Conchita to star in Boylesque Festival
Staff reporter · 20 May 2014, 11:26
Published: 20 May 2014 11:26 GMT+02:00
"A world-wide boylesque scene proves that men are as talented as women in swaying their hips and swirling the tassels," writes producer Jacques Patriaque, who also appears in public as Conchita's stage 'husband'.
The festival will "celebrate two days of burlesque, boylesque, vaudeville, artistry and everything in between. This festival is the first of its kind in Europe and connects the flair of Imperialistic Vienna with a modern and open minded city," Patriaque added.
Wurst, the drag persona of Austrian entertainer Thomas Neuwirth, has become an icon for Europe's gay and transsexual community and a flashpoint for Russia's debate over gay rights.
In an interview published today in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian political scientist and ideologue thought to be shaping Putin's views of a Eurasian empire talks about what he sees as the collapse of traditional morals in Europe.
"Take Conchita Wurst's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest for example. For Russians, that was absolute confirmation of the importance for Russia of invading Ukraine. It was a sort of final argument in [its] favour, since the EU is represented by this winner. The contrasts between Russia and Europe became clear."