The Romanov Costume Ball at the Winter Palace 1903 Recreated for the White Nights Gala Dinner,
28th June 2013
In 1903, at the Winter Palace, a famous costume ball was held by Tsar Nicholas II.
This year's White Night Gala dinner will recapture the magic of the masquerade.
Kokoshniks, Cossacks, embroidered silks and brocade suits will adorn the guests and musicians, just as they did 110 years ago.
Every year on the last Friday in June, at the height of the White Nights season, the Hermitage Museum opens its doors to privileged guests, who are able to wander in the galleries at night, dine in the splendour of the imperial palace, listen to music played by one of the city's greatest orchestras and watch dancers from the world famous stage of the Mariinsky theatre perform in the Romanov ballroom. A glorious occasion to mix with artists and art lovers from all over the world, in support of this historic museum.
Please let us know if you would like to see anything special when in St Petersburg, as we are joining up with other international Friends of the Hermitage for some exclusive visits during the week.
If you have never visited St Petersburg before, this is an occasion not to be missed! And if you are a frequent visitor to the city, this offers an opportunity you are unlikely to experience again.
(17th May to 29th September 2013)
Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE
To read more about this exceptional show, see our Exhibitions section
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