Allow the Picture House to be a venue for Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival
  • Petitioned Hebden Royd Town Council

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7 St George's Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7BY
Hebden Royd Town Council

Allow the Picture House to be a venue for Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

    1. Bruise Violet
    2. Petition by

      Bruise Violet

      Marlow, United Kingdom

After a phenomenally successful inaugural burlesque festival last year the burlesque community feels that the council's desicion to ban the Picture House being used as a venue next year is ill-informed, does not represent the views of the people of the town and sets a dangerous precedent. As a council building the Picture House is a publicly owned venue. In its capacity as a public servant (not a moral guardian) the council is doing a disservice to the people of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area.

The Picture House is the only venue within Hebden Bridge with the capacity to hold the large numbers of spectators expected and next year's festival and banning the use of the building for the event is not only economically short-sighted but also in direct contrast to the values of tolerance, acceptance and inclusivity which Hebden Bridge is nationally known for.

The community is of the opinion that Hebden Royd Town Council has a misconcieved idea of the nature of burlesque as an entertainment and art form and has took it upon itself to act as a moral guardian for adults who are more than capable of rational decision making. The festival showcases the best of burlesque and variety entertainment from across the nation and is committed to gender and racial equality, anti-homophobia and transphobia, charitable donations and providing live entertainment (and jobs) for the people of the surrounding area.

Yes, burlesque does indeed include a level of semi-nudity. However the community feels that the type of entertainment provided has been misrepresented to the council. Far from being demeaning to women burlesque has enabled the organisers (both women) to run their own very successful business, employ other people (both male and female) , support local businesses and provide some jolly good entertainment, both comedic and titillating but never sleazy or demeaning to women. The council has also overlooked the fact that around 70% of burlesque audiences are made up of women. Women do indeed find certain things demeaning and patronising, one of those is having their decisions made for them and assumptions made about what they find offensive.

The burlesque community believes that the council is setting a dangerous precedent, where a legal and legitimate form of entertainment is excluded from a public owned building on the moral decisions of the few, at the detriment to the majority. The people of Hebden Bridge are more than capable of deciding what they find agreeable and are free to buy tickets to the event or not, as the case may be. In the spirit of tolerance, freedom, acceptance and good old fashioned entertainment, we ask that the ban be overturned.

www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.co.uk
www.facebook.com/hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival

To:
Hebden Royd Town Council, 7 St George's Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7BY
Allow the Picture House to be a venue for Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Claire Stringer FELTON, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Burlesque is a beautiful and powerful form of entertainment for adults and is empowering rather than demeaning for women and their bodies.

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    • Christina Liston STOCKORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      My sister lives in Hebden Bridge and we had planned on attending the festival. I'm a feminist activist and my sister is a member of a group that supports women in STEM. I hadly think we'd attend an event which demeans women.

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    • Brian Colarusso PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA
      • 7 months ago

      The performing arts are extremely important to everyone and maintains community interaction!!

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    • Fabia Cerra OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      Burlesque is NOT lap dancing, it's Cabaret. Not harming anyone. Thank you.

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    • Heather Christie CASTLEFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Burlesque is about mystery and intrigue. It's a celebration of the sensuality of females and a far cry from cheap strip shows and porn.

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