Festival Events

Heart of Ireland Burlesque tickets on sale now!

20th to 23rd September 2024

Throughout this exciting weekend, you’ll be treated to a stunning array of burlesque performances, workshops, and social events. Whether you’re a seasoned burlesque aficionado or just curious to see what it’s all about, the Heart of Ireland Burlesque Festival is the place to be.

So join us in Athlone this September for a weekend of glamour, creativity, and pure magic. It’s time to experience the heart and soul of burlesque – are you ready?


Our show and audience  is a safe and inclusive space where any form of discrimination such as racism, homophopia,sexism,body shaming, ageism has no place.We have a zero- tolorance policy towards discrimination of any shape or form.

Should you feel the need to remove yourself or be removed you will not be refunded.

Memphis Shell in costume by the river

Sionnan Spirit Award

On the first night, we will be hosting the Sionnan Spirit Award, a newcomer competition for the rising stars of burlesque. Watch as these fresh faces bring their energy and creativity to the stage, vying for the chance to be crowned the Sionnan Spirit.

The Gala Night

On the second night, get ready for the main event – the Gala Night for the Heart of Ireland Award. This is where the best of the best will compete for the ultimate prize – the title of Heart of Ireland, and the chance to be remembered forever in the annals of burlesque history.

Burlesque Perfomer at Only After Dark with Feather Fans


Friday 20th and Saturday 21st Sept

Gina Stirling Workshops

The ‘Step up Your Strip’ and ‘Big Pussy Energy’ workshops are open to all levels of experience, genders, individuals of all backgrounds and is body positive.

Viking Boat Cabaret Drag Show Tour

We are delighted to announce that Viking Tours Ireland have jumped onboard (pun intended) to sponsor our festival. Viking Tours Ireland are a staple in the Heart of Ireland and we are honoured to have them join us

Join Viking Mike and his crew on a Caberet Drag show tour on the river Shannon. More details to follow closer to the event.

Heart of Ireland Burlesque Festival Logo

Beautiful Creatures, are you ready to witness the magic of burlesque? We are thrilled to announce the very first Heart of Ireland Burlesque Festival, taking place in the picturesque town of Athlone from September 20th to 23rd – the perfect weekend to celebrate the autumn equinox

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