Eastern Seasons Gala Dinner to Benefit Street Children

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On 5 December the international ballet star Sergei Polunin, and pop diva Sophie Ellis-Bextor will take centre stage at a star-studded gala dinner that will close the week-long programme of events for Eastern Seasons. The evening will feature an auction of experiences to raise funds for Street Child United.

One Marylebone, London NW1 4AQ

"No matter where we come from, if we work together, we can achieve anything.”

The gala evening will be hosted by former BBC Radio 1, BBC TV and current Sky Sports presenter David Garrido, who is a champion of the charity itself. Tickets are priced at £690/£760 and are available from the Eastern Seasons website. The event will be held in the grand interiors of central London’s One Marylebone – formally the Holy Trinity Church, built in 1826 by the leading Neo-classical architect of the time, Sir John Soane. Guests will enjoy an evening of fine dining, exclusive entertainment and a charity auction.

The event will benefit Street Child United, a charity that utilises the power of sport to support street-connected children and orphans worldwide. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the Street Child World Cup which will take place in Russia ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Street Child United World Cup will unite former street children and orphans from across the world to play in their own football tournament, celebrating their cultures and transcending language barriers at a festival of the arts, and standing together in their very own Congress. The aim is to challenge negative preconceptions and give all children an opportunity to reach their full potential.
Street Child United’s CEO, John Wroe says:
“Football has an amazing capacity to inspire young people from all nationalities and backgrounds. The Street Child World Cup provides a platform for former street children and orphans to shine as athletes, artists and advocates for street-connected children all over the world. We are grateful to Eastern Seasons for supporting our organisation, and for helping to raise funds for the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow”.

Sky Sports commentator and MC for the event David Garrido says:
“With exclusive entertainment, fine food and the company of the brightest and most influential people from the world of sport, business and culture, The Eastern Seasons charity gala promises to be a very special night, with a special underlying message. No matter where we come from, if we work together, we can achieve anything.”

Singer and Songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor says:
"I'm really looking forward to performing at the Eastern Seasons gala on 5 December.  Eastern European countries have always been hugely supportive of my music, and I look forward to reciprocating their support with this unique and intimate gig. I'm sure it will be a night to remember." 

With the support of founding partner BSI Global Group, Eastern Seasons is an annual week of cultural, sports and business events taking place in London in late November/early December. Established in 2015, the project strives to strengthen relations between countries of Eastern and Western Europe. For full programme information and tickets to events, please go to http://www.easternseasons.com

For more information please contact Helen Barnes at Curzon PR on 0203 637 4831 or email helen@curzonpr.com

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Eastern Seasons Charity Partner 2016 is Street Child United. Street Child United use the power of sport to change the way street children are negatively seen and treated around the world. They are organisers of the Street Child World Cup – uniting former street children and orphans from across the world to play in their own football tournament, enjoy a festival of arts and stand together for their rights. The Street Child World Cup will take place in Russia ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

BSI Global Group was first established in 1990 as the tour operator, opening the doors for tourism between Russia and The UK. After more than 25 years in the travel industry, BSI Global Group has expanded its operations to include a range of services for clients from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Belarus, as well as, the UK, Europe and Asia.
Travelling inspires new connections, cultural exchange and better understanding between people from different parts of the world. Recognising this and aspiring to enhance the links between people from different countries, BSI Global Group became a Founder Partner of Eastern Seasons in London

Sergei Polunin trained at the Kyiv Choreographic Institute, before joining the Royal Ballet School aged 13 on a scholarship from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation. He became a first soloist at the Royal Ballet in 2009 and was promoted to Principal in 2010, aged 19. Sergei left the Royal Ballet in 2012 to dance as Senior Principal for the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre and as Guest Soloist with Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. At present he performs all over the world with leading companies.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is an English singer/song writer and model. Having originally come to prominence in the late 1990s as lead singer of TheAudience, she went solo, achieving widespread success in the 2000’s. She has recently released her sixth album, Familia, following the commercial and creative success of Wanderlust in 2014 which spend three weeks in the Top 10 and subsequently went Gold.

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