The expansion is a realization of the Community Center’s goal to solidify Northeast Ohio as a place where LGBTQ people are embraced and celebrated as integral members of the community. The new facility will offer expanded programming and meeting areas totaling almost three times that of the current space. It will be accessible, visible and welcoming to the LGBTQ community and the surrounding neighborhood.
The partnership including Ohio Burlesque and The LGBT Center for this year will include engaging our community to raise not only donations for daily operations but their match grant for the new facility, to volunteer and share their community vision and community engagement.
Learn More About The Facility Announcement HERE
Is more then just a burlesque show at this point after 6 years, it's been supporting local businesses, charitable organizations,
tourism and the waterloo arts district. Sponsored by Le Femme Mystique Burlesque 12 year veterans of Burlesque production with The Beachland Ballroom as their permanent home this festival has seen over 300 performers, and thousands
of audiences from far and wide both international and national.
Head producer Bella Sin states "Is the largest event in surrounding states of it's kind and for us to be acknowledged in this level is amazing, The support of this city has truly made a difference to us over the years. We are extremely honored"
Co-Producer Bryan Mravec "As someone who started as a patron before becoming a staff member of OBF, I have always been moved by the sense of community that is such a driving force of what we try to accomplish. Whether it's the Burlesque community, the LGBT community, or our local community in need, Bella and the rest of OBF has always been willing to reach out, lend a hand, and strive to do something selfless and awesome, something bigger than just a show. The fact that we have been recognized not just by our community, but our city that we are so proud of is not just a huge honor but a reason to keep working towards bettering ourselves and our production"
This is not the first recognition for the festival :
The Ohio House of Representatives extended a special recognition
on their 4th annual Celebration in 2014
The Cleveland City Council extended a special recognition on their 2014 festival.
In 2015 their first proclamation was issued by Mayor Frank Jackson.
The festivalʼs motto this year is “Amplifying Every Voice” which best represents a community that is present and thriving worldwide especially with this year’s charity The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland. Over sixty five performers will be included in the three-day festival, which will feature burlesque, vaudeville, sideshow and variety acts.
This year’s festival has received a second proclamation from Mayor Frank Jackson,
for recognition of its longevity and support of the LGBTQ community.