Operation kink at Brighton Festish Festival

Having lived in Brighton on and off for the past 7 years, I know the city is a celebration of the exciting, the wonderfully different and, let’s face it, the bizarre. It therefore came as no surprise when Sophie and I stumbled upon Brighton Fetish Weekend, hidden in full-view within Rialto Theatre by Churchill Square.

The three day extravaganza took place in April and features a variety of events; the main ones being- a cocktail kick off, an expo and a ball. Sophie and I, nervous about what to expect, attended the Fetish Expo. The expo is a chance for predominantly local fetish merchants to sell, and in some cases sport, their wares. It was also meant to be a casual introduction into the world of kink.

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Upon entering the theatre, a cosy and appropriate venue for such an occasion, we were met by the not-wholly-unpleasant smell of latex. We were next greeted by a buxom and friendly magenta haired woman on the door. She, as we later found out, turned out to be Tina, one of the organisers and co-owner of Brighton Twisted Market.

It was a surreal and quite wonderful sight, as people proudly strode around looking at strap-on sex aids and PVC gimp masks, whilst talking about the weather. We perused the two floors of sex ware, dildos, cuffs and some unspeakable objet d’art for a good while before hitting the little theatre bar for a glass of vino.

Sophie even managed to hold off giggling for most of our time there and we soon found ourselves getting more comfortable; chatting with fellow deviants and frequently asking traders “what that device was for”?

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The expo’s main event was a performance from a variety of impressive pole dancers, cabaret acts and strippers – which, let me tell you, is a bloody fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. They were all amazingly talented, both for their physical prowess and sheer confidence. Some of the twists, turns and pole play was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been to Amsterdam…TWICE!

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The acts were mesmerising and lead by gorgeous German performer, MISSA BLUE, famous for her strip teases that “play with the notions of transvestite and transgender ideals.”

We couldn’t get enough of it and after chatting to performers, organisers and fellow deviants, secured a VIP invite to the Club Spank Ball later that night.

If we thought the expo was much, this was something else, and a real chance for us to let our hair down and dress ourselves up. The theatre was rammed and had gone from indoor market to Eyes Wide Shut . People’s costumes were incredible –  gladiatorial attire and circus-wear is very in amongst the fetish community.

My highlights, apart from being spanked on stage and dancing to EDM, were talking to a man dressed in full gimp attire and snorkel (the man not me); seeing a woman wearing a ‘corset’ consisting of staples in her back, and Sophie’s loud remark about one lovely transgender individual being “more of a woman” than she is.

Nick and I and Brighton festish weekend

It was a very unusual but freeing experience, and being surrounded by such welcoming people of all ages made it even better.

On the whole it was an amazing experience – a true celebration of perversity, freedom and kink. I will certainly be returning next year and recommend it to fetish novices and virtuosos alike.

Oh and if that’s tickled your fetish fancy be sure to keep an eye out for my Brighton Dungeon review coming soon.

Images by Anon101

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