The Black Ether Ball

Saturday november 18th 2023
– Kulturværftet, Helsingør

The Black Ether Ball

Saturday november 18th 2023
Kulturværftet, Helsingør

Black Ether, Click, and Maji Miyake-Mugler cordially invite you to a night of multi-dimensional exploration into the worlds of technology, afro-futurism, and sci-fi at The Black Ether Ball, followed by an afterparty featuring the legendary House of Kenzo and djs Lucid Moonlight and Skyshaker. 

Tickets for the event includes transportation from Copenhagen to Helsingør and back. Buses will run from a central spot in Copenhagen to The Culture Yard and return to the same destination. Transportation runs in collaboration with Solibus.

Saturday november 18th 2023

The Ball will run from 16:00 – 24:00

The Afterparty / Rave from 24:00 – 04:00

What is ballroom

The underground ballroom scene has it roots as far back as to the 1980 in Harlem, New York, and was created by the Black and Latin Trans women and Drags, as a new safe space due to the racism they faced within the white pageant scene. It evolved into many new categories and became not only a space for trans women of colour to enjoy the safeties of community but of all queer people of colour to create and express what was not allowed at the time in the public.

How does ballroom work

Ballroom culture, the house-ballroom community, and similar terms describe an underground queer subculture in which people “walk” (i.e., compete), perform, dance, lip-sync, and model in different categories, which are designed to simultaneously epitomize and satirize gender constructs, occupations, and social classes, while also offering an escape from reality.

Category participants are required to “walk” one by one to receive full approval from all judges, known as ‘receiving your 10s’. Competitors are judged on their abilities, “effect” (costumes, appearance, theatrics, presentation), and perceived “realness” (embodied and/or visual believability, authenticity). Those who make their 10s battle one on one against each other for trophies, prizes, and glory.

Codes of conduct

While the community is not as segregated as it used to be, we remind you that the space was created and are ruled by people of colour, and we remind you that the underground ballroom scene will not accept any types of racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, body shaming or any types of discrimination.

Ballroom welcomes everyone and respects everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, body, sex or status. Ballroom is a place of love, unity, creativity and mutual respect.

If you are not a person of colour and/or person of queer experience, we would like to reinstate that you are a guest within the ballroom community and should follow rules as everyone else. Please be mindful of the space you take as a guest, and you will be welcomed with open arms.

Judges, MC & DJ
Afterparty Line-up


(departs at 16:30, 17:00, 18:30)

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