Duelling with Cause NYE 2017

Let the clash of steel be what rings in your new year!

Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay and Mission-Possible are hosting one of this year’s most unique and exciting evenings of dancing, fun activities, canapés, and swordplay!

Why not enjoy a fun New Year’s Eve and support charity at the same time?

Get your tickets from Brown Paper Tickets.

duelling-arts-3When You Arrive

You’ll step through our doors in your New Year’s Eve best to behold our beautiful candlelit hall. An attendant will welcome you in and give you the badge of one of six noble houses. You’ll then receive a purse of coins… That’s when the fun begins.

(Doors open at 9pm)

duelling-arts-fightThe Tournament

Before midnight strikes the six houses must determine who will rule over the new year–and what better way to do this than with a New Year’s Eve tournament? Each household has a champion who will fight the champions of all the others. How well prepared they are is up to you.

From 9:30 to 11:30 your champion will meet a challenge from each of the others. Spend your coins to help equip your champion or sabotage your opponents.

duelling-arts-fight-2Cheer on your champions, watch amazing sword fights, and toast the victors!

Perhaps make a wager to earn some more coins, or give a donation to Mission-Possible and reap the reward of more riches to skew the odds in your favour.

At 11:45 the two most valiant champions will face one another in the finals of our tournament and the house that wins will ring in the new year victorious! But we’ll all celebrate regardless of who wins!

duelling-arts-spadone-sabreA Little Swordplay For You

If watching isn’t enough for you try your hand with a blade by sabreing a bottle of champagne with a two handed sword or snuffing candles with a rapier.

Our experts are on hand to teach you the finer points of cut and thrust.

canapesTease Your Tastebuds

Through the evening, enjoy the tasty canape creations of Chef Kari Chellouf. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Truffles after midnight!


group-dance-1Drinks and Dancing

After midnight we’re opening up our dance floor and DJ Kenneth Valentine will be spinning out fun party songs that will get everyone dancing.

Even if you’re not a dancer, you can enjoy sword fights, cocktails, tasty treats, and great conversation for the whole night.

Silent Auction

leila-dancing-1The gift giving season doesn’t have to be over! Artisan items, amazing experiences, and enriching moments await you in our silent auction.

Get Your Tickets

Don’t miss the most fun, unique, and exciting New Year’s Eve party you can attend this year! Tickets get you all this fun, plus a free drink, and it’s all for two great causes: Academie Duello’s Youth Programs and Mission Possible’s employment programs for those in need in the Downtown East Side.

Tickets $80. Available now at Brown Paper Tickets now! Space is limited.


devonboorman Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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