2019 Designer’s Ball: A Surreal-ly Fun Time

The second annual fundraising event promises to be just the right amount of weird.

Designer’s Ball II: SURREAL by DESIGNxRI.

Let’s face it: formal events can sometimes be a little boring. Everyone is dressed to the nines, sipping Champagne and pretending their feet aren’t killing them. But if you’re up for a Surreal-ly good time, then head to the second annual Designer’s Ball: SURREAL at the WaterFire Arts Center on Saturday, April 6, where everyone will breaking out weird but cool costumes for an artistic-themed evening. The VIP reception starts from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the main event taking place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Anything but normal, and sponsored by DESIGNxRI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping Rhode Island a thriving design hub, the event will feature surrealist art installations, performances and projects by designers and artists from across the state. Not just a party, but a visual experience, there will be delicious food and cocktails provided by Russell Morin, balloon creations by Float, digital videos by Anne Spalter and AMBO Studios, dynamic lighting by High Output, and a runway, dancing and wild costumes.

This year, the theme of the event will be SURREAL, and you can bet that it’ll feel like walking through a Dalí painting. Dance along to deejay Nick de Paris’s tunes, check out the exhibits or just sit and take in the wonder of Manhattan Film Festival Finalist Lacrimosa by Tanja Mairitsch and the performances by dancers Katie Moorhead and Glen Lewis with Philippe Lejeune. If this year’s party is anything like last year’s, you’re definitely in for a wild, crazy, amazing night.

There will also be free costume design workshops offered in the weeks before the party, hosted by RISD apparel professor Meg DeCubellis and Keith Ranaldi from Fab Newport. The design experts can help you develop a costume idea, play with materials and get your creative juices flowing. The last workshop is on March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WaterFire Arts Center, and if you want to attend, you must register for your spot online ahead of time. Suggested donation is $10 for materials.

VIP tickets to the April 6 party are $150 each, and include entry to a 7 p.m. reception before the event, a free signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a special performance and prosecco throughout the night. Regular tickets are $65 each, and include one free drink (cash bar). Student tickets are $30 each with a student ID.

Proceeds support the work of DESIGNxRI – as the go-to industry hub for networking, resources, education and funding opportunities for the RI design sector.

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