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The Grand Exhibition, Cape Town Burlesque Benefit

Sat Aug 11, 19:00 - Sat Aug 11, 23:00

Gardens Commercial high School


The Grand Exhibition - An international Burlesque Benefit, CAPE TOWN

The Grand Exhibition is an annual burlesque showcase in aid of charity. The Rouge Revue hosted the first TGE in Cape Town in 2015 and has raised R106 000 for Rape Crisis over the last 3 years. 

The Grand Exhibition will showcase Cape Towns top burlesque talent, from seasoned professional solo performers to dazzling troupe numbers from Cape Towns longest standing burlesque companies.

Enjoy browsing our bespoke burlesque market, enjoy some delicious food and drinks and be mesmerized by a spectacular burlesque show, all in aid of a good cause.

There will be an array of food and refreshment vendors to satisfy your appetite as well as beautiful bespoke burlesque wares, from corsets to pasties, specialty lingerie and everything in between.

Saturday 11th August 2018

Gardens Commercial High

Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm

Our bespoke market and bar will be open from 7pm so come and browse and warm up with us before the show.

This is a formal event, please dress to the nines.

Please note that due to the naughty nature of burlesque, this event is only open to those over 18.

Tickets are R185 online only and proceeds will be donated to Charity.

BAR - Please pre-purchase your drinks for the night on our merch page. 



On stage at The Grand Exhibition Cape Town, 2018

Glitter Tush - Black Orchid Burlesque

Dear James - Black Orchid Burlesque

Bon Bon - Black Orchid Burlesque

Vita Nova - The Rouge Revue

Jamieson and Mila Marguerita - The Rouge Revue

Peaches and Cherry Lesque - The Rouge Revue

Casual Harry - The Rouge RevuePenny Pinup

Lady Magnolia - The Rouge Revue

Blue Haired Betty - Dance Studio Cape Town

Sophia Von Syren

Baby Ray

Betty Behave

Kitty Fay

Penny Pinup

as well as dazzling troupe numbers by Black Orchid Burlesque SADance Studio Cape Town and The Rouge Revue Burlesque Company


Our beneficiaries - Special Announcement - This year we are splitting the proceeds of the event in 2.

Diva Disastar - "S.A.'s Dame of Burlesque", along with Scar-lit Hearts, was instrumental in introducing formalized burlesque to South Africa 10 years ago, and in one way or another, has directly influenced each dancer who now enjoys the sense of community and the glittery spotlight of the burlesque stage. 

As such, we feel it is appropriate to help this Diva cover some of the medical bills racking up for her imminent hip surgery, after she was injured in a fall on stage a few years ago. 

The proceeds from The Grand Exhibition, Cape Town, 2018, will be divided between Rape Crisis and Diva Disastar. 


Join the movement and help spread the word.

To get involved as a performer or vendor or for more info, please email [email protected]

? A bit about our beneficiary - RC Cape Town Trust

All funds raised from The Grand Exhibition will be donated to Rape Crisis.

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, we 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. We 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 trail and beyond. Our services are run by 13 staff members and 80 volunteers serving a beneficiary group that is 50% black African, 40% coloured and Indian and 10% white.

Rape is a significant social problem with 6 000 rapes being reported in the Western Cape every year. However, despite this, government funding and donor support fall short of addressing the full extent of the work required to address this problem. It is the generosity of people like you that enables us to continue providing these vital services in partnership with the communities that we serve.

To get involved as a performer or vendor or for more info, please email [email protected]

help spread the word #TheGrandExhibition #TGECT


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