Saturday, 31 March 9:30pm at Silbando (Förrlibuckstrasse 62) in Zürich

It is said that freed slaves and immigrants from the Caribbean started to stage costume parties in Harlem venues such as the Savoy Ballroom in the 1920ies. The first official carnival in Harlem dates back to 1946. The parade went down Seventh Avenue. Later the carnival continued indoors.

Not many details are known about these first carnivals in Harlem. So we will use our imagination to create a party that is set in the late 1930ies or beginning 1940ies and pushes the limits of reality. Harlem Carnival allows you to become someone else, to hide behind a mask – elegantly and with style – and to be your extravagant and exotic alter ego for one night.

Live on stage: Natty Congeroo & the Flames of Rhythm
Swing DJ's: Our residents and of course, our special guest DJ Stephan Wuthe from Berlin!

Get inspired by the elegance of the late 1930ies and early 40ies. Add a special carnival touch to it: A mask, a flamboyant or exotic accessory for your hair, peacock feathers, an extravagant hat, animal prints… surprise us.

Need inspiration? Have a look at photos from related events such as Mardi Gras and Circus shows with clowns. Become king and queen,a harlekin or a fancy rooster.

In general…

…For the Ladies it was common to wear a smart dress, belted around the waist or with an open back. High waist pants for ladies were popular, too, maybe combined with a beret as worn by Marlene Dietrich. Other hats of many different shapes were worn too, although some women preferred the 30ies snood. And why not try some shoulder pads…?

You might find some inspiration here or here or here

… For the Gentlemen it was suits, suits and suits again, be it striped or plain, brown or black, all is welcome. We’d love to see a few Fedoras, Ivy Caps and Boaters or any of the other.

You might find some inspiration here.

Please note:
We won’t check your every accessory for 30ies or 40ies authenticity. But we expect you to come dressed up elegantly and suitably. Jeans, sneakers, track suit trousers and T-shirts are a no-go. And yes, our doorman is entitled to send you home, right away to get changed if you show up in your everyday clothes.

Dressing up means contributing to the unique atmosphere at our parties. The party location provides a small dressing room with a small mirror in case you need to change after your arrival. Thank you.

Where to get your dress
Vintage shops, Brockenhaus or second hand stores might be a good place to buy affordable dresses. As for the mask, you can order one online or make one by yourself like shown in the following clip: DIY mascerade mask from scratch

Of course, your imagination and maybe Google & Co. will also give you more options on how to create your evening dress.

TICKETS (presale is closing on 25 March!)
Ticket at box office: CHF 40.00/CHF 35.00 (students)
Ticket presale: CHF 35.00/CHF 30.00 (students)
Party pass for all 3 parties (presale only): CHF 90.00/CHF 80.00 (students)

Partypass is included in IsThereHopPlus? and IsThereHop? workshop pass.
Party ticket for Friday and Saturday is included in IsThereHoeppli? workshop pass.

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