We at The Goblin Ball are AMAZED at the attention to detail this Jareth doll has included. It's so lifelike and almost ready to jump out and kidnap your little brother.
These David Bowie fan art creations are jaw droppingly amazing and created by the paranormally talented Katyok from deviontart.
"The dolls are illustrations of the characters from my stories. I do not manufacture the dolls, neither do I sell them. I do all of the customization and painting, as well as most of the garment design and construction."
In regard to the David Bowie replicas, unfortunately they are not for sale and understandably she has received a LOT of requests. Me, for one was the first to check out the sale price of these amazing creations.
Here are a few more of these amazing idols.
These dolls are quite the creation and if you are like us at The Goblin Ball headquarters you may have fell in love with one or two of them.
You can stalk Katyok on her personal web page too and see her other amazing fantasy dolls and art! Her personal art is phenomenal.
In the lush rain forests of Victoria, creatures gather to celebrate the uniting of their kin. The Elves of Australia have been gathering together in the past few years to pass down the secrets and traditions of Elven kind via such workshops as bow-making, leather-craft, Elven cuisine and even Quenya, the most ancient of Elvish languages! Humans and fae alike who are brave enough to join in the festivities are rewarded with a weekend away that they won't forget.
David Ibbetson of Elven Kin is the leader of the movement called Yomenie. With his enthusiasm he brings a whole experience to Australia not found in many places in the human realm. The Yomenie Camp runs once for each season of the year, allowing Elf enthusiasts the opportunity to live as Elven folk for a weekend and learn the ways of the Yomenie. Additionally, monthly workshops are held to pass down the knowledge and skills that any would-be Elf would need to survive life under the stars.
Darko the Ringmaster decided to ask David a few questions about Elven mythology, and ask him what brought him to bring this amazing idea to life.
So David, Yomenie is an interesting name. I haven't heard about it before in the Goblin Realm. Where does the name originate?
Funnily enough, "Yomenie" is an Elvish word meaning "a meeting", and denotes the combination of more than two. The Yomenii (plural) that we hold are based on an ancient Elven tradition of mutual good-will. Ancient Yomenii were crossroads between distant Elven villages where both friends and foes would meet, present their skillfully made wares, food and miru (alcoholic beverages) to each other as a sign of kinship, and as a way of diversifying the villages in the hopes of strengthening all Elven kind through the simple act of kindness.
So The Yomenie is a camping experience like no other. What does a typical Yomenie include?
A Yomenie typically lasts three days, the first of which is usually spent in academic pursuits such as Elvish grammar, vocabulary and writing. The second day (Aran Mereth) is a day of festivities, all of the workshops revolve around music, dance, song and other performance skills such as fire twirling or juggling. At night, we hold a large traditional banquet feast and are fortunate enough to enjoy entertainment from our network of dancers, musicians and circus artists. In addition, we host an Archery Tournament, and offer a large selection of other workshops and activities such as jewellery crafting, bow-making, arrow-making, leather craft, belly dancing, and we'll even regale you with classic tales of long-lost Elven heroes around the campfire.
If I was to attend a Yomenie as a humble Ringmaster, who wanted to learn the ways of the Elven Folk, what skills would I be able to walk away with?
Our most popular workshop is the Archer's Workshop. People can attend without any experience and go home having created their own full archer's kit including custom made Elven longbow, bowstring, quiver and arrows. All the skills are taught and then put into practice within the workshop. I think that this really encapsulate the group's purpose. We offer a wide range of workshops, and they all require individual hand-skills, but the resounding take-home benefit are knowledge and experience in the application of such.
If our guests were to join the Yomenie on the realm of the internet, what kind of creatures could they expect to meet, what are the Elves like online and where can we find you?
Luckily we're the only Elven Culture Workshop Group online that has an Elvish name, so to find us, one could either summon us through the wizard Google or keep up to date with all the chatter by clicking www.facebook.com/groups/yomenie
Online we're visited mostly with Elves and Firyar (humans), although we have a large variety of fae friends who join us regularly including people of Faerie, Orc, Vampire and Fawn persuasions.
And David, we hear you are attending the Goblin Ball as a united front. Last year Pintina was charged with Murder of the Fire God and we have heard rumour that Amak the Ice Elf is looking to call for her death as payment for destroying the Ice Kingdom. What is your ultimatum for attending? Do you expect to cause a disturbance or are you there to gather together your own kind?
Lala, [Elvish for LOL] Maybe one first, then t'other...
Tickets are still available for The Goblin Ball. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment and you too can play with the Elven folk!
An Introduction to The Goblin Ball 2014
The Main Event
Welcome to The Goblin Ball 2014 where imagination becomes reality. From the Grand Ballroom to the Goblin Marketplace we have a unique experience for those who are brave enough to enter the world of Ember Rule*.
The Goblin Ball was originally inspired by the 1986 movie Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. The Goblin Ball has developed far from its original inspiration and brings to Melbourne a unique blend of fantasy and performance art for those who wish to experience a night of magic and mystery.
In The Grand Ballroom the evening begins with a tale of epic proportions and transforms into a classic viennese style masquerade where dancing with a stranger is encouraged. Who is behind the mask of your dance partner? Will you find out before the clock strikes Midnight?
The Grand Ballroom is host to many wandering entertainers with Magic and Acrobatics a specialty. Will you be fooled by the close up magician or will you join in with the jugglers who require your assistance to perform an amazing feat of skill?
The Goblin Marketplace has many traders and a photo area for you to get the perfect group photo snapped by Ellen Duffy Photography.
For an additional cost you can pick up limited edition Goblin Ball trinkets from one of the vendors ranging from costumes, jewelry, soaps from traders and even goblin remains from the amazing Nightshade Effects.
In The Goblin Marketplace there are also games that are free to join (we call them Quests) and rewards are granted for simple tasks. You can take home a trinket or two with little effort by helping one of four dastardly characters who have travelled from various magical realms.
The Gods Inferno is a DJ room where you can request a song or two and dance the night away to more contemporary tracks. With free trinkets including finger lights and glow bands this inferno is HOT! DJ Omega is spinning from 8 - 11 in the red room bringing a little Dance Magic to those who seek it.
The Walk Of The Gods held at approx. 10pm on the eve of The Goblin Ball is an amazing opportunity to parade your costume should you be elegant enough to join in! Best dressed is awarded during The Walk Of The Gods, will you be outstanding enough to be granted one of the coveted 20 places awarded to walk?
Feeling a little lost? Do not panic! We have a team of 10 Acolytes (Slaves to The Goblin Ball) that can assist you find what you are looking for. Just grab ask of the many Acolytes to be directed to the area you need to find! They are most helpful and may impart secret wisdom about The Goblin Ball at the same time.
Why is there no food on the night?
Last year catering added a large cost to the evening, so we believe your money is better left in your pocket. Cheaper tickets mean more celebration at a lower cost.
For Those who require a little more magic
The option to play a character
The Goblin Ball allows those who wish to come as a character to play out an adventure they have imagined themselves. This is entirely up to the attendee and is not a requirement of the ball.
After last years amazing effort on our guests behalf we couldn't go without mentioning the amazing imagination that helped create the world of The Goblin Ball in 2013. If you would like to create your own character watch this Blog for some tips on how to create your own Goblin Ball character or go it alone.
There are no rules and if you want to live your character for the evening then feel free. If just turning up for the party is what you have in mind, don’t worry - we have you covered!
*The World of Ember Rule
The Stage Show Last year was The Ice Kingdom. A world of snow and ice welcomed the guests and the rumor of murder most foul ran rampant! This year the Ice Princess Pintina has been brought to the world of Ember Rule charged with the crime of killing the Fire God.
Will Pintina be found guilty of her crime or will she be granted the most opulent title of the Fire Demigoddess? Her fate is in your hands.
The story continues this year, but is a small portion of the nights celebrations.
With all that is to offer at The Goblin Ball make sure you book your ticket early!
Last year sold out before the night and no tickets are available at the door so book now to avoid disappointment.
HOW FABULOUS! Fabulous Femme have been running a competition for two passes to the Goblin Ball 2014 and the entries have exceeded 700! That is AMAZING!
Fabulous Femme and The Goblin Ball partnered to give their readers a chance to win a double pass to the most magical evening in Melbourne for the month of June. If you would like to try your hand at winning make sure you enter at the Fabulous Femme site following this link.
Remember that tickets do tend to sell out before the event and booking early is a must as there are no tickets at the door so maybe enter to bring some friends along to avoid disappointment.
The talented Souri will be there on the night to document the evening and photos will be taken by Fresh Photography!
Yesterday we ended up in a very exciting position. Jodie and Dan met with Joy FM to talk about The Goblin Ball.
It was a little bit weird at first but after the initial awkwardness the conversation began to flow. There were some amazing moments between David and the crew that lead to some secrets being revealed. We can't wait to share the full pod cast with you guys! Stay tuned for the details!
After so much deliberation and voting from our attendees for The Goblin Ball 2014 the winners have been announced. For the 2014 Goblin Ball we have the following tracks performed by the amazing Animata string quartet! We can't wait to hear the renditions of the most famous fantasy soundtrack.
The Track listing is as follows.
1. Magic Dance
2. As the World Falls Down
4. Chilly Down
Animata will be playing these songs in high rotation in the grand ballroom with other contemporary songs played between. We can't wait to hear the songs performed in a classical environment!
We have also been informed that rather than an all woman arrangement we can expect a mixed arrangement for the evening of the Goblin Ball. The Goblin Ball 2014 is more than excited to welcome Animata to play for the event. For more information about this amazing
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