What is The Poetry Burlesque?

The Poetry Burlesque is an event better experienced than explained, but here is a brief description:

Created by The Poetry Elf in October 2017, this is a 19+ variety show that explores all the different ways to play! Including sassy poets, sexy dancers, drag, comedy, music +more. There’s something for everyone!

More than just an event, The Poetry Burlesque is a movement for sexual liberation. It is motivated by the belief that communities need safe spaces to explore themes of love, lust, sex and sensuality- without being held back by conventional boundaries. This kind of creative expression allows us to see sexuality through the lens of people who may be very different from us, and sharing that kind vulnerability in an intimate performance setting is a powerful way to foster sex positivity. This is how The Poetry Burlesque connects communities through a unique stimulation of culture.

These events can be expected to sell out, so you might want to pay attention to when the next one is and get your tickets early! It’s an evening to entice any audience. After all, what's more exciting and relatable than sex? #poetryburlesque


Watch KelownaNow's video interview with The Poetry Elf to learn more about this event and the ideas behind it!


"Not your typical burlesque"

"I've never heard people cheer so loud for poetry"

"I didn't know what to expect, but I loved it!"


TPB is based in Kelowna B.C., but is open to booking shows in cities across Canada and the U.S. If you are interested to bring The Poetry Burlesque to your community, please reach out to collaborate! thepoetryelf@gmail.com

Visit our past photo galleries to see more of the show, and don’t forget to visit our “Press” page to read articles about our events.