The Head of State warmly congratulated the residents and guests of Vitebsk on the opening of the festival, which has been making ‘the beautiful city on the Dvina River a place of attraction for real talents and true connoisseurs of art’ for a third of a century.
“We, Belarusians, call Vitebsk the cultural capital not for the sake of pathos. This status is predetermined by history. The city was and still remains a crossroads of national cultures and traditions of different peoples a thousand years ago, when From the Varangians to the Greeks routed was passing through it, and right now. The rhythm of creative ideas and plans has always been beating here,” the Belarusian leader noted.
Aleksandr Lukashenko added that, at the beginning of the last century, the art forms – innovative for that time – were created in the workshops of Malevich, Chagall and other avant-garde artists. These are recognised as world classics. Meanwhile, at present – as the President stressed – the Vitebsk Region is a home to large-scale creative festivals, competitions, forums of national and international levels. “New traditions are being born here, and new talents are being discovered: the history of modern art is being formed. This history is created by our favourite artists, painters, composers, poets, and folk masters. I sincerely thank everyone who gives a piece of their soul to our holiday. We hear it in songs, we see it in theatrical and street productions, dances and unique decorative products,” he said.
The Head of State stressed, “All of us, participants, organisers and guests, create an atmosphere of real art here, which unites peoples and states. This art is wonderful due to its national colour, and it is truly high – always rising above political games.”