Every summer Slavianski Bazaar fills the streets of Vitebsk with music turning the city into a huge art space. Belarus biggest music festival kicked off in Vitebsk on 12 July.
Uniting the nations.
27th International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” welcomed visitors with a spectacular gala-concert.
This year the opening concert featured both newcomers and old-timers, for many of whom the fest opened the doors to international stardom.
The slogan of the concert program “Home where you are always welcome” was to highlight the year of the Native Land in Belarus.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who traditionally opened the festival, was in the spotlight of the event.
Director Emir Kusturica called the Belarusian leader his friend and “the best president in the world”.
Lukashenko was also presented an amulet belt – in the past the most valuable gift to a man for Slavonic peoples.
“Although politicians drew borders, people found a simplest, time-tested way to maintain good neighborly relations, which is through cultural ties.
The land of Vitebsk was a birthplace of the tradition that consolidated the Slavonic world with a melody of popular songs, sounds of amazing voices, poetry and music of soul by well-known music writers and performers,” the president said.
The international contest brought together famous artists and rising stars from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
Other musicians came from Great Britain, Canada, North Korea, Egypt, Colombia and Guinea.
This year the festival is running from 12 to 16 July. Additional events are scheduled for 7-11 July and 17-18 July.