In fact, the three best known German events — the German Fetish Ball Weekend, Fetish Evolution Weekend and BoundCon Munich — all celebrate their 15th editions in 2018.
But in November this year, within one week of each other, two brand new German fetish weekends with international ambitions — Avantgardista and Passion — made their debuts.
And since both have already announced their 2018 dates — confirming their continuity intentions — next year’s international partying possibilities in Germany have just increased dramatically.
The five big fetish weekends on offer next year all have different styles, and are spread across 2018 from the end of March to late November.
But while many pervs might dream of attending them all, in practice that’s likely to be possible for a relatively small number of people — mostly industry folk. The rest of us may have some difficult choices to make.
Since many people will be thinking about their 2018 partying plans right now, while airfares and hotels rates are relatively low, this seems a good time for an overview of all those upcoming German fetish weekends. Hopefully we can help you decide which ones interest you most.
One negative aspect of the German scene that has often surprised people in the past has been the willingness of certain fetish promoters to schedule their events either on or very close to the dates of a rival gathering.
So it’s good to be able to report that, In 2018, there won’t be any date clashes between the events featured here.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that previous rivalries have all been forgotten. But it may indicate a realisation that parachuting your weekend onto someone else’s dates does not make you especially popular.
Below, then, are our snapshots of the five big German fetish weekends of 2018, in date order, starting with…
ESSEN, MARCH 29–APRIL 2, 2018
Style: primarily fetish; multiple venues including hotel; latex aplenty; includes BDSM play opportunities
One of the three original big annual German fetish weekends, FE will take its usual Easter weekend slot at Essen’s Hotel Bredeney for a programme that normally offers a meet & greet, two-day expo/art exhibition, fetish dinner and pre-party prior to Sunday’s headlining FE Ball, finishing with various winding-down options on Easter Monday.
Its Thursday start next year (the Friday start advertised on Facebook at time of publication is erroneous) allows the possibility of at least one extra party to mark FE’s 15th edition.
The meet & greet, expo and chill-out gatherings traditionally take place in the Bredeney, and a major part of Fetish Evolution’s USP is the event’s full takeover of its partner hotel.
So, with no vanilla guests to consider, people can dress (and to a reasonable degree, behave) as pervily as they like in public areas such as the lobby, bar and restaurant — as well as, obviously, in their rooms.
Another major attraction for many people is Delta, the venue where the Ball is staged on Easter Sunday, with its fashion shows and other performances.
Previously known as Mudia Art, this fabulous multi-space industrial conversion is one of the most atmospheric locations any fetish ball could wish for.
But with the GFB (see below) returning to its previous Ascension Day Weekend slot in 2018, the normal ‘breathing space’ of about six weeks has been reinstated between the two.
House of Harlot (see banner) is an early FE sign-up. And organiser/accomplished photographer Miguel Infante has already done his flyer shoot for the event, featuring fetish supermodels Emily Marilyn and Susan Wayland. So although not yet confirmed, attendance of both celebs remains a distinct possibility.
Top tip: You should stay at Hotel Bredeney if you want to enjoy the full 24/7 immersive FE experience.
BERLIN, MAY 9–13, 2018
Style: primarily fetish; multiple venues & hosts; latex aplenty; includes BDSM play opportunities
Celebrating its 15th year in 2018, the German Fetish Ball Weekend has evolved from its early days in Berlin every Whit Weekend (when it clashed with Wave Gotic Treffen in Leipzig) via a brief sojourn in Hamburg to its present position, back in Berlin, as Germany’s most prestigious international fetish event.
After its one-off move last year to early April to avoid clashing with BoundCon and Fetish Factory, the five-day GFB event returns in 2018 to its preferred dates around Ascension Day Weekend, one week before Whitsun.
(Major Christian religious festivals are attractive dates for German fetish promoters as they usually include at least one day that’s a public holiday.)
One key characteristic of GFB weekends is the choice of events on offer from different promoters.
Core official events — including the German Fetish Ball itself (on Saturday 12 at riverside venue Spindler & Klatt), the GFB PreParty and Play Party, and the two-day German Fetish Fair — are organised directly by GFB promoter René of Xklusiv.
Other parties — such as Savage Wear’s Kinky Cocktails, which kicks off festivities on Wednesday May 9 at Baderhaus Berlin, and Friday 11’s popular FetishGuerilla Revolution night at KitKatClub — are partnerships or at least friendly collaborations.
And usually there are at least a couple of completely independent events that do their best to exploit the pervy invasion of Berlin.
At FetishGuerilla Revolution and the Ball itself, displaying your fetish finery is the order of the day, with the accent very much on latex.
Latex will also be much in evidence on the catwalk during the Ball’s multiple fashion shows. And at the Fair you’ll find a decent selection of latex brands, always including some British labels.
But of course, the GFB’s ace card is Berlin itself. It’s the perfect place to combine a kinky trip with some top quality cultural tourism, and most GFB visitors aim to allow plenty of time for exploring the city’s cafés, bars, restaurants and other attractions.
Unlike Fetish Evolution there is no specific GFB event hotel, and no hotel takeover. But Berlin has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets — see the GFB website for more info — and despite recent legislation, there are still plenty of Airbnb places on offer.
Top tip: If you can only manage one German event in 2018, you should probably try to make it this one.READ MORE – GO TO PAGE 2 OF 2
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