RBCA was proud to support two of the most talked-about non-sporting venues of London 2012 – Russia.Park and Sochi.Park. Both prominently located in Kensington Gardens, Sochi.Park and Russia.Park formed the core Russian cultural contribution to the Games, as well as providing the focal point as the official ‘Russia House’ in London.
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RBCA was thrilled to stage Russian Rhapsody 2012 at the House of Russia in Russia.Park, the official Russian house in London during the Olympic Games on 9 August 2012. The unique venue, as well as the extraordinary atmosphere of London during the unforgettable summer of sport, meant that this year’s Russian Rhapsody was especially memorable.
RBCA celebrated Russian Old New Year with the return of its much-loved Russian Old New Year Gala, which took place this year in the magnificent Plaisterers Hall in the City of London. The New Year is Russia’s biggest festive celebration. Commemorating the New Year according to the pre-revolutionary calendar, Russian Old New Year is rich in history, fascinating traditions and entertaining customs. While the rest of the world is back at work soon after 1 January, the people of Russia get to celebrate all over again with Russian Old New Year on the night of 13 January. Continue Reading →
NEON Moscow, a dazzling charity fundraiser hosted by Naomi Campbell and Dasha Zhukova in Moscow on 24 May 2010, brought glamour, style and fun to the Russian capital in equal measure. RBCA was proud to project manage and produce the event which took place at Capital City – Europe’s highest building – in Moscow’s new ‘City’ development. Bringing together Naomi’s and Dasha’s friends from around the world, NEON raised an incredible $1.8 million for the IRIS Foundation, which promotes the understanding and development of contemporary culture, and Northern Crown, which provides education, medicine and training for Russian children.
The event featured a fashion show by leading international designers, a stunning auction of contemporary art and haute couture and an exclusive private musical performance by the legendary British rock group Duran Duran.
Russian Rhapsody, the annual charity gala in London, lit up the Russia Investment Roadshow in a blaze of Russian art on Monday 21 April – and once again became the cultural high point of the Roadshow week.
This time round in the seven year history of this magnificent social occasion, the event turned one of London’s largest ballrooms in a huge showcase for Russian art: visual, musical – and edible. Following a pre-dinner reception of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Hennessy (which was literally injected into one’s glass with an outsized pipette from a huge Mathusalem of Hennessy X.O cognac), guests were treated to a lavish four-course dinner devised and created by Julia Vysotskaya, actress, TV cook and wife of award-winning film director Andrei Konchalovsky. Dinner was accompanied by the exquisite sound of the world famous London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the celebrated Russian maestro, Vladimir Jurowski, who performed Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in the presence of their Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent, who was Guest of Honour at this year’s event.
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“The way you greet the New Year is an omen for your entire year” — Traditional Russian proverb
New Year’s Eve comes but once a year – unless you joined us for the Russian ‘Old New Year Gala Dinner’ held on 14 January 2008, at London’s iconic venue the Guildhall! A spectacular venue for the evening, Guildhall has been a centre of pageantry, colour and ceremony for over 800 years and afforded the evening an exquisite traditional look of festive twinkle and architectural delight.
“Thank you very much your Excellence and Friends! I am delighted to be here this evening and I wish my fellow members of Parliament could have joined us. On this magnificent occasion can I wish you all a very happy New Year! Thank you very much!” — Mr Keith Vaz, MP
The fourth annual Russian Winter Festival saw the biggest audience turn out on record and put the event as key to London’s top cultural offerings. Thousands upon thousands of people, statistically varied in age and ethnic background, both Londoners and non-Londoners, flocked to London’s iconic centre to enjoy a full day of fun, free entertainment and a taste of Russian delights, both literally and metaphorically.
“This year the Festival has extended far beyond the boundaries of Trafalgar Square, London and even of Britain itself. This is evident when you look at the television broadcasts being filmed for German, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese channels and many others from around the world. The son of the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Azim has even been with us here today!” — Sergei Kolushev, Chairman of RBCA, RWF Organisers
Battersea Park in London on 12 September 2007 saw a unique gathering of English and Russian stars from the big and small screens, the music world and other celebrities for a very special charity football match, held to raise awareness and funds for the Give Life Foundation and organized by RBCA. The event resulted in over $150,000 being raised for the Foundation, which supports young leukaemia sufferers in Russia.
Old Billingsgate Market was transformed into an incredible playground of the imagination for Russian Rhapsody on Monday 23 April, as hundreds of guests turned out for an evening of classical music, cocktails, fine cuisine – and charity, courtesy of an amazing collection of ‘haute couture’ toys, which were auctioned by Christie’s to raise funds for the Naked Heart Foundation, top model Natalia Vodianova’s charity which designs, finances and constructs playgrounds for Russian children. Continue Reading →
The tradition of celebrating Russian ‘Old New Year’ comes from the old calendar used in Russia prior to the Revolution. This year, the exclusive and unique Russian Old New Year Gala Dinner took place in the magnificent surroundings of Guildhall, in the centre of London. A spectacular venue for the evening, Guildhall has been a centre of pageantry, colour and ceremony for over 800 years.
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On Monday 24th April Old Billingsgate Market, London played host to over 780 stars of world-wide cultural, art, business and political renown at the Fifth Annual Russian Rhapsody Gala Dinner and Concert.
Russian Rhapsody was first launched as a dramatic curtain raiser to the Russian Economic Forum, which in 2006 brought an all time high of more than 2300 delegates to London, to explore the growing impact of Russian business on the world economy. Continue Reading →
2nd Annual Russian Winter Festival, a successful celebration of the unique relationship between London and Moscow, took place on Trafalgar Square on Saturday 14 January 2006.
To a rapturous reception, Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London declared: “For as long as I remain Mayor, I will do everything to ensure that there is a Russian Winter Festival every year in London”. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Yuri Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow, Mayor Livingstone spoke of the warmth of London-Moscow ties, as the crowd in the packed square cheered their support. Continue Reading →
The Russian Old New Year Gala Dinner – the effective launch of the Russian Winter Festival – was held on Friday 13 January 2006 at one of London’s most individual venues, The Brewery, right in the heart of the City of London.
The Gala Dinner comprised a night of exhilarating live entertainment and fine cuisine, all with a distinctly Russian flavour, something which was apparent to all as, following the first shot of celebratory vodka, the guests were regaled by the ‘Russian Sinatra’ himself, the renowned Iosif Kobzon. He got the party off to a magnificent start, and even persuaded both Yuri Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow and Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, to sing. Continue Reading →
In 2005, Russian Rhapsody moved to the world-renowned stage of the majestic Royal Albert Hall, which was transformed into London largest – and most flamboyant – dining room for the 4th annual Russian Rhapsody.
It started in style, with a Moet & Chandon Champagne reception in the Gallery of the Royal Albert Hall, where HRH The Duke of York circulated among the guests. Under the direction of impresario Dmitry Bertman (who three days prior to Russian Rhapsody was awarded the honour of People’s Artisit of Russia), the artist and creative genius behind Moscow’s Helikon Opera, Rhapsody took a dramatic new direction in 2005, offering a rich diversity of musical styles and genres. Continue Reading →
“A unique and extremely successful event”
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
Anyone who was amongst the tens of thousands of spectators on Trafalgar Square on Saturday 15th January 2005 is unlikely to forget what was certainly the largest Russian celebration staged outside of Russia in recent memory.
New Year’s night comes but once a year – unless you joined us for the Russian Old New Year Gala Dinner at the Guildhall on 14 January. This curtain raiser to London’s first ever Russian Winter Festival (opened by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on Trafalgar Square the following day) was the perfect excuse to celebrate New Year all over again.
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RBCA was proud to support a very special performance on Sunday 7th November 2004 in London, by Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera and Ballet) and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky. The concert, held at the London Coliseum (the home of the English National Opera) on St Martin’s Lane, was presented by the Mariinsky Theatre Trust in memory of the tragedy in Beslan, North Ossetia. Gergiev himself is a native of Vladikavkaz, the neighbouring town to Beslan.
A senior Russian government delegation led by Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, is meeting with William Hague, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and commonwealth Affairs on 13-14 March 2013, during which plans for the upcoming 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture will be announced.
As plans develop for the official 2014 Year of Culture between UK and Russia, RBCA is working hard on an enticing menu of cultural events and activities to showcase the best of Britain and Russia in both countries.