New York – Jul 06 2019

Invite — Polo Match & Event / Hamptons Summer

Rain or shine.
The Polo Match & Cocktail Party will be held in Bridgehampton, Saturday June 29, and July 6, 2019. The Match and Cocktail Party will take place between 4pm to 7pm. As guests enjoy the thrill of the polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber.
Only 500 tickets will be available for each date, so please purchase your tickets today. Get ready for Polo Hamptons

New York – Jun 29 2019

Invite — Polo Match & Event / Hamptons Summer 2

Get ready for Polo Hamptons 2019!
The Polo Match & Cocktail Party will be held in Bridgehampton, Saturday June 29, and July 6, 2019. The Match and Cocktail Party will take place between 4pm to 7pm.

As guests enjoy the thrill of the polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber.
Only 500 tickets will be available for each date, so please purchase your tickets today.

Rain or shine.


New York – Mar 08 2019


Join EuroCircle for a fun evening to honor ALL women.

Celebrating the launch of WOMEN WHO ROCK by filmmaker Loretta Hams at COOLTURE IMPACT, honoring women in rock and roll, and strong women everywhere.
Let’s honor all ladies – it’s International Women’s Day.

Fun Night with NO COVER when you say “EuroCircle OR Coolture” at the door and RSVP by 5pm on  March 8th.

The event will be cash bar with $10 vodka special throughout the night and food available for purchase.

Come to meet cool creative professionals, have fun, enjoy !


Ana Calvo de Luis, CEO and Founder at COOLTURE IMPACT, the largest interactive public platform for cultural and branding content, that intertwines reality and fantasy  on the windows of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the Times Square area, the heart of New York city. Interactivity is a new form of communication, providing audiences the possibility of bringing cultural presentations to life and becoming part of them.   This talented lady, lawyer and economist from Spain, and nowadays true New Yorker who is making ripples in the cultural public arena in New York city.

Loretta Harms, american filmmaker and curatorcreating WOMEN WHO ROCK, on COOLTURE IMPACT, that celebrates strong and talented women in rock and roll.  She has a broad creative trajectory from visual arts (painting, drawing and photography) film producing, writing and directing and site specific installation as well as curation. Most recently she Executive Produced and Produced the Sony Classics released ‘Lambert & Stamp’, about the creative partnership of Kit Lambert & Chris Stamp, aspiring filmmakers who went on to discover, mentor and manage the band THE WHO. Harms has distributed her films theatrically and through television broadcast with Sony Pictures Classics, Lionsgate Films, STARZ, Sundance and IFC, SkyTV, PBS, Showtime Networks, Amazon and iTunes.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, is a piece created by American film maker Loretta Hams, celebrating strong women,   such as Tina Turner, Janice Joplin or Cheer, that had a strong imprint in the  rock and roll business.  It will launch on March 8th, and will run for a month on the platform.

Magdalena Kulisz, Orange River Media, CEO ( full-service boutique agency dedicated to market your name, brand, service or business). Magdalena is originally from Poland

Fiona Kempton, fashion designer and owner of Kempton & Co.,has spent ten years designing for major fashion companies such as Ann Taylor, Old Navy or Gap. In 2009, she started to design on her own designing design bags, working with gorgeous soft leathers and textiles, combining the utility of equestrian hardware. She prides herself in always maintaining an artistic approach to function; it is a philosophy that the company strives to maintain with every bag

Sherry Kumar,  EuroCircle

Milica Paranosic, performance artist and owner of Paracademia in NYC

COOLTURE IMPACT is the largest interactive public platform for cultural and branding content, that intertwines reality and fantasy  on the windows of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the Times Square area, the heart of New York city. Interactivity is a new form of communication, providing audiences the possibility of bringing cultural presentations to life and becoming part of them.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, is a piece created by american film maker Loretta Hams, celebrating strong women,   such as Tina Turner, Janice Joplin or Cheer, that had a strong imprint in the  rock and roll business.  It will launch on March 8th, and will run for a month on the platform.

Sneak preview of COOLTURE IMPACT


Sneak preview of MAGIC HOUR



The women how ROCK deserve a venue that also rock so we chose where the magic happens.  New York City’s largest indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge features an “urban amusement park” concept with an adult sensibility and epic Empire State Building skyline views.

Highlights of the 10,000 square foot rooftop include carousel seating, an oversized topiary garden, and Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt, featuring life-size animals in naughty poses. The vast, all-season rooftop comprises multiple bars and seating areas, each with a distinct vibe and design sensibility to provide an endless stream of indelible moment


An Estonian-born multimedia design, production & marketing expert Valev Laube

An Estonian-born multimedia design, production & marketing expert Valev Laube has started this year with a series of new projects and initiatives uniting professionals from across the world. From Broadway entertainment to start-up technologies, there’s little left uncovered.

Valev Laube is an Estonian-born multimedia producer & public relations executive based in New York City with a passion for uniting professionals from across the globe throughout many of his current productions as well as branding projects. He’s an enthusiastic, creative mind whose digital designs have been the cornerstone of many event productions, company brands, advertising campaigns, and personal brands worldwide, which probably explains the recent media attention and coverage of his latest project – Kalevala the Musical, an upcoming Broadway musical based on the national epic of Finland. With a background in music, design, marketing, and technology, Laube has become a high-demanded professional in New York City for many upcoming companies, high-profile personalities, and creative productions.

Laube, born in Estonia, but educated in Italy and the United States, started as a graphic designer and worked years as an agency designer for large corporate and luxury designer brands. Little did he know that in just a few years he would transition to working on a full-time freelance basis providing brand building, consulting, and production services to multiple upcoming Broadway productions, and helping already well-established composers, actors, and producers across New York City elevate their brand presence in the age of web 2.0, and social media. As a big believer in the importance of personal branding Laube gets involved in every aspect of a project. He emphasizes the importance of holistic design which weaves together graphics and web design with computer science, public relations, and marketing. “It is important to realize that each professional has their self-interest, but while working with clients, it is necessary sometimes to put aside personal preferences and rather look at what works for them, their audience and how design can accelerate relations that brands build with their audiences,” described Laube his approach.

Laube moved to the United States in 2014 to pursue his studies at the University of Rochester, while simultaneously gaining further experience as a freelance designer, and creative design manager at Sacatelle, LLC. Throughout years he managed to have an input in multiple projects for big companies such as Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Janet Gordon Style, among many others. Currently, his impressive list of clients includes a pianist and musical director of “Spamilton” FRED BARTON, two upcoming musical productions KALEVALA THE MUSICAL & SINGING REVOLUTION: THE MUSICAL, actress-singer KRISTI ROOSMAA, actress-producer JOLIE CURTSINGER, INPROXIMITY THEATRE COMPANY, MARQUEE BRAND BUILDERS, ALMAZAN LAW, and many others. “Projects can vary, but it is always exciting to dive into a new industry, both artistically as well as professionally. It’s fascinating to learn about the different approaches that industries take in design and marketing, and then figure out how my personal experience can help companies shift their brand position to becoming a leader in their field,” commented Laube.

His music recent involvement in the production of Kalevala the Musical wasn’t an accident since Laube has a background in music and even co-produced a multidisciplinary concert at the National Gallery of Art in 2017. “I feel like it was simply a natural move for me to transition into something that merges my biggest passions – music, design, and marketing. Web design and online brand building was something that came later but now plays an equally important role in my work since more and more people find their first brand exposure to take place online, ” said Laube.

Finally, while researching this young professional’s background, it is hard to overstate the diversity of his experience and the collaborations he has formed across New York City, United States, and the whole western world. From an American-Finnish-Estonian Broadway musical production team to German-American tech company, to an Israeli-American pharmaceuticals client. So, I was wondering what’s next in his life, and if there is anything exciting that EuroCircle members should keep in mind. “I think these collaborations simply happened because of project requirements. To deliver the most authentic version of a Finnish story one needs to find a Finnish storyteller, and when delivered to an American audience one needs to find a professional who knows the industry and this particular audience in great depth. In the future I would love to hear more from more Europeans here in the United States, create connections, and see how this could become a source of motivation for something new and innovative – a company, tech product, creative production, or something unimaginable,” said Laube.

Feel free to visit Valev Laube’s recently redesigned website including more information about each of the productions mentioned above or get in touch on LinkedIn.

Valev Laube at LinkedIn

New York – Feb 07 2019


This panel discussion addresses the singularities of public art as a tool for change and social engagement, focusing specifically on New York City’s commitment to art in public spaces as exemplified by recent outstanding projects such as Coolture Impact.  For those who do not know Ana Calvo de Luis (YET!!), she is a longtime EuroCircle member from the lovely region of Rioja, Spain.

  • With Kendal Henry, Director of Percent for Art Program, and Ana Calvo de Luis, Founder and CEO at COOLTURE IMPACT.
  • Introduced by Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Consul for Cultural Affairs.

Whether driven by the community or municipal agencies, public art moves beyond improving aesthetic quality within neighborhoods, by reinforcing social connections, fostering community revitalization and economic development. Cities across the U.S., including New York, have instituted “Percent for Act” programs, which mandate that a portion of the budget for city-funded construction projects is used to fund and install public art. In 1983, New York City launched its Percent for Art program, and has since commissioned over 300 site-specific, permanent public art works in schools, courthouses, police precincts, and transit sites.

The participants will discuss the singularities of public art as a tool for change and social engagement. Among other outstanding projects, they will discuss Coolture Impact, the large interactive public platform for cultural content and social engagement recently opened on street level in New York City’s Times Square area.

Discussion will be followed by cocktail reception.



New York – Feb 03 2019


Come skate with friends and family in the first ever Finns on Ice family fun day on Sunday, February 3rd! The skating rink is located at LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, 171 East Drive, Brooklyn.

Admission is free, but registration through Eventbrite is recommended.

You can bring your own skates or rent them for $5 on site.
Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on site or through Givelify (
Donations will be used to purchase much needed new furniture for the use of The Finnish School of New York and Finnchurch NYC.
For $10 you can buy Finnish style pea soup and laskiaispulla or Runebergin torttu. Please reserve your soup beforehand through Eventbrite.

Worried about missing Super Bowl? We’re doing our best to have the game streamed in our party room on site.

This event is sponsored by Reaktor.

New York – Jan 25 2019

EuroCircle’s 20th Anniversary Drinks with Style at PHD Terrace at the top of Dream Hotel Midtown


20 years ago the new CEO of Telemundo Ibra Morales had a dinner with a bunch of friends at Henry Meer’s new restaurant in Tribeca called City Hall.
When the owner came by to say hello Ibra smoothly made sure to get his friend Kaisa a space to get started with her idea – EuroCircle. She had talked
about for years so it was time for action. 6 days and many frantic calls and faxes later on Monday, Jan 11 1999 the first EuroCircle event took place in Tribeca.
There was no social media, no emails – she had to bring minimum 100 p otherwise she’d pay the rent.
185 people attended the event – Ibra Morales, Louisa Kennedy, Pierre Battu, Nora Kerppola, Eric Faltraco, Meike Schmidt, Christa Schantz, Jean-Yves Charriau, Rikard Strom,
Victoria Vinoku, Jim Kreissman and many more. They had great time – and the word of mouth starting going around NYC.

***NOTE: All guests MUST say  “EuroCircle” at the door in order to receive a stamp/wristband for the drink special.

Cash Bar

$10 vodka drink special


Jelena Ignjic
Sherry Kumar
Jane Schluter
Valev Laube
James Kähn

Invite more Europeans and Europhiles!! Word of mouth is still our only way of finding new members.

New York – Dec 18 2018

EuroCircle’s Annual Holiday Party

Join us for our annual holiday party at this midtown hotspot!

NO COVER with online RSVP by 5 pm on December 18 and saying “EuroCircle” at the door!
Attire: Holiday Chic

If you show up in a holiday color or some sparkly, you’ll look even more fabulous!

Let’s celebrate the holiday season this great rooftop & lounge!
There will be great music playing throughout the night!
The drink special: $10 Absolut cocktails. Food is available for purchase.

We will have some holiday surprises available for all guests!

Feel free to invite friends the more the merrier!

Alexandra and EuroCircle New York Team



Meet Igor Orlovsky, from the USSR to Entrepreneur & Art Dealer at the Chelsea Art Group

I had the pleasure of interviewing Igor Orlovsky, Golden Keys Concierge at Baja Off the Grid & Art dealer at the Chelsea Art Group.

What is your “backstory”?

I Immigrated from the USSR as a Jewish Refugee in 1980 from Kiev, Ukraine. When I was 17 I got a scholarship to Georgetown to Study Linguistics. After completing my studies at Georgetown, I (then) went to Paris to study Art at the Sorbonne.

After studying art, I ran the Russian Language Program for the National Geospatial Agency (CIA of Satellites) and then moved (back to the states) to Los Angeles be more creative and got a degree in Graphics and Brand Management.

My first job after I got my degree was as a Jr. Designer. I quickly moved up in the ranks and became the Creative Director at Smart Planet (Manufacturer of Kitchen Wear & Appliances). While I was at Smart Planet I was recruited by the Chelsea Art Group and became a high end art dealer.

Ten years ago I fell in love with Baja and started taking care of Baja Off the Grid on the weekends and on vacations. Three years ago I had the privilege of became the Concierge and Property manager.

Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

Currently, I am designing and supervising the expansion of Baja Off the Grid, as well as implementing our new summer camp and converting the property into a 5 star resort and wedding destination.

What is your definition of success?

Building a legacy that shifts global perspective one guest at a time.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Everyone who comes to Baja Off the Grid leaves transformed in one way or another.

They realize how little one needs to actually be happy or how easy it is to save our planet by adding a few solar panels to your roof, or simply choosing local products with minimal packaging, OR my favorite — they wake up and realize how amazing the moment is and how beautiful life can be, if you just pay attention and are a little more mindful.

Living by the ocean off the grid and relying on Mother Nature wakes people up people and pulls them out of their routine and their the numb robot automation state.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?

“The Stinkier the pile, the bigger the diamond”, my own quote.

Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Whenever something horrible happens to me, I say thank you to the universe, because I know a great gift is coming my way.

I was going through my separation and I totaled my car right in front of my office. I took it as a sign that the universe wanted me to change my life. So I quit my Creative Director job and moved to Spain with no understanding of Spanish.

Now I am fluent in Spanish, had an amazing two year adventure, am running one of the best resorts in Baja while living a fantasy that I never would have thought possible. All because I totaled my car during my separation.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started my career” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

1. Do what you do best and pay everyone to do everything else.

2. In business, nothing is better than Opium (OPM) Other people’s money. If others won’t invest in you THERE IS A REASON WHY!

3. Be the first one in and the last one out.

4. Take a siesta every day. I used to park my car under a tree and take a siesta for 15 min after lunch. It’s like 2 days in one, a mini reset where you can do or restart anything that you didn’t in the morning.

5. Don’t come to people with problems, come to them with solutions.

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Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this 🙂


She is my definition of success. She has shifted global perspective more than any other person of our time. She has been an inspiration of mine for decades and she is an Aquarius just like me.

To reach Igor: and Instagram:@bajaoffthegrid

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Do You Know What It’s Like to Be an Immigrant in America?

Tessa Lena, who wrote this article, is an immigrant artist, writer and entrepreneur living in the East Village of New York. She is the founder of VulnerableWin, a community in a community initiative designed to restore the art of dialogue and to help people talk to each other over disagreements and cultural differences. Her motto is, “See a fellow human.”
Overnight, many of my friends have become great experts on the culture of my home country — a place they have never visited.

When I was 5 years old, my Soviet teacher announced that America wanted to nuke us for our freedom, and that a missile could hit any moment. That day, I couldn’t focus on my homework, and I couldn’t sleep at night. I was just staring at the window in fear, waiting for the nuclear missile to fly in and burn us all to ashes. I didn’t want to die.

Later on, I learned that it was a blatant lie. Nobody was trying to nuke us. When I came to the States and told this story to my American-born friends, I discovered that they, too, had lived in fear of being nuked. We laughed about the glitch, and life went on.

Fast-forward 20 years, and the Russians are at it again. Vodka-drinking GRU operatives with heavy accents are waging cyberwar against America and inundating us with fake news. I call America home now, and I don’t feel so good.

The other day somebody posted a link to a Russian restaurant with a comment, “Russian food? NO, THANK YOU.” I said nothing, and bitterly unfollowed. I guess they have never tried my mom’s borscht.

Overnight, many of my friends have become great experts on the culture of my home country — a place they have never visited. To avoid argument, I have trained myself not to interrupt them with passionate tirades against stereotyping. I am frustrated with being pigeonholed in a whole new way — the Russian bear now has Vladimir Putin’s head — yet I know that my friends are acting in self-defense. I remember.

But there is something else I will never forget: The year is 2002, and I am in the back of an immigration van, handcuffed to two young Chinese girls who are crying at the top of their lungs, scared even more than I am. Me, playing tough, and the girls, wailing like crazy.

“I hate Chinese people. Why do they come here?” These are the words the driver utters, as he makes sure to drive rough so that our helpless, chained bodies hit the walls of the van.

I feel bad for the girls. They don’t speak English, and in their eyes I can see undiluted animal fear. As for myself, what am I doing in the back of an immigration van, chained to two strange women, listening to a sadist in uniform? Why am I in shackles? Sadly, I married the wrong guy. He was kind and charming when we were dating, then turned abusive on the day we got married. When he realized that he could no longer control me, he brilliantly decided to take care of the “problem” by getting me deported. “They won’t believe you,” he said. “You are a nobody. An immigrant. I am an American.”

Do you know what it feels like when four armed men walk into your apartment, grab you by the hands, cuff you and walk you out of the door as a criminal? If you haven’t lived it, I bet you don’t.

As an immigrant fighting with teeth and claws for every set of papers, hopping from one visa to another, infinitely applying for something and infinitely waiting for something, you get used to excruciating uncertainty — you never know where you are going to be tomorrow, you live in-between worlds. But I know I followed the rules. I followed the rules religiously. And there I was, in the back of a van, banging my head on the hard surface with each rough turn, and listening to the screams of the young women chained to my arms.

Do you know what it feels like? You don’t, do you? Fear and uncertainty sitting heavy inside your chest. No rights. “But Tessa, this was just a mistake. Clearly it was wrong but it was just a mistake. Mistakes happen.” Reasoning sound great when it’s not about you or your family. But when you are on the receiving end, it’s hard to theorize. For a long time, I thought it was just a mistake, my individual tragedy, a one-off horror, something I was going to receive an apology for — any minute now.

But as years went by, I came to believe that the way I was treated was not an exception. Xenophobia toward subhuman immigrants is the default. That’s what they do. They teach us a lesson.

When the news began exploding with numerous immigrant tragedies in the past year, it broke my heart in a familiar way. I know every step of the process, and I know how much it hurts. I have seen this movie before anyone was talking about it. Inhumane treatment of immigrants is not new. Contempt toward caged animals is not new, either.

Yes, I’ve moved on, and when my friends make prison jokes, I laugh with them. I am no longer bleeding, but I remember. I remember crying inside of a jail cell because something is hurting unbearably, because you’re scared. After a while, a guard checks on you, and says: “There is nothing I can do now but if it still hurts tomorrow, we will take you to a hospital.”

I remember the fear of being locked up as a faceless number forever. The fear of being tortured. Food that tastes like urine. Hopelessness.

I remember sleeping on a metal bed in a cold room with next to no clothes on, begging the officer for a blanket. But no luck with that, because the officer doesn’t feel like it.

I remember the hopelessness.

You are an animal who is putting on a smile so that other people think you are not afraid. The callous federal agents who try to break you down, just like they do in the movies. “You must be kidding,” you say. “I am not working for any government. It’s my husband, it’s my cruel husband who arranged for me to be here!”

“Oh we don’t care about that sort of thing,” they say. “Your husband is for you to deal with. So tell me, are you going to cooperate?”

Me, with my crushed middle-class arrogance, my useless 4.0 GPA, and too little experience in street fighting, eating it all up. You are an animal who has to put on a smile so that they don’t eat you. It’s a mob feeling. Cruel, infectious, senseless.

In my case, it ended well. I won. I am innocent. I am in America, and I am here to stay. But when I celebrated my victory, I did not think that years would pass, and other immigrants would be living my humiliation, while I would be freshly stereotyped based on my ethnicity.

Back in the day, I was saved by the power of friendship. As I was going though my ordeal, many of my coworkers at the time wrote powerful letters in my defense. Others chipped in for a lawyer. It took a village to save me, and I know I wouldn’t have been able to win without their trust and their support. I can’t help but wonder whether they would still feel good defending me if it happened today. In the age of collective anxiety and social media, would it be acceptable to trust a Russian-American? I don’t know — do you?

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