The US may have Exxxotica, but earlier this month Erotica 2011 took place at Olympia, London. It billed itself as the biggest adult lifestyle event in Europe, with a particular focus on dance this year. Taking place over 3 days from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November, there were more than 300 exhibitors in addition to the dance stages.
It was my first visit to the exhibition and show, and I was immediately impressed by the openness and diversity of the performers, exhibitors and visitors. One of the bars was staffed solely by transgirls (hence its name the TGirl Bar), and one of the stages hosted the LGBT show. Minor celebrities appearing included Nancy Dell’Olio and The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) stars James Argent and Lucy Mecklenburgh (a UK equivalent of Jersey Shore).
The exhibition was at its fullest on the Saturday afternoon. This made viewing the shows challenging (standing room only around the stages), but it was still possible to visit all the exhibitors stands. Fashion exhibitors were the largest category of stand, but there was also a range of others from toffee flavoured vodka (yummy) to a vagina inserted alarm clock (!). Sunday was less busy and made getting seats for the dance shows much easier.
Busty Cookie (who has just launched her website ) worked at a stand and also made sure she took in all the sights.
“On the Saturday afternoon, I was on the Anywhere.xxx stand, promoting the adult video website and having fun giving hands on demonstrations of Cupids Couch, an inflatable sex couch. It was great to meet so many of my fans, and I had a good but tiring time. On Sunday, I was in undercover tourist mode, shopping for new outfits, enjoying the dance shows and catching up with friends on the exhibition stands. I really enjoyed the performances on the Burlesque stage by Leah Debrincat and Hamish McCann.”
Photos taken by Busty Cookie and Paul Anderson.