MINSK, 3 March (BelTA) – A literary and musical soiree "Friendship forged over centuries" dedicated to the Bulgaria national holiday - the 143rd anniversary of the liberation of the country – was held in the House of Friendship in Minsk on 2 March, BelTA has learned.
Bulgaria's Ambassador to Belarus Georgi Vassilev noted the importance of this holiday for Bulgaria as it started new processes in the country related to the development of independence. The heroism of those who gave their lives for independence should not be forgotten, he said. "We do not live by the past, but we should not forget it because then there will be no future," the diplomat noted.
Nina Ivanova, the chairwoman of the Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, wished Happy National Day to the participants of the event and spoke about the affinity of the peoples of Belarus and Bulgaria. Oksana Bekasova, deputy chairwoman of the Belarus-Bulgaria Society, expressed the opinion that Belarusian-Bulgarian cooperation has been developing successfully in many areas, including in culture.
A concert featured professional artists, including winners of international competitions Yelena Tabolich, Dmitry Shabetya and Nikon Mazol, and also students of the Faculty of International Relations at Belarusian State University. Representatives of the Belarusian Embassy in Bulgaria, the Belarus-Bulgaria Society and university students took part in the event.