• The Surrealist Ball


      A night of costumes, performance, art, freedom, fashion and the alter ego. Celebrating the freedom to play, to love and to be who you are.

      Hosted by Amsterdam Spook, The Surrealist Ball is inspired in part by the Rothschilds’ lavish costume parties of the 1970s. Our inaugural ball was held in April 2017. The next Surrealist Ball will be held in spring 2020. Dates and details will be announced here summer 2019.


      Tear away from the clutches of the day-to-day and immerse yourself in the luscious sweet spot of your subconscious...


      Whimsical, lavish, eccentric, imaginative - join us for an evening of surrealist fashion, theatre, live costuming and deviant art.


      Expect the uncanny, the decadent and the absurd with a programme of over 30 artists, including:
      ☆ Open cat walk ☆ Performance artists ☆ Theatre troupes ☆ Art classes ☆ Photography studio ☆ Surrealist Cinema ☆ Rothschilds Cats ☆ Art & costume installations ☆ Live styling ☆ Body painting ☆ DJs ☆ Creative vibe ☆


      Call for performers & artists

      Interested in getting involved in our 2020 event? Get in touch!


      In order to offer a truly decadent, intimate event, capacity for The Surrealist Ball is limited.


      Regular pre-sale tickets

      VIP Custom Styling tickets



      Book a VIP Custom Styling ticket and the team of costumiers, stylists & makeup artists from Amsterdam Spook and The Makeoverfactory will craft a complete bespoke costume just for you.


      Pre-bookings only. Fill in the costume form and we will do the rest. Appointments are at 21:00 and 22:30 at the venue. A limited amount of custom styling tickets (100) are available.


    • Dress code


      Costume required - and anything goes. Surrealist fashion, avant-garde, gala dress with mask, hat or headdress. It's time to shed your man suit costume and embrace the subconscious. Browse the visuals below or book a VIP Custom Styling ticket and our team of artists and costumiers will craft a surrealist costume just for you.


      Jean-Paul Gaultier, Rene Magritte, Eiko Ishioka, Alexander McQueen, Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo, Man Ray, Bjork, Jean Cocteau, Patricia Piccinini, Matthew Barney, Leigh Bowery, Jodorowsky, Pyramid Club, Paco Rabanne, Gareth Pugh, André Breton, Lady Gaga, David Lynch, Salvador Dali, Baron Alexis de Redé, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso, Elsa Schiaparelli, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.


      For more costume inspiration browse the gallery below, the Pinterest album and Facebook group.

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