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The best of burlesque

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival organisers Heidi Bang Tidy ,right, and Lady Wildflower. Photo by Anita Watson

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival organisers Heidi Bang Tidy ,right, and Lady Wildflower. Photo by Anita Watson

The best of burlesque will be showcased in the upper Calder Valley during a four-day festival.

Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, which got underway on Thursday and runs until Sunday, will be a bank holiday bonanza of performances, workshops and other events.

Following the success of last year’s event, the festival is spreading its reach to include venues in Todmorden and Mytholmroyd as well as Hebden Bridge.

Lady Wildflower, who is organising the festival with Heidi Bang Tidy, said: “People can expect to see anything and everything from burlesque. All the different styles - comedy, sexy and dark.”

Festival venues include Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Todmorden Hippodrome and Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Lady Wildflower said: “We are really excited about the show at Todmorden Hippodrome because it’s such a gorgeous venue. Everybody has been really helpful and we are really looking forward to working with them.

“We are also going back to the Little Theatre in Hebden Bridge. We love it there. We can’t thank them enough enough for their support.”

Among the star attractions at the 2014 festival is Kitten De Ville, a former winner of Miss Exotic World.

“She’s one of the most famous and respected performers in the world,” Lady Wildflower said.

There will also be local performers. Rosie Afterglow, from Mytholmroyd, is one of the finalists in the Legend in the Making newcomers’ competition, which aims to find the burlesque stars of the future.

The festival begins tonight with the Opening Night Shindig at Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 8pm, featuring Kiki Deville, who appeared on BBC One show The Voice earlier this year.

For more information and the full festival programme, visit www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.co.uk.

 

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