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30 April 2024, 12:56

Lukashenko urges prudent approach to building community centers

KOSTYUKOVICHI, 30 April (BelTA) – It is important to support people and community-based cultural events rather than build ‘palazzos’, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited a new community center in the town of Kostyukovichi on 30 April, BelTA has learned.

The district community center was previously housed in a two-storey building of 1949. It had not been renovated since then. It was in poor technical condition and thus could not host cultural events. In 2020, it was decided to construct a new building, which was unveiled at the end of 2021.

The building is very well equipped. It houses the district crafts center and the children's school of fine arts.

Aleksandr Lukashenko supports such institutions but urges a prudent approach, with an emphasis on certain specific activities. In other words, to invest money in people rather than walls.
"No frills and 'palaces'," the Belarusian leader said. Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that budget money is also needed for education or healthcare.

“Of course crafts, local history museums, and libraries are important. People need these things. Everything, however, should be done in an optimal way,” the head of state said.

The president got familiar with the local arts and crafts and held a talk with artisan Valentina Volkova.

“We need to support and develop this. But we do not need to build huge centers for this. I believe it’s better to spend money on salaries, other things. This person needs tools, a higher salary. Ancient crafts is a true treasure. We cherish and support our arts and crafts,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko attended a rehearsal of the Zubr military-patriotic club and the Mosaic exemplary choreographic group of the Kostyukovichi Children's School of Arts. One of the acts was a waltz dance. The head of state emphasized that since such a center has been built, both girls and boys should learn to dance well.

The head of state was given a woven towel as a gift. He presented the community center with an interactive whiteboard.
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