Masquerade balls were a feature of the Carnival season in the 15th century, and involved increasingly elaborate allegorical Royal Entries, pageants, and triumphal processions celebrating marriages and other dynastic events of late medieval court life.
Masquerade balls were extended into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance. They were generally elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes, and were particularly popular in Venice. They have been associated with the tradition of the Venetian Carnival. With the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century, the use and tradition of masks gradually began to decline, until they disappeared altogether.
A contemporary revival occurred in the late 1990’s with a much less formal feel.
Kenwoods Second Annual Masquerade Ball will be held in the Lowry Hill Dining Room on 2nd floor. Here you can enjoy delightful music by returning music group “Encore” as well as some festive treats. Wearing a mask is optional and you are encouraged to dress up in brightly colored clothing! Some masks will be provided as quantities last. We hope to see you there!