• The Surrealist Ball

    LIBERATE THE IMAGINATION

    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 on 15 April 2017 at the Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam. The next Surrealist Ball will be held in spring 2018. Dates and details will be announced here autumn 2017.

     

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

    PROGRAMME

    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 2018 event? Get in touch!

  • TICKET INFO

    In order to offer a truly decadent, intimate event, capacity for The Surrealist Ball is limited. Tickets go on sale early 2018.

     

    Regular pre-sale tickets

    VIP Custom Styling tickets

     

    CUSTOM STYLING

    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

    TAP THE SUBCONSCIOUS

    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.

  • INSPIRATION

    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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