Carine De Mesmaeker is the founder and producer of Velvet Ibiza, Europe’s most epic queer women party.
Velvet Ibiza is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and taking the festivities to the next level — one for the books!
Happening May 7 – 12, 2019 in idyllic Ibiza, Spain, Velvet Ibiza, the all-inclusive 5-day/5-night party, has, in only a few years’ time, become a holy ground for queer women who continue to descend on the pine-covered isle to enjoy one the most life changing and bonding experience.
The all-inclusive nature of the event (tickets include 5 nights in bungalow, all 3 meals, day and night activities & parties, transportation from airport to resort, and all drinks t’il 11pm) creates a safe and unique environment that imparts a palpable sense of belonging – a real “family” event.
No need to venture anywhere, the party is literally on your doorsteps as De Mesmaeker rents out the entire resort. Having everything in one place is key for the event producer who strives to create a great community vibe allowing people to organically connect.
From the pool parties, sports tournaments, club nights and now the infamous duck race to the top female DJs from Europe and America dropping the sickest beats, and live music from Sarah Bettens, the openly gay artists artist best known as the smoky voice of Belgian nineties rock band K’s Choice, Velvet Ibiza has it all!
1. Do you have any phobias? (please enumerate with embarrassing details)
As a child I had a phobia of ducks. I was chased by several and was scared by the quacking noise they made! Over time I got better and turned fear into fun with our now legendary duck race! Velvet IBIZA has become known for it’s cute ducks we throw in the pool and the lucky girls who jump in and grab a duck can keep the duck or find themselves with a “golden duck” where they’ll win a free trip to Velvet Ibiza next year! It’s one of the funniest moments of the weekend with 1 giant duck in the pool and hundreds of little ducks up for grabs.
2. What song can you not get enough of right now?
A song that’s on my mind for a while now: Calvin Harris, Promises – not a recent song, but so damn good.
3. Which celebrity would render you totally star struck if you were to meet him/her?
That has to be Angelina Jolie. A cliche but I would be very shy and probably speechless. Timeless beauty.
4. What would be your best piece of relationship advice?
The best relationship advice and the most difficult: Stay yourself and don’t expect your partner to change for you.
5. If you could wake up tomorrow with one talent or skill you don’t presently have, what would you want that to be?
I am absolutely a zero when it comes to drawning or painting. … In my next life I would love to be a famous painter!