Panel Discussion - The Cultural Case for Diversity: The Burlesque Elephant in the Room

Following the success of 2017's "I am Woman, Hear Me Phwoar!" we are delighted to present a second guest panel discussion - this time around the Cultural Case for Diversity and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the Burlesque Industry.

"Diversity and equality are crucial to the arts because they sustain, refresh, replenish and release the true potential of our artistic talent – from every background. England's diverse nature offers unique opportunities for artistic collaborations and innovation."
[Arts Council England] 

Join PHD Student Claudia Jazz Haley (also known as Arabella Twist) as she chairs a panel discussion around one of the thorniest issues in Burlesque - Diversity. Specifically, opportunities and visibility for Performers of Colour, LGBTQ+ artists and people with disabilities.

The panel will tackle questions such as:

  • What do we do about cultural appropriation?
  • How can we provide safe intersectional feminist spaces in an industry grown out of the 1950s tradition of cis, white, thin, beautiful women taking their clothes off in the male gaze?
  • How do we ensure performances are appealing, relatable and accessible for people with disabilities?  
  • What do we do about tokenism?
  • Why is that even important?

Following last year's panel discussion, chaired by Dr Ellen Wright of De Montfort University, we are delighted to have another panel of industry experts, academics, performers and activists come together to tackle the Burlesque Elephant in the room.

This is a FREE event with a voluntary donation on the way out - No advance tickets are required, just queue outside the Terrace Room for the doors opening at 11.15am. 

Please note, this event was full in 2017 - we recommend queuing early.

at Hebden Bridge Town Hall (Terrace Room)
Saturday 5th May
11:30AM - 1:30PM