Past Bals

The Bal is a one-night-only annual event that has revived Cleveland historic Kokoon Arts Club parties. When they started in 1912, these events were emblematic of a city at the epicenter of creativity and innovation and whose best days lie ahead. We think that’s as true today as ever.

Take a look at some of our past themes below!

2019: The Dreamer's Bal

This surreal creation of a living daydream took place on Saturday, May 4 at IngenuityLabs. Attendees of The Dreamer's Bal stepped into an ethereal landscape of their subconscious hopes and aspirations that sit latent or ignored, brought to fruition by larger-than-life art installations, immersive music, and dance performances, and experiences that rival their wildest dreams.

2018: The Time Traveler's Bal

Time Traveler’s Bal invited visitors through the lab of a mad scientists, exploded and abandoned but still buzzing with the wanderlust to traverse the ages. Guests stepped through the malfunctioning erstwhile time machine into a mishmash of historical periods from landscapes teeming with dinosaurs to the current day and even a Jetson's-esque interstellar future.

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2017: The Bal Aquatique

Bal: Aquatique was a magical combination of art, performance, and discovery, celebrating Cleveland’s creative landscape. The event was our first program to open up the second floor at the new Hamilton Collaborative, where it once again channeled the spirit of the Kokoon Arts Club, while raising awareness for water-centered innovation in our region!

2016: Bal Ingénieux

Bal Ingénieux 2016 took place on June 6 at the historic former Tenk Machine Co., now operated by Tenk West Bank. The Enchanted Forest theme enlivened the Tenk Building over 20,000 square feet of programming in 5 rooms.

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2015: Bal Ingénieux

Bal Ingénieux 2015 took place on May 16, at the Kalman and Pabst photo group, where it highlighted the local firm’s exquisite refurbished warehouse.

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