Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Annual Venetian Masked Ball: Il Ballo del Doge

Thanks go to my industry colleague, Sharon Bonner, of Bright Ideas Events here in Vancouver for this post. Sharon has landed a deal to promote Canadian attendance at the 2013 edition of the Il Ballo del Doge. I took a look at her web site and the video below of last year's event and realized the outstanding creativity and thought that went into it. I felt it would be a great idea to share it with readers as it is truly a magnificent event, so here it is, described below. For more information about attendance, go to the Bright Ideas web site at

A palace lit by the flames of a thousand candles. A visual feast of performers and décor. A stunning parade of culinary masterpieces, assembled with a historic palette. And amidst it all, masked guests adorned in sumptuous costumes, playing their own part in an extravagant illusion, conjuring history, and bringing magic to a modern age.
This is the unforgettable real-life experience of Il Ballo del Doge. One of the most renowned events of the annual Carnival of Venice in Italy, Il Ballo del Doge is a masked ball without equal. The brainchild of Italian designer/producer Antonia Sautter, Il Ballo del Doge is held every year in the opulent Palazzo Pisani Moretta – a perfect setting for this amazing evening. This year’s event is called It’s All About Amore – with Eros, Romance, and Passion each taking over a floor of the famed Venetian palace.
Created to entertain and delight the most discerning of guests, Il Ballo del Doge even surpasses the lofty expectations of those accustomed to a world of beauty and luxury. No surprise that it’s a favorite stop on the social calendar for members of the global A-list and Vanity Fair called it “the most sumptuous, refined and exclusive ball in the world.”
Whether you are looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate the masquerade tradition of the Carnival of Venice, seeking a chance to anonymously rub shoulders with the rich and famous, or simply want to experience one of the world’s most memorable parties, the 2013 Il Ballo del Doge should be on your bucket list.
What better way to experience the unforgettable Il Ballo del Doge than by opening and closing the Venetian carnival with one of Antonia Sautter’s signature events? This year it’s finally possible. For 2012, Sautter has expanded her vision even further, bringing back her showcase 'best of' event for a second year with Frames of a Dream, to be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the start of the festival, and providing a suite of event packages for discerning travellers wishing to a enjoy a complete Carnival of Venice experience. As the exclusive Canadian representative for Il Ballo del Doge, Bright Ideas Events can arrange for your tickets to this truly unforgettable experience.


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  2. WOw!! I've often wondered what this event was like. So enjoyed this post and vid.