- What is VHoF?
From the volunteer production team that brought together the Weekender (an annual four-day in-person fundraiser), the Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame (“VHoF”) is the team’s answer to the cancellation of the 2020 Weekender due to COVID-19. A global pandemic has separated burlesque from its stage, but our connectivity to the artform remains ever present. This completely virtual fundraiser will be a reflection of the current times and burlesque’s subsequent artistic response. See our vision statement here.
Proceeds from the VHoF fundraiser will benefit the Burlesque Hall of Fame, a 501(c)3 non-profit museum committed to preserving, sharing, celebrating, and inspiring the art of burlesque.
- When is VHoF?
VHoF will take place across the entire month of August in 2020.
- Where will VHoF take place?
Anywhere and everywhere where there’s internet, VHoF is completely virtual!
- Who can attend VHoF?
Anyone who loves burlesque– performers, producers, enthusiasts, academics! We see this transition to virtual as an accessible opportunity to welcome even more folks to join us in celebrating burlesque.Please note that VHoF will feature mature content so viewers should be 18+.
- How much does it cost to attend?
Ticketing cost and structure are still being developed, check back on this website for updates.
- When will ticketing open?
Ticketing will open in late-July. Announcements will be made on our social media and by email blast. Join the BHoF newsletter here.
- What do I need in order to watch?
The VHoF platform will be browser-based so additional downloads are not required on a computer browser. A strong internet connection speed will be required in order to watch.On mobile, depending on the type of device, an additional app download may be required in order to view.
- Do I need to dress up?
Why not? Those who have attended the traditional in-person event know this as the “Oscars” of burlesque, We highly encourage you to dress to impress! Who knows, there may be a red carpet opportunity on the virtual platform for you to strut your stuff. Or share photos of your own red carpet at home and hashtag #VHoF!
- Will there be a competition?
Despite this year being the 30th anniversary of the pageant, there will be no Tournament of Tease at VHoF or any other BHoF virtual offerings for 2020.
- What about the performers whose applications were accepted earlier this year?
Accepted applicants for both showcase and competition have been notified by email that their slots will be held for 2021.
- Who will be performing?
In addition to BHoF titleholders and Legends, selected applications from the wider burlesque community will be showcased. You could be seeing performances from someone in your local community or on the other side of the globe!
- Can I help in any way?
We’re always looking for volunteers! See below opportunities:
If you’ve any experience managing virtual productions, sound mixing, digital graphics, then please email the VHoF Production Team.
Are you local to any Legends and feel comfortable helping them bridge the technology gap so they may join in on the festivities? Email the Legends Team.
Do you have any contacts for companies that value our mission and want to support? If so, then please email the Sponsorship Team.
Or perhaps you’d like to volunteer for the museum, please see here.