Frequently Asked Questions


Gala Nocturna is a spectacular dark luxury costume ball, organized by artist Viona ielegems and her husband Dirk Von Heinrichshorst. It offers guests a night to remember, a chance to meet like-minded souls, in a fantasy world you never thought existed. The ball is considered one of the most beautiful costumed balls in Europe and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the world.
Gala Nocturna is organized once a year, in February or March.

Gala Nocturna always took place at historical locations in Belgium. In 2006, we started the first edition at a neo-gothic church, well-hidden in a lovely park near Antwerp. After three editions, we moved to a bigger and even more spectacular location, a stunning baroque church in the center of Antwerp. Afterwards, we went to the Belle Epoque ballrooms of the Antwerp zoo and in 2015 we received our guests in a magnificent city palace in Brussels. In 2016 we rented an entire monastery.

As of 2018, we are starting a whole new chapter in Venice, Italy!

Every year we set a different theme for Gala Nocturna. Some examples from past editions are “The Virgin Queen”, “Russian Fairytale”, “The Pope’s Daughter”, “La Belle et La Bête” and “The Swan Princess”. Last time, we chose “The Age of Redemption” which led us on a path of inner reflection.

A theme inspires our guests to create wonderful costumes. Many of our guests are very creative, and make or design their own outfits. Every year, they are looking forward to the challenge of creating a new costume that fits with the theme of the evening.

For inspiration, take a look at our mood board and if you need any help with your costume, get in touch with Atelier Pietro Longhi, our costume rental partner in Venice.

The dress code is strict, so we do not allow casual wear!

During the evening you can leave your coat at our wardrobe free of charge.

Of course!! We are very much looking forward to welcoming YOU at Gala Nocturna! As long as you make an effort to follow the theme and the dress code of the evening, our magical doors will open for you. Pets however are not allowed on the premises.
Yes, you can, as long as you ask permission of the persons you would like to take a picture of. Keep in mind though that we do not allow any kind of studio equipment (not even mobile), so all flashes have to be camera mounted! We do offer an extraordinary photo corner where you can have your portrait taken.
As of 2018, Gala Nocturna tickets include a seated dinner (not for After Dinner tickets) and free drinks during the entire evening. Our open bar offers a nice selection of drinks matching the theme of the evening. Perhaps also try our green muse, poured from Victorian fountains and served in magical goblets.
In the past, it was possible to buy jewelry, hats, masks, headdresses, corsets, clothes and accessories from more than a dozen vendors, but as of 2016 we decided not to have any vendors anymore.