A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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07.06.2019

Start of ticket sales for Dresden Opera Ball in St. Petersburg announced at SPIEF

Discussions have been held at SPIEF on holding the Dresden Opera Ball in St. Petersburg. Attending the meeting were Konstantin Sukhenko, Chairman of St. Petersburg’s Culture Committee, and Professor Hans-Joachim Frey, Artistic Director of the Dresden Opera Ball. The meeting was organized by Special Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy, who announced the start of ticket sales.
«The Dresden Opera Ball is crucial for building cultural bridges between Germany and Russia, and between the twin cities of St. Petersburg and Dresden. The ties between our countries and cities have remained strong to this day. We want to recapture the bygone spirit of tsarist times, when people went to Russia in the summer to attend summer balls, and to Germany — Dresden — in the winter to attend winter balls. We want to bring people together and make them accustomed to attending cultural events and gala concerts. We want to build our very own bridge between communities and unite them. We want to cultivate a rich cultural life,» said Hans-Joachim Frey.
The Dresden Opera Ball is one of Europe’s biggest society events in music, and will take place in St. Petersburg for the first time on 31 August at the Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. A red carpet will be laid out for guests on Ploshchad Iskusstv.
The gala concert will be conducted by Massimo Zanetti, and will feature German opera star Nadja Michael, American tenor Stephen Gould, Honoured Artist of Russia Albina Shagimuratova, and People’s Artists of Russia Igor Butman and Sergei Roldugin. The debutantes will dance the Leningrad Waltz and the Dresden Waltz.
The Dresden Opera Ball was first held in 1925, and continued until the start of the Second World War. In 2006, the ball was revived to mark the 800-year anniversary of the founding of Dresden. It now takes place annually.

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