VITEBSK, 15 July (BelTA) – This year Belarusian singer Anatoly Yarmolenko and the Syabry band were honored with the special award of the Belarusian president “Through Art to Peace and Understanding”, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko presented the award to the artists during the opening ceremony of the 31st edition of the International Arts Festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk on 14 July.
“Dear friends, it is a pleasure to be here. I am a mature politician, I feel this vibe, this openness, sincerity. I cannot be deceived about such things; you are true. Thank you,” the head of state said.
Anatoly Yarmolenko noted that the very name of the award is symbolic: Belarus and its neighbors as well as other states should strive to maintain peace and mutual understanding. According to him, it is great to have such a wonderful festival as Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. The artist noted how important it was to retain the festival. According to him, Belarusians can be proud of that.