MUSICAL OLYMPUS INTERNATIONAL BALL
ANNUALLY IN MAY
Throughout the early modern era, the highlight of the European social calendar was the ball, and these exceptionally opulent events were attended by the cream of society.
Russian balls were no exception, and the grandeur and majesty displayed by the Tsars and the Russian aristocracy on such evenings reached dizzying heights. It was in this tradition that the Musical Olympus International Ball was created in 1999. The Musical Olympus International Ball has re-established the ball as the highlight of the modern Russian social scene and many now consider it superior to the Vienna equivalent.
Held in the magnificent Catherine Palace, the former summer residency of the Tsars, the charitable ball attracts the elite from Russian art, business and politics as well as a wealth of prominent guests from all over the world. Previous attendees include actors Liv Tyler and Ralf Fiennes and Princess Jeet Khemka of Nabha. The aim of the ball is not only to showcase Russian culture but also to promote charity amongst the wealthier members of society.
The Musical Olympus Foundation develops cultural projects both within Russia and internationally. As well as the charitable ball, the foundation’s work includes the Express-line St Petersburg–Moscow program, showcasing leading musicians of the world to Russian music-lovers. In Moscow and St. Petersburg it has presented the Lakatos Ensemble (Hungary), fado singer Misia (Portugal), the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and MOMIX physical dance theater (US).
Described by the New York Times as the “The closest thing we will ever get to royalty”, this fabulous event really will be the jewel in the crown of your trip to St Petersburg. Mixing with the A-list, sipping champagne in a magical atmosphere and watching a fantastic fireworks display illuminate the palace of Catherine the Great will transport you to a world where fairytales do come true.