We believe that the Edmonton Burlesque Festival, at its core, is a community. Our community is intentionally built to serve all of its members while celebrating burlesque in all of its diversity.

Here’s the price of admission into our fabulous community:

Be nice or leave. We believe we can push boundaries, create dialogue, and pursue creative expression, on stage and off, without hurting others in our community.

Respect each other. Our community’s strength comes from its diversity. From the performers, to the volunteers, to the audience, we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all people and value people for their individual skills, knowledge, abilities, experiences, and contributions.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Mentorship strengthens our community. This is a place to grow together, and we do this by creating opportunities to share our skills, knowledge, and experiences.

Treat everyone fairly. Violence, harassment, and discrimination are illegal and unacceptable. The Edmonton Burlesque Festival will not tolerate any violation of the law, and we commit to advancing equity in the Edmonton burlesque community.

Intent is not impact. Harassment is any unwelcome behaviour that offends or intimidates. It can be sexual, physical, or verbal. The impact on the person(s) being harassed, not the intent of the harasser, defines harassment.

You’re a queen, but you’re not better than anyone else. We will not tolerate discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, ability, trauma history, or any other identity factors.

Being a jerk hurts us all. Harassment and discrimination can be obvious or subtle, but they are harmful and toxic for everyone in all their forms.

Respect is your responsibility. The rules apply to every member of our community within and outside the Festival events, and we all have a role to play to maintain safe, respectful spaces.

We’re here for you. If you see or experience harassment or discrimination, and you feel safe to do so, talk to the person violating the community standards. You can also report (anonymously) to our Community Standards Liaison below.

Welcome to the Edmonton Burlesque Festival Community.


Thank you to Haubner Motoshaw for working with us with training, guidelines and protocols.

Haubner Motashaw specializes in organizational health, process improvement, and equity consulting for businesses and non-profits.