About the Festival


‘The Australian Burlesque Festival celebrating eight years in 2017’

‘The world’s largest touring burlesque festival ‘5 stars’

 “Burlesque is Burlesque”. Seek not to button it down, because its entire point of existence is to break free and show us things that we have not experienced before.

Directed and pro­duced by burlesque star & icon Dolores Dai­quiri, who has significantly contributed to the success of ABF since 2009.

The Australian Burlesque Festival was initially co-foun­ded and established in late 2009 (early contributors Chaz Royal, Sapphira, Rosy Rabbit) which was born out of a pas­sion to cel­eb­rate our won­der­ful bur­lesque com­munity. 

ABF deb­ut­ed in 2010 to sold out audi­ences with the fest­ival flourishing and continuing to experience sold out and packed shows across the country. Each year gets bigger and better with 2016 being the most successful year to date! 2017 promises to be even more lavish, exciting and fun!

Aus­tralian burlesque is internationally renown for its unique fla­vour of the­at­rical, glamorous and avant-garde bur­lesque and out­rageously tal­en­ted performers. The Aus­tralian Bur­lesque Fest­ival brings together the best of our homegrown artists as well as inter­na­tional burlesque icons!

The past seven years have seen bur­lesque afi­cion­ados and first timers alike delighting in the stunning array of sensational tease with more glamorous strip-tease, exciting neo-burlesque and exotic seduction than they can handle!

The Australian Burlesque Festival is a unique community based exper­i­ence uniting burlesque artists all over the country and the globe in a tour of sizzling showcases, workshops and industry awards.

“Although all the artists were bombshells, the performers who incorporated additional accoutrements, made the act of taking their clothes off quite secondary to their overall mystique, which is very much at the crux of effective burlesque: enchantment, chimera and intrigue proved to be as breathtaking and arguably more erotic than sheer nudity” – Theatre Review

“Whether you’re an old hand at burlesque, or you know even less about it than you could learn from a viewing of Gypsy, the Australian Burlesque Festival is an amazing opportunity to see some of the best cabaret from around Australia and the world” – Adelaide University

“The curtains opened and it felt electric. I was totally hooked” – Aphra Magazine

“One of Sydney’s top ten Burlesque events!” – Timeout Sydney

“There’s something for absolutely everyone at the Australian Burlesque Festival.” – Everguide.com

“Tonight we attended The Australian Burlesque Festival. What a glam-glorious night starring Australia’s best performers!” – The Dusk Zone Blogger

“Sensual, divine, wicked, sassy, witty, sultry, absolutely AMAZING performances by the Queens of Burlesque at the Australian Burlesque Festival Sydney night! Ladies… you are magnificent!”
– Australian Burlesque Calendar

Meet the Team


Dolores Dai­quiriCo-Founder, Director & Production Manager

Director and co-founder of the worlds largest touring burlesque festival, producer of a vast number of successful events & shows, a burlesque mentor & teacher, well-established and respected burlesque artist, Dolores is in demand and is an Australian Burlesque Star! She is a consummate performer, a doyen of the industry, an in-demand producer and a mainstay within the burlesque community.

Dolores Daiquiri began her career at the forefront of the Burlesque ‘explosion’ over fifteen years ago and is considered a pioneer of the revival of burlesque in Australia. Starting her journey as a founding member of Australia’s longest serving burlesque troupe and then as a soloist in 2009, Dolores continues to perform and star in a vast array of showcases in Australia and internationally which encompasses local & corporate events, private shows and media launches. Dolores regularly performs at popular burlesque and cabaret venues.

As a producer she has launched and produced many exciting and hugely successful events including ‘The Australian Burlesque Festival’ which tours nationally every year to sold out audiences. Her current project ‘Bubble Glamour Productions’ launched in early 2017. Combining her performance, production and event management experience to deliver a ‘Boutique Entertainment’ service.

Headliner & Featured Artist in many shows and festivals including the Australian Burlesque Festival, Perth Burlesque Festival, Paris Burlesque Festival, New Zealand Burlesque Festival, Noumea Burlesque Festival & New York Burlesque Festival

21st Century Magazine: Top 10 Australian Burlesque Performer 2014 & 2015!

‘Guinness World Record Holder 2014 – Burleskathon’

‘The Australian Burlesque Museum’ ICONS Exhibition 2015





Angel LeggasOfficial Photographer/Marketing Manager

Angel has worked in the Melbourne professional & independent arts scene for over twenty years as an actor, writer, director, producer, photographer and videographer. He founded his own production company – 3 Fates Media in 2011 and has since produced numerous theatre works including the sold out season of ‘Triage! A Nursing Cabaret’ as part of the 2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, the silent comedy ‘Last Mime Standing’ for the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Box Office smash and 2013 Green Room Nominated Cabaret – ‘The Yummy Burlesque Hour’. In 2014, Angel wrote, directed, produced and filmed 2 advertising campaigns for AFL Victoria as well as producing another sell out season of ‘The Yummy Burlesque Hour’ at Melbourne’s iconic Butterfly Club.

2015 saw Angel’s production company – 3 Fates Media, providing multimedia services for the acclaimed, sell out season of ‘The Living Museum of Erotic Women – Written and Directed by Willow J Conway and produced by Bernzerk Productions. He was also a major sponsor of the Miss Burlesque Australia Victorian final. In 2016, 3 Fates Media was brought on as an official partner of the Australian Burlesque Festival, providing photography, videography and marketing services showcasing performances over the month long event and will continue this proud association in 2017.




Lila LuxxProduction Coordinator

Lila Luxx returns in 2018 as the Australian Burlesque Festival’s Co-Producer

Lila’s passion for event management and production lead her to study a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) and Post Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural Management. She has successfully produced a range of dynamic and diverse events including metal bands, contemporary dance, theatre and, of course, burlesque.

After 6 years at Queensland’s major performing arts centre coordinating the execution of event contracts and high profile settlements, Lila became a freelance producer in 2014 and has been in consistent demand since.

Her recent projects include being engaged as a producer in programming teams responsible for delivering the G20 Commonwealth Cultural Component including ballet, opera, indigenous and orchestral performances for world leaders and their spouses, the world record breaking Valentine’s Busk, programs for Brisbane Festival’s opening day, busking series, film program, circus, cabaret and orchestral events.

Lila Luxx is also the director of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, one of Australia’s leading schools for the development of expression through burlesque, the producer of its highly successful graduation show The Bombshells Ball which runs 6 events per year, The Bombshell Burlesque Revue, the Miss Bombshell Pinup Pageant and A Brief History of Burlesque.  

Lila’s goal is to make you look and sound your best as she understands the desires and demands of performing burlesque. Her notable on stage performances include headlining The Australian Burlesque Festival in 2015, headlining the Perth International Burlesque Festival in 2016 and competing in the Best Debut section at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in 2016.

Lila is known for her efficiency, attention to detail, and events with high quality production values.




Go Modern CreativeWebsite

Here at Go Modern Creative we offer a range of graphic and web design solutions, including social media services, email marketing and more.

With over 8 years of professional experience, Go Modern Creative has worked with corporations, small businesses and musicians to help develop their online and offline presence.

Whether it’s creating your brand’s style, refreshing your current image or simply producing your flyers, Go Modern Creative can help.

Go Modern takes a consultative approach, first developing an understanding of your business and customising solutions to suit your needs.


Just Call Me Cat DesignGraphic Designer/Illustrator

Just Call Me Cat is the boutique illustration and graphic design practice run by Catherine Berruer, or Cat for short! A keen aficionado of Burlesque, pin-up art and all things vintage, Cat’s work draws inspiration from a by-gone era to create elegant, custom-made and carefully crafted brands and illustrations.
With more than 10 years of experience creating visuals for the Arts, Cat’s approach to new projects is tailored to the individual. Offering valuable design advice, creative sensitivity and attention to detail, Cat makes collaborations with clients smooth and enjoyable, so that the end result is of the highest quality. 
If you enjoy what you see, please feel free to contact Cat to discuss commissions.

Cherry VelourAdmin Assistant/Logistics Coordinator

Cherry returns to the team for 2017 bringing with her a wealth of theatre knowledge both on and off stage. She is excited to once again be leading the charge to find the perfect roles for our volunteers whilst ensuring a smooth journey for all of our wonderful performers.
Working with some of the leading names in the industry she is forging her path across the stages of Melbourne and looking forward to taking on the rest of Australia soon.
With decades of experience in team management and event coordination both in and away from the theatre Cherry is relishing her role as the teams Girl Friday.


Photo credit 42nd Street Photography


What is Burlesque?

Burlesque literally means to ‘mock’ or to parody and is an extremely ‘old’ form of variety entertainment popularised in the 1800s but can be found throughout history. Clubs and theatres often had raunchy ‘variety shows’ that were very popular from about the 1840s to the 1940s. Hollywood, in the Golden Era, even tried to recapture or recreate ‘burlesque’ in film that would include elements of vaudeville, comedy, dance and ‘tease’. During the 1940s to 1960s striptease performers such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, Jennie Lee, Dixie Evans, Lily St Cyr, Evelyn West and so many more embodied the essence of ‘striptease’.

Neo burlesque or modern burlesque was popularised again in the early 90s in the USA and is still extremely popular worldwide. It generally involves ‘striptease’, which consists of the tasteful removal of garments to a final reveal, but can include elements of slapstick, vaudeville, circus, cabaret, boylesque, queer performance art and so much more. In most cases it does not involve full frontal nudity but is more about capturing the ‘Art of Tease’ in its true essence.  There are now Burlesque Festivals, Productions and Conferences all around the world celebrating ‘burlesque’ including Australia. It is an exciting time for performers and audiences!! 

Burlesque is for men and women alike who are looking for a great night of entertainment!!!