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Rome hosts annual Grand Russian Ball
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The Grand Russian Ball was held in Rome for the eighth time, gathering guests from Russia, Italy and other European countries in the ancient Brancaccio palace. With the help of historical dances and costumes, the organizers revived the atmosphere of the 18th-19th centuries. According to the organizers, the ball plays an important role in bringing Russia and Europe closer together through culture, TASS reports. It was held under the patronage of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
Diplomats, public and cultural figures, Russian compatriots and Italian fans of Russian culture took part in the event. The ball attracted specialists involved in the restoration of historical dances from Russia, France, Switzerland and other countries. The moving spirit of the event Julia Bazarova noted the growing importance of the ball in the cultural life of Rome.
The eighth ball was dedicated to Anton Chekhov, whose 160th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020. During the event, actresses from Russia and Italy read excerpts from Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard. Balls of previous years were dedicated to the Romanov dynasty, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy and other prominent figures of culture and history of Russia.
The Grand Russian Ball was organized by the Friends of Great Russia cultural association and supported by the City Hall of Rome, Italy’s National Tourism Agency, UNESCO International Dance Council, Russian Center for Science and Culture, Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce.