The New year party
in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir
Palace embankment, 26
The palace of Grand Duke Vladimir is located on the Neva River bank in the downtown area of the city a few steps from the Hermitage Museum. This perfect example of the Florentine Palazzo style, was designed by A.I. Rezanov in the 1864 for the son of Alexander II, Grand Duke Vladimir.
The solemn New Year's ball, resting upon century-old traditions, is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital.
Guests’ arrival. Young ballet dancers meet guests at the gala staircase and give them the New Year props: masks, Christmas crackers, streamer. Here, visitors are saluted by court ladies in magnificent dresses with crinoline – they are presenters of the ball. As arrived guests are invited to make a tour of Grand Dukes’ rooms. Groups of 20-30 people pass to drawing room to escape crowds, which gives an opportunity to see splendid interiors of the palace. Sounds of string quartette can be heard during the arrival. Harp is playing in Crimson Drawing room. Guests are offered a glass of champagne in the winter garden and are invited to a cocktail party in the White gallery of the Palace. String quartette is playing all the time.
Presenters of the ball invite guests to the festive performance in the White Hall. Presenters of the ball salute guests: this wonderful night they will spend together with future empress Catherine the Great. These walls still remember the Golden age of Russian nobility, and balls which were given here were famous all over Europe.
After a short welcoming speech presenters of the ball announce the beginning of the program.
Ballet program with participation of soloists of Mariinsky Theatre.
Presenters of the ball invite guests for the gala-dinner.
Gala-dinner is held in drawing room. Arias from world famous operas will be performed by soloists of St.Petersburg theatres during the gala-dinner, piano music and string quartette are playing. Guests will see “Kalinka” and “Podmoskovnye vechera” dances performed by the soloist of Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre.
Glasses are raised, presenters of the ball wish everybody Happy New Year. Candles and Indian lights are lit, Christmas crackers flap, streamers are falling and festive music is playing. Festival is going on!
Presenters of the ball announce that everything is ready for the dance program in the White Hall. Modern and retro smash hits are playing during the party. Those who wish to dance move to the Hall, while the New Year program is going on in drawing rooms.
Gypsies meet guests in the drawing room.
Presenters of the ball congratulate guests on the European New Year. Champagne is served.
Festival is going on. Music is playing in the dance hall.
Price for 1 ticket – 420 euro
Capacity of the palace: 130 persons
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