In 1999 the foundation initiated in St.-Petersburg the joint Russian-Austrian project devoted to Johann Strauss II. The "Viennese Ball" and other events held within the framework of this project were organized in cooperation with the City of Vienna and under the auspices of the City Governors of Vienna and St.-Petersburg and the Ministries of Culture of Austria and Russia. The international success of the ball, which was named the Remembering Strauss Ball, in 1999 confirmed the intention of the Cities of Vienna and Petersburg to establish this event on an annual basis.
The ball gathers in St. Petersburg the elite of Russian art, business and politics as well as prominent guests from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, USA, and other countries. In 1999, for the first time, it took place in the Marble Hall of the Ethnography Museum of Russia. In 2000 and 2001 it was held at the marvellous Catherine’s Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (former town of Pushkin). In 2002 the Grand Palace in Peterhof was chosen for holding the ball, and in 2003 – the Palace of Congresses (the Konstantin’s Palace) in Strelna.
The idea of the project is to revive in the new Russia the age-old traditions of charity as well as due attention and respect to the world culture and to rehabilitate the mutually enriching international cultural links of Russia.