Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival was the lovechild of Burlesque performers & producers, Lady Wildflower and Heidi Bang Tidy. Curated in 2013, together they produced 7 festivals until Heidi retired from HBBF in 2019. They built a reputation for staging spectacular events across the North of England. In addition to HBBF, Heidi & Wildflower have also worked together to produce Green Eggs & Glam at The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, Champagne & Showgirls in Halifax & Bradford and Dr Sketchy's Hebden Bridge.
Lady Wildflower is an internationally acclaimed Burlesque artist who has toured the globe performing all over Europe, China and New York since 2008. She was voted in the Top 20 UK Burlesque Performers of 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 by 21st Century Burlesque. In 2018 she was placed No. 67 worldwide and No. 8 in the UK.
She was nominated for "Best British Burlesque Performer" at The Burlesque Awards and The Sexhibition Awards in 2016. An award-winning nipple tassel twirler: Lady Wildflower won "Best Technique" and first runner up at the Octbooberfest Tassel Twirling Championships at the 2016 Stockholm Burlesque Festival.
Wildflower is also the producer of The Frou Frou Club Burlesque & Cabaret Show, which has been entertaining audiences in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Manchester, Ramsbottom & Grimsby since 2011.
Wildflower is also a well respected and in demand Burlesque tutor. She teaches regular courses in Manchester and Leeds and travels the UK and internationally teaching workshops and one-to-one coaching & mentoring. Several of her students have become in-demand, international, award-winning burlesque performers.
Over 180 different performers have appeared at HBBF since 2013. Some of the world's biggest burlesque headliners have graced the HBBF stages over the years including Kitten DeVille, Jett Adore, Perle Noire, Sydni Deveraux and Sweetpea to name a few.
In 2016, HBBF was awarded the "Best Event" award at the UK Burlesque Awards and is considered one of the most respected Burlesque events in the European Burlesque calendar by performers and audiences alike.
In 2016 and 2017, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival was awarded Arts Council Funding. As the only Burlesque weekender in the UK to receive such funding, it was a stamp of approval for both the Festival and the artform itself.
2020 marks the 8th year of Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival and Wildflower's first year producing the festival alone. What started as relatively small 2 day event has grown to be one of the biggest events of it's kind in Europe.
HBBF takes place in the small picturesque West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge and nearby Todmorden. Hebden Bridge is known for it's bohemian spirit and creativity. With its independent boutiques, organic cafes and independent art galleries set amongst the beautiful, quintessentially British cobbled streets and rolling wooded hills. Hebden Bridge has been labelled "The Greatest Town in Europe", "The 4th Funkiest Town in the World" and "The Lesbian Capital of the UK". HBBF is one of the town's many fabulous festivals, including the Happy Valley Pride, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the Handmade Parade.
If you are looking for a healthy portion of fabulous, featuring some of the best performers from the world of burlesque and alternative cabaret, served up with a great big dollop of Yorkshire hospitality, then Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is the place to be.