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A select exhibition from the collection of the Australian Burlesque Museum will be on display featuring memorabilia, costumes, photographs and treasured pieces in Australia’s burlesque history.

The Museum will also be hosting a series of talks  for the avid historian and newcomer alike. 

Australian Burlesque Museum Open 

10am Sunday 19th Nov

11 am – Bella de Jac

Director Keynote

Why is our history important and what are we doing to make a space for preserving Australia’s history of Burlesque? Australian Burlesque Museum director, Bella de Jac opens the Museum seminars with updates to the running of the Museum, and introduces projects for 2018. If you’re interested in history and want to get involved with the Australian Burlesque Museum then this session is ideal.


11.15 am – Alyssa Kitt

Researching Australian Burlesque History

Researching can be daunting and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Curator for research and founding editor of the Australian Burlesque Journal Alyssa Kitt introduces research projects on the radar for the Journal, and discusses how to pitch your projects, working with primary and secondary sources and introduces the national project Mapping the Neo-Burlesque Revival. If you want to get involved with research then this session is for you!


11.40 am – Ruby Slippers

Book Launch - The Australian Burlesque Colouring Book

The Australian Burlesque Museum is proud to present our first book. The Australian Burlesque Colouring Book is a collaborative work combining contributions from Australia’s most loved artists of burlesque featuring their favourite Australian Neo-Burlesque performers. Featuring Just Call Me Cat, Kaitlin Tinker from Acid Tongue, Michael Lombardi, Quirky Kitten Art and many more. We’re proud to launch our limited edition first print run at this session.

12.00 pm – Mapping the Neo-Revival

Australian Burlesque Journal Research teams

Mapping the Neo-Revival is the first longitudinal national project undertaken by the Australian Burlesque Journal. Research teams from around Australia have begun their data collection for one of the biggest undertakings that maps the rise of neo-burlesque in Australia. This session will include presentations from teams at various stages of their project as they discuss researching and collating of our neo-burlesque history.

1.00 pm – Exhibition Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour and discussion of the Australian Burlesque Museum exhibition pieces.

12.30 pm – Perth & the Strip: A history of Perth's presentation of burlesque in the media

Claire Walkiner

Performer and academic Claire Walkiner presents her discussion on the history of Perth’s strip-tease in the media. Including musings from a former journalist, Claire discusses how representations in the media affect the modern understanding of burlesque and where this will lead us into the future.

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