ROM Governors

Forbidden PROM

Thank you for stepping into the inner courts of the Forbidden City at the ROM on Saturday, March 29, 2014 for the Young Patrons Circle (YPC) annual fundraising event in support of Canada’s world museum. 

YPC provides museum enthusiasts with unique educational, cultural and networking opportunities at the ROM. Members enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences and exclusive access to exhibitions, galleries, curators, vaults and private collections across North America. To join or learn more about YPC, please call 416.586.8003.

Cocktails and gourmet treats, alluring activities, live performances and dancing to the tunes of DJ Rory Them Finest.

Royal Ontario Museum | 100 Queen’s Park
Main Entrance, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal

Party ticket $150 | YPC Member $125 |
10 Ticket Package $1,350 (SOLD OUT)

Includes 10 party tickets, private registration and coat check, VIP reception with wine and chocolate, curator-guided tour of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, reserved seating, tableside service and Uber credit or discount.*

VIP experience $3,000
*Provided as $25 credit to each new Uber user. 10% discount will be offered to existing Uber members.

Women: Since Chinese culture is constantly transforming, your Forbidden PROM look could be historical or contemporary. Your ensemble may include gold silk, silk brocade, or silk embroidery with motifs of blooming peonies, peach blossoms, butterflies, lotuses, orchids and dragons. Bright yellow, red, purple, indigo, pale blue and gold are also traditional colours for Chinese royalty. Chinese calligraphy and words with auspicious meanings such as longevity and happiness may be incorporated (as evidenced in the objects in The Forbidden City exhibition). White with blue is seen in the famous porcelains, also known as “qinghua,” and white with black would allude to Chinese brush work of the élites.

Men: Tuxedos, suits or traditional Chinese men’s wear. The latter may feature a Mandarin collar, Chinese-treated buttons, slits on either side and two front pockets.

Curatorial input for traditional Chinese attire provided by: Dr. Jianfei He, J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme, Post-doctoral Research Associate at the ROM.

Every Saturday in March, Yorkdale is offering complimentary one-on-one style consultations to help you curate the perfect PROM look. Be one of the first 25 people to show your Forbidden PROM ticket purchase confirmation email at Yorkdale and receive a complimentary valet parking pass valued at $15.* The first 25 PROM ticket holders on March 1, 8, 15 or 22 who present $250 dollars or more in same-day shopping receipts will also receive a $25 Yorkdale Gift Card! Visit Centre Court for more details. 

PROM is the annual Young Patrons Circle (YPC) fundraising event for the ROM. Proceeds support the ROM's highest priorities that bring world-class exhibitions, stunning galleries, leading-edge research and educational programs to life. 


Event Inquiries
Keiko Okutsu
Media Inquiries
Denise Dias

Forbidden PROM Committee
Leen Al Zaibak (Co-Chair), Koel Loyer (Co-Chair), Netila Demneri, Lina Duque, Sarah Lieberman, Nadine Metwaly and Kelsey Paterson.

Forbidden PROM Ambassadors
Shamima Adam, Omar Al Zaibak, Glorie Alfred, Casey Antolak, Natalie Aziz, Ashley Belmer, Kareem Bonner, Rosario Cartagena, Prerna Chandak, Melissa Chung, Francisco de la Barrera, Frédéric Duguay, Elizabeth English, Nikki Filipe, Gabriel Granatstein, Mariam Hamaoui, Sabine Harmouche, Wil Hesien, Nancy Hoi Bertrand, Lindsay Jacobs, Anna-Maria Kaneff, Michelle Killoran, Bo Koch, Stéphanie Lafrance, Ruby Latif, Catherine Latulippe, Teri Liu, Michael Lockhart, Mike Mallinos, Talin Mardian, Sean Marsland, Lindsay Maskell, Denise McEachern, Sherine Metwaly, Adriana Morrison, Christine Ozimek, Ryan Packer, Milan Panic, Nick Patel, Elisabeth Patrick, Lenore Robson, Nadia Sandhu, Michaela Santos, Carolyn Slon, Marah Smith, Carolyn Stroz, King Siu, Claude Tambu, Frank Vinodolac, May Yu and Peter Zhou.

Disclaimer: The purchaser and/or ticket holder(s) acknowledges and agrees that a) all attendees must be 19 years of age or older, b) all ticket purchases are final and non-refundable and c) each attendee must present an event ticket at the door for entry to Forbidden PROM.