On monday December 11th 2023, for the first edition of the Ball of the Century, we invite you to journey from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century, from Offenbach to Mistinguett, during a grand ball in the magnificent Gallery of Great Battles.
Experience a unique evening at the Château de Versailles for the first edition of the Ball of the Century.
On June 30th 1923, the Château de Versailles hosted an exceptional evening to celebrate the end of its restoration, the Fête Merveilleuse (the Marvellous Celebration)… 100 years later, we invite you to journey from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century, from Offenbach to Mistinguett, during a grand ball (3 hours) in the magnificent Gallery of Great Battles.
This ball will put the spotlight on partner dances that everyone can dance, from the "tempête" (tempest or Tom Pate), "American jig", "fantasies", "Pol Jones", "Ragtime dances", Charleston and other ballroom dances that will be explained at the evening itself just before the dance starts... to the most expressive and romantic, like waltzes, the Tango, Foxtrot...
Come and dance at the Château de Versailles from Vienna waltzes to the Roaring twenties.
In the Queen's Grand Apartments, you'll meet actors who will invite you to take part in activities like a lesson to keep your body balance, tarot readings, card games…
The musicians from the Royal Opera Orchestra will perform a short musical programme in one of the most beautiful rooms in the Château, promising to be a truly delightful interlude!
A celebratory event at the Château de Versailles would not be one without a firework show! You will be able to admire the wonderful show from the Hall of Mirrors surrounded by the gilding in the most beautiful room in the château..
After midnight, the Ball of the Century will start dancing to the beat of modern music in the Gallery of Great Battles for an unforgettable afterparty.
The Ball of the Century is the unique opportunity to discover the Château de Versailles as you will have never seen it!
Opening Times :
Monday December 11th 2023, from 6:30pm to midnight, afterparty until 1:30am
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to be provided
Dress code :
Men: Black tie dinner suit, dress shoes.
Women: Ball gown or formal evening dress.
For costume enthusiasts, outfits from the 1850s (Second Empire) to 1920 (the Roaring twenties) are accepted.
Masks are not accepted.
- No changing facilities are provided on the spot
- Guests who do not respect the dress code could be denied entry.
- Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- You will potentially be filmed or photographed during this event. Château de Versailles Spectacles consider you abandon every appeal in case of use of those pictures for promotion of The Bal of the Century.