Running from Good Friday to Easter Monday (April 19-22), Easter Fetish Weekend (aka Easter Fetish Meeting) is a non-profit get-together created with the aim of maintaining the enjoyable social and fetish-play traditions of earlier Easters at the Bredeney.
The hotel has declared April 19-22 will be “exclusively for kinks only”, and is making its rooms available to fetishists to book directly.
And with no Fetish Evolution involvement, FE’s recent rule that would-be hotel guests must buy FE party tickets to qualify for a room obviously does not apply.
Easter Fetish Weekend 2019 attendees can book up to three nights at the Bredeney (using booking code Treffpunkt Essen or Meeting point Essen), and those who want to participate without a room will also be welcome.
Popular public areas of the hotel including the bar and restaurant will be free to access both for hotel guests and visitors — as they traditionally were when FE was at its peak.
Those wishing to participate without staying at the Bredeney will, however, be encouraged to at least spend something in the bar or restaurant to help the hotel cover its costs. And visitors who wish to use the pool or sauna will be asked to purchase a €20 day pass for that purpose.
Originally there were no firm plans to organise any associated events such as parties or formal dinners either in the hotel or at outside venues.
The basic idea was to enjoy the ‘kinky social’ vibe of the hotel environment and explore whatever opportunities might arise to ‘make your own entertainment’ during the exclusive fetish occupancy.
However, that was before Zaki Silverman, organiser of Unleashed fetish dance parties in Amsterdam and various international locations, heard that the Bredeney would be accommodating a bunch of kinksters over Easter!
Zaki proposed to investigate running an Unleashed Easter event in a part of Essen’s Delta venue (previously mudiaART) where the FE Balls have traditionally been held on Easter Sundays.
As a result, Silverman and his team were all set to host Unleashed Boutique Essen at Delta Musik Park, Essen on Sunday April 21, using Delta’s spacious Hall 2, the dark and mysterious Gruft and an outdoor area too if weather permitted.
However, on March 27, the group behind the weekend were informed that Unleashed had been forced to cancel all parties in April owing to Zaki’s father being taken ill.
Obviously everyone understands and wishes him well, but this now leaves the Bredeney weekend without a Sunday party at Delta.
Fortunately Easter Fetish Weekend was originally conceived as primarily a social/play event at the Bredeney based around sharing the hotel exclusively with a bunch of other pervs.
The Unleashed party arrived later in the organisational timeline, as an unexpected bonus.
So while the cancellation is a shame, it probably won’t be a deal breaker for the majority of the weekend’s participants, whose prime motivation for involvement won’t have been the chance to attend a party at Delta.
So what exactly happened with the Fetish Evolution Weekend, you might wonder?
The news that FE would not have the Bredeney as its partner hotel and FE Expo location in 2019 first came in an email sent to regular Expo exhibitors by organiser Miguel Infante back in February.
The e-mail cited shrinking vendor numbers and rising exhibition costs as problems that came to a head after the 2018 FE Weekend.
This, it said, led to the promoter and hotel parting company, with insufficient time to find a replacement hotel to accommodate the Expo and the other hotel elements of the FE Weekend and thus make an Easter 2019 Expo feasible.
The e-mail also referred to “a group of people” who “technically sabotaged individual parts of the event in the hotel” and “boycotted other events in the past two to three years”.
This could be a reference to the number of fetish folk going to Essen for Easter, taking rooms in the event hotel and participating in the hotel’s social scene — but declining to pay to attend events such as the FE Ball or to access the hotel’s once-free public spaces.
Some of those objectors are now among the movers and shakers behind this year’s alternative Easter Fetish Weekend.
But does this mean Fetish Evolution is not happening at all this year, in any form?
February’s FE e-mail does state that its organisers are “currently in negotiations with different hotels to accommodate our visitors” and that the 2019 FE Weekend “will take place at a later date”.
But at the time of writing (March 24), both the Fetish Evolution Weekend website and the event’s Facebook pages were still advertising this year’s FE dates as April 19-22 (ie Easter), which seems contradictory, to say the least.
No surprise, therefore, that some of those involved in the event that is actually taking place at the Bredeney this year think Miguel Infante should correct the “confusing claims” still being made online about the dates and location of FE 2019.
This year’s Bredeney event should also not be confused with the event German Fetish Ball organiser Xklusiv will be launching next year, called Fetish Easter Weekend.
Xklusiv’s Fetish Easter Weekend will take place in Düsseldorf (a mere 35km/21m from Essen) on April 10–13, 2020.
Scant details are available as yet, but the event’s Facebook blurb says Xklusiv has “teamed up with the organiser of Guilty and Einmalig to bring you this unique, international fetish weekend”.
“The venue is awesome,” it adds,“ and so will be the entire weekend schedule. More details to follow soon!”
So it looks like Xklusiv could be planning for an Easter event of similar scale and scope to Fetish Evolution — right in the latter’s backyard, historically speaking.
Would it do this if it believed its old rival intended to return to Essen for Easter 2020? We shall see!
The links and contacts below give you access to a lot more information about this year’s Easter Fetish Weekend in Essen, including options for booking a room at the Bredeney.
Bilingual information (in German/English) — including a detailed explanation of the background leading up to the proposal for this year’s alternative Essen weekend — can be found on the Easter Fetish Meeting page of Katzentatze’s blog.
Facebook and FetLife pages/discussions can be found in both English and German, while JoyClub, LatexLux and Latexzentrale links are in German only.
There is also a crowdfunding campaign at GoFundMe (in English) which is seeking to raise a €1,000 float to keep the whole weekend non-profit but cover possible expenses within the hotel such as a DJ and DJ equipment.
Links for the other Easter events are also provided.
EASTER FETISH WEEKEND 2019
Bredeney Hotel (0049 2017691154)
Quote ‘Meeting Point Essen’/‘Treffpunkt Essen’
Facebook Event (Easter Fetish Meeting)
Facebook Group: Fetish Easter In Essen
Fetlife Fetish Easter in Essen
Published March 24, 2019. Updated March 27, 2019