A TRIO of event spectaculars will light up Colwyn Bay with a dazzling cabaret this month.

The North Wales Burlesque & Cabaret Festival (NWBCF) returns to Theatr Colwyn bigger and better than ever before with more shows, more workshops, steampunk market and a new, family friendly show.

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Oh Golly Miss Dolly

Starting on Friday, January24 at 7.30pm, the festival begins with the final of the Seren yn Codi - Rising Star - competition hosted by burlesque and comedy sensation Bear Glitz and featuring six of the hottest acts from the world of cabaret and burlesque competing to achieve bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards.

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Scarlet Butterfly

Unlike most competitions, there is no limit to the amount of people who can win each grade of award as well as an audience choice award.

On Saturday, January 25 from 2pm, in a first for the festival, jester Erwyd and wizard Gatling will return to their annual Magical matinee but with a new, family friendly show.

Packed full of comedy, audience participation, juggling and some magic, this show opens up cabaret for people of all ages.

As magic takes over the theatre, the NWBCF will also be hosting a steampunk and artisan market on Station Road and at Station Court - above Porters Coffee Shop - between 10am and 5pm. There will also be workshops and activities at the same location, including some sessions and activities are suitable for children.

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Victor and the Bully

To close the festival, NWBCF Steampunk Extravaganza on Saturday 25 at 7.30pm will put the punk into steampunk in a show that is guaranteed to delight, shock and entrance with its diverse range of acts from the world of cabaret and burlesque.

Featuring steampunk sensations Victor and the Bully - and Crowboy - this year's incredible show is headlined by mesmerising Raven Noir whose sultry expertise will make you laugh, gasp, dance, sing and maybe look at the world in a new light!

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Raven Noir

Superstar Noir will also step down among her admirers at Station Court on Saturday 25 at 3.30pm for a masterclass aimed at helping burgeoning burlesque talent - and anyone else for that matter - develop confidence and get to work on those alter egos.

For more information on ticket prices for each event and to book visit northwalesburlesque.com.