The Grand Exhibition: An International Burlesque Benefit in aid of Rape Crisis

To raise funds for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, Cape Town-based burlesque performer, teacher, choreographer and producer, Tenille Lindeque – also known as Lady Magnolia, founded The Grand Exhibition; a burlesque event hosted in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust (RCCTT), established in 1976, empowers rape survivors in the Western Cape on their journey to recovery and on their road to justice. Furthermore, they work to reduce and deter rape in communities, to support survivors speaking out about rape and to bring about law reform through partnering with other organisations across South Africa. They help an average of 300 calling and about 400 new face-to-face clients every month. There is little support available to rape survivors and Rape Crisis is one organisation that provides comprehensive services from the time of the rape right through to the conclusion of the trial and beyond.

Their services are run by 13 staff members and 80 volunteers serving a beneficiary group that is 50% black African, 40% colored and Indian and 10% white.

“In this climate of gender-based violence, it is easy to feel hopeless and helpless. The Grand Exhibition is our way of doing something constructive. I personally know far too many survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Many South African womxn live in constant fear of attack and I believe that burlesque is the ideal medium for women to take back their power and autonomy over their bodies. As burlesque dancers, we celebrate the beauty and strength of our bodies and our sexuality and I feel that it is our duty to try to extend that celebration beyond our immediate community,” says Lady Magnolia, Founder of The Grand Exhibition.

The first Grand Exhibition event took place in Cape Town in 2015 and has raised over R111 000 for Rape Crisis over the last 4 years.

The event promises to be a celebration of beauty and femininity as over 40 burlesque dancers take to the stage in all their feathered finery. The Grand Exhibition will highlight top burlesque talent in Cape Town, ranging from seasoned professional solo-artists to Cape Town’s longest-standing burlesque companies.

Attendees can certainly be assured to be mesmerized by a spectacular burlesque show and live music, and then kick off their shoes and dance the night away as DJ Deryn Bolt treats the crowd to a sound sensation that will have everyone’s toes tapping.

Event details:

Date: Saturday 26th October 2019

Venue: Centre For The Book

Time: Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets – R200

Tickets can be purchased here.

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