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Secret Magazine Issue 25: German Fetish Ball 2004 - Berlin off to a good start

At the end of May 2004, Berlin was offered a spot amongst the European mega fetish balls. Just like the London event the organisers, Xklusiv Events in Hannover split up the weekend into three days of fetish fun. It’s no secret Germany is one of the homes of fetishism and was missing a large international event for some time.

The recently reopened Big Eden club on Kurfürstendamm welcomed early partygoers at the official Pre Party on Friday. They could relax and get into the weekend mood, entertained by DJs, live performances and floor shows. Highlight of the evening was Dominus Rick. Not a show for everyone, since he specialises in hardcore needle play. Lots of heat from a burner, needles, forming a crown of thorns and blood seeping out of numerous locations, it certainly wasn’t for the fair of hearted.

Those who still needed some new stuff to wear, could shop at Saturday’s Fetish Fair. Beautiful location, in an old warehouse. I heard a few comments on the limited number of stalls, but this is after all the first year Berlin is organizing this event. I certainly wasn’t disappointed about the turnout. There is room for growth, a fact that in its own shows that organising a fetish fair was a good idea.

The downstairs area was decorated as an art exhibition, including pictures of German fetish artists and stars. This was also an excellent occasion to see some of the international stars performing at the ball the next day, like Emily Marilyn and Kumi.

After the fetish fair, a select group of people was invited for dinner in the restaurant adjacent of the expo. The guests were treated to two stage shows, the first a burlesque performance by Lucifire and Esme, the second a fetish extravaganza by Emily Marilyn. All guests looked happy, well fed and entertained. It’s not every day you go to dinner dressed in your favourite catsuit… The Fetish party that followed the dinner was the odd on out. Unfortunately the turnout for this event was not a big success. According to me, three parties in three days is a bit overambitious.

Third day, most important day, where the German Fetish Ball had to prove it deserves a place in the European party scene. I certainly was impressed by the location. It not only offered enough room for a grand audience, it was also divided into five different party rooms, including a play room for couples. Each room offered its own atmosphere and music. The main hall was also the location for all fashion shows, hosted by Lucifire.

Fashion was brought by international designers like BodyCult, Torture Garden and HW Design. Most did not just present their clothes “catwalk style”, but told a little story. HW Design even staged a fetish wedding. This takes up more time, but also entertains the crowd. The German models were accompanied by international celebs, like Darenzia, Kumi and Emily.

After the fashion shows, it was time for some fetish action on stage, highlighted by a fire performance by Lucifire and a show by Emily Marilyn, dominated into submission by Kumi and Esme.

In conclusion, does the German Fetish Ball stand a chance for survival? In my view it certainly does. There might be some sharp edges that need shaving off., but it’s clear Xklusiv Events did not venture into this without any background. Of course there is heavy competition from the other mega-events, like London and Amsterdam. But Berlin has proven that it can draw an international crowd. I look forward to next year’s program!

Marquis Nr.30: FETISHNEWS

Germany is getting a new national fetish event. The hosts of Xklusiv Events (amongst other “Night of Passion”) are drumming together everyone with rank and name in the scene for the “German Fetish Ball Weekend”.

The DJs of TortureGardens will fire the crowds up at the dance taking place at the German Fetish Ball on Whitsunday (May 30, 2004). Renowned fetish labels such as TG Clothing, Bodycult, HW-Design and TO.mTO will present their latest creations and the following show acts are to be expected: Lucifire from London, the latest Marquis cover model Emily Marilyn from California, and the Berlin fetish diva Luci van Org (cover girl Marquis 20), who will also be appearing with her new band, will host us through the evening.

The day before, the German Fetish Fair will take place for the first time ever - a fetish fair with many well known exhibitors from all parts of the world. You have the possibility here to shop till you drop, and to find one or the other highlight for the upcoming party.

And on May 29, 2004, the first Xklusiv Fetish Dinner will take place. This is an evening event limited to 80 guests with bizarre fetish serving maids, erotic performances, culinary delicacies and live background music.

Marquis No. 28: Bidding battles in the fairytale castle

The “Night of Passion” that took place on March 8 of this year once again held its promise. In the sleepy fairytale castle situated in the middle of Bavaria, a sea of candles enchanted the guests and catered for a tingling atmosphere in the enlarged, imaginatively SM-equipped playrooms. The event was completely sold-out – and yet there was enough space to stroll around and admire the guests.

The gorgeous outfits ranged from elaborate custom-made designs made of latex to the true to original rococo costumes. Appropriately, “Marc et Celine” presented their O-wardrobe - opulent evening dress of the erotic-elegant style. On the dance floor, the crowds danced to the hot beats of the DJs Michaela and Axel until the end, thereby creating a lively party mood.

The highlight of the evening though was the slave auction that broke all records this time. Half a dozen beautiful women brought the bids up to the million mark (in play money), never before had there been so many on offer and such a number of high bids. Real bidding fights took place and the ladies who were to be auctioned off rewarded each higher bid with inviting leers.

The next “Night of Passion” will take place on September 27, 2003 as, previous to that, a whole “Weekend of Passion” is on the agenda in May that is unfortunately already sold-out. For interested parties, further information can be found under www.xklusiv.de. Xklusiv Events will again also host this year’s “German Fetish Ball”. Information on this can be found under http://www.germanfetishball.de and in the next issue of Marquis.

Skin Two Summer Issue 44: Night of Passion, Bamberg

Xklusiv Events has relocated its famed Nights of Passion castle parties to a gorgeous old palace on the outskirts of Bamberg, near Nuremberg. On a remote hilltop deep in a forest, it creates ‘another world’ more effectively than any of the previous locations.

Three different palace areas are used for the party, with an entire wing converted into a dungeon area lit by hundreds of candles. An intimate play atmospheres is created by restricting admission to couples and their friends, but though the crowd is youthful, in true German partying tradition you’re still never that far away from a sumptuous buffet.

Marquis No. 26: Six Million for a Slave

"“No more bets …” Oh well, and that was the end of our money. Everything lost at the roulette table meaning no chance of bidding at the slave auction. And then something amazing took place: cute Clothilde got to six million (play money) Euros. The poor girl almost had to be torn in two in order to satisfy the claimants …

At long last – humour in the fetish and SM scene! It’s a long time since I heard so much laughter and saw so much joy as at the “Night of Passion” that took place in a Bavarian castle in the spring. The magnificent premises provided the perfect atmosphere to satisfy the high standards aspired by the hosts René and Jacqueline. Nobody has to worry about dirty sex in the toilets (something unfortunately seen at parties more and more lately). Everybody shows respect for his/her party partner in crime by neither groping nor hassling. Which is why the share of women – and what women there were! – is enormously high. Despite this, there is, of course, no lack of erotic. The guests themselves take the initiative and the romantic playroom was always well filled. Information on the next “Night of Passion” that will take place in the autumn can best be found under www.xklusiv.de.

Marquis No. 22 Partycheck: V. Night of Passion

Entry tickets to the “Night of Passion“ were, as always, sold out one month before the event! Not a surprise as they guarantee admission (couples/plus escort exclusively) to a most outstanding “S/M & Fetish Party” in many respects. The exclusive location itself is already something special. The castle hotel near Regensburg is in itself a stylish, sophisticated building complex with a wonderfully, darkly romantic atmosphere. Numerous small chambers, rooms and alcoves together with the gothic-like atmosphere of the arches offer lots of possibilities for strolling and “playing”.

Two delicious buffets were built up in two seated restaurants. The central place where most people lingered at the beginning was the disco with bar where two DJs played music that suited everybody’s taste. Next door, Visible offered piercings and the Body-Fun people gave temporary tattoos. The only thing superfluous was the surprise show by the Straubing fetish boutique Confess. This took place in the inner court that was decorated with a cross and other tools meaning you got goose bumps when you used them due to the already cool evening temperatures.

Although dress code was not mandatory, but rather imaginative outfits or elegant evening wardrobe, the majority of the 470 guests came dressed as is common for a fetish event. Highlight was most certainly the graceful “Lady in Black” in the designer rubber dress with spider’s web collar including a Black Widow as well as sharp, black lacquered claws. The later the hour, the more the playrooms that were fully equipped with a variety of tools were used for the sessions. Due to the various possibilities on the spacious premises, almost all of the guests, some of whom had even travelled from the USA (Arcane from “Club Iniquity”/San Francisco) and Japan, were able to get their money’s worth. Not to be overseen: the professional organisation of the event series with quality and standard is reflected in the experience that Jacqueline and Rene of Xklusiv Events & more in Hanover gathered since the premiere on 23.1.1999.

MARQUIS can sincerely recommend all those who wish to enjoy a spectacular experience in a first-class setting to make a note today already of the dates of the “Night of Passion” parties in 2001. Information and tickets are available under the telephone number: +49 (0)511 1 61 43 85 or under the Internet address: http://www.xklusiv.de.

Special service: Thanks to one of the vouchers included with the entry ticket, each guest can have a photograph taken at the party and receives a digital print of this to take home.

Skin Two Spring Issue 35: Passion play in Germany

NIGHT OF PASSION is one of the more unusual events we've visited recently - a party in a real medieval castle in the Bavarian foothills.

Though less than an hour's drive from Munich airport, it manages to create the feeling that it's happening in a separate little world of its own.

Organisers Rene and Jacqueline of Xklusiv Events have gone to a lot of trouble to ensure their nights attract the right mix of people, limiting the number of guests to 500, mainly made up of couples and their add-ons. This means the event is busy but never crowded, and friendly and action oriented without being a meat market.

The castle has been renovated as a modern hotel, but without losing that important feeling of old stone. There's a cosy restaurant, a bar/disco area lots of chill?out rooms, and a photo-gallery. Last but not least, there are plenty of atmospheric vaulted cellars and turrets reached by spiral stairways perfect for damsel in distress fantasies!

By the time Rene and crew have finished, the whole place is dotted with large bits of SM equipment. The party has the run of the entire building and the staff seem completely unfazed by what surely must be their most unusual guests!
Guests arrive from midday and doors close at 10pm, ensuring that the party is swinging well before midnight. The entrance fee of DM 100 (about £ 35) includes a truly sumptuous buffet which is available from 8pm, meaning that you can eat your fill, then go up ,to your room to change - luxury! The public action goes on until five or six in the morning, when everyone retires to the privacy of their rooms.

In the morning there's an equally impressive buffet breakfast that lasts long enough to allow everyone to surface at a civilized time.

Rooms in the hotel are a snip at DM 170 (about £ 60), and being able to bring your bedroom to the party has myriad advantages. Overspill accommodation is available nearby.

The next Night Of Passion will be on March 3 in a medieval castle on the Rhine, Then a weekend party in a schloss near Dresden, May 11-13 and more parties in Autumn, dates tbc.

Highly recommended!

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