• The Surrealist Ball

    15 April 2017, 23:00-05:00

    Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin, IJprominade 2


    Whimsical, decadent, eccentric, imaginative - we invite you to an evening of fantastic fashion, absurdist theatre, surreal catwalking, live costuming and deviant art. Tear away from the clutches of the day-to-day and immerse yourself in the luscious sweet spot of your subconscious...

    Hosted by Amsterdam Spook, in collaboration with the Imagine Film Festival, the Ball is inspired in part by the Rothschilds’ lavish costume parties of the 1970s and the 2017 Imagine Film Festival ‘fantastic fashion’ theme.


    Performance artists include theatre troupes, aerialist, body painter, artful fashionistas and live costume styling. Take part or take in live model painting, photographers corner, Catwalk of Tomfoolery, and fashion and art installations by local artists. And, the DJs will make sure you don’t take it all too seriously.


    Expect the unusual and the bizarre, as we take you by the hand and fully immerse in the surreal.


    In order to offer a truly decadent, intimate event, capacity for The Surrealist Ball is limited. Tickets go on sale 1 February 2017. Be sure to grab tickets in time.


    Regular pre-sale tickets: 35 euros. At the door: 45 euros

    VIP Custom Styling tickets (only 100 available): 80 euros


    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, the Tolhuistuin. 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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