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.
The Russian Olympic Committee were welcomed as guests of honour at the event. The evening followed the theme of ‘sporting triumph’, and we were delighted that Paul Deighton, CEO of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) entered into the festive spirit of the evening, by welcoming guests to London and wishing them a Happy New Year. The charity auction, conducted by Adrian Biddell of Sotheby’s, raised an impressive £22,000 for a Team Russia/Russian Paralympic Committee initiative to bring children living with disability from Russia to London for the Paralympics.
Guests at the Russian Old New Year Gala included Akhmed Bilalov, Member, Federation Council of Russia; Vice President, Russian Olympic Committee; Chairman, Supervisory Board of the Non-for-Profit Organisation “Highest Achievement Sport”; Fyodor Scherbakov, Executive Director, Non-for-Profit Organisation “Highest Achievement Sport”; Stephen Webster, Jewellery Designer; Beau McClellan, designer and artist. Representatives from many Russian, UK and international organsiations and companies attended the event, amongst them RIA Novosti, Interfax, VGTRK, Ernst & Young, BNP Paribas, Engel & Volkers, Royal Parks, Gazpromneft, Sberbank, Adler, Academia Rossica, Populous, Evening Standard, Lloyds Banking Group and many others.
The guests enjoyed an exclusive sneak preview of London’s Team Russia Park – an official Russian National House and a unique fanzone and hospitality centre celebrating Team Russia that will be a focal point for Russian and international visitors during this summer in London. Then, the fantastic Max Pokrovsky from the Russian rock band Nogu Svelo performed his latest hits and well-known classics. The festive atmosphere of the evening continued with a set from renowned Portuguese DJ Pedro Reis, who really set the dance floor alight.
RBCA is grateful to the evening’s sponsors, who made the night so special:
Club Wembley – an exclusive members club, committed to delivering a perfect Wembley experience, and Wembley Stadium Consultancy – the consultancy team behind the world’s most famous stadium.
Volga-Dnepr Group — Russia’s biggest air cargo operator, rated among the world’s top 10 cargo carriers. It is also the world’s largest transporter of outsized and heavyweight air cargo. Consisting of more than 20 companies, Volga-Dnepr Group is located in nine countries across the globe.
Ivan the Terrible – vodka crafted in the unique ‘osobaya’ style. It is neither plain nor flavoured. Its distinctive elegant character comes from delicate herbal infusions blended in the finest grain spirit for a touch of luxury.
Sotheby’s — one of the world’s oldest auction houses, distinguished by a number of world records for auctioned works of art.
Air Charter Service — a global leader in aircraft chartering, committed to providing exceptional levels of personal services, enabling costumers to travel in style, speed and superior comfort.
Media partners include Sportbox.ru, Sport express Network, Radio Voice of Russia London, Russian Media House (New Style Magazine and Pulse UK), Russian London Ltd, RussianUK.com, Angliya, RussianMind and Russkaya Mysl’.
A selection of comments from our guests:
Alexey Malyarevich, Air Charter Service
A smashing evening.
Stuart Higgins, Stuart Higgins Communications
On behalf of Lonsdale Homes, I would like to thank you for organizing such a wonderful event to celebrate Old Russian New Year. The night was absolutely amazing.
Yulia Horvath, Lonsdale Homes