COVID WARNING: the events listed below reflect their details as advertised at time of publication. But they could still be subject to change in the future, owing to covid related factors beyond organisers’ control, such as government changes to national or local restrictions, travel limitations, or venues pulling out.
The listings here for 2021-22 include Europe’s biggest international fetish events. So anyone thinking of attending from outside an event’s host country, especially in 2021, should pay due heed not just to local regulations but also to all the additional factors that might affect their travel plans both in their countries of departure and arrival.
Such factors include whether the destination country will even allow you in on the date of the event (which at time of writing affects Brits wanting to travel to Germany, for example). If travel is permitted, there may be extra costs for vaccination, testing and quarantine (which of course also has a time cost) to be added to the price of the trip.
Finally, it appears very few travel insurance policies fully cover all the circumstances you might encounter, travelling during the pandemic. So if you want to cover yourself for all eventualities, check online recommendations and read the small print carefully!
JULY 7 (& BEYOND):
MANIFEST 2021 COPENHAGEN PARTIES
Following its sold-out Sin Summer #1 event in late June, the Copenhagen kink club has announced a further five party dates for the rest of 2021. These are listed below (venues still to be announced):
July 24: ManiFest Sin Summer #2 (special event)
August 21: ManiFest Pride (special event)
September 5: ManiFest Fetish Fashion Party
October 30: ManiFest Halloween
December 4: ManiFest X December
XKLUSIV CASTLE EVENTS
German Fetish Ball organiser Xklusiv aims to revive its castle parties with Night of the Masks and Night of Passion on consecutive dates in early September at a venue near Frankfurt. The two events are:
September 3: Night of the Masks
September 4: Night of Passion
FETISHGUERILLA REVOLUTION (tbc)
This is a provisional listing for FGR on September 24, assuming it resumes its traditional Friday night slot before the German Fetish Ball, which has now moved to Saturday September 25 (see item below). Full details of September’s GFB supporting events will be announced soon.
GERMAN FETISH BALL 2021 (tbc)
Europe’s top fetish festival abandoned 2020 for a 2021 return, first in May, then August and now September. Saturday September 25 is the new date for the Ball itself, with the rest of the (smaller scale) programme to be announced, but expected to include FetishGuerilla Revolution on Friday. The full-scale GFB programme will return in 2022, on May 25-29.
WASTELAND BERLIN – UNDERGROUND EDITION
This will be the tenth anniversary of the Berlin edition of Amsterdam’s famous fetish dance party with fetish shows galore. As usual, it will take place at the legendary KitKatClub, which incidentally transformed itself into a temporary covid test centre back in December 2020.
AVANTGARDISTA 2021 WEEKEND
These are provisional 2021 dates for the Munich event postponed from 2020. The weekend normally includes a big Saturday night SubRosaDictum fetish party, and an event called BoundCon Meets Avantgardista has also been promised if the weekend goes ahead.
PASSION BDSM & FETISH FAIR 2021
This newish three-day fair at Messe Hamburg-Schnelsen is likely on past showing to boast 100+ vendors. Programme includes workshops and shows, this year also with more fetish and play parties planned.
ROME BONDAGE WEEK (BY RITUAL)
Ritual Club’s bondage festival programme normally includes an opening party, three days of workshops, shows and performers, and a closing party. Details announced soon.
Postponed from 2020 then again from earlier this year, fetish dance party specialist Unleashed’s spring event at Amsterdam’s famous Paradiso venue has now become its summer 2021 party, with an earlier-than-usual evening start.
THE RUBBER BUNCH PARTY EDITION
This is Amsterdam’s new party for rubber lovers and other fetishists from respected local scenester Irresistible Iris, previously part of the team behind DeMask’s EuroPerve events. The Rubber Bunch party will take place at Akhnaton (also used by EuroPerve) and there’ll be an afternoon Meet & Greet at the Mail and Female store.
Currently on its fourth postponement, EuroPerve X now returns to Akhnaton in October. As usual, there is also a Friday Meet & Greet at the DeMask shop before Saturday’s party.
WASTELAND AMSTERDAM – RITUALS
This is Wasteland’s postponed big spring gathering, now scheduled for the autumn at Northsea Venue. Shows are always a major feature of these events, and performances scheduled for November include Grausame Tochter, AMF, Marie Devilreux & more.
BOUDOIR BIZARRE XXXII
The Amsterdam fetish and play night has just postponed its XXXII edition (for a fifth time) until December, blaming vaccination and test requirements the promoter does not feel able to comply with.
JULY 3 (& BEYOND):
UTOPIA FETISH DE LUXE PARTIES
Utopia has announced ten parties between July and December 2021, held either in the city of Zurich at sektor11, or in Kloten in the Canton of Zurich, near Zurich airport. The Kloten venue is not named, but will be familiar to regulars. All dates are Saturday nights:
July 3: Utopia – Nacht der Blumen (Kloten)
July 24: Utopia – Sommernachtstraum (sektor11)
August 7: Utopia – Nacht der Prinzessinnen (Kloten)
August 21 Utopia – Fetish Revolution (sektor11)
September 4: Utopia – Nacht der Seile (Kloten)
October 2: Utopia – Sodom & Gomorra (Kloten)
October 23: Utopia – 25 Year Fetish de Luxe (sektor11)
November 6: Utopia – Halloween Ball (Kloten)
December 4: Utopia – Tokio Bondage (Kloten)
December 18: Utopia – Bizarre X-Mas Ball (sektor11)
EASTER FETISH MEETING 2022
After having to skip 2021, the non-profit social and play Easter weekend that has taken over FetishEvolution’s old slot returns to Essen’s Bredeney Hotel for another four days of fun, with exclusive fetish use of the hotel. People who stay at the Bredeney pay for their rooms etc but there are no event charges, and other “fetis” can also join in the fun without taking a room.
SAVAGE WEAR FETISH NIGHT
Savage Wear returns in 2022 to Berlin’s Badehaus to continue its tradition of annual gatherings at the start of each year’s GFB programme — albeit now as an alternative ‘unofficial’ event rather than as the official opening party. The nominal entrance fee and relaxed dresscode make it equally popular with Berliners and visitors from further afield who are in town for the GFB.
GERMAN FETISH BALL WEEKEND 2022
After settling on a smaller GFB for 2021 — currently provisionally set for September — Berlin’s big international fetish festival plans a full-scale return for May 2022’s programme, organised around its traditional Ascension Day Weekendslot. In 2022 there will be no date clashes with the other big German gatherings, W-G-T and BoundCon (see below). However, fans of GFB and Florida Fetish Weekend may find themselves facing a hard choice, as Ascension Day Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend share the same dates in 2022.
Forced like so many others to ditch its 2021 plans, W-G-T is aiming in 2022 for what will hopefully be a full-scale return to its massive, three-day Leipzig goth-fests of yore — events that each year had been attracting more and more fetish/BDSM folk to attend, and vendors to, well, vend.
Postponed several times, the big Munich BDSM/fetish convention and expo — now under new ownership — is moving to June 2022 to avoid clashing with GFB and W-G-T. This event maintains a core focus on bondage while also attracting many broader fetish exhibitors. Traditionally, the weekend includes a big party hosted by SubRosaDictum.
TORTURE GARDEN ITALY (by Ritual)
Having postponed twice from May 2020 and ’21, Ritual should finally be hosting the 13th edition of its annual franchised TG fetish party in Rome in May 2022. Previous editions have been bookended by supporting events that make for more of a long weekend.