MINSK, 16 July (BelTA) – The International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk has become a shining example of meaningful and mutually beneficial cooperation in humanitarian affairs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his welcoming address to guests and participants of the festival. The address was read out by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksei Overchuk at the opening ceremony of the festival on 15 July, BelTA has learned.
The Russian president congratulated Slavianski Bazaar on the anniversary. “Thirty years ago, the hospitable city of Vitebsk hosted the first edition of this unique international cultural project that brought together talented singers and musicians from all Slavic countries. Since then, the festival has proven its significance. I am happy to see that Slavianski Bazaar continues developing, expanding, attracting new participants and fans, and helping the public discover vocal, academic, theater, choreography, and folk groups and artists from dozens of countries,” President Vladimir Putin's address read.
The “Union State Invites” concert held under the auspices of the Belarus-Russia Union State will become a memorable event of the festival, the Russian head of state believes. Vladimir Putin thanked the organizers of the festival for their professionalism and impressive work and wished everyone inspiration, creativity, and great unforgettable memories of the festival.
The Slavianski Bazaar festival also received greetings from its supporters and fans from China, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and other countries.