Roll up, roll up for the National Gallery's 'Night Circus'

The Cayman Islands National Gallery is becoming known for its extraordinary fundraising events, usually held in its gardens under a starry sky. 

Last year, guests were encouraged to dress up for the Surrealist Ball. They donned lamp shades, bird nests and other strange and wonderful accessories to bring the evening to life, while being entertained by faceless men and a lion playing a double bass. 

This year’s highly anticipated National Gallery fundraising gala on Nov. 27 is inspired by Erin Morgenstern’s poetic and beautifully illustrated story, “The Night Circus,” and is set to take place in the National Gallery’s Deutsche Bank Sculpture Gardens.  

Bringing the history of the circus and traveling museums to life, the event will include a menagerie of live performers, fantastic eats, open wine bars, illusionists, delightful curiosities and dancing into the early hours. 

The National Gallery will be transformed into a darkly enchanting Victorian-themed carnival. Unusual actor-characters, acrobats, magicians, fortune tellers, circus games, food pavilions, luxury lounges and myriad uncommon sights, sounds and sensations can all be expected on the evening. 

“This is the National Gallery’s biggest fundraising event of the year and helps us reach our annual target of $500,000,” said Natalie Urquhart, gallery director. “It is a target which is essential to providing free public programming and free admission to the National Gallery for everyone.” 

Guests are encouraged to dress in carnival couture, or formal evening wear is a must for the soiree. 

Ticket purchases provide critical support to the National Gallery’s free creative programs for youth, as well as admission to its exhibition galleries. 

The National Gallery is committed to collecting and exhibiting works of art and providing innovative and creative educational programs. 

Admission to “The Night Circus” is $225, with packs of 10 tickets priced at $2,025. Add a luxury premium lounge starting at $1,000 for groups of 10 or more. Lounges include top-shelf liquors and red and white wines until 10 p.m., with personalized bottle service.
Email events@nationalgallery.org.ky or call 945-8111 for more information and tickets.
National Gallery staff and volunteers have crafted a Pinterest page of circus-inspired looks at www.pinterest.com/NatGalCayman. 

Natalie Urquhart, director of the gallery, and Governor Helen Kilpatrick join in the surrealist theme of the 2014 gala.

Natalie Urquhart, director of the gallery, and Governor Helen Kilpatrick join in the surrealist theme of the 2014 gala.

Guests can dress up in circus couture, or black tie.

Guests can dress up in circus couture, or black tie.

Expect weird and wild performances.

Expect weird and wild performances.
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