On August 23rd it was time to celebrate the publication of the first Finnish burlesque magazine Paljettipommi! Paljettipommi translates as “a sequin bomb”, which does describe burlesque scene quite accurately; enormous bursts of creative energy after which you can find little specks of glitter from your hair and clothes weeks afterwards.
I had a great pleasure of helping around with the publication party together with my friend and burlesque-partner Honey B’Zarre. We made some bomb headpieces (quite suitable for the theme!) for the pick-ups and on the day of the celebrations put up the curtain on the stage.
I wish I had taken even a few photographs of the performances, but I was too busy simply enjoying them. Being there at the location before the show began meant we got to snatch ourselves front row seats, which especially for Honey was quite a rarity since she’s usually busy working backstage at these events. The shows were wonderful: the theme was to celebrate the journey of the Finnish burlesque scene over the years and many performers dug out their very first numbers (that had seen loads of re-working over the years, of course) and other memorable, but not-often-seen acts. Lots of memories and stories were shared that made me feel strangely nostalgic, even if I wasn’t a part of the scene myself in the very beginning.
Thinking about the warm and sparkly atmosphere of the show still makes me feel kind of fuzzy – had I written this post immediately afterwards it would have been possibly even sappier. But the thing is, at the burlesque events I somehow feel at home. It’s where all the eccentric, sparkly creatures like myself can sort of blend in. It makes me very happy to have found this marvelous world, and I hope I’ll get to be a part of it in the future as well.
You can read the whole Paljettipommi magazine here. The magazine is in Finnish, but there are a lot of nice photos (like of *cough* some lovely pick-ups on page 36).