The St. Petersburg Ball of Nationalities will take place on 27 May

Saint-Petersburg was founded on the bank of Neva River 314 years ago, and it became a centre of attraction for lots of nations. As a result of interaction of various cultures a unique city image of the Northern Capital has been shaped up. The Saint-Petersburg Ball of Nationalities will be an event to show the diverse flair of the city to its residents and guests.

At 13.00 a festive column of multiethnic representatives of Saint-Petersburg will start moving from Vosstaniya Square along Nevsky Prospect. At the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island guests and participants of the festival will be met by the founder of Saint-Petersburg - Peter the Great. Music, salutes and hundreds of balloons flying up into the skies will mark the opening of the Saint-Petersburg Ball of Nationalities.

At 14.00 In the historic center of the city, just by the Rostral columns a bright concert with the involvement of more than 20 prominent national artists and on-stage performance groups will take place. The program will include vocal recitals, dance, national musical instruments playing, and ethnic exhibitions, workshops of national arts, crafts and calligraphy, themed ethnic photo-sessions.

In 2017 the Saint-Petersburg Ball of Nationalities will take place for the third time. The event is organized by Saint-Petersburg House of Nationalities, supported by the Committee for International Relations and Migration Policy of Saint-Petersburg, national cultural associations and foreign communities of the city.

The event is taking place under the auspices of the Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum.