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Erotica UK

Erotica was an adult, consumer exhibition held each November at Olympia, London, UK. A mainstream ‘lifestyle show’ aimed primarily at women and couples, visitors were encouraged to celebrate or re-kindle their relationships with goods and services aimed to enhance their love lives. Erotica's organisers claim that it is now[when?] the world's largest lifestyle show "for freethinking adults who are comfortable with their sexuality". Erotica cancelled its 2014 show and has since shut its doors

Exhibitors, including many small- to medium-sized companies and sole traders, offered: fashion, corsetry, lingerie, shoes, jewellery, art, photography, sculpture, adult toys, games, books, DVDs, furniture and romantic gifts. Popular, free entertainment includes: stage shows that run several times each day and are produced by London's Torture Garden; The Fantasy Boys' strip tease; entertainers that wander among the crowds; workshops and demonstrations (including glamour photography, bodycasting and burlesque classes); and a team of NHS sexual health advisors offering free advice, condoms and chlamydia testing. Erotica is keen to promote safe, respectful and responsible sex, and welcomes visitors of all persuasions – straight, gay and transgender. [1]

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HistoryEdit

Erotica's first show was at Olympia, London, in 1997[2] and has been an annual event there every November since then. Erotica Manchester had its first show at the G-Mex Centre in March 2003[3] but ticket sales were poor in 2005[4] despite attempts the previous year to attract visitors by having former Conservative Member of Parliament Neil Hamilton promote the event[5] and the organisers did not return.

 
Erotica London exhibitor 2008
 
Stage show at Erotica Olympia, London

Previous showsEdit

Erotica in London
Year Dates Visitors Notes
1997 28–30 November 12,000  
1998 ???? May 14,000  
1998 27–29 November[6] 17,000  
1999 26–28 November 19,379  
2000 24–26 November 41,237  
2001 30 Nov – 2 Dec 54,984  
2002 22–24 November 59,797  
2003 14–16 November 65,542  
2004 19–21 November 70,000[4]  
2005 18–20 November 80,000  
2006 17–19 November 82,000  
2007 23–25 November 70,000  
2008 21–23 November 56,000  
2009 20–22 November 56,000  
2010 19–21 November TBC  
Erotica in Manchester
Year Dates Visitors Notes
2003 21–23 March ?  
2004 26–28 March 20,000 (est)[4]  
2005 1–3 April ?  

Erotica 2013 will be held on 25-27 October 2013 at Tobacco Dock in London.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bates, Stephen (24 November 2007). "Women dominate the annual lifestyle fair". London: Guardian newspaper. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Treneman, Ann (29 November 1997). "Erotica show gives Britain a first". London: Independent newspaper. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Erotica returns". Manchester Evening News. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Erotica show blames 'chauvinists'". BBC News. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Glover, Julian (27 March 2004). "Hamiltons promote Erotica 2004 festival". London: Guardian newspaper. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Vigar, Simon (27 November 1998). "EROTICA SHOW: OLYMPIA". ITN Source. Archived from the original on 9 January 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 

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