The Grand Masked Ball at Château de Versailles

Saturday 23 June 2018 - 11.30pm

Baroque costumes, wigs, champagne, club atmosphere…Wearing a baroque costume and a mask (compulsory) you are invited to attend the most original of parties in the magnificent Château de Versailles Orangerie and in its gardens specially staged for the event. 


Versailles still echoes with the royal celebrations of the 17th century court. Since its first edition in 2011, the Grand Masked Ball has renewed itself every year to create an exceptional soirée celebrating unforgettable and refined nights.

There will be dancers, performers and artists taking part in the newly staged ball. The Grand Masked Ball is the occasion of an exceptional evening in period costume at Château de Versailles.

Finally at dawn all guests will gather in the Ballroom Grove for an incredible after party.


Will you find the secret treasure ?

The Grand Masked Ball at Château de Versailles - 2017


Come dressed in a quality baroque costume to be worn on arrival (all guests have to find their own costume). Your face must be masked on arrival and during the entire ball. No admission for those not wearing a costume.

Are you looking for a costume for the Grand Masked Ball? Find our selection of costume suppliers at the bottom of the page, in the « Practical information » tab.


The Masked Ball ticket gives complimentary access to the Fountains Night Shows on 23 June.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.



HAKIM GHORAB, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Born in the North of France, Hakim Ghorab was only 20 when he arrived in Paris. Hardly arrived in the capital, he was identified by the team of the musical show Les 10 commandements (The 10 commandments). A highly talented dancer, he was soon invited by the greatest French and international artists: Janet Jackson, Maria Cary, the Pussy Cat Dolls and also Kylie Minogue, whom he accompanied on 2 of her world tours. Back in France, Hakim Ghorab decided to take up choreography as a new challenge. He has worked with M. Pokora, Shy’m… and created the stage directions for major French TV shows: the NRJ Music Awards, The Voice, and Les Enfoirés and for the singer Anggun at the Eurovision contest. He also signed the choreographies of French blockbusters such as Pourquoi j’ai pas mangé mon père by Jamel Debbouze, Sur la piste du Marsupilami by Alain Chabat and also Star 80, Populaire, Fatal… In 2013, Hakim Ghorab came back to choreography with the musical Robin des Bois applauded by almost a million spectators all around France. In 2016, he was the artistic director of the French version of Dancing with the Stars on the television channel TF1 and in 2017 of  M.Pokora’s My Way Tour. He will use his exceptional creative and directorial talents as the artistic director of the Grand Masked Ball at the Palace of Versailles on 23 June 2018 and at the cinema in Les Nouvelles aventures de Cendrillon by Lionel Steketee with Marilou Berry (released 18 October 2017), and Santa & Cie, by and with Alain Chabat (released 6 December 2017).


After a childhood spent rummaging through his parents’ vinyl record collection, Michael Canitrot soon graduated to the DJ booths of major Paris clubs, from Queen to Bains Douches. With his team, he created his own travelling party, the famous So Happy in Paris, exporting his events outside the city of light, to Ibiza, London, Miami, Rio and Tokyo. At the same time as his activities in the world of clubbing, Michael Canitrot regularly performs for prestigious events such as Bastille day at the top of the Tour Montparnasse, at the Eiffel Tower for the release of his new single or in front of the Louvre pyramid on the evening of the presidential election. He also composes custom made musical ambiances for luxury brands: Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Versace, D&G, Prada, Pierre Hermé… or for the cinema, for 8 years he was the official red-carpet DJ at the Cannes Festival.  At the end of 2013, his sold-out concert at the Olympia in Paris, confirmed his choice to spotlight his own productions and explore new territories. Several electro hits like Young Forever or Chain Reaction followed, with several million listeners and performances in clubs and festivals all around the world. For the Versailles Grand Masked Ball, Michael is staging a new scenography with the visual artist collective AV Exciters, to make you travel and dance to the sound of his mixes until dawn. 



► Le Grand Bal Masqué De Versailles



During the evening, you may be filmed and photographed. As you will be costumed and masked, and as such unrecognizable, we consider that you forfeit any recourse in case of use of these images to illustrate or promote the Ball.




Hakim Ghorab Directing and Choreographer

Michael Canitrot DJ