"A cross-dressing Arab man, a Yiddish-speaking haredi and a local
Israeli celebrity walk into a fetish party in Tel Aviv." It sounds like
the start of a politically incorrect joke, but as unrealistic as this
scenario may seem, once every two weeks at a specialist club in south
Tel Aviv, this mix of people may find themselves spending the night
together and even discovering that they have more in common than they
The Club Kink
line held at the Mossad Club in the heart of industrial Florentin is a
haven for all those weird and wonderful people who are looking for
something different from the norm.
It's true that the word "fetish" can conjure up images of people dressed
in leather with whips and chains. Indeed, Club Kink has its fair
share of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) enthusiasts and they are more than welcome. However, there are
also a number of other erotic fantasies that are catered for at the club,
whether it be cross-dressing or foot fetishes and everything else in
From the outside, the club looks like any one of the
many in the area, which is made up mainly of disused warehouses and car
garages. However, once inside, Club Kink is a fantasy world full of
exotic pole dancers, extravagant burlesque shows and impressive
acrobatic performances. And that's just the ground floor.
the second floor the atmosphere is more intimate with a smaller dance
floor and small stages for more "extreme" live performances. At the back
of the dance floor lies the "playroom" where couples are able to enter
and truly explore their particular sexual fantasies with other
Club Kink attracts people from all over the
country of every gender, age, religion, ethnicity and social background.
It's one of those rare places in Israel where all of the aforementioned
don't seem to matter too much. Instead, it's all about freedom of
expression in a sexy, yet safe environment. Whether it be an Arab man
dressed in drag using bags of rice for fake breasts that his wife made
for him, or religious men from Jerusalem who speak Yiddish, everyone is
made to feel at home.
While the idea of a fetish night may seem
overwhelming to some, event organizer Dana Barak insists that everyone
is welcome and there is no need for anyone to feel intimidated by the
extravagance and intensity of the event. "It may not be to everyone's
taste, but everyone is welcome to try it out," Barak explains during an
interview with The Jerusalem Post
in a central Tel Aviv coffee shop during the day wearing baggy
mainstream clothes, it's hard to imagine that just a few days earlier,
Barak, also known as "The Madam," was at the club in full fetish garb
taking care of party goers.
fun to get dressed up and do something different from the everyday
routine," Barak insists. Although Barak's everyday life is heavily
connected to the fetish world through her NOX fashion store
and alternative clothing studio, she also recognizes that the Club Kink
events are chance for everyone, including herself, to let loose and
explore their fantasies.
It was while training to be an
accountant many years ago that Barak started working in a fetish club in
order to support herself. It was then that she realized the world of
accountancy wasn't for her so she packed up her calculator and decided
to focus on her passion of alternative clothing. She hasn't looked back
since. Having built up a successful fashion company providing edgy and
alternative clothes for high-profile films and television programs,
Barak decided to establish a new kind of kink scene in Israel to rival
the ones found in Europe. With her background in fashion it comes as no
surprise that she takes the appearance side of the club nights very
One of the most distinguishing features at Club Kink
nights is the dress code, which is strictly enforced at the entrance. So
many trendy clubs in Tel Aviv will turn people away for not having
designer jeans or the latest fashion trends. At Club Kink the opposite
is true. Jeans and casual street wear are strictly forbidden. Those classed as "fashion victims" are also refused entry. The dress code does,
however, encourage Fantasy, Fetish, SM, Body Art, Drag, Rubber, Leather,
PVC, Uniform, Cross-Dress, Gothic and Burlesque.
understands that having such a strict dress code may discourage curious
first-timers, and this goes against her all-inclusive attitude. In order
to combat this and make everyone feel at home, patrons are also allowed
to dress all in black. "A lot of people start off by coming in their
normal clothes just to have a look and then it develops into something
more," she explains. "While we have a strict dress code as well as a
code of conduct, we welcome everyone to come and try it out at least
once so they can get a feel and decide if it's for them."
suitable clothes is only half of the story. Once inside, there are so
many distractions it can be confusing even for the most seasoned fetish
professionals, let alone newcomers. Barak is aware of how intimidating
the scene can be and that's why she, along with her dedicated team of
professionals, is on hand at every party to show people the way.
team is very well trained and has a lot of experience in all the
different fetish scenes," says Barak. "We have people from the world of
BDSM, drag, erotic dancing and acrobatics to name a few." Most of the
team members have had extensive experience with the kink scenes in the
US and Europe so are fully trained in their field.
have questions they can come and ask members of the team," explains
Barak. "All the staff are there to help and explain. The people who
don't have a clue what they are doing will always find people to talk to
and ask questions."
The club may offer a friendly, almost
family-style welcome to newcomers and regulars alike, but there is no
denying that the atmosphere is sexy. With blood boiling and sexual
energy running high, Barak is aware that problems can arise.
order to make sure that everyone feels safe within the club, a
well-trained team of DMs (Dungeon Masters) or "Peacekeepers" are on hand
to keep an eye on proceedings.
"We have six DMs. It's something
that we don't scrimp and save on," says Barak. "They are big guys who
look after people." The role of the DMs is to check that no one is
filming or taking photos and that people are not being assaulted or
Even though the club endeavors to expose people to as
many sexy fetishes as possible, the primary aim to make sure that guests
feel comfortable, and this is done by having strict rules in place.
"The second that someone breaks the rules, they are removed from the
club," explains Barak. "It's international code in the fetish world.
There is no way something will happen to you if you don't want it to,"
The kink scene in Israel may not be as
established and developed as it is in Europe or the US but this doesn't
mean that Club Kink isn't striving to be just as good, if not better.
big difference between us [Israelis] and Europe is that the crowd is
different," says Barak. "The warmth of the Israelis will always be
there. They have the attitude of: 'We want everything in a big way and
we want it now.'" According to Barak, this is what makes Israel special.
"In Europe people are more conservative in their everyday lives but
really let loose at fetish parties," she continues. "In Israel it takes
people more time to get into it, but once they do, there is no stopping
them. We have soul here."
So impressive is the Israeli attitude
to the fetish world that a well-known DJ from Amsterdam recently visited
the club and said that the crowd was exceptional, even by international
It's not only international DJs who recognize the
club night's unique events. Local celebrities, fashion designers, DJs,
and others in the know are all aware of Barak's work and many industry
insiders will be present on Friday when she celebrates her birthday with
a huge party.
"While all our parties are worth coming to, this
one is going to be bigger, better and faster," Barak promises. The mega
event will include a number of special shows as well special guests from
the underground scene, fashion world and local celebrities.
of the people who help Barak raise the level of the events to
international standards is trusted friend and colleague Livnat Ben-David.
Ben-David is in charge of the production side of the events and manages the
various performers. When not looking after her two young children or
visiting her religious family in Hebron, she can be found at Club Kink
dressed to the nines in full-on fetish gear putting on wild
Ben-David is a classic example of how anyone and
everyone can get into the world of fetish parties. Her religious
background and her children don't stop her from doing what she loves in
an environment that she feels welcome in. "My family is religious and
they know what I do. There isn't really much that they can say about
it," she tells The Post.
Coming from a religious family, Ben-David has a lot of siblings. She even performs with one of her brothers.
She is very proud that at one of the events they invited their other
non-religious siblings to perform with them and in total five siblings
dressed in fetish gear performed live together. "I think we broke the
world record for the most number of siblings on one stage performing in a
fetish show at the same time," she jokes.
extravagance, Ben-David stresses that Club Kink represents the
"softcore" side of the kink world. "It's the place to dress up and feel
sexy as well as safe. It's a different kind of experience to anything
else out there," she explains.
Dealing with the production and
performance side of the events, Ben-David is aware that Club Kink
doesn't enjoy the same budget as other European fetish parties held at
the likes of the legendary Kit Kat Club in Berlin. Despite these
constraints, she is confident that Israeli performers give it their all.
"When our local performers appear in the shows it gives them a creative
and artistic platform. There is something very Israeli about it," she
says. "Israelis give it their all when they are performing."Club Kink at Mossad Club, 12 HaShah Street, Tel Aviv
Next event will take place on Friday July 12.
For more details see https://www.facebook.com/ClubKink?fref=ts
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