Poet, actor and playwright Vera Polozkova performed in London for the first time in eight years this September with a major charity concert in aid of Gift of Life, helping children beat cancer. Vera presented her new book and “The Work of Grief” programme created in collaboration with composer Alexander Manotskov. The charity event was organised in partnership with ZIMA Club.
The much-anticipated concert brought together over 250 connoisseurs of contemporary Russian poetry, becoming the first big community gathering of Russian-speaking Londoners since the beginning of the pandemic. Guests of the concert held at St George’s Hanover Square Church in Mayfair included: ; co-founder and Trustee of Gift of Life ; photographer Valery Katsuba; celebrity chef Alexei Zimin; investor and philanthropist Dmitry Falkovich; film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, and many other compassionate supporters of the charity.
Photo: Julija Suhova
The sold-out concert included both new poems from the book “The Work of Grief” and perennial favourites by Vera performed in a new format. The beautiful programme stole the hearts of the audience who gave it a standing ovation.
Photo: Valentina Korabelnikova
“The Work of Grief” is a book that has been collected, accumulated, and been in gestation for seven years: wonderful years, during which my three children were born, my marriage was concluded and disintegrated, the familiar picture of the world rattled and burst at the seam, wars began between the countries dearest to me, my friends passed away, people around me showed miracles of spiritual generosity or chose to betray everything that they proclaimed and loved; when everything that I knew about myself, everything that I saw my future, time overturned and turned inside out several times – Vera Polozkova
Photo: Julija Suhova
This year Vera celebrates her 35th birthday, and Gift of Life celebrates a decade of work to save children’s lives, and this anniversary concert was filled with exciting and special moments. After a two-hour performance, close friends and supporters of the charity’s mission gathered for an intimate reception with Vera and Alexander at ZIMA Russian Restaurant.
Photos: Toma Evsukova
Gift of Life is every grateful to Vera Polozkova and Alexander Manotskov for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music and thanks all guests and friends of the charity for their continued support. The evening raised over £13,000 which will enable Gift of Life to pay for a course of treatment of Erwinase for four-year-old Katya from Chita, Russia. The medication is not available in Russia but is absolutely vital to save the child’s life whilst she’s being treated from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
The event was held with the generous support of a private donor and long-time friend of the Foundation.
Gift of Life express its sincere gratitude to Sound Wave Master Group Ltd for their help with the visual and sound design, to ZIMA Russian Restaurant for the amazing atmosphere and delicious food at the reception, for Gennaro Dell’Aquila for hair and make-up for Vera.
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