Mx Burlesque Ireland (MBI) is a unique competition, that views modern burlesque in context to both, its rich historical tapestry, and the modern performance-based art form. The competition places itself in the neo-burlesque revival. We see burlesque as a theatrical art form that incorporates elements of striptease to create a dramatic cocktail of sexuality and satire.
We provide a platform for performers to create their best work. We encourage supportive professional development through constructive criticism from industry leaders. Our aim is to raise the professional standard within the burlesque industry.
The core values of the burlesque revival are emboldened with empowerment and feminism. Mx Burlesque Ireland seeks to uphold an all-inclusive competition and encourages diversity and body positivity, and aligns itself with the LGBTQI community.
In 2022, the Miss Burlesque and Mr Boylesque Ireland competitions have merged to relaunch as Mx Burlesque Ireland. This competition is open all genders. Winners sashes will have Mx Burlesque Ireland or Dublin embroidered on them, however they will be able to choose which title they will use, ie: Miss Burlesque Ireland, Mr Burlesque Ireland or Mx Burlesque Ireland.
The competition is judged on 3 categories: Red Carpet Parade, Striptease and Unique.
*Please note that in 2022 the Striptease category has replaced the previous Traditional category of the Miss Burlesque competitions.
The winner of the Grand Final will receive the Mx/Miss/Mr Burlesque Ireland title, a €500 cash prize, and the coveted crown and sash.
The runner-up will receive the Mx/Miss/Mr Burlesque Dublin title and tiara.
History of the Mx Burlesque Competition
Founded in Australia in 2009, the formerly titled competition, Miss Burlesque, held its first competition in July 2010. The grand finals in Sydney yielded a phenomenal response with performers creating outstanding big-stage acts. It was immediately clear that MB was going to be an important platform for performers to take their visions to big stages.
In 2013, inspired by her own positive experiences with the competition, Azaria Starfire brought Miss Burlesque to Ireland. The first national competition in The Button Factory, Temple Bar brought some of the finest Irish talents to the stage and the sold-out show was greatly received, going on to become a highlight in the Irish burlesque calendar.
After 10 years of operation in Australia and 6 successful Irish shows to date, the standard of the competition has continued to rise. In 2018 we welcomed the UK into the fold, as well as a Scottish competition in 2019.
A’dora Derriere took over as Executive Producer of the whole competition in 2018. Since then, the competition has undergone several revisions, with new rules, revised categories and a panel-based selection process. In 2022, the Miss Burlesque & Mr Boylesque competitions merged to relaunch as a fully inclusive competition, renamed Mx Burlesque.
Mx Burlesque continues to seek the brightest stars of burlesque.