Vysotsky in Brest again

Brest’s Bug Hotel, where Vladimir Vysotsky often stayed, opens new rooms

Brest’s Bug Hotel, where Vladimir Vysotsky often stayed, opens new rooms

Vladimir Vysotsky’s family is rooted in the Brest Region: his great-grandfather was born in the village of Selets (Bereza District), while his grandfather, known as a singer, actor and poet, lived in Vysokoe, not far from Kamenets. Later, the family moved to Brest, where Vladimir (whose famous grandson bears the same name) was well known and respected.

Exhibition at Vladimir Vysotsky museum
Exhibition at Vladimir Vysotsky museum

Vladimir Vysotsky-junior many times visited Brest, on his way abroad. Room 209 was his usual choice, at the Bug Hotel, near the local railway station: a room that the hotel has chosen to restore to its 1970s-style décor, with support from city authorities.

The hotel’s director, Dmitry Minkevich, takes us on an excursion, saying, “The room has the same parquet and furniture as in the past. We even have tiles in the bathroom from Soviet times. We’re opening an exhibition devoted to Vladimir Vysotsky in the neighbouring room, featuring materials relating to his artistry. Local experts have helped us and some materials have been provided by Moscow’s Vladimir Vysotsky Museum, in Taganka.” A sculpture devoted to the famous artiste will be installed near the hotel, with proposals being considered from city residents: Brest City Executive Committee and the Bug Hotel will look at each carefully.

Meanwhile, Brest is soon to host its first festival devoted to Vladimir Vysotsky, with famous amateur singers and musicians expected to attend.

By Alexander Kurets
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