Mystery, illusion and intrigue promised by new addition to Old Town night life.

Fashion Week fuels demand for style and sophistication

Friday 2 September

£5 per ticket

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A fashion event that attracted thousands of people into Hull city centre has now inspired a new attraction aimed at bringing something completely different to Old Town night life.

Black Flamingo is the brainchild of Emma Nicholson, who organised the Burlesque dance shows that closed the Hull BID Fashion Week, and Carl Conway-Davis, Manager of Lizard Lounge where the girls wowed a crowd of VIP guests.

They are planning an array of entertainment drawing on a wide range of international influences and never before seen in Hull.

The performers will use the full area of the Lizard Lounge, in South Church Side, Hull, rather than restrict their antics to the stage area. They promise a night of tasteful and high-class indulgence, illusion and intrigue that will appeal to a sophisticated, discerning audience, and they don’t plan to reveal more than that until the lights are dimmed on Friday 2 September.

“The idea came from the success of the show we put on after Fashion Week,” said Emma, a part-time teacher who also runs the Studio Boutique dance and fitness studio on Beverley Road, Hull.

“It was a great event and it attracted a lot of people who, like me, think there is nowhere for them to go in the city centre these days.

“We decided to create a one-off event that will provide a bit of audio and visual stimulation in a high quality venue. It will be the sort of entertainment that won’t get in the way of people who just want an enjoyable evening out with friends but there will be enough going on to create a great atmosphere.”

The performers are people who Emma has met from running Studio Boutique, but she emphasises that Black Flamingo is not a dance show.

“There will be 17 girls involved but because they have all rehearsed in small groups none of them know what the full show is all about,” said Emma.

“I know, and Carl knows but everyone else will have to wait to find out on the night.”

Numbers are limited to around 150, tickets are priced from only £5 and the timings are user-friendly, with a start at 8pm and close at midnight.

“It will be a seated event with table service including champagne, cocktails and canapes for two to 40 people,” said Carl Conway-Davis.

“The tables will be arranged around the room and the entertainment will come to the audience. We’ve got a very good magician, music, some acting and some spectacular costumes.

“It’s a bit of a test but we want to push the boundaries a bit and try to come up with some different ideas.”

Hull BID is helping the business promote the Black Flamingo event as part of the city stakeholders’ campaign to secure Purple Flag status, which is granted to towns and cities recognised as offering a safe night out with a diverse range of quality entertainment.

“The after-party at the end of Fashion Week was a terrific event and showed a lot of people what can be done to develop the night life in Hull city centre,” said Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID City Centre Manager.

“I was really impressed by the innovative entertainment and the quality of the venue and I’m very much looking forward to attending Black Flamingo. The show should appeal to couples, groups and even corporate parties and is exactly the sort of event that will help us promote the city by securing Purple Flag accreditation.”

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