5 reasons why you should not miss out on Bal Rat Mort this year
The 120th edition of Bal du Rat Mort features the theme ‘Grease, an Evening of 50s & 60s Fun’. Jump into your Cadillac and come party on Saturday 3 March at the country’s most spectacular themed ball!
120th Edition of Bal Rat MortBal du Rat Mort (Ball of the Dead Rat) 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.
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANTThis time, the Bal du Rat Mort will focus on the 1950s and 60s. The Kursaal will exude the true spirit of ‘Grease’. Dare to twist, jive, swing or Boogie Woogie with the best Rock ‘n Roll dance music, provided by living jukebox DJ Chris Barrow. Enjoy live acts and shows all night, a photo booth, a costume competition and a real American Diner for delicious hamburgers and milkshakes!
A MANDATORY DRESS CODE
Have a ball with the right outfit! Gentlemen, dig out your sparkly suits or be a rebel in a leather jacket and a shiny pompadour. Sideburns are a plus. Make sure to remember to bring a comb to put your hairstyle back in order after all the wild dancing. Ladies, the war has been over for a while now, so show off your curves! Colourful dresses with high heels, a tight top and bright red lipstick. Put an Alice band in your hair or some nice big curls.
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 Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe, two style icons from the fifties! Tip: Try Pinterest for many more ideas!