Love (and snow!) was in the air on Tuesday night on board the SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The Black Ball, an annual event jointly hosted by the supported training and employment organization NOW and Belfast’s Black Box, celebrates the groundbreaking success of the ‘Black Moon’ disco and is always a sure-fire good night on Northern Ireland’s social calendar, having sold out in all previous years.
Going strong since 2010, ‘Black Moon‘ is a club night held on the first Tuesday of each month in the Black Box nightclub for and by adults with learning disabilities. The monthly event is supported by NOW and is always buzzing with people coming out to socialize, hear great tunes from resident DJ Mark and of course, showcase some new moves! Once a year, The Black Ball rolls around and gives guests the opportunity to dress to impress and explore new venues in new areas of Belfast City. This year it was full steam ahead on the recently opened SS Nomadic, nicknamed the Titanic’s little sister, and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there was enough love going around to make even Jack and Rose jealous!
Two talented harpists and a champagne reception greeted guests as they boarded the ship, but there was no hanging around; as soon as DJ Mark took to the decks the dance floor was a mass of beats, bodies and ballgowns ready to get the party into full swing!
Party food was provided by Loaf Catering, NOW’s catering company and cafe chain who employ train and use all profits to help local adults with learning difficulties in the Greater Belfast area. There was also a raffle draw with top prizes donated by local businesses including Belfast Cookery School, Roger Michael Fine Furniture and Movie House Cinemas.
Jim Corr Photography really managed to capture the essence of the night with singles, couples, and groups taking advantage of the chance to get a professional memento from the ball. The full range of photos can be viewed here.
I have been interning with NOW’s marketing team for a few months, and to my delight was given a lot of creative control over the organization of The Black Ball. I’ve enjoyed every moment of the planning, and watching it all come together and the enjoyment of the guests on the night made all the hard work worth every minute. NOW is a truly inspiring non-profit organization which makes a real difference in the local community, and something I find very rewarding to be a part of.
The event was a huge success and a great night for NOW and Black Box staff, as well as guests, who all show a genuine passion for what they do and the difference they help to make in Northern Ireland. You can find out more about NOW at www.nowproject.co.uk.
So mark it in your calendars, because NOW are looking forward to seeing YOU at this all-inclusive event in Northern Ireland next year!
Lots of Love, K.