Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret Festival 2017

Three nights of outrageous cabaret and burlesque fun in Brunswick Heads NSW, from Friday to Sunday 12-14 May 2017.

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We’re setting up what we hope to be an annual cabaret and burlesque festival in Byron Bay’s beautiful vintage neighbour, Brunswick Heads. Our festival will be launched on the weekend of 12-14 May 2017.

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival will take place in the Brunswick Memorial Hall — and will also have the participation of the internationally acclaimed team behind the Brunswick Picture House, who will present their own program of shows at their venue.

Guilty Pleasures will showcase a wide variety of world-class cabaret and burlesque acts, including comedy, dance, satire, new and retro burlesque, torch singers, circus, dark cabaret, performance art and much more.

We’ll entertain, amaze and delight local audiences across the beautiful northern rivers and south-east Queensland – as well as the many visitors to our region. We’re also holding exciting workshops in cabaret skills for community members and artists alike.

Why support us?

While the Northern Rivers and neighbouring Gold Coast have plenty of music and arts festivals, there is, as yet, no dedicated cabaret festival in the area. The popularity of Brunswick Picture House’s Cheeky Cabaret and touring burlesque shows show that local audiences and visitors alike love this genre.

Our festival will be highly entertaining and thought-provoking, and will help foster the artistic community in our vibrant region.

There’s something for everyone in our program: Headliner acts including performance artist, Glitta Supernova, burlesque rock band, Bertie Page Clinic, Chanteuses Louise Blackwell and Parissa Bouas, comedian Mandy Nolan, and burlesque star Miss Bettie Bombshell. We’re also introducing up-and-coming talents like Brendan Hay (Australia’s Got Talent) and satirist Matthew Sempler.

Guilty Pleasures will also provide extra business to our town outside of the tourist season. At the same time, because it’s a very small festival it won’t overwhelm the town’s infrastructure or beautiful natural surroundings.

Your donations.

Cabaret and burlesque artists often cover the costs of producing and refining their own work. They may then travel to fringe and other festivals, where they also have to cover their travel, accommodation, venue and production costs. Competition for audiences can be fierce – and there is often no guarantee that they’ll recoup their costs – especially if they’re new artists.

We think that artists deserve to be paid for their hard work. We’re paying performers a fee and covering flights and accommodation for any acts who are travelling from interstate through our other strenuous fundraising efforts, sponsorship and ticket sales. We’ve kept our ticket prices as affordable as we can so as many people as possible can enjoy the show.

We are seeking support here to help cover the costs of setting up the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall as a seated cabaret venue.

Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and would be gratefully accepted.

To find out more about our amazing festival, please go to

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association located in Byron Bay’s beautiful vintage neighbour, Brunswick Heads.

With the involvement of the world-class Brunswick Picture House, our first festival will take place from Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14, 2017 in two venues – the Brunswick Picture House and the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall.

Our festival is a showcase of an exciting range of cabaret, classic and neo-burlesque, circus, torch and jazz singers, physical theatre, performance art, comedy, dance and spoken word.

Guilty Pleasures aims to foster the growing cabaret scene in the Northern Rivers, bring visitors to help boost the local economy during the low season and provide a wonderful source of culture and entertainment for the local community.


Bianca Sheedy


Linda Magee


Lucy Lyon