Somerset NJ, April 26-28 – The last weekend of April welcomed a new mistress to the bowels of New Jersey. A new festival/convention called The Twisted World emerged, produced by Red Falcon Productions, and it promised to bring a couple of different forms of entertainment to its attendees. This year’s theme was simply, “Divine Decadence”. The festival was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, NJ. The vendors were plentiful, offering everything from bottled scents to hair clips to intimate toys for couples. Attendees were able to sit in on panels discussing various themes in literature (such as vampires) to interactive storytelling to personal BDSM sessions with a dominatrix. If the panels weren’t your thing, you could stumble upon a fire show by the team, Hubris, to one of the many musical artists performing throughout the weekend, such as the industrial rock act, Ego Likeness or the Bela Lugosi-themed lounge acts of Baron Misuraca. If you were in the mood to see some flesh, then The White Elephant Burlesque Society had plenty of burlesque performances throughout the weekend, as well as hosting a meet-and-greet.
Overall the variety of different panels, shows, vendors, and activities gave one a very fun-filled weekend, but being a first year festival hurt the attendance, since attendees usually plan months to a year ahead in terms of budgeting their finances and freeing their weekend schedules. Having spoken to a few vendors and performers, the common worry among them was many felt the festival wasn’t well-advertised, which also led to the low number of attendees. Hopefully the second year, the theme of which will be, Villains and Vixens, will have an easier time getting the word out now about the festival’s existence.
– Phil (Knightmare6)
photos : Knightmare6