Gazprom and OMV host New Year’s charity ball for children
A New Year's charity ball for children was held today at the Tavrichesky Palace in St. Petersburg. The event was attended by over 500 young guests from social institutions based in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. In addition, local celebrations were organized for children unable to attend the ball due to health issues.
The program of Cinderella's New Year's Ball included a stage show, ballet numbers, dance and vocal performances, and an interactive presentation with dancing and master classes. The concert featured established stars and young talent from St. Petersburg and Vienna, including performers from the Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy.
The event was organized with support from Gazprom and Austria's OMV as part of the “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna” joint cultural project.
On April 1, 2016, Gazprom and OMV signed a number of documents to advance their strategic cooperation, including the Memorandum of Understanding on culture.
In 2017, a theatrical gala performance was held at the Grand Hall of the Dmitry Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia as part of the “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna” joint project. All money raised from ticket sales was donated to a charity foundation helping children with serious diseases. Meanwhile, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, with support from the two companies, hosted an exhibition featuring three artworks by Peter Paul Rubens from the State Hermitage Museum. The Imperial Hofburg Palace also held a charity event – the Energy for Life Christmas Ball – to which more than 1,000 children from socially vulnerable groups had been invited.
The New Year's charity ball at the Tavrichesky Palace was the concluding event in the “Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg – Vienna” project in 2017. The St. Petersburg gala was sponsored by the Dom Budushchego (Future Home) autonomous non-governmental organization.