It’s the event of the decade: an unprecedented celebration of sexuality, erotica, and sexual empowerment. Hosted in Manchester’s Event City, the Sexhibition promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The date is set for this August, and the tickets are booking up fast. Are you thinking of attending? If not, you should be! Read on to find out more about the eventand get all the answers from Cheryl Smith, the creative mastermind behind the Sexhibition.
Workshops & Classes
The Sexhibition promises to be more than just a visual experience. Learn to belly dance, refine your sexual techniques, perform the perfect striptease, and more. Meet and acquire knowledge from internationally acclaimed sensuality guru and performer Jo King, or learn how to use sex toys to improve your relationship at the coaching of relationship therapist Sarah Berry. Here’s the workshop schedule:
11:00 – 12:00: Kingesis, Sexual Confidence Salon – Jo King Salon Series
12:30 – 1:00: Pole Fitness Taster Class
1:15 – 2:15: Glamour Puss, Burlesque Salon – Jo King Salon Series
2:45 – 3:15: Pole Dancing Taster Class
3:45 – 5:15: Striptease Teaser – Jo King Salon Series
10:30 – 11:30: Beginners Kinetic Kinbaku
12.30 – 2:00: Introduction to Tantra
2:30 – 3:30: Intermediate Kinetic Kinbaku
4:00 – 5:30: Introduction to Conscious Kink
Area: Moroccan Marquee
11:00 – 12:00: Club RUB Wax Play Demonstration
12:30 – 2:00: Belly Dancing Masterclass
2:30 –3:30: Practical Sexual Techniques Masterclass
Area: Music Lounge
3:00 – 4.15: Dr. Sketchy’s Free Sexhibition Class
Entertainment & Shopping
The Sexhibition promises to be a fully-immersive event, with an entertainment schedule that is guaranteed to please. We’re talking burlesque, live music, DJ sets, cabaret, and performance art. And, of course, let’s not forget shopping. As the first event of its kind, the expo has attracted a wide range of vendors from around the world. You’ll be able to browse stalls set up by everyone from major high-street retailers to independent designers. Shop lingerie, corsetry, latex, footwear, and more. Even if you don’t have a big spending budget, the experience itself is sure to be a blast.
Cocktails & Cuisine
No event is complete without cocktails and cuisine. Eat at one of the Sexhibition’s many dining areas, or order your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail at the full-service bar. Are you looking for a more decadent experience? Enjoy a selection of champagne and gourmet cuisine. Whether you enjoy the show or not, your taste buds will leave satisfied!
An Interview with Cheryl Smith:
At Scandalouswomen.com, we couldn’t help but wonder at the magnitude of the planning involved in making the Sexhibition happen. As the first ever event of its kind in the UK, there’s no doubt that the Sexhibition has attracted a lot of controversy. Here’s what Cheryl has to say about her vision, the opposition she has faced in making it a reality, and her plans for the future:
What made you decide to plan the Sexhibition?
A combination of things, really. I am, and always have been, a very sexual person, and have been planning large-scale parties and fetish events for years, so this seemed like a natural progression for me.
I suppose the concept of Sexhibition was, in part, a reaction to Erotica. I liked the idea of a large-scale celebration of sexuality, but for me that had to be more than a warehouse full of porn—that was seemingly run by single men, for men. Times have changed, and there wasn’t a contemporary erotic event that I felt represented me and my sexuality. I imagined other people felt the same. Sexhibition has been designed and created by women, with women’s sexuality and body positivity at the heart of everything we do.
I also noticed that lots of markets/exhibitions essentially seem to charge people to have access to shops. People want more than that these days, so we designed a fully immersive event with perpetual entertainment–shows, performances, musicians, DJs, workshops and classes, films, erotic art & literature (not to mention delicious food and drink) in a beautiful, opulent environment.
More than anything, we want our guests to walk away from the event feeling excited about their sexuality and good about themselves after an indulgent, glamorous weekend.
Has the Sexhibition inspired a lot of positive interest?
We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response we’ve had from the public. I fully intended to run Sexhibition as a one-day event for the first year and allow it to grow organically, but the demand for the full weekend has been truly amazing!
What do you feel the Sexhibition means for the future of women’s sexual empowerment?
Women’s sexual empowerment is at the forefront of all of our decisions, but it would be rather naive of me to think that one Sexhibition is going to have a huge impact on such a complex subject, or immediately change the attitudes of those who oppose it.
I’d like to think that Sexhibition represents women taking control of their sexuality (in whatever form that takes), having the choice to express their sexuality however they choose, and being confident enough in their own skin to get what they want.
So far, 68% of our ticket holders are women—that’s very encouraging!
Have you met with any opposition in your planning of the Sexhibition?
Yes, it’s not been an easy road. I don’t think I really appreciated quite how prudish- and quite frankly antiquated, many British and American companies can be. Social media for example, is very difficult if you’re trying to promote anything ‘adult’—you can promote as many pictures of decapitated dogs and white supremacy pages as you want on Facebook, but try and create something enjoyable for consenting adults and you’re accused of ‘providing sexual services’ and shut down. It’s frustrating at times.
Financial services are reluctant to deal with the adult market, too, but look at Jacqueline Gold—she came up against many preconceptions about sex shops in the early days of Ann Summers, and now there’s a branch on most high streets.
I try and turn the negatives into motivation; you’ve just got to suck it up, so to speak.
Do you plan to host more Sexhibitions in the future?
Absolutely! We’ve been approached by companies in Europe and Asia to take Sexhibition abroad, and plans are already in place for 2016. We’re here for the long haul!
A Step Forward for Sexual Celebration in Modern Culture
Refreshingly, the Sexhibition is not geared up exclusively towards male sexual gratification. It’s about sexual empowerment for straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous, and transexual men and women alike. In the bigger picture, the show has a meaning that transcends its entertainment purposes. Modern culture has finally begun to embrace, and better yet, celebrate sexuality. As the first expo of its kind, the Sexhibition represents a huge step forward in the fight to end the dark ages of sexual awareness. Here’s to hoping that, as Cheryl promises, there will be many more Sexhibitions to come!
If you’d like to attend the Sexhibition, go ahead and book your tickets in advance at http://www.sexhibitionexpo.co.uk. You’ll be able to choose from exclusive VIP packages, reserve your spot in your favorite workshop, and ensure your entry to the best parties and events of the weekend. The best part? Tickets start out at just ₤10 (that’s about $15). Through the Sexhibition website, you can also book a discounted room in the Manchester area and pre-order your favorite wines, champagnes, and beers.
Have you already booked your Sexhibition tickets? Let us know! We’d love to hear your take on the show this August.