Ball of Shame - the annual ball in Bratislava, Slovakia is organized by Monika Prikkelová (Monika Tisci) and Roman Samotný (Queer Slovakia) with help of Viktor Bukový (Viktor Tisci) and our partners
Place: Nová Cvernovka, Račianska 78, Bratislava, Slovakia
Registration for contestants (get discounted entry fee): here
19:00 door open for registered participants
20:00 door open for audience
WORKSHOPS: 23-24.09. 2023
– 12:00-13:00 RUNWAY with Legendary Diva Ivy Balenciaga
– 13:00-14:00 VOGUE FEMME (RWT) + REALNESS explanation with Legendary Charly Gaultier-Brown
– 14:00-15:00 SEX SIREN with Diesel 007
– 12:00-13:00 VOGUE FEMME with KYLE TISCI
– 13:00-14:30 NEW WAY with Icon Javier Ninja
Workshop place: KTC dance studio, Tehelná 26, Bratislava.
Registration for workshops:
Legendary Father Charly Gaultier-Brown (PARIS)
Legendary European Mother Diva Ivy Balenciaga (PARIS))
Kyle Tisci (LONDON)
Icon Javier Ninja (NYC)
Diesel 007 (OSLO)
Typhoon 007 (AMSTERDAM)
Viktor Tisci (SK/CZ)
Pink Conrete (CZ)
Thomas DeXter (SK/CZ)
Ema Veld (SK)
BALL OF SHAME CATEGORIES 2023
Slovakia is a jungle right now. Sometimes you get lost in wilderness and sometimes you need to fight to survive (as a queer person). Next week, after the ball, we will have elections. Fingers crossed for better future! But today – let’s get wild and celebrate our uniqueness together!
Do you know, that the week after the ball, we have elections in Slovakia? At this venue where this ball takes place? How wild is this? For this occasion, show some appreciation and bring it in your elegant outfit in one coloured – monochromatic look. Choose one of the colors you can see at Slovak National Flag: White, Blue or Red. Think monochromatic, think Met Gala, think Oscars. Shoes and accessories counts as well! FFs – purse mandatory.
Behind the story: A lot of queer people are still recounting whether to stay in Slovakia or to leave. Even though we carry the rainbow flag, it doesn’t mean we do not appreciate the national Slovak flag. Slovakia is our home and we want to stay here. But they dare us every time to change our minds. We believe in better future and quality life in here (that’s why we organize also this ball). Take this appreciation to our flag colours as a wish for a safe home. Next week we will need all your prayers.
FF FACE – 1 GP
What would be your wish if you fish out a goldfish?
Better life for yourself in this country? Money and fame? It’s up to you!
But you are tired of waiting for the Goldfish to catch? Become the goldfish yourself!
Ballroom is a space, where you can practise for the real life. We have our own Slovak success story: One of our Ball of Shame Face walkers won this year the crown in MISS SLOVAKIA. Do you also want to be the next Miss or Mister Face? Of course you do! Show us structure, smile, teeth, perfect outfit and all the details. Bring it in GOLDEN look. Be the goldfish and make all your dreams come true with your own wishes and hard work. Show us your winning face!
(note: Goldfish means fortune in our local lore)
Human interference with nature can be measured across the world. No place is untouched on the surface of Earth, not even the Jungles. Here you will find exceptional and wild things that could be defined as bizarre. Very fitting for this night to show us something that can only be found in the deep end of the jungle, showing signs of pollution caused by humans. A botanical plant or living creature, what ever you choose, make sure to make us all Think “wtf”!
We wanna see your wildest shoes and complementary outfit to it! Make us gag!
ALL AMERICAN RUNWAY – 1 GP
NEW CATEGORY ADDED: BEGINNER’s RUNWAY – 1 GP (European vs. All American Runway)
Animals were, are and always will be an inspiration for fashion industry. For both Runways make the fusion of wild animal and a human being. Be creative, think fashion, choose fabrics and patterns and make us understand your choice.
Due to the ongoing climate crisis, consider making sustainable choices with your outfit. We recommend using second-hand or recycled materials.
BQ REALNESS – 1 GP
Czech tourist in High Tatras. Confused? Let us explain. Slovaks think Czechs outfit choices for hiking in Slovak mountains are just wild. Not just for a fashion side of them, but they are also not suitable for that kind of a terrain. The stereotypical signature part of this outfit is sandals with socks in them. Tonight we would like to see you blend in as you were a part of Czech expedition in touristic / hiking outfit. We cannot wait to see all the sandal choices!
FQ REALNESS – 1 GP
For the first time in history of Slovakia, we have representative charismatic and elegant woman as a president. She will end her 4 years soon. We want to pay tribute to her style and grace. Bring it as Mrs. President Zuzana Čaputová and bring a picture of her outfit that has inspired you, as a reference.
FF Model & Fitness Body – 1 GP
MF Model & Fitness Body – 1 GP
Big Boy Body – 1 GP
This year we want to appreciate all the body types. We are giving 4 Grand Prizes away!
We want to see THE BODY: Big, Luscious, Model or Fitness – whichever you have. Make our wild dreams come true. Serve us the dream body right from the bed in pyjamas that covers just the inevitable and bring it with a face mask.
MF SEX SIREN – 1 GP
A wild night out! Did you have a wild night out and suddenly is a morning? You are running into people who are going to work but you are on your walk of shame…
Bring it in party outfit (from yesterday). Life is a party and you regret nothing!
Wanna see the battles in Paris? here
Are you lost in wilderness? Did you loose the direction? We know the struggle. Get back to the right direction with your precise arm movements in outfit using neon colors so you are not going to get lost again.
Viktor would like to donate the winner 100 € in cash. It is the first time we are giving away money. It is not common in Central European Ballroom scene, and not especially in New way category. This way we would like to support and motivate our small and still growing scene.
Our politics is stuck in old ways but your outfit is not gonna be tonight. Bring it as Queer politician. How would he / she / they/m dress to work, if there were no rules? Make it still formal, but go wild with it.
BQ VOGUE FEMME – 1 GP
FQ VOGUE FEMME, DRAG’s PERFORMANCE – 1 GP
WOMEN PERFORMANCE – 1 GP
We still fight for equality in Slovakia. We want to be seen, but they want us invisible. It is a wild world out there. Tonight we will fight for the spotlight in our own “Ball of Shame” world in sheer fabrics. Remember: Your outfit is almost invisible, but your performance should not be.
BEGINNER PERFORMANCE – 1 GP
If you are walking Beginners performance, you need to choose 1 category: Old way, New way or Vogue femme. You are not allowed to walk e.g. New way in Beginner category and Vogue femme in regular category. But it is possible to walk Beginners performance and Hands, Arms, Realness, Runway, Fashion and Body & Sex categories.
Choose Outfit (stated above) according to what you choose to walk: Old way (queer politician), New way (black & white) or Vogue femme (sheer fabrics).
FF – Female Figure
MF – Male Figure
OTA – open to all (genders)
GP – Grand Prize – trophy for winners