FAQ #1 – I’m about to apply for NZBF20. What do I need to have?

Make sure you have details about yourself (bio), a good promo photo, and details of up to 3 acts as well as footage of each act. It doesn’t have to be professionally shot footage, even rehearsal video is enough so we can get a feel for what your act is. Also make sure you have the application fee ready. If you want more info on preparing to apply for a festival, co-producer MisRed Delicious wrote a blog on the subject here.


FAQ #2 – I’m developing an act. Can I still apply?

Yes absolutely. We do need to see footage of your act though, even just rehearsal footage and without costume is okay. We need to get a feel for your act. Applications are open until 31 January though, so if you think you can hold off sending in your application to allow you more time, then that’s fine… but don’t miss the deadline!


FAQ #3 – I’m relatively new to burlesque. Can I still apply?

YES!!!!! We structure our festival to make sure we have a balance between experienced, intermediate and rookie performers, so there are spaces for performers across all levels to be a part of the event. If you’ve got a great act, we want to see it regardless of how long you’ve been performing! Find out more about the Burlesque Festival Selection process here in a blog written by co-producer MisRed Delicious.


FAQ #4 – As an international performer, New Zealand is sooooo far away! Is their any special benefit to travelling to come be a part of this festival?

HELL YEAH THERE IS! No matter if you’re from down the road or across the globe we love showing hospitality to our guests and want to make sure you’re included in our community. For our internationals we make sure we have airport transfers to the venue if we can, connect you to other people who may be staying on site so you can half your accommodation cost, even try and billet you out so you have no accommodation costs…. just ask Mary Jane Green…. we put her up in one of our producers house!*

We love all our performers and want to make sure you have the best experience possible. If you’ve made the effort to be good to us when you come all this way, and no matter from where, then we will make sure you get more than just a honorarium and a kick ass goodie bag out of it!

*must love dogs though.


FAQ #5 – I’ve performed for the last 3 festivals. Can I apply?

Sadly no. We have  a rule that anyone who has performed 3 festivals in a row as the same persona will not be eligible to apply except by special invitation (i.e if you’ve performed as part of a group for the last 3 years, and applying as an independent performer that is perfectly acceptable, or vice versa). This is to ensure we that we are opening up a more diverse performer base and giving our audiences variety in what’s on offer. Large groups are exempt from this though as we recognize that troupes are rare and members may change. If you are unsure, or are still super keen to be a part of the event, please contact us directly to discuss an exemption.


FAQ #6 – Do you take just strip tease?


We recognise that burlesque is a diverse performance art which includes singers, circus, contortionists, pole, drag, comedy, illusion, mind mystery and more! While we are limited by our venue restrictions, almost anything that can be associated with burlesque is welcome to apply. Same if you think your style of burlesque strip tease is a little far out, we will still give the application the same consideration as all others. If you are not sure though, just ask us and we can let you know!


FAQ #7 – Do I have to be performing to run a workshop?

No absolutely not! If you have a workshop which has anything to do with burlesque, including wider performance arts, costuming, business, anything really that is of benefit to enhancing performer development, or even subjects that may of general interest to the public, then we want to hear about it. Applications are free for workshops, so apply with one or apply with many! It’s up to you.


FAQ #8 – Can I apply as a troupe and as an individual performer?

Yes absolutely. Being selected to perform as an individual will not rule out your troupe to perform… and vice versa. Each application is treated on it’s own merits and is given the same amount of review consideration as others. Just make sure you apply separately though as only one act for an application will be taken if successful.


FAQ #9 – I’m not sure what shows to apply for. Any tips?

Apply for all of them! This immediately increases your chances to get in as it gives us options of where we can place you if successful. If you only apply for one show or the other, you will only be considered for that show you apply for. Likewise though, if you really really just want to do the one show, we respectfully ask that you only apply for that show… we don’t want to disappoint you by putting you in the other show and then get disappointing ourselves when you turn us down. We carefully build the flow of the show around our selected performers so declining an offer to perform can have an effect on what we had planned.


FAQ #10 – I’m not sure what acts to apply with. Any tips?

We recommend you apply with as many acts as you can in your applications (up to 3) in order of your favourite first.  This again increases your chances to get in as it gives us options to pick from if you are successful as we can select the act that suits the variety we look for. When selecting acts we look for the impact it gives us as an “audience” member watching your footage. We keep our minds open and do not have a defined style or preference for burlesque, so don’t be afraid to apply if you think you are “too” much of a particular style  or “too” out of the box”. Overall we love it all and give every act applied with a fair chance on it’s own individual merit. You can also learn more about our selection process in this blog written by coproducer MisRed 


FAQ #11 – As a performer, what can I expect from 4 days of Festival activities?

We’ll be opening the festival with a casual mixer the Thursday night. This is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with our headliners, meet other performers and guests in a chill environment, ready to set you up for the few days ahead. On the Friday and Saturday days we will have a mix of theory and practical workshops that are open to everyone including the general public. Friday will host the Royal Tease show and Saturday, Spectacular Tease, each with an exclusive after party event afterwards. On Sunday we close the Festival with brunch, where we award the Highness of Hustle title (winner of the after-party shenanigans) and the Burlesque Exchange Scholarship to a NZ based performer. This is a great way to reconnect with everyone before travelling and we highly recommend coming to our “hangover” brunch!