26 April World Burlesque Day is an international day and celebration of all things burlesque created by our founder - showgirl, author and mental health ambassador, Sapphira.
This year we presented the free World Burlesque Day 2021 Online Programme Sat 24 April – Monday 26 April 2021 with activities on Instagram Live.
Highlights of the second World Burlesque Day celebrations were:
• An exclusive Q&A webinar with Erik Lee Preminger from LA discussing his mother, Burlesque icon Gypsy Rose Lee, sharing intimate tales from his life on the road with her as well as exclusive footage for our guests
• Participants in over 57 countries took part in the day
• Sapphira consecrated the day opening the celebrations covered in 100 balloons which were popped by onlookers as London reopened after lockdown, thanks to Party & Celebrate who donated the balloons
• Interviews, performances and workshops were streamed throughout the day
• #WorldBurlesqueDay hashtag was used over 26,000 times
• World Burlesque Day TikTok #boogieinbootschallenge viewed 197,000 times, set to the official World Burlesque Day Anthem, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" Sapphira & Doc Moody
• Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar boosted representation in Scotland attending the free TikTok Dance #boogieinbootschallenge class attracting 323k views on Twitter
• Major publishers supported the day with giveaways of Gypsy’s memoir from North Atlantic Books, Badly Behaved Women by Anna-Maria Crowhurst from Welbeck, a selection of Laurence King Publishing's Drag titles
• Anti-bullying issues and solutions were discussed in an exclusive interview with Dr Anne-Marie Quigg, author of Bullying in the Arts and editor of The Handbook of Dealing with Workplace Bullying
Owner of the event production company, Sapphira’s Showtime, who produce the annual Ibiza Burlesque Festival and World Record Events #BurlesqueAPeel, Sapphira is author of the mental health recovery story Burlesque or Bust. World Burlesque Day supports Sapphira's vision that ‘everybody should try burlesque for their self confidence at last once in a lifetime’ following her own profound self-acceptance since first setting foot on stage in 2004. The epiphany of escapism in this beautiful art-form came after she had been hospitalised with a one-time episode severe bipolar at age 21 and she credits burlesque as the tonic for finding herself again.