Gala Dinner/Bal Masqué

Friday November 17, 2017

19.00 - 02.00


Kouter 29

B-9000 Gent

Find your way to the Handelsbeurs on the Google map  


You will have the opportunity to buy your favorite mask and have it available for you at the registration desk or at the entrance of the Bal Masqué.

The revenue on sales of the masks for the Bal Masqué will go entirely to the charity work of the Beautiful After Breast Cancer Foundation.

To pre-order your mask, please go to their designated web page





Today, the two halls have different styles and characters. The foyer presents itself as a mundane banquet hall and has again found the original gilded glory it doubtlessly had when, in 1851, it first opened to serve that purpose. It also boasts spectacular, coloured LED lighting in the ceiling, which can transform the whole room into a more modern café or bar.

The showpiece of the project, however, is the rather austere-looking concert hall. It measures 17 by 26 metres and is approximately 9 metres high. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. It looks most familiar in its ‘standing formation’, offering room for up to 850 concert-goers.

Concert hall

With its parquet floor at street level, the concert hall is also on a level with the foyer, as it had been since 1906. The recent renovation, however, divided the floor into 4 platforms, each adjustable in height. The floor can thus be lowered by 6 metres, transforming the hall into a ‘classical concert hall’ with a grandstand holding up to 392 seats. In this configuration the stage is level with the river behind it.