The first ARC Ball was held in 2005 and since then it has grown considerably in size and in its ability to generate income for the charity. Today’s event attracts around 500 guests, half of which are drawn from tables purchased by corporate sponsors. A good number of our corporate sponsors return year after year. The remaining tables are purchased by groups of friends from the expatriate & Russian community. We always ensure that representatives of the Russian charities we support are invited to the Ball.
We choose interesting and different venues for the event and always seek to use event space that is truly Russian, whether it be historic or contemporary. Previous ARC Balls have been held at Yar Restaurant in The Sovietsky Hotel, The Ismailovo Kremlin, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Flacon and for 2012, ArtPlay Design Factory and most recently in Surikov Hall.
The evening itself consists of a welcome cocktail reception followed by a three-course meal and a live auction conducted by our Christie’s trained auctioneer. Later on, there is excellent live entertainment from musicians who travel from the UK especially for the event. In return for their generous support of ARC, we always provide our guests with an evening of great fun and entertainment.