5 reasons why you should not miss out on Bal Rat Mort this year
For the 121st edition, Bal Rat Mort chose the theme of 'Vintage Hollywood'. So hop into your Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to party at the most beautiful theme ball of Belgium, on Saturday, March 2!
121th Edition of Bal Rat MortBal Rat Mort (Dead Rat Ball) is Belgium’s most renowned ball, with an exceptionally rich and interesting history, going back to the Paris of the Belle Epoque. The charity ball was first organised in Ostend in 1898. The ball moves with the times of course, and it’s been completely updated!
James EnsorJames Ensor was part of the Cercle Coecilia and one of the ball’s founding members. He was one of a group of Ostend gentlemen who liked to go out on the town in Montmartre back in 1896. After the Moulin Rouge they’d go to the Rat Mort, among other places, enjoying the house pianist and lively dancing girls.
Red carpet & movie stars
This year, Bal Rat Mort is completely dedicated to Hollywood in the 50s - 60s. Kursaal Oostende will breathe the atmosphere of Hollywood's heyday. Stroll across the red carpet like a real Hollywood star in your most glamorous outfit. Enjoy live acts and performances throughout the evening. Try your luck in the costume contest and dance like a real 'Glamour King / Queen' to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, ... Want to learn everything about the perfect dance moves? Be sure to check out this video.
A mandatory dress code
A theme ball requires the right outfit, so ladies & gents, dress to impress! Gentlemen, high time to check if your smoking still fits. A top hat and black shoes are needed to complete the right look. Or let Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio)inspire you and be a showstopper as 'richest bachelor' in a white suit and expensive accessories. Ladies, go for glitter & glamour & Hollywood chic! Glitter dresses with fringes, matching headdress and bright red lipstick. Accessories will make or break your outfit: choose pearl necklaces and bracelets, beautiful clutches and even a long cigarette holder.
InspirationWould you like a little help? Both men and women are welcome at the Beauty Boudoir for a themed hairstyle and make-up. Moreover, it’s completely free of charge. Or... let yourselves be inspired by James Dean or Marilyn Monroe, two style icons from the fifties and sixties! Tip: try Pinterest for many more ideas!