The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is an annual four-day festival that takes place every spring in Vancouver. The festival features burlesque performers, comedians and musicians. The festival typically takes place early April and has been at rotation theatres.
The first festival took place in February 2006 and was founded by two local troupes; The Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and Sweet Soul Burlesque. Performances were held at the Red Room, the Chinese Cultural Center and the Burr Theatre. Festival production was returned to the community, leading to the founding of the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival Association (VIBFA).
Success of the first festival led to an expanded second year featuring two stages and workshops. The new event platform included cross-collaboration opportunities and workshops, and produced events such as movie nights, discussion panels and fashion shows focusing on the art of neo-burlesque. The 2008 Festival ran for ten days, and attracted over 100 singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, filmmakers, and costume designers from around the world.
The VIBFA is a not-for-profit elected board whose primary goal is to produce a festival that focuses on the Vancouver burlesque scene and the world of burlesque on an international level.
Past venues include the Rio Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse and the Vogue Theatre. Past notable performers include Jo Boobs (New York City, New York) and Burlesque Hall of Fame inductee Judith Stein.