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We are so excited to be part of World Burlesque Day.

Did you know 57 countries were part of last year?

You can register what you’re planning to do, but this is optional!

Simply take part online, head to the World Burlesque Day Instagram where the World Burlesque Day team has interviews and giveaways on Tuesday 26th April in the Instagram Live stream.

We are also super proud of our founder, Sapphira!

She is releasing a gorgeous uptempo new track ‘Queen of the Scene’ with co-writer and DJ/Producer, Doc Moody.

You can take a listen here!

And get ready for the upcoming challenge, too.

The inspiration for the Ibiza Burlesque Festival was hatched, in fact, in 2014 on the dancefloor of Space Ibiza when the festival producers, Sapphira & Tonestepa were on the Island celebrating their honeymoon after being married and separated from Melbourne to Bristol.

The pair reunited in Rome and planned soonafter to honeymoon in Ibiza as Dita Von Teese, the burlesque doyenne, was performing at Space and this had caught their eye. Having seen the glorious production by the team Cafe Ole who were hosting the night ‘Burlesque’ in 2014 during their honeymoon, the idea to launch a festival dedicated to cabaret was cemented however it took a few more years before the vision was realised in 2017 being hosted at Heart Ibiza, Tropicana and Santos in Playa d’en Bossa.

Fastforward to 2022 and a lot has changed since that first idea was hatched on the mainstage at Space Ibiza, including Space closing, which was a very sad moment for many in dance music but it was even more heart-wrenching when Jose Padilla, creator of the Cafe Del Mar compilations passed from colon cancer last year.

For those of you who have followed the history of our festival, the Cafe Del Mar compilations by Jose Padilla were of great significance to festival founder, Sapphira. We are delighted Space Ibiza owner Pepe Roselló revealed that in 2022 the Space Sun Beach will be a musical-themed restaurant and bar located on the sunset strip of Sant Antoni. We are delighted to read in Music Essentials that the seafront restaurant and bar’s musical programming will pay tribute to DJ José Padilla. Of course, the owner Pepe Rosello, an Ibizan dance music industry club owner and veteran, has promised to keep the dancefloor pumping, too. For the most update to date news, visit the club’s Facebook page. 

To listen to Jose Padilla, please listen below.



A comforting and sensitive musical soundscape. Kayden Michaels has been busy with his latest studio album. This Florida based DJ/Producer has made significant strides over the past decade as a music producer and the development is presented in polished form with his latest unveiling Redemption.

The album is entrancing and you will find yourself swept away from the upbeat Better of Me to the beautiful Don’t Be Afraid. Enoy this music when you need a pick-me-up and easy listening go to tracks.

Kayden Michaels is an American electronic musician, producer and DJ who specializes in Trap, Trance, Progressive House, Dubstep and other genres of Electronic and Electronic Dance Music.

Find Kayden Michaels

On Soundcloud 
On Instagram 
On Facebook 


We are presenting a FREE online virtual festival for 2021 following on from the success of our Instagram activities in 2020.
We look forward to showcasing all these magical artists and you can enjoy the programme from the comfort of your home (or sun lounger!)

The Ibiza Burlesque Festival is not selling any tickets in 2021. Our online Instagram Programme is FREE. If you like our work you can make a donation on the tickets page via PayPal and all donations will be sent to the Ibiza Food Bank to support their work.

Introducing special guests
– Grahame Farmer – Data Transmission
– Beth Reekles – Best selling author of The Kissing Booth, a popular Netflix series

This year we have 48 artists from 10 countries and we will be hosting Instagram Live interviews and showcasing their videos plus some fun online workshops are taking place. 

From Book Club Panels to Online Workshops and Classes, plus DJ sets, you can enjoy the virtual sounds and personalities of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival 20201 (Online Edition.)

See you on Instagram 3-5 September 2021.



Our 2021 Festival Programme Announcement

Given the current situation with Covid—19 and many European countries in lockdown. We have made the decision to have an online festival programme in 2021.

Our online festival will take place 3 – 5 September 2021 on Instagram with artists & DJs from all over the world. It will follow on from the success of last year’s Online Edition which saw 12,000 people reached and included artists and DJs from 44 countries.
Please follow us on social media as further announcements about the line up are announced.

Thank you and stay safe.
The Ibiza Burlesque Festival Team



The World Burlesque Day is set to take the globe by storm, building on it’s successful launch last year where 48 countries and 15,000 people engaged online. It is a day to create and celebrate the art of burlesque.

The World Burlesque Day creator, Sapphira, is also the Ibiza Burlesque Festival owner and founder. She has teamed up with  Blowpops DJ/Producer, Doc Moody to present the World Burlesque Day 2021 Anthem.

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ 

This is a ballsy, jump up, drum n bass reworking of the 1960 Nancy Sinatra classic.

Out 17th April 2021

I am so excited to tribute one my music icons Nancy Sinatra with the World Burlesque Day Anthem and a TikTok dance challenge, singing her classic song These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” says Sapphira.

“I chose this upbeat cover working with English producer Doc Moody because I wanted to boost morale after the year we have had battling coronavirus. We can all put our boots on and boogie back to happiness together. I hope the world will take up this dance challenge, too. We will be revealing the dance challenge very soon.”

DJ/Producer Doc Moody is best known for his career spanning 30 years and most notably as the Live DJ for Onalee & Futurism 3.0 plus residencies Blowpop UK, Superstyling South Africa and the prestigious Soho House, New York. He has worked his magic in the production of this track that is sure to make you want to jump out of your seat and dance.

We first played this version in a live DJ set on the Kamikazi stage at Shambala a few years ago and it was the biggest tune in the set. The dance floor went crazy. I can’t wait to see the digital world come to life when we launch our dance challenge, it’s going to be great!

Pre-order the track on iTunes.



Would you like to learn burlesque online? You can!

8 Week Burlesque Dance Classes on Zoom
Bookings essential –
email [email protected] to enquire

Burlesque Techniques – Sunday 10th Jan – 28th Feb, 5pm – 6pm GMT

Balloon Pop Dance – Tuesday 12th Jan – 2nd March, 7pm – 8pm GMT

Feather Fan Dance – Thursday 13th Jan – 4th March, 7pm – 8pm GMT

£64 + £1 booking fee (or try one class £9 + £1 booking fee)


In response to the questions we are getting about the Ibiza Burlesque Festival 4 – 6 September 2021 (Virtual & Physical Programme) we have created this FAQ. 

I will have a different act next year, can I apply with an older act now and change it next year?

Yes, definitely. This is absolutely fine. Please submit whichever video you have available now and we will be in touch in February or March next year to see if you would like to update the act and send us a new video for consideration by the Application Committee.

Is Google Drive permitted for submitting a video if I do not have my video on YouTube or Vimeo?

Yes, of course. On your application form please send us the link for whichever place your video is stored, Google Drive, DropBox, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Vimeo (or anywhere else). The one thing we request is that you please ensure there is no password required to view the video as this voids your application. We only review videos that are immediately accessible without passwords. (We suggest emailing the link to yourself and testing it before you send it to us to make sure it works.)

How will different acts be chosen for the Virtual and Physical events? 


A lot of it will be depending on Covid 19 because the Island was closed even to festival producers this year with a 2 week quarantine on arrival, hence why the Virtual Programme came about in necessity to give us all a sense of being connected and having something positive to look forward to during an uncertain time.

It was a big success and we reached 12,000 + people via Facebook and even more countries engaged than would have flown to the Island to physically be part of the event.

For both Virtual and Physical events the acts are selected based on the Application Committee who review each application equally.

– quality of the act and quality of the video

– the suitability for the style of the shows

– the length of the show in question which determines how many slots there are

To get an idea of the kinds of acts that have been successful in the past you can view our YouTube channel and Videos on our website.

If a performer is cast either for the Physical or Virtual event it is still a benefit of association with a premium burlesque festival that has alignment with the biggest names in entertainment.

Is there a different application form for the virtual festival and physical festival events?

No there is not. To apply just use the one application form here

Is the Ibiza Burlesque Festival a size inclusive festival?

Yes, absolutely. Our festival’s mission is to spread the glorious self-acceptance burlesque and cabaret provides for many performers. It is, in fact, in our values and also in the book written by our festival director, Sapphira, about why burlesque was important for her in her own journey with her body shape.


It was an honour to be invited on a panel with burlesque industry leaders for the Bazaar de Festivales – Encuentro de Cabaret y Burlesque de la Ciudad de México last weekend.

Our festival director, Sapphira, was able to give a talk about the history of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival dating back to the year 2000 when she first heard the Cafe Del Mar music compilations as a youngster in Melbourne, Australia. It was a chance to explain how important Ibiza and the music from the Island has been in her life and how this formed the chapter, Ibiza, in her book, Burlesque or Bust.

She spoke alongside other industry figureheads including:

– Burlesque Hall of Fame, Programme Director – Buttercup
– Burlesque At Home – Paul Alexsander, Patricia Kittens & Irving
– Mexico Burlesque Festival – Ondina Cabaret
– Montreal Burlesque Festival – Scarlett James
– Salvaje International Festival de Burlesque Argentina – Yani Gionvanetti
– Barcelona Burlesque Festival and Meeting – Jordi Gonzo 

Thank you for this opportunity, Elisa and Hazel. We look forward to future collaborations with all these amazing festivals and it was encouraging to hear about everyone’s hard work, successes and challenges. It has been a silver-lining that lockdown has brought many people to unite via the internet in our scene of burlesque. We feel we can unite and help each other, too.

We are fundraising to support the Ibiza Food Bank.

Recently we teamed up with Italian designer, Jess from Eff Plume and we created a wonderful gift back including her rainbow feather fans.

Watch the video with Jess about our fundraiser

Along with ticket donations we have now raised €320 for the Ibiza Food Bank.

The Ibiza Food Bank Is Vital
The Ibiza Food Bank is vital because the island of Ibiza relies on tourism. Due to the recent travel restrictions, there was no tourist season. Many families and workers rely on the tourist season to earn their annual income which provides for them for the full year. This year there were no tourists so farmers have not harvested their crops and restaurants, hotels and nightclubs have not purchased the food as they had no patrons. The Ibiza Food Bank has created a network across the island working with farmers, volunteers and supermarkets to give families food and supermarket vouchers to those in need.
Read more about the work the Ibiza Food Bank is doing here

What our fundraising means for the Ibiza Food Bank

We are so pleased to have this email from Ibiza Food Bank.

Hi! Thank you so much for this, its incredible, we went out with a post today to say thanks. This money will go towards buying the vouchers at Spar supermarket which provides families with a value of 15 euros a week to spend there, not only does it feed people but also means that they can shop normally and also get the extras that their families need. Your donation will provide 32 families with these vouchers…so incredible!