A European tradition comes to Panama Midsummer Masquerade

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Masquerade masks will be in high order this summer.

Masquerade masks will be in high order this summer.

The glamour and mystery of a Masquerade Ball, who could resist it? In June Panama will have its own Masquerade Ball in celebration of Midsummer’s Eve.  It is being organised by the team that brought the very successful Scottish Burns Night back to Panama. Providing a focal point for the quieter period in the social calendar at this time of year, the Midsummer Masquerade Ball promises to be a grand spectacle of revelry and glamour.

Entertainment includes acrobatic performances from LaTribu, live jazz music, and the sensational band, The Vox.  The evening finishes with a DJ and dancing until the early hours.

Masquerade balls are believed to have originated in 1162 in Venice. Throughout the centuries they have become associated with the Carnival period in Italy until 1797 when they were outlawed under Austrian rule. Masquerade continued to be popular throughout the rest of Europe during the 17th and 18th Century in both Royal and public circles. The tradition of mask wearing originates in Venice where a mask was part of daily attire which it is believed became popular as it was a method of disguising one’s face in response to a rigid class hierarchy.

Although the masquerade tradition is centuries old, its sex appeal is alive today.

Although the masquerade tradition is centuries old, its sex appeal is alive today.

Today Masquerade Balls have seen a resurgence in their popularity. Revellers see it as a chance to dress extravagantly either in ball attire or in the traditional Renaissance Masquerade dress. In modern Venice the competition for the most elaborate mask is fiercely fought with a prize being offered each year for the mask deemed to be the most beautiful.

The Midsummer Masquerade Ball will take place on Friday June 21 from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. at the Grand Canal Ballroom in Hotel Marriott. Tickets are $85 and include a champagne reception, open bar, canapé buffet, entertainment, live music and dancing. For reservations to the masked glamour/black tie event contact 6983-7990 (English), 6613-2977 (Spanish) or email dramevents@yahoo.com. For the latest news, www.facebook.com/masqueradepanama.

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