11 MAY 2017

Poetry saves life when comes from the heart

A charity evening “There Is No Love More Fierce Than Friendship” with artists of famous Sovremennik Theatre Chulpan and Shamil Khamatov was indeed a gift of poetry and empathy, and pure delight to everyone who came to see it at Pushkin House and watched online on 7 May. Based on the works of two great masters, Bella Akhmadulina and Bulat Okudzhava, and co-hosted by Boris Messerer, Bella’s husband and the keepr of her artistic heritage, this 60s-style evening raised in excess £157,000 for children with cancer in Gift of Life’s care.

The money was raised through the ticket sales and charity auction with delightful lots, such as a special ballet performance starring incredible Natalia Osipova, a day with Chulpan & Ralph Fiennes onset of “The White Crow”, a new motion picture dedicated to amazing dancer of the era Rudolf Nureyev, and a special lot from Boris Messerer – an original script of Bella’s poem to Bulat, an artifact worth bidding for fiercely and with no compromise. Which our bidders did.

Thanks to the live streaming, arranged Celebro Media Studios, our concert reached over 42,000 people across the world. Gift of Life is getting global, and we cannot be happier about it.

We express sincere gratitude to all our guests, donors, volunteers, and partners for making this charity event extra special. Our thanks go to Chulpan & Shamil, Boris Messerer, Sovremennik Theatre and Gift of Life directors and trustees Lyuba Galkina and, of course, Vadim Levin for their kind support. We also thank Clementine Cecil and Pushkin House, Alexei Zimin and ZIMA – Russian Street Food & Bar for their hospitality.

Many thanks to Kasperskian for the tasting of the highest quality caviar and their donation of 20% of sales with a promo code “giftoflife” throughout the year at:

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Photo credits: Katerina Nikitina and Evgenia Basyrova