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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Event: The Goblin King's Masquerade Ball

 
Property of Bonnie Makes Pictures.

The Date: Friday, 2nd May.

The Location: Bunker 51, London.

I've never been a fan of the Victorian tradition of the fairy; I was raised on old Scottish folk tales, where faeries might be strange and beautiful, but they would also steal children and if you spent too long in their hollows a hundred years might go by in the outside world. For that reason I'm more drawn to darker and less glittery adaptations of the little people, such as Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's The Spiderwick Chronicles or the 1980s film Labyrinth - and it is the latter which The Goblin King's Masquerade Ball is based upon.


Martin Soulstealer.

The Goblin King's Masquerade Ball is an annual event which has been running since 2010, where the beautiful and the grotesque come together for one night of masked debauchery. Naturally, the dress code leans towards the fey, and the guests truly do go all out, with prostheses, elaborate elven armour and artisan costuming all featuring.


Red Square Photography.

Previously held in the atmospheric Old Vic Tunnels, evening entertainments include immersive theatre, "promenade theatre, music, interactive creatures, puppetry, art installations, goblin markets and many other surprises", though nothing for this year has yet been announced. Previous features have included screenings of the cult film Troll Hunter, circus acts, cabaret and live music from Lovecraftian folk vaudeville bands (yes, that is correct). Tickets are on sale from the website, and the organisers have arranged for free transport from North Greenwich Station.


Martin Soulstealer.

Whilst I love living in Scotland and wouldn't trade it for the world, whenever I see events like this I feel a twinge of regret that I don't live closer to the UK's capital.





Fee

6 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that sounds like a great event!

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    1. I know! Sadly, right at the end of my exams, so my transformation into one of the sidhe may have to wait a year or two.

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  2. I love always been fascinated by the darker side of faery, although it scares me, too. The costumes are amazing! I would love to go to an event like this someday, but I will also need to have a perfect costume in keeping with the tone of the event!

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    1. I kind of like the fact that they scare me - it reminds you of their inhuman nature. I certainly aspire to this level of costuming too!

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  3. Wow. this looks awesome. I'd fly out for this.

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    1. I'm sure New York has plenty of similar events, but I will admit I am tempted too.

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