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The student “Russian Ball” in Tartu, which is being held this year for the 24th time, has lost its traditional name and is renamed the “Ball of the Society of Slavic Cultures of the City of Tartu”. It is reported by TASS.
As one of the organizers of the ball, Tamara Khristoforova, explained, the event “was decided to be renamed so that there would be no discomfort and rejection from some side or some segments of the population.”
According to the Estonian press, “since the ball is included in the 2024 European Capital of Culture program in Tartu, the name change was also important for the city administration, which annually provides financial support for the event.” “We are pleased that the organizers have dropped the mention of the ball, which would have drawn unreasonably negative attention to their event. It is also important for the city that there is no ambiguity about our values,” said Kristiina Avik, Head of Cultural Affairs at the Department of Tartu City Hall.
According to the organizers, they are ready for the fact that the renaming of the ball this year may have a negative impact on the number of its guests.
The tradition of “Russian balls”, which are held with the support of the authorities of Tartu, originated in the 1930s, during the first Estonian Republic, and was revived in 1999. The popularity of the ball is so great that it was not canceled even in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.