ABOUT THE BALTIC BALL

The international cultural project “BALTIC CHARITY BALL” started on 25 January 2017 in Riga, the capital of Latvia and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The purpose of this project is to show that true art has no boundaries and it contributes to the spiritual unity of people from different nationalities. Furthermore, the project activities are aimed at the revival of the traditions of classical culture, the spirituality of society as well as the education and the support of young talents.

On 23 September 2017 and 22 September 2018 in Riga at the culture palace “Ziemeļblāzma” with a great success were held the First and the Second Baltic Charity Ball.

THIRD BALTIC CHARITY BALL

On 21 September 2019, the third international cultural event - the Baltic Charity Ball - was held with great success in the Culture Palace "Ziemeļblāzma("Northern Lights"), which is an architectural monument of 1913 in Art Nouveau style. The ball gathered more than three hundred guests from Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Estonia, France, Austria and other European countries. Honorary guests included Mayor of the Riga city Oleg Burov, Member of the European Parliament Andris Ameriks, Head of the Moscow delegation at the “Moscow Days in the Baltic States” festival, Minister of Government of Moscow Sergei Cheremin.

The Baltic Ball follows the well-known Vienna Opera Ball format. Traditionally, the ball begins with the debutants entrance. This year 22 debutant pairs from the Baltic and European countries, as well as from Russia opened the ball. Debutants were previously selected by the Ball Committee through the audition procedure. In preparation for the ball opening ceremony, the debutants attended dance classes and a social etiquette course.

After the official ceremony, the ball was opened, and the guests enthusiastically joined debutants on the dance floor. Waltzes and gallops, accompanied by the Latvian Symphony Orchestra, which was brilliantly conducted by maestro Andrei Lebed from the Moscow’s “Novaya Opera” musical theater, followed without stopping until the very start of the opera gala concert. It was a real celebration for opera fans - guests fully enjoyed the wonderful voices of the soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, the magnificent Veronica Dzhioeva and the German opera diva Nadia Michael.

While taking a breath from the opera arias of Mozart, Dvorak and Offenbach, the guests again rushed to continue the dance program, this time with the musical accompaniment of Jelgava BigBand. After midnight it was the time for foxtrot, tango, rumba and cha-cha-cha. There were many musical and vocal surprises and even the host of the ball, Ivars Kalninsh could not resist and sang for the guests.

The Baltic Charity Ball has a charitable purpose. This year as the beneficiary of the ball was chosen the Emils Darzins Music Secondary School. The guests were moved by the stunning performance of young and talented violinist Daniil Bulayev together with the Latvian Symphony Orchestra. No less guests were impressed by the outstanding performance of the well-known pianist Andrei Osokin, also a graduate of the Emils Darzins Music Secondary School. During the ball € 8,000 charity grant was raised, which, according to the Director, will allow to buy new pianos for the piano class.

The ball ended well after midnight, the last guests left “Ziemelblazma” palace at three in the morning, promising to come back on September 19, 2020, when the fourth Baltic Charity Ball will be again held in Riga.