Catherine I of Russia. Latvian Cinderella.

Marta’s Ball Project.

Marta's Ball. Empress Catherine the First of Russia

Establish a new annual cultural, tourist, and social tradition in Latvia!

The sensation of the years.

Best kept secret of Latvian-Russian history.

Life of Catherine I was said by Voltaire to be nearly as extraordinary as that of Peter the Great himself.



On the 8th of February, 1725 she was proclaimed as Empress and Autocrat of All the Russia!

We would like to draw your attention to a unique project:

“Latvia is the homeland of the first Russian Empress, Catherine I.”

Marta’s Ball is uniting the past with the present to create a future!


Main goals of the project:



  • To popularize the name of Marta-Catherine, Peter the Great wife, the First Empress of Russia. Latvian Cinderella.

  • To make a special cultural fund to help in organizing classical concerts, exhibitions, events, and historical forums.

  • Continue with annual events, Marta’s Ball (Martas Balle) in Latvia, like Viennese Opera Balls in Austria, or Carnivals in Venice.

  • Promotion of Latvia as the country with a remarkable history.

  • To attract more tourists.

  • Convergence among the nations which live in Latvia.

  • Raising money for charity purposes.

  • Make a movie about First Empress Catherine I. Latvian Cinderella.

Read more about Catherine the First of Russia

Catherine I on

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Why Marta?


Author and coordinator of “Latvia is the homeland of the Empress Catherine the First of Russia” project and Marta’s Masquerade Ball.


Order of the Three Stars of Latvian Republic recipient, unique opera singer, and founder of the Sergej Jegers Charity Fund.




Catherine the First of Russia was known as a kind and generous person. She experienced poverty herself, an orphan childhood, and therefore she tried to help during her lifetime disadvantaged people, and especially children’s shelters.


Russian Empress Catherine I was the wife of Peter I (The Great) and Empress of Russia. There are many legends and gossips about the origin of Catherine. Historians from different countries and researchers of the Peter the Great era could not come to an agreement. There is a known and proven fact, that Marta Samuilovna Skowronska came from Latvia.


 She lived at the shelter for orphans in Riga. She lost her parents when she was 2 years old. When she was 12 years, she was given in servitude to pastor Gluck in Aluksne (Latvia). He was a highly educated man and was the first who translated the Bible into Latvian!


Marta grew up a very smart girl. And it is not an exaggeration to say her fate was one that so many young girls of every epoch desperately desired- to meet a prince and have a wealthy and happy life. 


She was the first empress of the Romanov dynasty! She and Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth, ruled the Russian Empire for over 20 years!

Our Latvian Cinderella Marta,- Empress Catherine the First of Russia is … the great-great-great-grandmother … of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip – the grandson of the King of Greece and the spouse of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

Prince Philip has the closest genetic relationship with the crowned rulers of Russia, the Romanovs.  He is a fourth-generation descendant of Tsar Nicholas Pavlovich (Nicholas I – Constantine – Olga – Andrew – Philip).  Therefore, only in the eighth (!!!) generation, a descendant of Catherine and Peter the Great.

It turns out that Catherine and Peter the First are the ancestors of the English heirs to the throne of Prince Charles, the sons of Princess Diana – William and Harry.

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As in one of the most famous fairy tale about Cinderella, Marta-Catherine managed to become the first empress of the great Empire. 



Contact person and coordinator of the project:  Svetlana Loew


Marta’s Ball Riga

First Marta's Ball took place 2014

Marta's Ball Riga

Marta's Ball Concert 2019

Princess of the Marta's Ball 2019

Marta’s Ball City Fests in Daugavpils and Rēzekne

Martas Ball in Daugavpils, Latvia

Martas Balle Rezekne Latvija

Martas Balle Rezekne. Latvia. 2019. Promo


Better yet, see us in person!

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