There is no doubt, the Venus Berlin is the largest porn expo on this planet. And proof again was this years 19th installment that took place at the end of October. Four halls packed with everything the adult industry has to offer. From webcam girls presenting themselves to all kinds of fetish gear to oils and lingerie and to a dildo manufacturer that creates his toys completely out of wood.
Sure, the porn industry as such was not that visible anymore. The classic porn industry has changed. Porn now happens on the net, cams, dating, tubes and member sites. It is obviously possible to make money in those fields as the many presences have shown again this year.
A classic is the Venus Award show, also for the 19th time a bunch of prizes were given away. The event was held in the Ellington Hotel and presented by former porn actress Mia Julia and Chris Hilton. While the AVN expo in Las Vegas definitely cannot compete anymore with the Venus Berlin, the AVN Award Show still is much more glamorous and spectacular than the Venus Awards. It was great though that Anikka Albrite and Mick Blue flew in from Los Angeles to pick up their award for Best Porn Couple.
German glamour model Micaela Schäfer was again this years “face” of the show. The whole exhibition was a huge success according to the organizers and indeed, looking at the wast amount of visitors walking through the halls this year, there is no way to doubt that. At one point they even had to stop letting people in because of the large queues.
Next year will be 20th anniversary of Venus, let’s see what celebration activities will take place…
The European Summit is the first adult entertainment event of the year happening next to the beach under the sun. Even though the weather was pretty chilly this year, the sun was there! As always, it all happened in Sitges, which is about 20km away from Barcelona. The motto was “Golden Moments” and according to the organisers this years event had the highest attendance ever.
Several panels and seminars of course only took place inside the event hotel however the patio of the Calipolis hotel was perfect for networking. And the food was interesting too. How about some fresh cut jamon (spanish ham)?
Each year a huge amount of awards are handed out in Las Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Expo. All organized by the AVN Magazine, the “bible” of the porn industry. This years show was hosted by comedian Danielle Stewart and the two porn stars Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol. They all made a great job, unfortunately it took a while until the audience got warm with Danielles porn jokes. Specially Tommy showed his huge range of talents, some of which go far beyond putting a penis into a vagina. He not only has comedy skills, he can also sing. Together with Alexis they performed a well made porn song.
The first dozenish and most important awards were properly presented the Hollywood way, then the rest only quickly mentioned by the off speaker. That way the show was fairly short however ended a bit abruptly without any noticeable closing part. At least the porn industry showed again it is still alive and rocking! Good all happened in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Here are some of the winners:
Steven St. Croix
BEST BOOBS (Fan award)
Bikini Babes Are Shark Bait (Burning Angel)
Aftermath (Wicked Pictures)
24 XXX (Wicked Pictures)
Carter Cruise getting the award for Best Actress (left), Jesse Jane on the red carpet (right)