Bohemian Masquerade Ball > Thornbury Theatre Sat 7th March


Syndicate of Initiative presents THE BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL, a grand carnivale of undergound culture; a debaucherous boiling pot of live music, theatre, circus, video and performance art. This MARCH 7TH we will be holding the event at our largest venue to date, the exquisite THORNBURY THEATRE, Australia's first talking cinema. With it's velour carpets, gold bannisters & ornate ceiling, the 100 year old theatre promises to be the perfect venue for this spectacular event.

With over 100 performers from as far and wide as Tasmania, Brisbane, Sydney & the best local acts from Melbourne, the Ball will feature an eclectic mixture of sounds, stunts, and spectacles, spread across 4 stages. The crowd will be whipped into a frenzy by;

The genre-smearing beats of maestro producer SPOONBILL. The electrifying Gypsy Deathcore of the BARONS OF TANG. The ultra-multi-cultural hip-hoppers of CURSE OV DIALECT. The grimy soul and crooner punk of MR LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH (BRIS). Victoria's vicious State Poetry Slam champion SI. Gypsy metal folk demons THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND (SYD). Australia's original Afro Beat, psych/funk jazz massive KAFKA (BRIS). The junkyard Edgar Allen Poe musings of PETE & THE TAR GANG. Pirate Cabaret & psychobilly diehards JUKE BARITONE & THE SWAMP DOGS (SYD). The verbose encyclopedic freestylings of UK rapper HUGO, and much much more.

As if this wasn't enough, we'll also break the dirty monotony of the musical ecstasy on show, with the treats and delights of the Gutter Circus Stage! Hosted by Melbourne's most notorious Circus Punks THE CARAVAN OF DOOOM. We'll also be presenting the cream of the Tasmanian Circus Festival, including the stunning acrobatics of FEET 2 FEAT, and the death defying stunts of Australia's only female Glass Eater BRIDGET X.

In addition to all the bru ha ha-dom in the ballroom, the downstairs ALTERED SPACE, will be treating the audience with hallucinogenic visual delights thanks to theĀ  UNDERGROWTH art collective who will be holding the Melbourne launch of "THE JOURNEYBOOK" an anthology of art and writing exploring psychedelic consciousness and the history of shamanism with short local films & visual candy 20ft deep throughout the live music of the eve.

Running biannually since October 2007, the Bohemian Masquerade Ball has become an institution of the Melbourne's vibrant bohemian culture. The theme of the ball is always masquerade and our revellers go to extensive lengths to look their best, with masks coming off only after midnight.

Tickets are $25 on the door/$20 pre-sale available through Open Studio (204 High St Northocote)
or online through Thornbury Theatre website.

DOORS OPEN 7PM - first act starts at 8pm on the dot!!

Special offer: first 30ppl on the night receive free entry!

LIMITED CAPACITY - arrive early or buy tickets to ensure entry