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F?te*ish: A Modern Twist to an Old Tale

Ballet Austin?s Fete / F?te*ish, one of Austin?s most anticipated fundraiser galas is back this Friday the 18th of September at the JW Marriott. Fete / F?te*ish has a long-standing history in Austin and each fall, this magical event benefitting Ballet Austin draws a crowd of Austin supporters who don their finest outfits in coordination with the theme. This year?s theme is Hamlet, the show that opened Ballet Austin?s season a few weekends ago.

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We met up with co-chair of the event Laura Villagran Johnson of Austin Social Planner to get a little insider info on the dreamy event and how you can help support Ballet Austin.

What is Fete / F?te*ish?
It is a fundraiser event that is thrown every year to support Ballet Austin. This year we are hosting it at the?JW Marriott and the theme is Hamlet. The event is divided into two parts: F?te and F?te*ish. Fete starts at 5:00pm and is a black tie event with an indulgent dinner and luxe decor all tying back to the theme. F?te*ish is the twisted sister of F?te and begins at 8:00pm. While F?te is regal, F?te*ish is rock and roll. Fete*ish also has a more accessible ticket price, so supporters of all levels can enjoy the event. The two worlds collide at 9:00pm, so expect fun twists and a surprises around every corner!

How does this event benefit Ballet Austin?
70% of all event ticket sales benefits Ballet Austin?s mission to provide exceptional artistic programming, arts education, and access for the entire central Texas community.

Who attends the fundraiser?
Everyone from the who?s who of local businesses leaders to social royalty and art patrons attend the fundraiser. We have many existing donors, but every year F?te*ish attracts new donors to participate. Because this year?s venue, JW Marriott, is bigger than last years, we are anticipating the largest attendance we have seen.

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What do attendees wear? Any fun fashion surprises in connection to the event?
Fashion is always an exciting aspect of the event as this gala allows attendees to get creative, wearing?black tie for Fete and?cocktail for Fete*ish, and tie their looks to the theme. This year?s Hamlet theme should garner many interesting looks! This event definitely has a lot of fashion freedom, but expect to see McQueen skulls, rock and roll inspired studs, and regal colors like purple and red. Follow along with all the fashionable fun on Instagram with #feteatx and #feteishatx.

If someone is unable to attend Fete / Fete*ish, how can they support Ballet Austin?
There are many ways to contribute. You can donate directly to Ballet Austin or simply attend one of their shows. Ballet Austin also offers dance classes, which is a fun activity as well as a great way to contribute to the ballet community. No matter your level of income, all contributions are important and much appreciated!

Lastly, why do you support Ballet Austin?
I have always loved art and Ballet Austin is such an amazing community partner that really makes a difference in our city. We are truly lucky to have such a great ballet here in Austin!

For more info, check out Fete / F?te*ish?s website: http://fete.balletaustin.org