Le Carrousel de l’Amour
Fast colours whirl, laughter, music, wind and light.
The carrousel it comes. Alive in the midsummer night.
Taste the passion, live the moment, electrifying innocence and love.
Come. Fall under the spell.
The magic. The carrousel.
INSEAD Summer Ball
Saturday 20 May 2017
10.30pm - 4.00am
The Château de Fontainebleau holds special meaning for INSEAD. It was here, in a wing of this 12th century Château that INSEAD was born half a century ago. Due to this link with the Château, the INSEAD Royal Ball will be held in the magnificent rooms that are not normally open to the general public.
The INSEAD Summer Ball is one of the oldest INSEAD traditions. Held annually on the last weekend of May, it is timed to coincide with the Alumni Reunion Weekend for the 5 & 10 years. Expect DJs and performances and music to suit all tastes. The Summer Ball is a unique event for all members of the wider INSEAD community: alumni, current students, staff, faculty, friends and families.
Do join us for the following events, held over the same weekend at INSEAD Europe Campus:
19 May 2017 - INSEAD Private Equity Conference Europe, Navigating Macro Headwinds in the Pursuit of Growth
The INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) is run by MBA students and serves as a forum for those interested in all aspects of the private equity industry. With over 1,000 INSEAD alumni working in private equity firms worldwide, IPEC’s goal is to support INSEAD’s thought leadership, participation and recognition in the field.
IPEC's flagship events are its annual conferences held in both France and Singapore. Now in its 15th year, the conference in Fontainebleau has grown to be the largest private equity event hosted by an academic institution in Europe.
19-21 May 2017 - INSEAD Alumni Reunion Weekend
MBA classes of '12J&D and '07J&D will reconnect with their former classmates. Join us for a weekend of Social & Networking events, faculty lectures and updates on the school.
As the darkness descends, and the stars shine bright, come and be welcomed at the main gates of the Château de Fontainebleau, where a magical evening awaits you!
Cour d’Honneur - Le Carrousel de l’Amour
A world of mystery beckons at the Cour d’Honneur where you will see the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase dating back to the reign of Louis XIII. This was where Napoleon stepped down from when he bade final farewell to his Old Guard and went into exile in 1814.
22:30 - 00:00 Main entry into the Château and Ball. Click here for the map of the Ball.
Dont miss the Selfie Point for an oh-so-instagramable shot with the Château. #INSEADball
An official photographer will be at Galerie François 1er from 22:30 to midnight
Galerie des Cerfs - The Late Night Bistro
Be royally looked after in the Galerie des Cerfs, a majestic room decorated in Henry IV’s time with bird’s eye view pictures of the royal châteaux and their hunting grounds. Since the 1960s, it has housed great antique sculptures from the Vatican, cast by Primaticcio for Francis I in Italy.
22:30 – 04:00 Enjoy a sumptuous and exquisite stand-up dinner, and be brought back to the Parisian bistros of old. A Photo booth will be located at the entrance of Galerie des Cerfs.
Cour Ovale - The Techno Marquee
Dance the night away at the Cour Ovale where a special marquee will be mounted and transformed into a vibrating discotheque.
22:30 – 23.00 DJ Paco pumps up the volume!
23:00 – 00.00 Get the party started with Funk’N’Bleau, the unforgettable 07J band
00:00 – 00:30 Be electrified by the enimatic tunes of Caroline Stenger
00:30 – 01:30 Heat up the scene on the dance floor with DJ Karim V, MBA'12D
01:30 – 04:00 Dance the night with DJ Paco
04:00 Gather for the Survivors’ photo
Salle des Colonnes - The Chill-out Lounge
Be amazed as you relax at the Salle des Colonnes, a beautiful room which was created as the royal guests' waiting room for the wedding of the son of King Louis Philippe. Its rich, golden interior blends statuesque twin columns, mirrors and elements of Renaissance style. This room will be your serene chill-out lounge.
22:30 – 04:00 Cool your heels and catch up with old and new friends. A great place to recharge with canapés and drinks
Orangerie - The Jazz Club
Enjoy the “Jazz Club Atmosphere” in l’Orangerie and discover this vaulted space where Louis XV installed the kitchen of the Château.
22:30 – 23.00 Immerse yourself in the old Parisian jazz scene
23:00 – 02.00 Sultry jazz singer Marion and Live Band Collective Swing enchant your evening
02:00 – 04:00 The jazzy party continues with DJ Eddy
FOOD & Drink
A stand-up dinner created by our Parisian chefs will be served throughout the evening in all the venues. A mixture of cocktail and buffet serving savoury, sweet, hot, cold, vegetarian, cheese platters and amazing desserts. There will be a free flow drinks and champagne (including fresh and home-made virgin cocktails, sodas, hot beverages). A pita, soup and risotto buffet will also be available near the end of the evening.
As the Ball starts at 10.30pm, we recommend that you have a light dinner before you arrive.
Please note that due to security reasons, the Ball will end promptly at 4.00am. The Survivors photo will be taken in the Marquee at this time.
When you registered on Eventbrite, you received an email confirmation with a pdf ticket that you will have to show upon entrance. Make sure to save it on your mobile or bring a printed copy.
Your ticket is nominative, not transferable and can only be used by yourself.
Strictly no sales at the gate!
Due to security reasons, the Ball will end promptly at 4.00am.
Château de Fontainebleau
For more information on the Château de Fontainebleau, its history and its location, please click here.
Due to limited parking spaces at the venue, we do not encourage you to drive. We recommend that you take one of the following modes of transportation to ensure a hassle free evening:
There are options to drinking and driving!
Taxis, trains, buses - We have them all!
Shuttle service - in and around Fontainebleau
Two complimentary shuttle bus services will run from the Château to various towns/villages located around Fontainebleau. The buses will leave promptly and will stop at the train station of each village except for Villecerf where it will stop at the Mairie (town hall).
Bus 1 running at 1am, 2.15am, 3.30am & 4am: Thomery, Moret-sur-Loing/Veneux-les-Sablons, La Grande Paroisse, Villecerf, Montigny-sur-Loing, Bourron-Marlotte
Special taxi fares
Need a drop-off at the Château to go to the Ball ? Book a taxi:
Need a lift to drive you home? Taxis will be available from midnight onwards at the main entrance of the Château, and will apply the negotiated taxi fares below :
10€: In town and Fontainebleau/Avon train station
If you wish to drive, please park at the Parking Boufflers (in front of the Château de Fontainebleau).
The dress code for the event is 'black tie and evening dress' or national costume. For men, it means wearing a tuxedo or equivalent attire. For women, it entails wearing an evening gown. However, this is not mandatory. People have come in black suits (with tie) and women in formal cocktail dresses. The idea is that this is a prestigious formal event…which means no jeans, T-shirts, casual dresses and definitely no sneakers. Cloak rooms will be available at the Ball.
INSEAD has made block bookings in area hotels for our alumni returning for the Reunion Weekend and the Summer Ball. For additional bed and breakfast places,you can consult the tourism office. Do book early as spaces are limited.
Question: Where do I buy tickets?
Answer: We have created an easy online system for purchasing tickets on Eventbrite dedicated to Alumni & Current participants (MBA, EMBA, PhD, Executive Education programme) as well as for Staff & Faculty.
Q: Where and when can I collect my tickets?
A: No need as you will receive a PDF version of your ticket with a personalized QR Code in your confirmation email. Make sure to save it on your mobile or bring a printed copy.
Your ticket is nominative, not transferable and can only be used by yourself.
Please note that tickets are required for admission into the Ball : Guests without tickets will be refused entry.
Q: What happens when the online registration is closed?
A: If tickets are still available, there will be onsite sales on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May 2017. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold on a first come-first served policy and will be charged at the regular rate.
Strictly no sales at the gate!
Q: What does the ticket price include?
A: The price includes a full stand-up dinner (mixture of cocktail & buffet formats), champagne & free flow drinks all night long, exciting entertainment and special surprises to make this a memorable evening!
Q: What about dietaries ?
Managing allergies, dietary or religious requirements for each of the 1500 guests is not so easy! That's why we propose a stand-up dinner where each guest will be able to choose carefully (all plates are labelled) within the large selection of food.
There will be something for everyone: savoury, sweet, hot, cold, vegetarian, gluten free, cheese platter and amazing desserts… Not forgetting the Pita, Soup & Risotto buffet at the end of the evening.
Same process for the drinks, as we know that some of you may not drink alcohol: champagne, wines, beers, hard liquor & free flow drinks will be served all night long including fresh and home-made virgin cocktails, sodas, water stations as well as hot beverages.
Q: Are friends invited?
A: Absolutely! We encourage you to share this night with your friends. Tickets will be sold online on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. Hence, purchasing your tickets early is advisable.
Q: Do I need a date for the ball?
A: No. The Summer Ball is a celebration of friendship - we encourage you to come with your group of friends.
Q: Where can I stay?
A: INSEAD has made block bookings in area hotels for our alumni returning for the Reunion Weekend and the Summer Ball. For additional bed and breakfast places,you can consult the tourism office. Do book early as spaces are limited.
Q: What is the dress code?
A: The dress code for the event is 'black tie and evening dress' or national costume. For men, it means wearing a tuxedo or equivalent attire. For women, it entails wearing an evening gown or cocktail dress.
However, this is not mandatory. People have come in black suits (with tie) and women in cocktail dresses. The idea is that this is a prestigious formal event…which means no jeans, T-shirts, casual dresses and definitely no sneakers.
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Q: Where can I do my make-up and hair?
A: A make-up and hairstylist booth will be available on Campus on Saturday 20 May at the Lower Gallery (Main building) from 4pm - 10pm. By reservation only.
Book your appointment NOW! Spaces are limited. All booking will need to be made in French (as the make-up and hairstylist do not speak English).
Make-up (30 mins) is 25€.
To book a slot, please call Isa 06 21 67 70 42 from Monday to Saturday (between 5pm to 8pm).
Blowdry and styling (30 mins) or Chignon (40 mins) is 40€.
To book a slot, please call Dorothée 06 03 59 00 99 from Tuesday to Friday (between 11am to 3pm).
- For the "Chignon", please make sure to wash your hair the day before; for styling, the same day.
- There will be no haircuts or shampooing on site.
- Please arrive at least 5 mins before your scheduled time. If you are late, you will pass your turn!
- Payment only by cash.
Q: Is there only ballroom dancing at the Ball?
A: Definitely not! Alumni and MBA student DJs and an Alumni band will entertain you with a variety of pop and house music.
Q: Can I bring along my children?
A: Only if they’re over 18! For security reasons, children under the age of 18 are not authorized to attend the Summer Ball. This specific night is overcrowded and definitely too noisy for young kids.
This is the reason why The Summer Ball Committee and the INSEAD Security Department decided few years ago not to accept any children to this particular event as it is not a suitable place for them.
We can provide you with a list of babysitters, please contact us if you wish to receive a copy of this list. Any arrangements are to be made directly with the babysitter. Parents and babysitters must deal directly with each other for all questions of scheduling, availability and payment.
The pictures of the amazing INSEAD Summer Ball 2017 are now available online!
To download a high resolution version or order prints of photos that were taken on request please go to the:
Please be aware that these pictures will only be available during 2 months until the end of August.
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