About The Burlypicks
The Burlypicks is the largest international Burleque and Variety Performance competition in the world, giving performers of all kinds a platform of excellence and a path for international stardom. Regional competitions begin in spring all across the US and in Italy, where local performers battle it out on the stage to be the honored as the best in their area. Acts seen at Burlypicks run a wide gamut from striptease to drag, pole dance, aerial, sideshow, magic, juggling, comedy, and more. We award medals for best overall as well as several Master categories, giving nods to Comedy, Singing, Lip Sync, Amazement and Group Acts.
Once we've picked out the best locally, the winners get to come and compete at the World Championship, each year held in a different city; this year in the vibrant city of Columbus Ohio, known for it burgeoning arts culture and embrace of the LGBT community.
The World Championship Event
The Burlypicks World Championship is an event like nothing you've seen before. This finale to the annual Burlypicks competition brings together the best burlesque and variety entertainers from around the world. Come see these world class performers battle it out in a show packed with sass and sizzle, guaranteed to arouse your senses and blow your mind.
The World Championship Weekend is a 3-day event, held at venues all over Columbus, on October 3rd - 5th. Thursday and Friday both feature Master Competitions, showcasing winners in categories of Comedy, Singing, Lip Sync, and Amazement; as well as our Performance Games; which include improv striptease and tassel twirling. The main event on Saturday will feature our most Amazing acts, including stunning aerialists, as well as the best acts of the year competing for the title of World Champion.
The Shows Fauxcals and Follies: Thursday night's contest will be held at A.W.O.L. Bar in downtown Columbus. This show features Lip-Sync and Comedy acts, along with the Master of Assels competition. Co-produced by Butterfly the reigning Burlypicks Master of Lip-Sync.
Songbirds in Sync: Friday night's contest will be held at Axis Nightclub in the Short North of Columbus. This show features Singing, Group Acts and the hilarious Imrov-strip-tease performance game, along with the Master of Tassels competition. Co-produced with long-time Ohio Regional producers Cherie Blondell and Devon Ayers.
World Championship Main Event: Saturday night's show will be held at the Northland Perofrming Arts Center, a large venue and conference hall on the North side of Columbus. The grand stage at this 800-seat theater allows us to feature our Amazement acts, including death defying aerial performance, with the overall best acts of the year. Co-produced by long time Wisconsin regional production team Elle Mae Presents.
2015 World Champion: Mika Romantic
The Burlypicks brings together performers from all across the world, making it a great place to share creativity and purpose. Throughout the weekend we will also be hosting gatherings such as Classes, where experienced performers hand down the tricks of the trade (schedule coming soon), and The Northland Performing Arts Center will serve as an exhibition hall on Saturday for vendors from the surrounding area.
If you're traveling to the World Championship and will be staying in a hotel, you can book with our group rate:
BURLYPICKS World Championship
Start Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
End Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna for 88 USD - 99 USD per night
TownePlace Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna for 125 USD - 145 USD per night
Vending / Advertising
If you'd like to vend at any of the shows we still have table space available. If you'd like to reach our performers and audience you can sponsor us and place ads in our program. Full details on marketting opportunities can be found in our Sponshorship kit. Enquire at [email protected]