MINSK, 30 April (BelTA) - Cultural workers are aware of their role in the country's development, Belarusian Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich told the media during the 1,000 Trees of Memory event in the Khatyn Memorial Complex on 30 April, BelTA has learned.
Anatoly Markevich told the journalists why cultural workers were the first to support the president's initiative to landscape Khatyn. “A lot has been done in the country to secure the development of culture in all its directions. The absolute majority of my colleagues are grateful for the attention the country pays to the development of culture. Today we clearly understand our role in the development of the country. Sometimes we shape public opinion, and a person who goes to a theater, a library or a museum learns about our history, about the glorious names and events from our past. This is how we educate our younger generation,” Anatoly Markevich said.
The minister added that it was important to talk to young people in a language they understood. “Just yesterday we opened the Victory Day festival, and our theaters presented wonderful performances. The shows in Kupala Theater were almost sold out, and there were a lot of young people. Our youth is imbued with love to their homeland, the place where they were born,” he stressed.
During the nationwide subbotnik (voluntary labor day) the head of state invited Belarusians to make their contribution to the improvement of the Khatyn Memorial Complex. Cultural workers, including Belarusian honored artists, were the first to support the proposal of Aleksandr Lukashenko.
About 1,000 spruce trees were planted in Khatyn. Taking part in the campaign were Belarusian singers and also representatives of the Belarus President Administration, the Council of Ministers, the Culture Ministry and public associations. Ahead of tree planting, the participants of the campaign honored the memory of the victims of the Great Patriotic War by laying flowers at the monument to the Unbowed Man and at the Eternal Flame. The participants of the event also toured the new museum in Khatyn.