Copyright 2016 - Russian Imperial Charity Ball in Ireland

Russian Imperial Charity Ball
Was established with the support of Assembly of Russian Nobility of Western USA and Russian Bridge Ireland to give an opportunity to represent Russian culture in Ireland.

Guest of Honour   Count Andrei Tolstoy – Miloslavsky

The Ball is a significant event for Russians and Russian speaking community living in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe. It is supposed to be an unforgettable ambience during the Ball where guests can enjoy nice classical music. Besides, some other singers and dancers will perform during the Ball. Guests of the ball will also enjoy Gala dinner and ball dancing. The event itself can serve as a good opportunity to develop good relations between Ireland and Russia. Well-known politicians, ambassador of the Russian Federation and businessmen from Ireland, USA, UK and Russia are expected to be guests of the Ball. We expect around 150 guests therefore the quantity of tickets is limited. Tickets' related information is available at the Tickets page


The program of the Ball is to be fabulous this year. We will have famous actors from Russia such as Olga Cabo and Alika Smekhova and Latvian singer Julia Vilumane as the guests of the Ball. Julia Vilumane will open the Ball with arias from Russian opera. Olga Cabo and Alika Smekhova are going to perform an exclusive programme. Besides, the Irish Symphony Orchestra is working on their program.


Yulia Viliumane graduated from the Jazep Vitols Musical Academy in Riga. After that she had a probation in Tchaikovsky conservatoire in Moscow. Her teacher was a world-famous opera singer Zurab Sotkilava. Yulia is a laureate of three international competitions. Her solo singing career began in Moscow, when she was engaged in a concert activity in cooperation with Zurab Sotkilava. Then she was invited to the Leipzig opera for the role of Desdemona in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Othello. In the repertoire of Yulia Viliumane, are such solo parts as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Mimi (Bohemia), Desdemona (Othello), Santuzza (Rural Honor), Amelia (Ball Masquerade). Besides, the singer's repertoire is associated with chamber music, also it includes many songs and romances of famous Russian and foreign composers.



Alika Smekhova is a famous Russian actress and a pop singer. Alika was born in Moscow in the family of the actor Veniamin Borisovich Smekhov. In 1991 she graduated from the Russian Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS), specializing in " Actress of Musicals". She started acting in 1985. She is a performer of the main roles and the host of popular TV shows.



Olga Cabo is a well-known Russian Actress. She is highly involved into the activity relating to the theatre and cinema. Also she is a singer, and a member of the Russian Association of Stunt masters. She was born in Moscow, and graduated from the acting department of VGIK (class of Sergei Bondarchuk). Olga played main roles in movies and theatre. She is also a popular TV host.



Initially, balls carrying a proud Russian Imperial Charity Ball’s name were introduced in USA by descendants of Russian emigre community and members of the Assembly of Russian Nobility. The founders attempted to re-create an atmosphere of pre-revolutionary Russia's balls with the aim of supporting various Russian charity organizations, as well as Orthodox churches abroad.

In 2014, Feodor Yakimoff, one of the supporters of Los Angeles balls decided to introduce the ball in Ireland where the Russian speaking community grow significantly, not to mention the logistics for European and Russian guests. Since 2014 the ball's Guest of Honour is Count Andrei Tolstoy – Miloslavsky, the founder of "War and Peace" balls in London and Russia. The Count is a descendant of a branch of famous Leo Tolstoy family. Andrei Tolstoy takes an active part in organizing the balls in Dublin sharing his wealth of experience earned at London and Saint Petersburg's balls.

The organizers of the ball in Ireland decided to keep the original Russian Imperial Charity Ball name, under which the ball is well known in different countries. In so the ball is obliged to be bound to the best 19th century Russian balls' traditions.

This fall the Clontarf Castle Hotel will open its ballroom's doors again. The old castle walls will hear Russian music, the candles will light its warm glow and ladies will shine in their gowns and gentlemen will wear their bow ties proudly. The wonderful, warm and fairy atmosphere of a Russian ball is awaiting …




  Awaiting for a ball . . .


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