Panels & Caucuses

Panels and caucuses are two of BurlyCon’s community-focused offerings. They’re curated and designed to encourage attendees to discover and establish connections, network, and discuss interesting, relevant, and important community issues.

The first sentence of BurlyCon’s Mission Statement is:

“BurlyCon is a community-oriented professional growth and educational organization for burlesque performers, fans, and aficionados.”

The Community Team and Programming Team work together to ensure BurlyCon delivers on this mission through its programming of panels and caucuses. Our goal is to make certain these two different platforms both serve our community (that’s you) and contribute to a dynamic, interesting, and educational overall convention schedule.

At BurlyCon, we define these offerings using the following descriptions:


A panel is a moderated discussion between invited panelists on a specific topic. Panels are where big ideas and complex, relevant discussions about the health and vitality of our art and our community are discussed. Each panel has a moderator and a series of invited community members who serve as panelists to discuss ideas relevant to the chosen topic.


A caucus is a casual gathering of members of the burlesque community who personally identify with a specific group. Each caucus has a moderator (and sometimes an assistant moderator) who may structure the time together as they see fit, while also allowing some time to network, establish connections, and make friends. These are spaces for those who identify as a member of the group, not spaces for allies or onlookers.

For our 2019 convention, we’re asking our community to help us improve and expand our curatorial process. To that end, we’re sending out an open call for feedback, suggestions, and ideas regarding the panels and caucuses from any burlesque community member. You can find a link to the survey below. We want to hear from you!

Survey opens March 1st, 2019, and closes March 31st, 2019.

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