International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier winter event for bears & their admirers takes place in Palm Springs next month, February 2-8, 2016.
BY VICTOR MELAMED
It’s that time again! The International Bear Convergence (IBC) comes to life next month in Palm Springs with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. “The last two years were hugely successful and we expect more of the same in 2016 with record-breaking attendance,” says the event’s co-producer Nino Eilets
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. With many, many repeat attendees and of course lots of first timers who have heard that this is the place to be in February, especially if you are wanting to escape a cold climate & warm up with some hot guys [laughs],” Eilets tells THE FIGHT.
“Our first host hotel, The Hard Rock Hotel sold out a couple of months ago,” reveals Eilets. “But never fear we have a second host hotel; The Hilton Palm Springs, located across the street from The Hard Rock- they are taking reservations as well. But you might want to reserve soon because this hotel is selling pretty quickly.”
ALL THE ACTION
“Like with previous years,” says Eilets, “we are welcoming bears and admirers from all over the globe, West Coast, East Coast, Mid West, Europe and even Asia. So you see this is truly going to be an International Bear Convergence!
When asked if there will be any changes in the program from last year—Eilets states that “for the past years the format has been quite successful and you know what they say.. ‘If it ain’t broke…’
“We want to make sure that the attendees have the best experience possible. One thing that is different from last year is the Host Hotels. We are at the Hard Rock Hotel & The Hilton Palm Springs—and we couldn’t be more excited. They are both fantastic spots and are right smack dab in the middle of all the action that Palm Springs has to offer; even more so than the hotel from previous years. Another addition will be that we will have 2 concerts during the weekend. On Friday night, directly from Spain DaddyB, the “I Want A Bear” singer will be performing for the first time in the US. On Saturday night we present 90’s Dance Club Diva, Kristine W who I am sure will be bringing the house down.”
THEMED POOL PARTIES
“You don’t want to miss this premier winter event for bears & admirers,” exclaims Eilets. “The desert oasis that is Palm Springs turns into a winter den at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel for thousands of frisky, furry bears, their friends and their fans. The perfect weekend destination and one of the only US cities that boasts an average temperature of 70 degrees in February. During the day kick back like a rock star and enjoy themed pool parties with music provided by world renown DJ’s at the fabulous Hard Rock pool. With multiple bars, cabanas and outdoor lounge areas you’re destined to have a fantastic day. After the sun goes down, evenings will heat up with three high-energy dance parties.”
“Weekend passes are still available at www.ibc-ps.com but only until January 20. After that you can purchase them at registration the weekend of the event while they last. Also please visit our website for a complete list of daily events. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Palm Springs and invite you to have the time of your life.”
For more info visit: www.ibc-ps.com.