Holder of the Grand Prix of the International Song Contest Vitebsk 2015 Dimash Kudaibergen and holder of the Grand Prix of the Junior Song Contest Vitebsk 2020 Angelina Lomako solemnly raised the flag of the 30th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, BelTA has learned.
This year, the flag was raised at midnight, for the first time in the history of the festival. The ceremony was held at the Summer Amphitheater and was accompanied by a light show. This year, the flags of 33 participating countries will fly near the main stage of the festival.
Dimash Kudaibergen said that Slavianski Bazaar holds a special place for him and other young performers. “I am glad to be here, because I really love Belarus, Vitebsk, the festival,” he said. The singer added that the festival has its own style, it is a success and it does not need to imitate other music projects.
The second participant of the ceremony, Angelina Lomako, added that it was an honor for her to raise the festival flag. “We just arrived from Minsk, we have not been here for a long time and we really missed it. The city and the festival became dear to me,” she said.
The solemn opening ceremony of the festival will be held at the Summer Amphitheater on 15 July. It will feature a ceremony to present the special award of the Belarusian president “Through Art to Peace and Understanding”. This year the award will go to Nikolai Baskov.
The 30th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk will be running from 15 to 18 July, but the first events of the festival took place on 14 July. The festival will wrap up with a gala concert featuring a ceremony to award the winners of the song contests on 18 July. People's Artist of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko and Serbian singer Filip Zmaher will lead the jury of the adults' and children's song contests respectively.
Photos by Aleksandr Khitrov