The science of the Balkans… Balkanology. It’s the name of a Cape Town collective that celebrates the madness of Eastern Europe by throwing entirely Balkan-themed parties. The madness of Eastern Europe? Think Emir Kustarica’s Black Cat/White Cat or Liev Schreiber’s Everything is Illuminated. There’s a lot of madness there. And there’s a lot of madness here with our crazy Balkanology competition… read on to find out more!


After a brutal winter of snow and rain falling from the skies like wooden stakes, the suave undead, aching for a social gathering befitting of their stature, are stirring in their lavish mausoleums. For the news has reached them like the scent of the young, beautiful and mortal: The clans shall congregate once more in a celebration for the Masked Vampyre Ball – 1819!

The master has sent for James to polish his most expensive Twoshoes for when the clock strikes 21:00 the precocious young vampires of the Imp-aler Orchestra under the conductorship of the Esteemed Lord Vlad the VI shall serenade the ballroom of the undead with symphonies of the great composer, Maoriginal. The non-blood relations that make the duo of Nôze, has also sent a missive confirming their attendance.

In Cloak Towne, the Nomadic Orchestra shall have even the most distinguished guest swinging like a rabid bat from the crystal chandeliers. In the old Transvaalania we have summoned Bram Stoker himself to read from his classic tome.

This event, dear reader, will be a opulent blue-blooded affair. Guests are reminded to make their preparations in due time as to not be caught off-guard, for the revelry shall be such, that daylight might sneak up upon the proceedings and vapourise the ill-equipped!

For the brave amongst us, throw a roll of the dice and partake in the game of chance. Receive a Kiss or get bitten by Santanico Pandemonium, primary Queen Vampyre, rescued by our brave team from the ruins of the Titty Twister.

Hematologists unite, for there will be blood.

For one evening your senses are overwhelmed by a smorgasbord of goats, tubas, clairvoyants, caravans, chickens, trumpets, violins, giant speakers, a farmer and his live pigs in attendance…and lots of vodka. Sound like fun?

The Competition:
one small seed is the official media partner of this event and we are happy to say we have ten tickets to giveaway: five for the Cape Town event (at the Old Biscuit Mill on September 7) and five for the Jozi event (at Carfax & Street on September 8 )
How to Win:

  1. Tweet @onesmallseedSA @BeanstalkSA what would you like to see people wearing at ‘The Masked Vampyre Ball’ and what city you live in. (hashtag #Balkanology) Q: How crazy are you willing to go?
  1. Drop a comment on the Facebook Event Page and let us know what you might be wearing and what city you live in. (@mention one small seed Magazine & TV)

The most craziest/best dressed will win free tickets! Winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on Friday, September 7 at 12h00.

In the meantime here is a taste of the lineup:

NÔZE (France)
Vlad & the mini Imp’aler Orchestra (Transylvania)
Bram Stoker, Live readings from his classic novel -JHB only-
Nomadic Orchestra -CPT only-


For more information on tickets etc, please visit the event page, HERE
#FlashBack: Issue 08: Balkanology – War and Peace