The Love Ball, the signature fundraising event created by Natalia Vodianova in aid of her Naked Heart Foundation that supports children with special needs, will take place in Doha on March 29 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) as Love Ball Arabia, under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Vodianova.
Love Ball Arabia will be held in partnership with Al Shafallah Centre and Qatar Museums as part of the Qatar-Russia Cultural Exchange.
One of the most anticipated charity events in the world, drawing a high-profile audience, the Love Ball Arabia "promises to be an outstanding charity gala that continues the tradition of the previous occasions held in London, Paris, Moscow and Monte Carlo", according to a press statement.
Vodianova is a well-known model, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
All proceeds will benefit the work of Al Shafallah Centre and Naked Heart Foundation, and will go towards developing professional support services for families of children with mental, physical and sensory disabilities, as well as enhancing advocacy campaigns in both Russia and Qatar, raising awareness of the cause, the statement notes.
The evening’s programme will comprise a gala dinner with an immersive theatrical performance combining dance, music and art produced by internationally lauded performers alongside actors with special needs, and will culminate in an exclusive fashion show by Ulyana Sergeenko featuring the full Spring-Summer 2019 collection that includes brand-new couture pieces inspired by and devoted to Qatar.
Renowned Moscow chef Georgy Troyan has created a bespoke menu specifically for the Love Ball Arabia offering a contemporary twist on traditional Russian cuisine.
The festivities will end with a charity auction held by Lord Mark Poltimore offering a variety of "money-can’t-buy" experiences. Among the highlights are 'Meet and Greet' with top players of Paris Saint-Germain; Daniel Arsham’s unique sculpture ‘Wrapped Frog’; lunch with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen; personalised fashion advice and a couture dress by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing; afternoon tea with Valentino Garavani at his Château de Wideville; after hours exclusive shopping experience at iconic Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche; Ulyana Sergeenko unique Couture gown with Faidee limited edition ruby brooch; artwork by Markus Martinovitch, visual artist with autism ‘Mama in a dress with dots’ and one of a kind ‘Naked Heart” ring with a heart shaped garnet created especially for Love Ball Arabia by Russian jewellery and fashion house founded by designer Yana Raskovalova.
The Love Ball Arabia itself will play a crucial part in advocacy, connecting the two worlds – the one of people with mental disabilities and the other of the typically developed. The performances during the evening will highlight how these two worlds can enrich and influence the other, and how together they can create an inclusive society.
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