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Applications are CLOSED!

Applications are CLOSED!

Applications for the 2022 edition of the Dutch Burlesque Festival are closed. But keep an eye on our website for the applications for 2023!

The Dutch Burlesque Festival is a celebration of the weird and wonderful world of burlesque. There's no theme, no competition, just a fabulous feast of the very best burlesque.


Whether your are a seasoned pro or a rad rookie, if you have an act that’s ready for the stage, we want to hear from you! We are looking for the full breadth of burlesque genres: from the most classic beauty to the most oddball nerdlesque and everything in between. Performers of color, queer performers and those with bodies not represented in mainstream media: we would love to have you on our stage and encourage you to apply. 

What we are looking for:
-    Show us something we’ve never seen before… originality is key!
-    Make sure your act is no longer than 5 minutes
-    Sadly, we cannot accommodate aerial or pole
-    We want to our stage kittens to have some fun too, so no excessive fluids or glitter


Important dates

Application deadline: May 30 23:59, 2022

Notification to applicants: until June 27, 2022

Dates of festival: Friday September 23 & Saturday September 24, 2022

Additional information for performers
All artists will receive a fee of €100 per act. Duo acts will receive €150.

The Dutch Burlesque Festival takes place in the lovely city of Utrecht, right in the center of the Netherlands, smack in the middle of Europe. There is a direct, 25-minute train from the main airport Schiphol (Amsterdam) to Utrecht. We can advise you on the best way to get to and around Utrecht. You are responsible for your own accommodation, but we will be making arrangements with local hotels and hostels so all performers can have an affordable place to stay close to the venue. 

On the day you are performing, you will have enough time for your run-through, and we will be providing dinner and refreshments throughout the night. Your performer pass will also give you access to the show on the night you are not performing, though there might be standing room only.

Before you arrive, you will receive a custom made burlesque city guide, telling you exactly where to buy some last-minute snaps for your costume, where to have the best lunches and where to rent a bike for that quintessentially Dutch experience! 
We will do our very best to make sure all performers feel safe while in Utrecht for the Dutch Burlesque Festival. The Netherlands are one of the safest countries in Europe, but if you feel uncomfortable walking back to your hotel at night, we will arrange a chaperone. Throughout the festival, we have a strong anti-racism and -sexism policy. We will throw out anyone, performers and audience members alike, who displays offensive behavior.

As you may know, the 2020 edition of the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Many of the performers who were cast will be performing again. They have all been contacted and do not have to apply again. Because the venue for the 2022 edition is much larger than the original venue, we are able to showcase more performers and have opened up applications again.