Ritual and Jimenez, icons of the Denver goth scene, spent years throwing other kinky events, from vampire parties to gas masquerades, before they decided to expand their focus. The first expanded event took place in February at Tracks and brought in around 1, people; for the iteration, the duo is expecting 2, It's going to be DJs.
There's going to be vendors.
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There's going to be all kinds of stuff. Jimenez, who is booking the fetish performances, says the event will be as educational as it will be fun. There'll be tastings all throughout the venue.
It brings more of an education aspect — not only to the club lifestyle, but also for people who have never experienced that. They can go dance and have fun, but they can have some tasting. Denver has become a kink hub in the Mountain West.
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Before COVID, there were multiple dungeons where pro doms worked; some, like the Sanctuary, appear to have survived the pandemic, though they are far behind in rent. Others shut down for good, and former leaders in the scene moved on to other cities. But Denver still has a strong community where people support each other across sexualities, subcultures and fetishes, Jimenez says.
I think Denver, as a city I feel like if somebody passes away, everybody comes together. There's a strong, tight-knit community that cares about each other.
So if it's in the goth community, or if it's even in the fetish-kink lifestyle, I think people are connected. He thinks that the kink scene is so strong partly because Denver is dominated by transplants from around the country.
They bring their cultures and interests together to form communities — chosen families united by shared erotic desires and culture. From furries, foxes and pups to spankers, spankees and those looking to be drenched in wax, all will have room to play at KINK.
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And when those subcultures unite, the Denver fetish scene thrives, say the event's organizers. We have people from east, west, north and south all moving here for a reason.
And it's not just to smoke weed. We have a good economy and a good subculture of different people from all walks of life. KINK organizers hope that the ball will help create a gateway for more of those people to enter the community, become involved in the scene, and dance.
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It's open to everyone — queer, straight, whatever — and will be set up so that everyone feels welcome and comfortable. We want to create a safe space for everyone to express themselves. The first ball drew 65 percent women and 35 percent men. Ritual attributes those percentages to how many women feel more comfortable in a gay bar than in a straight space. Although alcohol will be available — it's often shunned at play parties in the BDSM community — the KINK ball will also have plenty of requirements regarding consent, with s posted around the venue.
Security will be strong. A lot of these leaders, they take this very, very seriously, and I do, as well.
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The organizers will also provide three colors of wristbands: red for people who do not want to be touched or pursued, yellow for people who are on the fence, and green for people who are completely open to trying new things. No matter what a person's interests are, one of the ball's highlights will be the music and how it gets people moving on the dance floor.
Unlike other fetish events that are strictly educational and focused on workshops, this will be more of a rave. Again, it's another place where people can dress up any way they want and just have a good time and express who they are. KINK starts at 9 p.
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