photo: Lily Sharlovskoe
The teleconference started with the appeal of the Belarusian side, which was represented by the Director of the International festival of arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko; honored artist of the Republic of Belarus and the Chairman of the jury of the XIV International children music contest “Vitebsk-2016” Victor Babarikin; Director of the gala closing concert of the XXV International festival of arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Marina Romanovskaya.
Mr. Sidorenko in his welcoming speech noted the positive atmosphere in preparation for the event:
– 25-th festival of arts “Slavic Bazaar”, and is preparing many surprises. More than 120 events, including 18 concerts in the Summer amphitheatre. In contests involving artists from 27 countries. The jury of the adult contest this year will be headed by Valery Leontiev. The program of “Slavianski Bazaar” are chosen so that each project has found its audience. Tickets for some of them are already completely sold out. Particularly pleased that the political leaders of the two countries to the festival commended in terms of building relations: Vladimir Putin called the “Slavic Bazaar” shining example of cultural cooperation of Russia and Belarus.
The festival Director noted with satisfaction that “the festival has gradually goes beyond the concert halls. Perhaps he will one day occupy the entire city.”
Director-coordinator of concert programs Sergey Petrov in his speech noted that “for the first time in the history of “Slavianski Bazaar” in the opening day will be held flag-raising ceremony of the festival. For the first time in 25 years, the Summer amphitheatre after the closing of the festival will be organised a great disco Vitebsk Dance Night where you will play the best DJs from around the world. The Director added that the festival will bring such Russian stars like Valery Leontyev, Sergey Lazarev, Maxim Galkin, Alla Pugacheva, Alexander Rosenbaum.
Talking about the upcoming children’s competition, Victor Babarikin summed up:
– Looking forward to meeting with bright and talented artists! As chair of the jury says: the strongest win!
Artistic Director of “Theatre in the southwest” Oleg Leushin told that this time at “Slavianski Bazaar” they’re bringing two new productions: “Room 13” (based on the play by ray Cooney), and “the picture of Dorian gray” based on the eponymous book by Oscar Wilde).
Marina Romanov spoke about the role of the festival in the Slavic culture.
For 25 years the history of the festival a whole generation with their musical tastes. We want to find common interests with the youth, talking to her in one language, and that’s why we have so many completely different artists. The joint musical cultures, which is interesting to all viewers.
At the end of the press conference one of the journalists asked how things develop with the sale of alcohol at the event. Alexander Sidorenko answered with a smile that everything will be sold in accordance with the legislation of Belarus. Then added: