La Belle Epoque is back!


Celebrating everything bohemian and debauched, La Belle Époque returns to Shoreditch Studios for a second dose
of the absinthe-fuelled hedonism of 19th Century Paris. This is one of my favorite nights for dressing up. Think Sateen from Moulin Rouge rather than a hen do in Blackpool, so make sure you go to town on those outfits. A tacky corset and feather plume just won’t cut it. From the people who brought you The Blitz Party and Prohibition, La Belle
Époque will take place in Shoreditch on Saturday 25th September 2010.

Shoreditch Studios will be transformed into a Montmartre music hall, designed to enrapture
the soul and trick the mind. With velvet drapes, distorting mirrors and silent art-house
films, the venue’s many alcoves and stages will evoke the wild and bizarre vibe of the
absinthe bars of Fin de Siècle Paris.

Circus performers and sideshow freaks will melt into the corseted crowd, entertaining guests
with time-honoured trickery and unimaginable feats, while aerialists and trapeze artists
twist and turn from the ceiling.

Throughout the evening, expert absintheurs will be on hand to guide guests through
centuries-old sugar cube and fire techniques, introducing beginners to the delights of the
green fairy. Channelling their inner Degas and making like Baudelaire, guests will be
encouraged to create art throughout the evening: whether by reciting poetry, indulging in
absinthe-induced ravings, or philosophising outside over a Gauloise.

Both live bands and DJs will play an eclectic mix of music inspired by the diverse and
original sound that has emerged from the streets of Paris’s red-light district.
The evening’s dress code is Choleric Courtesan or Tortured Artist. Men should emulate
Toulouse Lautrec’s diminutive style and cultivate the ‘starving in a garret’ look; think
moustaches and paint-splattered smocks. For the bourgeoisie at heart, tuxedos, top hats
and tails will make for a decadent and dashing alternative. Ladies should go for big hair,
feathers and risqué hemlines – and, if possible, try to squeeze into a corset.

Saturday 25th September 2010
8pm-2am (Aerial Acrobatics start at 9pm) Tickets: £20
0207 724 1617
29 New Inn Yard

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Sounds like a fabulous evening. Wish I could be there.

Naomi commented on Sep 21 10 at 10:19 am

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