With The Goblin Ball almost two weeks away we thought we would let you guys in on a few secrets! On the eve of The Goblin Ball, creatures and royalty will be traveling from distant lands to pursue plans and party the night away. A magical night is planned for even the most mortal of creatures.
So if you are planning a night of drunken revelry or a chance to meet some like minded magical mates, The Goblin Ball will be a night where you can explore and take advantage of all the mysterious areas of entertainment.
In The Beginning…
Once upon a time there was a distant land called Ember Rule. The Acolytes of the land were nervous as rumors quickly spread from afar. Was the Fire God dead at the hands of the Ice Princess? Could the dastardly deed executed in The Ice Kingdom mean their most admired leader was nothing more than ashes? What could this mean for Ember Rule and was there any chance that these rumors were nothing but false words spread to cause unrest? The arrival of Princess Pintina is eagerly awaited as questions need to be answered.
A busy marketplace welcomes you…
As you enter the world of Ember Rule, as either a guest or a self made character you will be ushered into the Goblin Marketplace filled with many traders awaiting to eagerly take your money in trade of exclusive goods. Will you choose to take home a potion or magical lotion, maybe a horror replica or new costume is more your style? Perhaps you would like a psychic reading? We have many vendors who are happy to facilitate the removal of cash from your pouch. Don’t forget to cloak your cape!
The story begins…
In the Grand Ballroom the clock strikes 8pm. Pintina is ushered in from The Ice Kingdom after traveling one human year on the road (100 years for goblin kind). She has had a lot to think about before the faces she most scariest creature known to goblin-kind. Her birth mother. The Goblin Ball is officially launched and the revelry will continue till the clock strikes the magical hour of midnight.
Did you come prepared to swap a few goodies? You may find that fellow revelers would be more than happy to help with a few bribes. Feel free to look into what you may want to trade with fellow guests in this post. We find the sweeter the deal, the more favorable the outcome. Who doesn’t love to leave a party with a few trinkets?
A Quest is presented…
The Goblin Ball is in full swing but you wish to assist to show your alliance with a certain realm. In the Goblin Marketplace Quest Masters await your assistance.
Every good deed is rewarded with a prize, but will you be valiant or dastardly in your choice?
I’m ready for my closeup.
A selection of 6 professional photographers will be wandering The Goblin Ball ready to take photos of you and your friends. The hardest choice you will have is who will be bestowed the honor to take your photo and who you would like to be seen with on the evening. The Gods, Acolytes and Quest Masters will be more than happy to oblige you with a pose or two. Ellen Duffy Photography will also be located in The Goblin Marketplace offering a photo shoot experience for those who wish to capture the moment with friends.
Play the song of my people.
The Gods inferno is a DJ room taking requests for the evening of The Goblin ball between the end of the opening show till the wind down of the evening (approx. 8.15pm - 11pm). Light trinkets will be handed out by Acolytes to those who wish to party in the red room including glow bands and finger lights. In The Grand Ballroom from 7 - 11.30 Animata String Quartet will play string renditions of modern tracks including a selection of songs from the movie Labyrinth. What a great opportunity to grab your loved one and waltz “As The World Falls Down”.
Take a walk
The Walk of The Gods calls those in amazing garb. From 8 till 10pm costume scouts will walk The Goblin Ball handing out tickets to parade for the Gods at 10 pm. If you are lucky enough to be awarded the opportunity seek The Ringmaster Darko or O at 9.30 for instruction on what to do in the main hall. The parade commences at 10pm so be organized early for you may be awarded the prestigious title of best dressed for 2014.
Marvel at Entertainment most amazing.
In the Grand Ballroom we have wandering magicians, jugglers and dancers who dazzle and perform for your entertainment. The style is close up entertainment and you may find your friends lucky enough to be audience to some of The Goblin Balls most magical entertainment. Lamplight Circus, Magicians from the Magic Festival and Shimmy Bliss will all make an appearance at this years Ball.
The Evening draws to a close
Commencing from 11.30 the evenings drama draws to a close and the story ends. You are now welcomed to join in the official dance of The Goblin Ball, “Dance Magic” with all who made it possible and dance to other favorite tracks from fantasy movies until the clock strikes midnight.
We can't wait to have you as guests to Melbourne's very own Goblin Ball. Much fun is to be had for those who seek to party but also for those who wish to play a character.
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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.
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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