MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – Creative professionals should appreciate public acclaim, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a solemn ceremony to present state awards to distinguished Belarusians at the Palace of Independence on 14 September, BelTA has learned.
“If Lord gave you talent, do not waste it. Share it with people,” the head of state said addressing representatives of creative professions. He believes that performance should be more about heart and soul and connection with the public rather than technique. “Being an artist is not just having a voice, but also having a soul. There are many who have voice but no soul. You draw inspiration from the public and national traditions. If a creative person, an athlete flee somewhere, he/she will never be either an artist or an athlete. It is regrettable,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“You have power. People cry when you sing, act, or merely talk. People can kneel, bow before you. They look at many of you with delight. And you should appreciate it,” the Belarusian leader is convinced.
In this sense, analogies can be drawn between creative people and statesmen serving people, Aleksandr Lukashenko believes. “We are completely dependent on these people, and we should feel responsibility to these people. Unless presidents and officials come to line their pockets and run away, they will do the same. True artists will stay true to their cause, they will keep in mind that this land is about people, and we are no one without them,” the president said.