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05 March 2024, 19:43

Lukashenko attends charity festival in Minsk

MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko attended the charity festival Alina 2024. The festival is dedicated to peoples’ friendship. It was the first time the festival had taken place in Belarus, BelTA has learned.

The famous gymnasts Dina Averina and Arina Averina, Ekaterina Selezneva, Daria Trubnikova as well as well-known artists Ragda Khaniyeva, Natalia Podolskaya, and Ruslan Alekhno took part in the show in Minsk Arena. Dmitriy Guberniev was the host of the festival.

Taking part in the festival were gymnasts from 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, China, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, and Uzbekistan. A total of about 300 people participated in the festival.

The sport festival gathered about 5,000 special guests. Those were kids, who go in for rhythmic gymnastics and allied sports such as figure skating, and parents of the young athletes.

Apart from that, about 700 children from Minsk-based orphanages had been invited to come to Minsk Arena.

The Alina festival is one of the largest projects of the Alina Kabaeva`s Charitable Foundation. The festivals have been held since 2009. The key purpose of the charity festival, which brings together hundreds of young athletes from Russia and other countries, is to popularize junior sports, in particular, rhythmic gymnastics. The foundation covers all the costs.

In 2024 the festival is taking place in two countries for the first time ever. On 2 March it took place in the Alina Kabaeva SkyGrace Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy in the Sirius Federal Territory. Then the festival took place in Minsk. More than ten production numbers were prepared for spectators.

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