SOLIGORSK, 26 July (BelTA) – The cultural and sports festival "Vytoki. A Step Toward Olympus” in Soligorsk turned out to be a nice family get together, President of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee Viktor Lukashenko told the media in Soligorsk on 24 July, BelTA has learned.
Soligorsk hosted the cultural and sports festival "Vytoki. A Step Toward Olympus” on 22-24 July. The bright popular festival had previously traveled to Lida, Orsha, Kobrin, Mozyr and Bobruisk.
"In Soligorsk, the Vytoki festival ends its journey across the regions of Belarus. We visited different places of our country and are yet to go only to Minsk. We can already say that the festival was a success. It has turned out to be a nice cozy event for the whole family. Next year we will definitely continue it," Viktor Lukashenko said.
He also noted that the event also celebrates the athletes who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I would like to wish success to our athletes. We are rooting for them and wish them good luck. I am sure that thanks to them we will see our national flag raised and hear our anthem more than once in Tokyo," the NOC president said.
For his part, Minsk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Turchin noted that Soligorsk is an ideal host city for the festival in Minsk Oblast. “This is a special city not only for the region, but also for the country, because the flagship company Belaruskali, which is known all over the world, is headquartered in this city. Soligorsk residents, many of whom are miners, deserved such a holiday. The festival will continue to amaze them and guests of the city with various events even on its concluding day," the governor said.
The central events of the Vytoki festival on 24 July took place in the central square of Soligorsk. Visitors were able to take part in competitions and sport contests, test their abilities in various sports and win valuable prizes. The participants were invited to a food court, a family recreation area, and the trade fair “Belarusian brands”.
The winners of the young singers contest were named on the final day of the festival. The winners received not only diplomas and prizes, but also the opportunity for further creative development. The best young artists of the region were also awarded on the same day.
The festival in Soligorsk rounded off with a concert featuring popular Belarusian artists: Belarusy band, Janet, Valery Shmat, Gunesh, Zina Kupriyanovich, Viktoria Aleshko, Jazz City Band, ByCity, Alexander Voronishche and Drozdy band, and also a firework display.
The 2021 edition of the Vytoki cultural and sports festival will wrap up with a large-scale celebration in Minsk in late August.
Vytoki is a Belarusian brand that promotes Belarusian national culture, history, traditions, and sport achievements of the country and its regions. The main objectives of the project are to create a common social and educational space, bring together people of different interests and ages, promote regional and national brands, and celebrate achievements in sports, science and art.
The organizers of the Vytoki festival are the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, the Arthaos and BelBrandAudit companies.
Photos by Pavel Orlovsky