontani Sisters.[1]

Festival venues and performers[edit]

The festival features over 100 burlesque and variety performers from around the world, making it one of the largest international burlesque events.[2] Burlesque is performed by featured performers in addition to live music, comedy and variety.


The four nights of the festival take place at various venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to live performances, all shows feature interactive elements where patrons get burlesque makeovers or purchase paraphernalia such as pasties, costumes and corsets.[3]

Venues for the festival include B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, the Highline Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl and The Bell House. Previous venues have included Le Poisson Rouge, The Maritime Hotel, The Limelight and the Supper Club.[4]


Performers have included the following:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tantum, Bruce (17 May 2011). "Interview with Thirsty Girl Production's Jen Gapay". Time Out NY. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Not Just Naughty: N.Y. Burlesque Busts Out". Weekend Edition. NPR. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Deliso, Meredith (24 September 2009). "Shake, shimmy and shine: NY Burlesque Festival returns". 24/Seven. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Chang, Talisa (8 October 2009). "Burg-Lesque: New York Burlesque Fest Kicks Off in Williamsburg". Greenpoint News. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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