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About The XXX Ball Amsterdam

The XXX Vogue Ball is a collaboration project between The House of Revlon and Venopi. The idea came about when we were attending multiple voguing balls in Europe and realised how often the ballroom culture and LGBTQ+ community don’t seem to be aligned. In fact, in Europe, the ballroom scene has become part of the dance community, which is understandable since many voguers are professional dancers. However, voguing has deeper values and ideas than how the media portrays.

 

“Voguing” is an art that is inextricably linked with ideas of fashion, luxury, and social and economic mobility. Voguing is part of a complex, diverse, fully-formed and constantly evolving underground culture called “Ballroom”.

 

Ballroom encompasses many different elements of artistic expression, from music to clothes, design and of course, dance. It deals directly with some of society’s most controversial issues, such as sexuality, race, class, gender roles, expression, self definition and competition. In ballroom these issues are lived and experienced, as a vast number of those taking part in this underground scene are transgender, working class, people of colour.

 

Ballroom includes society’s most marginalised: minorities within minorities within minorities, for whom voguing and ballroom culture is an important resource. It’s where they are fully welcomed with no prejudice, as a family, in a world where they have been rejected. Ballroom not only accepts these people for who they are, it celebrates them, in a variety of unique and different categories. The ballroom competition with prize winning aspect gives some participants a sense of worth lacking in the “real world” and the familial structure of the “houses” —mother, father, sister, brother—often acts as a real surrogate, as many in this world have been disowned by their biological families.

 

Voguing is not just a dance and ballroom is not just a genre. It’s a way of life that brings pride, peer recognition, and self respect. This is the message we want to share and live by. It is our mission to strengthen the diversity aspect of the LGBTQ+ community in the Netherlands, by bringing back the ballroom culture to its original values and to celebrate our uniqueness through the XXX Ball.

Event History

The history of the ballroom scene goes back to the 70’s in Harlem, NYC. It evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s. After years of discrimination and rigged competition from the white gay community within the drag ball culture, the black and latino community decided to start their own ball.

 

The ballroom community consists of “Houses” (House of Ebony, House of Revlon, House of Mizrahi etc). Offering “a home to those that don’t have one”, each ‘house’ had a ‘Mother’ or a ‘Father’ who took on a mentoring role and looked after young, mostly black or Latino gay men, known as ‘children’, who had found themselves the victims of rejection by their biological families, as well as often suffering abuse, homelessness and addiction. The Mothers and Fathers of the houses became surrogates, often providing LGBTQ+ kids with emotional support, financial aid, and a home, place where they belong, while they compete against other houses. Being a part of a house means more than carrying a name on the runway and is not taken lightly .

 

Voguing was born from the idea that instead of fighting each other on the streets, they would take it to the runway. They battled over who had the best walk, the best outfits and who could give the best poses, inspired from the fashion magazine Vogue. Over the years voguing and the ballroom community has grown, spreading both in the U.S but also all around the world. With the spread, new categories has also been created, such as; New Way, Vogue Femme, Sex Siren, Sneakers vs Sneakers, Bizarre etc.

 

The ballroom community in Europe is growing bigger and bigger for each passing year. The Netherlands is fastly becoming a country to be recognized for their balls. City’s like Den Haag, Rotterdam and Amsterdam have all had mayor balls with both international attendees and judges.

 

The House of Revlon has been active since it was founded in 1989, in NYC. In the year of 2015 the house was established in the Netherlands. This event will be the first ball hosted by the House of Revlon in the Netherlands and the first ball in the Netherlands to ever give out cash prizes to the winners.

House of Revlon

Our mission

Despite having a reputation as a gay-friendly city, Amsterdam has experienced too many gay bashing incidents in the past couple of years. Sadly, we also experienced it ourselves.

 

We want to be a part of the solution; to educate, support, and celebrate LGBTQ+ community through our event.

 

Our mission is to create awareness and share the core values of ball culture in the Netherlands. In the ball culture, “Houses” serve as alternative families, a safe space for anyone to BE. This particular message is what we want to share to the LGBTQ+ community and supporters, which is “We are family” and also let’s celebrate our uniqueness through the XXX Ball.

A house is much more than a home. It’s family. And every family needs a mother who is affirming, caring, loyal, and inspiring.

– Pray Tell (Billy Porter)

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