Why should I apply to the VBF?
The VBF-Family loves to create events full of passion, professionalism and a variety of all different aspects of our beloved art form 'Burlesque'. We're bringing you each festival the pick of the glitter in form of international headliners. Meet your favorite performers, hang out with them and just have fun – as a big happy family ... as cheesy that may sound, but we really are a family!
For one week each year the Vienna Boylesque Festival will deliver world-class progressive performance art from burlesque artists, drag artists, dancers, and beyond to an international audience in Vienna. Through expression, exploration and discussion it will help forward positive attitudes to bodies, sex, and gender across Austria, Europe, and the World. The Festival is proud to call Vienna it's home and will work with the city, community organisations and companies to deliver cultural and economic benefits to the region.
The application form for the Vienna Boylesque Festival is free of charge. At the end of the form you will find a “donation button“. In lieu of an application fee, we kindly ask for an optional donation so that we can continue to present the pick of the glitter at the festival and produce a fantastic show for performers as well as guests. A donation is not mandatory, but we would be very grateful for whatever you are able to give.
For a body, sex and gender positive world
“A dynamite Festival! Extraordinary is not a big enough word to tell you just how fabulous every single entertainer was. Everybody was different everybody had a different act different costume music it was one of the best festivals I have ever been to and I was doubly honored to be the first burlesque Legend to Grace their stage. If I was not going to retire I would do their Festival every single year.“
(Burlesque Legend and Queen of the Fire Tassels - Satan's Angel, USA)
“One of the best Burlesque/Boylesque festivals in the world. Bravo (Sina King, AU)".
“It is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and professionally run festivals I have ever experienced! Headlining this festival was truly a career highlight! (Waxie Moon, USA)".
“I had such an amazing time at the Boylesque Festival Vienna. The staff and producer Jacques Patriaque went out of there way to take care of my needs as a performer and tourist (Chris Harder, USA)".
“This event is a stellar line up of international Burlesque at it's BEST or BUST“ (World Famous *BOB*, USA)“.
“What a magical time! I was treated like a QUEEN! The stage at the Staadstaal was glorious and the audience was hungry and loving every second! What a treat! The crew was as charming as they were helpful and the whole experience from start to finish was delightfully professional (Trixie Little, USA – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2015)!"
Terms & Conditions:
Quantaty of Acts:
If you are performing more than 1-2 years, your application must include two different video links to footage of the acts you wish to perform.
If you are accepted to perform at the festival you will perform one out of the two acts you've submitted.
*Exception: Newcomers with only one act, are allowed to submit that one act only; just copy the video link twice into the “video link field“. But please note, that the act you submit better be a damn good one!
Quality of the Video: You will not be evaluated on the quality of your video, meaning sound, lighting, editing, etc., but your video should still reflect your stage persona at its best and highlight your act in terms of what makes notably your act special. That said, please ensure that we can see your face properly during your act, because if the lighting is so bright that we can’t even see your facial expressions or half of your routine is hidden behind an audience member’s head or the audience is screaming the whole way through your act, so we can't hear the music or the camerawork is shaky or filmed from far away ... we can't properly evaluate how awesome you or your act might be. Brief, make sure it meets basic reasonable watchability standards.
Link to the Video: All video submissions will be via an online link that is included in the application. We accept YouTube or Vimeo links only!
Nonworking video links: Video links of your performance footage are essential to the application process, so please choose and type/copy them carefully and double-check it for accuracy. Make sure that the link itself works and that the music in your video footage due to copyright in certain countries works as well. Submitted video links set on “private“ or non functional links, cannot be taken into consideration and therefore won't be evaluated!
If you want your video to be viewable by the selection team but not viewable or searchable by the public, most video-upload sites have a setting that allows this.
On YouTube, it is called "viewable only by people who have the URL." Your online video should be publicly viewable without any login, password, or any other restrictions.
, it's called “share a video through a private link“. Choose “only people with the pirvate link“ option, to not make it viewable or searchable by the public.
Time limit of the Video:
Please note that there is a very strict time limit for acts! Solo/ duo and group acts should not exceed 5:30 minutes. There is no exception to this rule! The maximum time you have on stage really is 5:30 minutes, acts that are longer than 5:30 minutes will automatically not be taken into consideration.
Completeness of the Video: Please only submit a full-lenght version of your act, avoid submitting teaser videos, which are only highliting parts of your (full) act. This way the Selection team can't really evaluate your act properly and you risk getting lower scores and further migth end up having lower scores overall compared to other performers and being tured down for the festival.
By appearing in one of the "Vienna Boylesque Festival" shows you agree to being filmed on stage without making any claims on the material or how your act is going to be filmed.
General Info: Your application must include two (2) photos of either your submitted acts or photos that are reflecting your stage persona at its best!
Photography: By sending in your application to "Vienna Boylesque Festival" you agree that, should you be selected to perform, your name and promotional photograph may be used for press and promotional purposes in conjunction with the festival. By appearing in one of the "Vienna Boylesque Festival" shows you agree to having photos of you and your act taken on stage without making any claims on the material.
Photo Submission: We strongly advice to submit high-res photos only. Photos with 300 dpi are mostly fine.
Photo Credit: Also make sure to add the credit of the photographer within the application.
Please make sure to submit portrait mode photos only.
Please note that the "Vienna Boylesque Festival" does not cover any of your expenses in conjunction with the festival. If you are selected to perform you will receive a small fee which is not negotiable.
• Austrian solo performers will receive in total € 70.-
• Austrian duo performers will receive in total € 90.-
• International solo performers will receive in total € 90.-
• International duo performers in total € 120.-
• International troupes will receive in total € 140.-*
*With “troupe” we mean a group with three or more performers.
We will transfer all performer fees after the festival via paypal only. PLEASE NOTE! That the VBF does not cover any additional costs or transfer fees in regards to paypal. Invoices have to be sent no later than 14 days after the festival in order to be paid. We only accept signed and correctly filled out VBF Invoice templates! Please don't forget to indicate your paypal account clearly and legibly.
On behalf of the manager of the venue and due to a strictly limited number of people allowed at the venue itself, it is unfortunately not possible to give free passes for both nights. Meaning that you will only get a free pass for the night you are performing. However, we will gladly offer you discounted performer tickets for the night you are not performing in case you want to see the show. For our After Show Parties, every performer of the festival will receive free entry. If you are traveling with friends, family or your partner, please note that there are no +1’s for any parties -not for the VBF, nor for the After Show Parties.
Rules & Regulations
• If you are selected to perform in one of the paid shows of the festival you must sign the invoice of the "Vienna Boylesque Festival". You are responsible for making sure the invoice is complete and that it complies with the tax and business laws of your region.
• If you are selected to perform you agree to promoting the festival through your webpage, newsletter and Facebook page if you have them, for at least four weeks prior to the festival.
• If you receive an offer to appear in the festival you must commit to within the mentioned deadline by VBF or your place will go to another applicant.
• Aerial acts, fire acts (depends on the act) and Pole dance are welcome.
• Changes to application - except for updating your account information, no changes to the application itself can be made once it is submitted.
• Performance dates and your availability - The VBF18 will take place from May 30th to May 31st (incl. the After Show Party “Imperial Madness: to June 2nd, 2018). If you are accepted to perform at VBF18, your acceptance message will indicate which night's show you will be performing in. If you are unable to attend on your specific night, your spot cannot be switched for another night and you may be asked to forfeit your spot. Once you confirm your appearance at VBF, we expect each performer to be available and comit to its given performance spot.