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2018

President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the Opening Ceremony of the festival.

The International Festival of Arts “SLAVIANSKI BAZAAR IN VITEBSK” has been inviting creative people from around the world to get involved in its festivities for 27 years.

The XXVII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” welcomed the representatives of 41 countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, the USA.

From 9 to 18 July 2018, 22 festival venues of the city hosted over 150 events.

The Opening Ceremony of the XXVII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was traditionally held at the main concert venue of the forum –the Summer Amphitheatre.

The leitmotif of the gala concert “Home where you are always welcome” was the theme of the Small Motherland and the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Summer Amphitheatre.

The international forum was traditionally opened by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. In his welcoming speech the Head of State noted that “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for 27 years had been happy to welcome all those who come to Belarus with good intentions to its large festival family.

“The past and the present not only in culture, but also in destiny of people intertwine here, make this event close to all those who understand the nature of spiritual kinship, know their roots and honor the national heritage... There is always a unique atmosphere of cross-national friendship that exists beyond the state borders, political and religious views and beliefs. The Vitebsk festival serves the noblest goals”, said Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexander Lukashenko presents Roza Rymbaeva with Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The main goal of “Slavianski Bazaar” is expressed in its slogan “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding”, which is also the name of the Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus. In 2018, the Special Award was granted by Alexander Lukashenko to the People’s Artist of Kazakhstan Roza Rymbaeva during the official part of the Opening Ceremony of the forum.

The winners of the Union State Prize in literature and arts in 2017-2018 were announced the People’s Artist of Russia, composer Oleg Ivanov, the author’s team comprised of the People’s Artist of Russia, conductor Valery Polyansky and Honored Worker of Culture of Russia Alexandra Shanina, as well as the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union, ballet master Valentin Elizariev. The awards were presented to the winners by the Chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Union State Alexander Lukashenko.

“Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” received messages of greetings from the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of Moldova Igor Dodon, the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, and the officials of other states. For the first time the festival received a message from the Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, who expressed gratitude on behalf of the organization to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko for his activity in uniting people from all over the world.

“Vivaldi Orchestra” under the direction of Svetlana Bezrodnaya at the concert of the Opening Ceremony.

The gala concert was a spectacular illustration of the high creative level of the festival. The Summer Amphitheatre provided its stage to the State Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian choreographic group “Gzhel”, the art-group “Turetsky Choir” and “Vivaldi Orchestra” under the direction of Svetlana Bezrodnaya, Nikolay Baskov, Irina Allegrova, ZARA, Igor Nikolaev, Oleg Menshikov, Irina Dorofeeva, Ruslan Alehno, Anatoly Yarmolenko and ensemble “Syabry”, Natalia Oreiro and others. The highlight of the program was the performance of the orchestra under the direction of Goran Bregovic and the orchestra headed by Emir Kusturica.

Choreographic ensemble “Gzhel” at the Opening Ceremony.

The concert audience gave a warm reception to the winners of the singing contests of the previous years: RAPHAEL, Taisia Povaliy, Dimash Kudaibergen.

The Grand Prix winner of the XII International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2018” Alexandr Balabanov (Ukraine) was congratulated on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

The flag raising ceremony of the XXVII International Festival of Arts was attended by the winners of the XXVI International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2017” and the XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” Vlad Sytnik and Maria Magilnaya.

The ceremony at the cultural and sports complex of the Summer Amphitheatre was a spectacular event thanks to a theatrical composition featuring artists of Belarus and Russia.

Raising the flag of the XXVII International Festival of Arts.

The Day of the Union State of Belarus and Russia at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” in 2018 was held for the fifteenth time. The program of the celebration traditionally included official events and cultural projects.

The Union State Day began with the ceremony of laying flowers at the Victory Square to the eternal flame at the memorial complex in honor of the Soviet soldiers-liberators, partisans and resistance fighters of the Vitebsk Region. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Secretary of State of the Union State Nikolai Korbut, representatives of the Standing Committee of the Union State, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union, the authorities of the Vitebsk Region, representatives of public organizations of war veterans and military service.

The press conference dedicated to the Union State Day was attended by the Deputy Secretary of State Nikolai Korbut, the Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Human Rights, National Relations and the Media, Chairman of the Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly on Information Policy Andrei Naumovich, the Deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the Deputy Chairman of the Standing Commission on Education, Culture and Science, the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly Commission on Social Policy, Culture, Humanitarian Affairs Alexander Segodnik, the winners of the Union State Prize in literature and arts – composer, People’s Artist of Russia Oleg Ivanov, chief conductor of the State Academic Symphony Chapel of Russia, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Valery Polyansky, ballet master, People’s Artist of the USSR Valentin Elizariev.

The parliamentarians visited the Vitebsk Art Museum hosting the exhibition from the collection of the Museum of Lace of the Vologda State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Art and the Company “Snezhinka”. The exhibition presented 135 exhibits, from unique lace products to wooden bobbins and other tools for lace making. The exquisite works demonstrated a diverse palette of creativity of the Vologda lace makers. The guests of the presentation were given an opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty during the show-program by the model Agency of Sergey Nagorny that presented garments created in the traditions of the Vologda lace and Belarusian flax produced by the Orsha linen mill.

Exhibition from the collection of the Museum of Lace of the Vologda State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Art and the company “Snezhinka”.

The Ilya Repin Museum-Estate in Zdravnevo hosted the round table discussion “The role of regional museums in the intercultural cooperation of Belarus and Russia: the current state and prospects” with the Deputy Secretary of State Nikolai Korbut, the Director General of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Prokoptsov, the manager of “Zdravnevo” branch of the Vitebsk Regional Studies Museum Alexei Sukhorukov, the representatives of museums of Belarus, Smolensk and Bryansk regions.

The delegation of the Belarusian and Russian parliamentarians visited Gorodok, Vitebsk Region, to attend the local Museum of History, the cultural and educational center and the agricultural and technical college, where 25 Russians are getting professional education together with the residents of Belarus. The representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly presented gifts to the pupils of two local family type children's homes.

The traditional gala concert in the Summer Amphitheatre “The Union State Invites...” featured

the orchestra “Phonograph-Sympho-Jazz” under the direction of Sergei Zhilin.

The concert was traditionally preceded by the official part, opened by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus - Russia Union on Information Policy, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on Human Rights, National Relations and Media Andrei Naumovich. He read out a greeting from the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus - Russia Union Vyacheslav Volodin.

At the anniversary concert by composer Alexander Morozov.

The Deputy Secretary of State of the Union State Nikolai Korbut awarded Special Diplomas of the Standing Committee of the Union State “for creative implementation of ideas of friendship between peoples of Belarus and Russia” to the Artistic Director of “Art Major” center, Associate Professor of the Department of Direction and Variety of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts Alexander Vavilov, Chairman of the international jury of the XXVII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2018”, composer, People’s Artist of Russia, Moldova and Ukraine Alexander Morozov, conductor and head of the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Conservatoire, artistic director of the Youth Russian-Belarusian Symphony Orchestra Vyacheslav Valeev and Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus Alyona Lanskaya.

The main intrigue of the International forum of arts is traditionally the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk”. The XXVII International Pop Song Performers Contest “VITEBSK-2018” presented 21 participants from 21 countries: Liaman ABBASZADEH (Azerbaijan), Volodya ATANESYAN (Armenia), Evgeny KURCHICH (Belarus), DEJANA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), MOHAMED (Guinea), Nikos GIANNAKIDIS (Greece), TAMRIKO (Georgia), Tarek YASSER (Egypt), GAYA (Italy), AMRE (Kazakhstan), Rebeca EMBIL (Cuba), Azhar CHOLUSHEVA (Kyrgyzstan) , Alekss SILVERS (Latvia), GRAŽVYDAS (Lithuania), Kurt CALLEJA (Malta), Dafne CELADA (Mexico), Samir LOGHIN (Moldova), SILVIA (Poland), Alexandra KARABESHKINA (Russia), Marcel ROSCA (Romania), Mila NITICH (Ukraine).

The contest performances were evaluated by the professional jury: Chairperson – People’s Artist of Russia, Moldova and Ukraine, composer, songwriter Alexander MOROZOV (Russia); Deputy General Producer of the National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus Olga SHLYAGER (Belarus); singer, producer, TV presenter Robertino LORETTI (Italy); People’s Artist of Kazakhstan, Professor, singer, actress, pedagogue Roza RYMBAEVA (Kazakhstan); Grand Prix winner of XXII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013”, popular singer, songwriter Michał KACZMAREK (Poland); People’s Artist of Ukraine, singer, Professor of the Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine Vladimir GRISHKO (Ukraine); singer, actress, designer Natalia OREIRO (Uruguay); singer, actress Michaela NOSKOVA (the Czech Republic).

For the first time the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” welcomed the participants from Guinea and Egypt.
The contest program included the semi-final and final rounds.

The final round presented 15 participants - representatives of Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Romania.

The contestants representing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Guinea and Egypt didn’t qualify for the final round.

The results of the two-day singing contest were announced at the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”:

Grand Prix - Marcel ROSCA (Romania);

Grand Prix winner of the XXVII international Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2018” Marcel Rosca (Romania).

First Prize - AMRE (Kazakhstan);

Second Prize - Mila NITICH (Ukraine);

Third Prize - Evgeny KURCHICH (Belarus), SILVIA (Poland).

The Special Prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus - Russia Union were awarded to Alexandra Karabeshkina (Russia) and Evgeny Kurchich (Belarus).

Alexandra Karabeshkina was also given the Special Prize “Slavic Hope”.

The Special Prize named after Vladimir Mulyavin for the best implementation of the national theme, high level of performing went to Rebeca Embil (Cuba).

The winner of the Special Prize of the Interstate TV and Radio Company “Mir” was Tamriko (Georgia).

The contest programs were presented by the hosts Denis Dudinsky and Ekaterina Raetskaya (Belarus).

The XVI International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2018” presented 20 performers from 20 countries: Anna MKRTCHIAN (Armenia), Artyom SKOROL (Belarus), Viliyana IVANOVA (Bulgaria), ERIK (Great Britain), Suzan OSELOFF (Germany), Elis BRENER (Israel), Abilkaiyr JUMABAY (Kazakhstan), Timur LEZGISHVILI (Canada), Anastasija REDKOSLAVINA (Latvia), Nikita YUSUPOV (Lithuania), Dragana JOVANOVSKA (Macedonia), Martina ABELA (Malta), Andreea-Emira RAŢA (Moldova), Margarita VOROBIOVA (Russia), Ilinca DINU (Romania), DARIJA (Serbia), Aleksandr BALABANOV (Ukraine), Daria HANKE (Finland), Ines BEN AHMED (the Czech Republic), Erika JERŠOVA (Estonia).

According to the contest rules and regulations, every country entering the contest could be represented by one participant aged from 7 to 12.

The International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk” welcomed for the first time the representatives from Great Britain and Canada.

The musical talent of the young participants was evaluated by the international jury: Chairman – People’s Artist of Moldova Constantin Moscovici (Moldova); singer, director, actress Liene GREIFĀNE (Latvia); Grand Prix winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-1998” RAFAEL; singer, First Prize winner of the International Pop Song Performers contest “Vitebsk-2017” Vlad SYTNIK (Ukraine); singer, Grand Prix winner of the International Pop Song Performers contest “Vitebsk-2015” Dimash KUDAIBERGEN (Kazakhstan);Honored Artist of Armenia MGER (Armenia); singer, composer, TV presenter TEO (Belarus); Honoured Artist of Russia, singer and public figure ZARA (Russia).

Grand Prix - Aleksandr BALABANOV (Ukraine);

Grand Prix winner of the XVI International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2018” Alexandr Balabanov (Ukraine).

First Prize - Anna MKRTCHIAN (Armenia);

Second Prize - Artyom SKOROL (Belarus);

Third Prize - Andreea-Emira RAŢA (Moldova), Abilkaiyr JUMABAY (Kazakhstan).

The contest performances were presented by Anastasia Bobrova, Maria Magilnaya (Belarus), Anton Belov, Alexander Filin (Russia).

The concert performances were accompanied by the dance ensembles “Zorka”, ”Egoza”, the ballroom dance ensemble “Mozaika”, the theatre of play of the Centre of Culture “Vitebsk”, the theatre-studio of modern choreography, the show-ballet “Sensation”, the stage art studio “Art-Project”, the pop song studio “Forum”, the drums show “Stress” (Belarus), the student theatre “Tuzh” (Russia) and others.

The Summer Amphitheatre hosted 18 programs. The concert marathon on the main festival stage was opened by the Russian singer ZARA. For the second year in a row her show took place before the official opening of the forum. The concert “Peace to Your Home” featured special guests Gérard Depardieu, Oleg Gazmanov, Stas Piekha, Danil Pluzhnikov.

Nikolay Baskov presented the show program “The Game”. During the concert the singer noted that his ascent to the pop Olympus began in Vitebsk, where he first performed in 1999.

The program “This wonderful world” by the art-group “Turetsky Choir” under the direction of Mikhail Turetsky presented Mikhail Kuznetsov, Igor Zverev, Evgeny Kulmis, Alex Alexandrov, Boris Goryachev, Vyacheslav Fresh, Oleg Blyakhorchuk, Konstantin Kabo, Pavel Berkut, Evgeny Tulinov.

The solo program “Mono” by Irina Allegrova was held in a format of a sincere talk with the concert audience.

Goran Bregovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
For the first time “Slavianski Bazaar” provided its stage to the performances by the world famous film director and musician Emir Kusturica and “The No Smoking Orchestra” (Serbia) and Goran Bregovic and “Wedding-Funeral Orchestra” (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The meeting of fans with Emir Kusturica took place after the film “On the Milky Road”, where he appears as a film director, actor, and the author of the book.

The festival tradition of celebrating anniversaries on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre was continued by the People’s Artist of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, composer Alexander Morozov who celebrated his 70th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of creative activity.

The program “It’s light in my room” became the first solo concert by Alexander Morozov at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

The creator of the label “Black Star” TIMATI presented his solo program “Generation” on the stage of the Summer Amphitheater.

The concert “Golden Hit” featured Igor Nikolaev, Igor Sarukhanov, Anatoly Yarmolenko and ensemble “Syabry”, Sergei Rogozhin, Natalia Oreiro, Arilena ARA, Marina Kapuro, Katya Lel, Ilona Bronevitskaya, Roma Zhukov, Lada Dance, the ballet of Sergey Mandrik “Street Jazz”, Andrey Derzhavin, Eduard, Hill Jr., the vocal and instrumental ensemble “Singing Guitars” and others. Many compositions were dedicated to the People’s Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich (1952 – 2017), who celebrated his birthday at the festival on 13 July for many years.

The State Academic Kuban Cossack Choir, laureate of all-Russian, all-Union and international festivals and contests performed almost every song as an encore. The award-winning choir presented a great variety of songs to the poems by the Russian poets Sergei Esenin, Nikolai Rubtsov, count Tolstoy. Since 1974, the choir has been headed by the hereditary Cossack, folklorist and composer Viktor Zakharchenko, who celebrated his 80th anniversary.

The solo concert by Elena Vaenga featured the People’s Artist of Russia and Ukraine Alexander Malinin, the Ukrainian singer and showman Mikhail Bublik, the winner of “New Wave-2013” Roberto del Torres from Cuba, the Latvian singer Intars Busulis, the Georgian artist Archi Burchuladze, the singer from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod Lyudmila Sokolova. Two representatives of Elena Vaenga’s team - the musician Michail Yatsevich and backing vocalist Anna Mushak – took part in her concert.

The three-hour program “Rhythms of Summer”, presented by the hosts TEO and Olga Ryzhikova, gathered the elite youth singers from different countries: Max Barsky, Alexander Khimchuk (project Estradarada), Olya Polyakova, Alexander Panayotov, Tina Karol, Artem Pivovarov, Oleg Vinnik, Denis Rekonvald, TAYANNA, MARUV&BOOSIN, THE PARAKIT, the group “LUIKU”, the ballet of Sergey Mandrik “Street Jazz” and others.

The concert program “Shanson TV - All Stars” was presented by Sergei Gergich and the band “Spring”. The audience enthusiastically received the favorite singers: Maria Rasputina, Viktor Korolev, Elena Vaenga, Mikhail Bublik, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Alexander Malinin and Ustinia Malinina, Vika Tsyganova, Evgeny Kemerovsky, Willi Tokarev, Zheka, Intars Busulis, Rada Rai, Soso and Sandra Pavliashvili, Eduard Izmestiev, Gleb Matveychuk, Alexander Buinov, Mark Tishman, Victor Rybin and Natalia Senchukova, Tatiana Markova, Katya Rostovtseva and many others. Vadim Kuzema and the group “Silvers Strings” represented Germany and Antonello Corozza – Italy.

The final chord of “Slavianski Bazaar” in the Summer Amphitheatre was the concert of the rock band “Mumiy Troll”. The team, founded by Ilya Lagutenko in Vladivostok 35 years ago, performed the best songs of different years.

The III International conference of festival organizers “Festival movement. Traditions and innovations” was attended by Snezhana Polihronova-Karnolsky (Bulgaria), Ekaterina Surgutanova (Spain), Karlygash Abdikarimova (Kazakhstan), Lina Arifulina (Russia) and others.

The meeting of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Festivals was attended by Alexander Sidorenko, Natalia Skopets, UZARI (Yuri Navrotsky) (Belarus), Arkady Krumer (Israel), Sharbat Bisalieva (Kazakhstan), Jelena Svilpe (Latvia), Vitenis Urba (Lithuania), Marjan Kataroski (Macedonia), Galina Frolova, Andrei Bill, Tatiana Savostianova, Ekaterina Sergeeva (Russia), Milan Gnip (Serbia), Pavle Plahutnik (Slovenia), Victoria Gorozhankina, Vlad Baginsky (Ukraine), Svetlana Mukhere (Finland).

These events were held in the Center of Culture “Vitebsk”.

The Concert Hall “Vitebsk” hosted 15 different events ranging from official meetings, exhibitions, theater projects, solo concerts to the XVI International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2018”.

The gala concert “INTERNATIONAL VOICE IN VITEBSK” presented the winners of the various festivals of the countries - members of the World Association of Festivals (WAF): Maria Magilnaya, Ekaterina Artemenko, Ivan Zdonyuk, Maria Zhilina (Belarus), the show ballet “Vizavi” (Israel), Sanat Asuat (Kazakhstan), the duet “CNM” (China), the group “Accent” (Latvia), Daria Andreeva, Artur Borisov, Alena Ershova, Sophia Fisenko (Russia), Darija Vracevic (Serbia), Tjaša Jakup (Slovenia), Darina Galitskaya (Ukraine), Nikoletta Kungurceva (Germany), Lika Dolidze (Georgia), the ensemble “Pumpurini” (Latvia), Christina Magrin (Malta) and others.

At the gala concert “INTERNATIONAL VOICE IN VITEBSK”.

The jubilee exhibition “Moments of the Century” by the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (Belarus) reflected the major milestones of the history of Belarus from 1918 to the present day.

The program “Festival Without Borders” included the gala concert of masters of art of Kazakhstan “Art of the Great Steppe” with Roza Rymbaeva, Nagima Eskalieva, Marzhan Arapbaeva, Erlan Kokeev, Dinara Sultan, Alisher Karimov, Dimash Kudaibergen, Yerzhan Maxim, Louisa Nurkuatova, the duet “Bastau”, groups “Ringo”, “Nazar”, the folk dance ensemble “Shalkyma”, the fashion theatre “Arlan”.

The solo program was presented by the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre “Gzhel” (Russia), established by the choreographer, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Vladimir Zakharov in 1998.

The team headed by the director Marina Kuklina and the chief choreographer Valentina Slykhanova presented popular dance compositions of different countries of the world.

The winner of the project “The Voice” Sergei Volchkov showed his anniversary program in Vitebsk dedicated to the 30th anniversary and the 5th anniversary of his creative activity. The singer’s first solo concert took place at the International Festival of Arts in 2014.

Along with the well-known compositions, the concert program included a new song “Tabor zhuravliniy”, written by the Belarusian authors E. Trashkevich and L. Voynova for the feature film “Strong armor”, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk.

The full house of the anniversary concert “While there is Love on the Earth ...” by the composer Igor Luchenok was due to the top-notch singers in its program, the personality of the People’s Artist of the USSR and the BSSR and his multifaceted creativity. The composer’s talent was equally evident in the composition of symphonic music and pop songs. He presented over 400 songs to the audience, their melodies do not become obsolete, and every new generation of performers considers it an honor to have Luchenok’s songs in the repertoire.

The National Academic Drama Theatre named after Yakub Kolas, which is traditionally the main venue of the project “Theatre Meetings”, hosted 8 performances.

The Moscow Modern Art Theatre presented “Anna Karenina” and “California Tango”.

The play-concert “Dream Orchestra: Brass” was showed by the Moscow Drama Theatre named after M.N. Ermolova.

The comedy “Men. Overheard” was presented by the theatre agency “Art-Partner XXI” (Russia).

For the first time the “Theatre Meetings” included the performance by the hosts of the project. The National Academic Theatre named after Yakub Kolas staged the comedy “The Foolish Lady”.

The Moscow Theatre in the South-West took part in the project for the tenth time in 2018 and brought two plays to Vitebsk: the comedy “The Suicide” and the mystery thriller “Players”.

The program of the “Theater Meetings” also offered operetta. The Daugavpils theatre (Latvia) presented its interpretation of the work by Emmerich Kalman “The Mystery of Mister X”.

Two performances were shown in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” – the production “Territory of Love” by the director Vladimir Pankov and a musical and dramatic play “Confession” by the theatre Agency “Art-Partner XXI”.

The project “Puppet Quarter” marked its fifth anniversary in 2018. The Belarusian Theater “Lyalka” provided its stage to 14 performances by the puppet theaters of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

The festival film program in the Cinema House presented the film “On the Milky Road” by Emir Kusturica and a historical drama “The Road to Mother” by the film director Akan Sataev (Kazakhstan).

The Vitebsk Philharmonic Society hosted 5 festival events.

For the first time “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” welcomed the Youth Belarusian-Russian Symphony Orchestra.

The concert was preceded by the official greeting from the State Secretary of the Standing Committee of the Union State Grigory Rapota read out by the Head of the Standing Committee Margarita Levchenko. A message of greeting came from the Deputy of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Irina Driga.

The concert program included classical compositions of the Russian music. The orchestra conductors are Andrei Ivanov (Belarus) and Vyacheslav Valeev (Russia). The orchestra was initiated by the Standing Committee of the Union State. In 2018, it celebrated its 10th jubilee.

The trio “BEL SUONO” invited the audience to embark on an exciting musical journey, from the classical masterpieces to the modern dance rhythms. The graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, prizewinners of all-Russian and international competitions, pianists Kirill Gushchin, Maxim Tarasov and Vasily Opalev gave a new interpretation to the classical compositions. The original interpretations of the well-known compositions in the program “The Best” were highly appreciated by the admirers of Bach, Vivaldi, and Beethoven. The trio performed at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for the second time. In 2018, they gave the first solo concert at the festival.

The creative delegation of Israel participated in “Slavianski Bazaar” for the 22 time. In 2018, the international delegation represented the cities of Ashdod, Beit-Shemesh, Tel Aviv and others. The festival program “Festival Without Borders” included the performance of the orchestra of saxophonists “Beit-Shemesh” accompanied by the native of Vitebsk Mikhail Freidzon (piano), who came for the event from Sweden, Daniel Bogorad (drums), who lives in Israel and Belarus, the bass-guitarist Vitaly Urbeiko from Vitebsk. A surprise for the audience was the participation of young artist Mark Tishman from Moscow. The concertgoers were delighted to watch the performance of the show ballet “Visavi” and the theater of song and music “Gefilte Drive”. The program was presented by the journalist Inna Sheikhatovich.

The program “Splashes of Champagne”, performed by the Russian State Academic Chamber “Vivaldi Orchestra” under the direction of Svetlana Bezrodnaya, was a real gift to the lovers of fine music. The concert program “Vivaldi Orchestra” included episodes from various musical projects of the recent years. The soloist and presenter Sergei Polyansky presented each work, soulfully performed songs, trying to convey the spirit of the era. There were songs from the repertoire of Glenn Miller, Pyotr Leshchenko, Jerzy Petersburski, Eddie Rosner and other popular musicians.

The Georgian folk ensemble “Alilo” gave a solo concert at the festival for the second year in a row. Created in 2001 by the famous Georgian artist Guram Tamazashvili, the ensemble performed not only in different cities of Georgia, but also in the USA, Europe and Asia. For the last 10 years the ensemble has been headed by Zurab Datikashvili, but the artists carefully preserve the traditions laid down by the founder. One of the songs at the concert was dedicated to the first director of “Alilo”.

The festival exhibition program included 9 projects.

In 2018, the exhibition hall of the Museum of the Vitebsk National Art School was added to the traditional venues.

The exhibition program was launched by the project “Ossip Zadkine. Coming Back” of the national historical and cultural project “Art-Belarus”. The program “The Artists of the Paris School from Belarus” is the first stage of the project implemented by Belgazprombank in collaboration with the National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Union of Artists and other organizations.

The central exhibit was the sculpture “The Return of the Prodigal Son”, donated to the city. The exhibition also include еру sculpture of “Small Pieta” and the paintings “A Lake” and “Three Nudes at the Table” related to different periods of the artist’s creativity.

The exhibition of the art project “Cocoon” by the St. Petersburg Association of Artists “Guild of textile workers”, which worked in the Art Museum, demonstrated the broadest possibilities of the modern textile masters who are able to create real works of art from traditional materials. Most participants of the exhibition were graduates of the St. Petersburg State Industrial and Art Academy named after A. L.Stieglitz.

The exclusive exhibition “Korea is the country of morning freshness” worked in the Vitebsk Regional Studies Museum. For the first time the Vitebsk residents and guests of the festival were able to see silk embroidered paintings, decorative panels, mosaics of shells, folk art, ceramics and porcelain from one of the most closed at the moment country on the globe.

The importance of the exhibition project in the framework of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was emphasized by the representative delegation of the DPRK. The exhibition not only expanded the geography of the festival, but also became an important step in the development of cultural cooperation between Belarus and North Korea. Vitebsk became the first of the regional centers of the Republic of Belarus where the Korean national arts and crafts and works by the modern masters were presented. The project of the DPRK Embassy in Belarus was dedicated to the significant events of both countries: the Independence Day of Belarus and the 70th Anniversary of the DPRK.

The opening of the art-project “Magic of Color by Oleg Kroshkin” was attended by many families with children. His works “Celebration in the City, “Dynamics of Color”, “Good Intentions” and others cannot leave one indifferent. The works by Oleg Kroshkin are in foreign museums and private collectors from Belarus, Russia, Poland, and Germany. The opening of the exhibition also presented the first film by the Belarusian authors Oleg Lukashevich and Alexander Alekseev from the series “Modern Painting of Belarus”.

Oleg Menshikov in the play-concert “Dream Orchestra: Brass” by the Moscow Drama Theatre named after M. N. Yermolova.

The demonstration of the works by the contemporary artists from Vitebsk was followed by the exhibition in the hall of the Center of Culture “Vitebsk”, which presented the works by Leonid Medvedsky, a member of the Belarusian Union of Artists, whose works are in the art galleries and private collections in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, France, Germany, Finland and Israel.

For the second time “Slavianski Bazaar” hosted the personal exhibition by Alik Zamostin, a well-known photographer, a native of Minsk, who currently lives in Israel. “The Vernissage of Alik Zamostin” in the Vitebsk Regional Studies Museum presented 20 works: landscapes, still lifes, floral arrangements... The works by Zamostin are stored in the collections of the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble, the M. Savitsky Art Gallery, the Gallery of the Parliament of the State of Israel and in private collections.

The exhibition project “Relax” in the Art Museum showed a new approach to the perception of the art as a kind of art therapy. The therapeutic effect of the direct perception of museum exhibits was enhanced by the exhibition theme of “a resting person”.

The works by the Russian and Belarusian authors of XIX-XX centuries were devoted to various kinds of recreation, from outdoor games to reading and sleeping. The exhibition was based on the works from the funds of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The Art Museum hosted the exhibition “Ilya Repin. Moonlit night. Works of “Zdravnevo” period” dedicated to the creativity of Ilya Repin, organized thanks to the collaboration of the Vitebsk Regional Studies Museum and the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The Victory Square was the main venue for the events of the Youth Day, which in 2018 was held during two days. The organizer was the Belarusian Republican Youth Union.

The program of the Youth Day included various events. The traditional press conference at the International Press Center of “Slavianski Bazaar” opened the Day. It was followed by the Youth Art Parade “Belarus in my Heart” on the city central streets.

The opening ceremony of the Youth Day began at the memorial complex on the Victory Square. The participants laid flowers at the eternal flame.

The concert program was dedicated to the Year of the Small Motherland “My Love – My Motherland”.

The Freedom Square became the venue for the V Social Dance Tournament dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the region. About a hundred dance pairs, aged from 16 to 70 and above, from the Vitebsk Region took part in the event.

In addition, the Freedom Square became the venue for the regional contest of the button accordion players and chastushka singers “Musicians keep on playing…”.

The Freedom Square also hosted the festival “Fire of Dance”, the battle of DJs “Belarus and Me”, the II Open Championship “Belarus Skateboard Challenge – 2018”, the Republican Sports Tournament for Young People “Our Strength” and the power extreme tournament.

The II International Festival-Competition of Drummers and Majorettes was held on the Victory Square.

The International Competition of Ceramics and Pottery Masters “Clay Sings” was organized for the first time during the festival in the courtyard of the Regional Studies Museum and in the Cultural and Historical Complex “Golden Ring of Vitebsk “Dvina”. The colorful action took place within three days and gathered a lot of spectators. The highlight of the competition was the demonstration firing of products in the kiln. The winner of the competition was Andrei Metelsky, the member of the Belarusian Union of Folk Masters. Receiving a well-deserved award, the winner presented the organizers with the “medieval mobile phone” - the original clay pipe.

The Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds” was included in the festival program for the fourth time.

From 12 to 16 July, 131 creative teams took part in the Fest with more than 600 participants from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden.

The program of the event included about 80 events of different genres and trends.

The press conference with the organizers of the IV Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds” was held in the International Press Center of the festival.

One of the unforgettable events was the performance- procession Non Stop dedicated to the opening of the festival. The participants marched in a colourful parade from Frunze Park to the Pushkin Square, where they presented a colorful performance.

The Center of Modern Art hosted the creative contest of poetic skills “Rhyme and Rhythm”, the performances by the theatre of humor, play and song “Hmelevskie Volotsugi”, the studio “Vargin”. The street theater “Bespredel” from Russia brought to the festival the performances “Big Sports” and “White Dreams” directed by Anastasia Gaidamakina.

The theater of shadows “Abazhurchik” (Belarus) presented the dance performance of shadow pictograms “It was, it is and will be”.

The street theatre “Bezlimit” (Russia) pleased the audience with the performance on stilts “By the way, about the birds”.

The theatre “Karabaska” from Russia brought to the festival the fairy story “A Journey with the Moon” directed by Katerina Ilkova (Bulgaria).

The “Windy Dance” program on the Pushkin Square featured the dance groups “Plastilin”, “Pounya”, “Loco”, “Dancing Fish”, the cover bands and rock bands “Quest”, “Arsidia”, “Blackout Band”, “De Puta Madre Banda”, “Evandband”, Fisher Orchestra”, the dance schools “Aquamarine”, “Stilyagi Hop”, “Indivara”, the street dancers “Flow Danse School” and many others. The Vitebsk Region Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus organized a quest performance “A Magic Book”.

On Tolstoy Street the audience welcomed the participants of the program “Music Winds”: the cover-bands and rock bands “Five O’Clock”, “Raccoons”, “Mannequins”, “Baltic Band”, “Boulevard”, “Bar Rokka”, “Hipnotic Tribe” and others.

The Frunze Park hosted a musical and entertaining program “Easily” with “Marie’s Violin”, the ensemble “Dobrodei”, the orchestral group of the dance ensemble “Lyavonikha”, “Kubik Rubina”, the historical reconstruction club “Vargentorn”, “Talitna Kum” and others.

The fire show program “The Wind of Night Lights” with the participation of “Agni Show”, “Etere”, “Lunali”, the duet “M&M” and “Barrymore”, “Sky Fire”, “Helga Light”, “Zerg”, “Muspelheim”, “Irden”, “Fly Fox”, “Natalie”, “Flash-Lights”, “Bazinga Fire Shoy”, Alexander Abramovich, Anastasia Ageeva and others illuminated the sky of the evening and night Vitebsk.

Pushkin Bridge became the “Bridge of Performances” for the festival days and hosted the performances by the studio “House of Wind”, the creative workshop “Living Dool”, and “Sirin”, ”S. Z. R”, “Forest Jam Project”, the living statues “Copper Pilot”, “Cowboy Silver” and others.

The participants were evaluated by the audience and members of the expert council, who determined seven trends of the fest – theaters, musicians, dancers, performers, puppet theaters, poets and fire shows, and chose the best.

The team of “Agni Show” won the main prize – a stone of the old Vitebsk pavement, painted by the artistic director of the National Youth Theatre “Koleso” Nadezhda Baranovskaya. The combined team of “Raccon Batucada”, “Enjoy Drumming”, “Samba De Primeira”, “Samba Real”, “Claydiane B”, which gathered the most spectators, received a briefcase-piggy bank.

Three festival records were set during the Fest and fixed by the members of the expert council.

The first record was set at the opening of the Fest, when a team of several schools of the carnival Samba of Belarus and Russia walked the streets of Vitebsk within an hour and forty minutes and made 15 170 steps to the beat of the drum.

The second record was set on the basis of the three-day photo posting. #1K7V was launched in social networks. During these days it was used in over 500 photos of the events of the Fest “On Seven Winds”. The shots were shown on 15 July on a large screen near the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” during the closing ceremony of the Fest.

The third record was established by the Belarusian Theater “Lyalka”, which presented 114 puppets from 40 performances of the current repertoire in a theatrical grand-exhibition “Stars of the Theatre”.

The International Press Center hosted 17 events: press conferences, presentations, “Star Hour” meetings.

Operetta by Emmerich Kalman “The Mystery of Mister X” by Daugavpils Theatre (Latvia).

The guests of the program “Star Hour” were Nikolay Baskov, Svetlana Bezrodnaya, Sergei Shustitsky, Roza Rymbaeva, Sergei Zhilin, Igor Kostolevsky, Mikhail Filippov, Mikhail Yanushkevich, Natalia Oreiro, Sergei Volchkov, Alexander Morozov, Alexander Malinin, Elena Yakovleva.

The “Star Hour” meetings were presented by the hosts Sergei Shustitsky, Alexei Ostudin and Elena Spiridovich.

For the first time a mobile press center worked near the concert venue of the Summer Amphitheatre to present musicians, singers, artists. More than one million people watched the broadcasts in the social network “Odnoklassniki”.

Traditional Youth Day at the festival.

The gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” began with the magnificent piano trio “BEL SUONO”. The LED screens on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre showed the festival city and the events at the main venues during the forum.

Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds”

The main event of the program was the Award Ceremony for the winners of the XXVII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2018”.

The concert audience welcomed the participants of the concert: Robertino Loretti, Alexander Solodukha, Alexei Hlestov, Inna Afanasieva, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Alexander Malinin, Alexander Morozov, Vika Tsyganova, and others. The performances were accompanied by the dance groups “Zorka”, “Sensation”, “Lyavonikha”, the dance project “M.Y.D.C.”, the ballet of Sergey Mandrik “Street-Jazz”. The concert featured the artists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Latvia, and Cuba.

2017

“The Festival is a truly landmark event in the life of our country, our Slavic nations. Contemporary history events are expressively reflected in this festival... “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has become the true symbol of unity of millions of people of good will because it serves a noble goal - strengthening of peace and understanding between nations, preservation of cultural diversity, and support for talents”, said the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk- 2017”, held under the slogan “Stars over Belarus”.

Following last year’s tradition, one of the first events on the official opening day was the ceremony of the festival flag raising. It was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the National Organizing Committee of the festival Vasily Zharko, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Boris Svetlov, Chairman of the Regional Council of Deputies Vladimir Terentiev, Director of the festival Alexander Sidorenko and other official personalities.

Welcoming the guests and participants, Vasily Zharko said: “In the festival days Vitebsk receives guests from almost all continents, which proves its wide-spread recognition and role in the world culture”.

“Slavianski Bazaar”, held between 13 -17 July (additional days 10-12, 18 and 19 July), welcomed the representatives from 36 countries, with Nigeria and Ecuador taking part for the first time. About 5 thousand participants got festival accreditations.

The opening day in 2017 was 13 July, one of the most event-filled days of the festival.

The Square of the Winners of “Through Art- to Peace and Understanding” Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus hosted the opening of the “Star” in honor of the People’s Artist of Georgia and Russia Tamara Gverdtsiteli, who had participated in the festival for 25 years. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of culture of Belarus Boris Svetlov, Director of the Board of Directors of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko, Chairman of the City Council of Deputies Vladimir Belevich. Tamara Gverdtsiteli was congratulated by her countrymen from the Georgian ensemble “Alilo”, the young Vitebsk artists, and the admirers of her creativity.

At the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko presented Tamara Gverdtsiteli with “Through Art – to Peace and Understanding” Special Award.

For the first time the Opening Ceremony included the Award Ceremony for the Grand Prix winner of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”. The Gran Prix was given to the twelve-year-old singer Maria Magilnaya.

The welcome address to the festival participants and guests from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was read out by Ivan Melnikov, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The greeting said that “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” makes a considerable contribution to the development of effective humanitarian cooperation. It promotes mutual spiritual enrichment and brings nations closer to each other”.

The Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts was attended by the President of Moldova Igor Dodon. He expressed gratitude to the Belarusian people for the hospitality and organization of such a large and beautiful event from the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre.

Another long-standing festival tradition is to start the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony in the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian languages. 26 years ago these three countries decided to hold “Slavianski Bazaar”, which became a large-scale platform for creative discoveries, mutual enrichment of cultures of different nations of the world.

Many performances were imbued with symbolism. Varvara and Marina Devyatova appeared on the stage with the Belarusian dance group and sang a Russian folk song, hieromonk Photiy sang “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” to the accompaniment of the State Ensemble “Pesnyary”. The Moldovan musician Constantin Moscovici played the national instrument nai for the choreographic composition of “Talaka” ensemble from Vitebsk. “Alilo” ensemble from Tbilisi sang an old Georgian song. The singing duo Metodie Bujor – Jasmine presented a new song, specially composed for “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

The concert featured popular Belarusian, Russian, Kazakh, Moldovan performers, Julio Iglesias Jr. from Spain, Chris de Burg from Ireland, Laila Ibrahim from Egypt, Londonbeat from the UK. The performance by Tamara Gverdtsiteli and Grigory Leps crowned the program.

The main event of the festival was the International Contest of Pop Song Performers “Vitebsk”. The 26th edition of the contest presented the following participants: Arman Mesropyan (Armenia), Egor Sharankov (Belarus), Nicola Chochev (Bulgaria), Keta Tsverava (Georgia), Walter Ricci (Italy), Ayree (Kazakhstan), Asael Cuesta (Colombia), Sabine Berezina (Latvia), Paulina Paulauskaite (Lithuania), Stefan Manasievic (Macedonia), Janice Mangion (Malta), Donnatella Pelayo Rodriguez (Mexico), Danieli Schwetz (Moldova), Dennis Smit (the Netherlands), ULIASHA (Poland), Lilia Veltman (Russia), Nevena Božović (Serbia), Rishat Kamal (Uzbekistan), Vlad Sytnik (Ukraine), Nina Kraljić (Croatia), Nika (Estonia).

The contest performances were evaluated by Yordanka Hristova (Bulgaria, jury chairperson), Yadviga Poplavskaya (Belarus), Felix Livshits (Israel), Depsa (Italy), Gleb Matveichuk (Russia), Filip Zmaher (Serbia), Kevin McCoy (USA), Vladislav Baginsky (Ukraine).

The drawing lots to fix the order of the contest performances in the semi-final took place at the Square of Winners of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award near the main venue of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” - the Summer Amphitheatre.

The semi-final selected fifteen best contestants, according to the international jury, to compete in the finals. Keeping the tradition, the finals lasted for two days. The young performers competed in the Summer Amphitheatre.

On Contest Day One of the final round the contestants performed a song by a composer from the Slavic country in any Slavic language to the accompaniment of the National Academic Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, headed by Mikhail Finberg. On Contest Day Two of the final round the participants presented a world hit.

The winners were announced at the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts.

According to the international jury decision, in 2017 Grand Prix was not awarded.

The prizewinners of the XXVI International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2017” were: First Prize - Vlad Sytnik (Ukraine), Second Prize - Egor Sharankov (Belarus); Third Prize - Nevena Bozovic (Serbia).

The Special Prize of the World Association of Festivals (WAF) was awarded to Walter Ricci from Italy.

The Special Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus “Slavic Hope” was awarded to Nina Kraljić from Croatia.

The Vladimir Mulyavin Special Prize “for the best implementation of the national theme, high level of performing skills” and the Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia were given to Egor Sharankov from Belarus.

The Special Prize of the TV and radio company “Mir” “for high level of skill in preserving national traditions” and the Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia were awarded to Lilia Veltman.

The XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” featured Eric Mkrtchyan (Armenia), Mariya Magilnaya (Belarus), SESIL (Bulgaria), Ana Spasoević (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sofia Ioannidou (Greece), ELENE (Georgia), Tali Kuper (Israel), RAFAEL (Italy), Maxim Yerzhan (Kazakhstan), Shamil Kyyazov (Kyrgyzstan), Erika Hernandez Gonzalez (Cuba), Liene Zēģele (Latvia), ALANA (Lithuania), MARTINA (Malta), Marija Spasovska (Macedonia), Maria Cazarinov (Moldova), Ekaterina Kretova (Russia), David (USA), Hanna Komiakova (Ukraine), Diana (Finland), Vladislav Odintsov (Estonia).

The young singers from the USA and Cuba represented their countries in the contest for the first time.

The international jury that evaluated the contest performances of the XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” included Varvara (Russia, jury chairperson), Victoria Aleshko (Belarus), Lasha Ramishvili (Georgia), Alisher Karimov (Kazakhstan), Alberto Loreydis Pérez Zamora (Cuba), Boban Mojsovski (Macedonia), Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine).

In 2017, the children contest was held before the official festival opening. The drawing lots took place on 10 July in Mayakovsky Square Garden, near the Board of Directors of the international forum of arts.

The design of the contest program (stage manager Ivan Deshko, stage designer Tatiana Kuleshova) resembled a fairy tale story from the life of a festival City with vigorous Notes, night Noises, funny Sounds and two Princesses.

The Belarusian and Russian groups such as dance ensembles “Zorka”, “Pirouette”, “Egoza”, “Mosaic”, “Fest”, show-ballet “Sensation”, the group “Volshebniki dvora”, student theater “TUZH”, the national modern dance studio by I. Bukhovetskaya, the youth variety theatre “School of Stars”, the dance group “Terra Dance”, the folk theater-studio of modern choreography, Anastasia Kravchenya and Sasha Minenok accompanied the contest participants on the stage and delighted the audience.

On Contest Day One 21 participants performed a song in the language of the country they represented. On Contest Day Two they could perform a song in any language, however, the contestants were to demonstrate the maximum of their vocal skills and artistry.

The Award Ceremony of the XV International Children Music Contest was held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” on the day of the festival Opening Ceremony.

The main prize of the children contest “Golden Lyre” was awarded to the overall winner at the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for the first time.

The prizewinners of XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” were: Grand Prix – Maria Magilnaya (Belarus), First Prize – Eric Mkrtchyan (Armenia), Second Prize – SESIL (Bulgaria) and Maxim Yerzhan (Kazakhstan), Third Prize – Ekaterina Kretova (Russia) and Marija Spasovska (Macedonia).

The Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia was awarded to Maria Magilnaya from Belarus.

The Special Prize of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus was awarded to Ekaterina Kretova from Russia.

The Special Prize from the Chairperson of the International Children Music Contest, singer Varvara, was given to Hanna Komiakova from Ukraine.

All performances of the International Children Music Contest were held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”.

Every year “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” opens new names, while its program presents new projects and events. Moreover, the festival is known mainly for its strong traditions.

For the fifteenth time the program of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” included the Union State Day which began with the ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths at the Memorial complex in honor of the Soviet soldiers-liberators, partisans and resistance fighters. The ceremony was attended by delegations of the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia, representatives of public and youth organizations.

The ceremony was followed by the press conference of the State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota who spoke about different aspects of life of the Union State, highlighted the economic aspects of cooperation between Belarus and Russia.

The Ilya Repin Estate-Museum “Zdravnevo” hosted a round table “Artistic and literary heritage for future generations”. Thought-provoking reports were made by the Director of the State Memorial Historical-Literary and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve of A.S. Pushkin “Mikhailovskoye” Georgy Vasilevich, the General Director of the National Art Museum of Belarus Vladimir Prokoptsov, the Branch Director of the “Center of Culture and Art– “Chaika” by artist V. K. Bialynitsky-Birulya” of the Tver Region Art Gallery Elena Timakova, the head of the department of Russian classical literature of the A.M.Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences Marina Shcherbakova.

The Summer Amphitheatre provided its stage for the concert program “The Union State invites...”. During the official part special diplomas and prizes of the Permanent Committee of the Union State “for creative implementation of the ideas of friendship between the peoples of Belarus and Russia” were awarded. They went to the General Director of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Prokoptsov, the staff of the Ilya Repin Museum-Estate “Zdravnevo”, singer Gleb Matveichuk, People’s Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko.

The concert “The Union State Invites ...” attracted admirers and friends of the glorious Belarusian ensemble “Syabry” and its artistic director, People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko. “Syabry” celebrated its 45th anniversary, and presented the best songs from the ensemble's repertoire.

The high international status of the festival was confirmed not only by a rich cultural program, but also by the representative cultural events.

During the international forum a meeting of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Festivals (WAF), the organization headed by the General Director of the Center of Culture “Vitebsk”, Director of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko, was held. The issues discussed included the activity of the Association consisting of 20 festivals and international projects from different countries. WAF welcomed new members, the International Festival-Contest of Russian Culture “Origins” (Russia) and the International Cultural Association of Turku (Finland).

At the III International Conference “Festival movement. Traditions. Innovations” speeches were made by presidents and directors of festivals from Belarus, Russia and Finland, as well as producer, head of the Latin American delegation Alberto Loreydis Perez Zamora from Cuba and the Deputy Head of the Culture Department of the Daugavpils City Council Vita Vilevko.

“Slavianski Bazaar – 2017” presented a debut gala concert “International Voice in Vitebsk”. The promising project was initiated by the “Slavianski Bazaar” Board of Directors. The concert program was made up of the representatives from 12 countries-participants of WAF, including Helena Meraai, Kristina Kornelyuk, Masha Novik, Uzari, the vocal ensemble “Angels of music” (Belarus), Laila Ibrahim and Tamer Taufik (Egypt), Anna Timofei (Israel), Federica Russo (Italy), Aigerim Zhantemirova (Kazakhstan), Liao Tsui (China), Eduards Redico, ensembles “Perlites”, “Pumpurini” (Latvia), Antonia Gigovska (Macedonia), Arina Arkhipova, Kira Gogoladze, Alexandra Tabulina, David Kazaryan, the ensemble “Musical frigate” (Russia), Anna Voronova, Lyubov Zherdeva (Ukraine). “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was represented in the concert by a Mexican singer Rodrigo de La Cadena, Grand Prix winner of the International Pop Song Contest “Vitebsk-2014”.

The main festival venue – the Summer Amphitheatre – hosted 18 concerts.

The song marathon was opened by the Russian singer Zara who had participated in the festival projects numerous times, worked in the jury of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”, was awarded the title of the Laureate of the Union State “for the creative implementation of the ideas of friendship between Russia and Belarus”.

The program “I Love Festival!” marked the beginning of a new tradition at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” - to confess one’s love to the city and the festival with a full audience.

A six thousand audience of the concert “There is only a moment...” gave standing ovation to the People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Artist of Russia Alexander Zatsepin, who celebrated his 90th anniversary in 2017. Alexander Zatsepin wrote music to over 120 films of the Soviet and Russian cinema. Zatsepin’s songs were performed by the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under Mikhail Finberg, Larisa Dolina, Aziza, Varvara, Gleb Matveichuk, Jasmine, Alexander Oleshko, Oksana Bogoslovskaya, Anastasia Makeeva, Alexandra Elovskih, the groups “Volshebniki dvora”, “Five”, Ruslan Alehno, Dmitry Kocherovsky, Tatiana Glazunova, Natalia Tamelo, Galina Gromovich, Evgeny Tsimbalist, Alexander Soloviev, Svetlana Vezhnovets, the group “Drozdy”, “Uncle Vanya and nephews”, the pop song studio “Forum”, Alisher Karimov from Kazakhstan and others.

The concert of masters of arts of Ukraine “Ukraine Welcoms”, hosted by Timur Miroshnichenko and Anyuta Slavskaya, featured Nikolai Gnatyuk, Irina Bilyk, Natalia Valevskaya, Ivo Bobul, Natalia Buchinskaya, Aliosha, Mikhail Grytskan, Zlata Ognevich, Yevgeniy Hmara, Olga Vasilyuk, Marietta Ways, Max Lorence, Dasha Pyshnaya, Darina Galitskaya, the vocal instrumental ensemble “Kobza”, the group “Emition”, the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and others.

The concert “Golden Hit” gathered over 30 artists from Belarus, neighbouring countries and beyond, who performed popular songs of the 1980s and 1990s.

The participants of the TV project “Once in Russia” presented a satirical show of the same name.

At his solo concert Grigory Leps treated the audience to a variety of his favorite hits and new compositions, as well as performed his own songs.

For the first time the solo concert on the stage the Summer Amphitheatre was given by Egor Krid, who had previously taken part in the festival night concerts “EUROPA PLUS TV”.

Valery Meladze presented the program “My Brother”.

Stas Mikhailov delighted the audience with the concert program “The Best Day”.

The Closing Ceremony of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” featured top-notch artists Larisa Dolina, Stas Mikhailov, Valery Meladze, Tatiana Bulanova, Yordanka Hristova, Irina Bilyk, Gleb Matveichuk, Soso Pavliashvili, Egor Krid. Standing ovations were given to the winners of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” of different years: Philip Zmaher (Serbia), Dimash Kudaibergen (Kazakhstan). An unexpected trio was made by the Belarusians Denis Dudinskiy, Ekaterina Raetskaya and the member of the jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest Kevin McCoy. The concert program was presented by the hosts Denis Dudinskiy, Ekaterina Raetskaya, Irina Medvedeva (Russia), Ivan Vabishchevich (Belarus).

The concerts in the Summer Amphitheatre continued after the official closing of the forum.

The band “Ruki Vverh” celebrated its 20th anniversary. The artists turned the concert program into a journey through time, which was led by the soloist and band leader Sergei Zhukov.

For the tenth time chanson-lovers greeted the artists of the genre at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. The anniversary program “Shanson TV - All Stars To Us”, presented by Alexandra Khayrullina and Roman Shakhov, included performances by Garik Krichevsky, Katerina Golitsina, Irina and Soso Pavliashvili, Denis Maidanov, Willi Tokarev, Rada Rai, Intars Busulis, Metodie Bujor, Anatoly Polotno, Fedya Karmanov, Zheka, Natalia Senchukova and Viktor Rybin (“Dyuna” band)... Alexander Elovskikh from Belarus, the Italian group “JUST” took part in the festival for the first time. After a long break the Vitebsk audience had a chance to see Masha Rasputina, Tatiana Bulanova, Evgeny Kemerovskiy from Russia on stage of the concert venue. The performances were accompanied by the orchestra conducted by Mikhail Janis and the show ballet “Sensation”.

The festival program in the Summer Amphitheatre was crowned by the concert of “Splin” band from St. Petersburg, which performed at the festival for the first time. The band headed by Alexander Vasiliev, sang proven hits and new songs.

The Concert Hall “Vitebsk” hosted 9 festival events.

The concert “On the Artist's Birthday” was imbued with special sincerity.

On 13 July, 2017, People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich would have turned 65... The duet of Alexander Tikhanovich and Yadviga Poplavskaya had beem a regular participant of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for many years, and the singer's birthday had always celebrated at the festival.

The concert in memory of Alexander Tikhanovich gathered his friends and colleagues, Inna Afanasieva, Irina Dorofeeva, Alyona Lanskaya, Iskui Abalian, Dmitry Koldun, Ruslan Alehno, Nadezhda Mikulich, Olga Ryzhikova, TEO, Elena Spiridovich, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Marina Devyatova, Zara, Metodie Bujor, Roza Rymbaeva... and, of course, his family, Yadviga Poplavskaya and Anastasia Tikhanovich.

Four concert programs were held in Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Society, three of them represented the project “Festival Without Borders”.

The debutant of the festival was the Georgian ensemble “Alilo” headed by Zurab Dadikashvili. Georgia is famous for its polyphony. The artists performed folk songs with dances, romances, modern hits, instrumental compositions and songs of different countries of the world.

The concert by the State Academic Dance Ensemble of North Ossetia-Alania “Alan”, headed by Ruslan Tedeev, was included into the festival program for the second time.

New colour to the palette of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was added by the Italian duet of Claudio Santangelo (marimba) and Staphano Delle Donne (violin) who presented a concert “Two roads...”.

The gala concert of the masters of art of Israel, held in the hall of the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater, presented the Israeli Opera soloist, Laureate of the State Prize of Israel Felix Livshits, the family kleizmer ensemble “Jerusalem Keytlin Band”, the prizewinner of the XV International Children Music Festival “Vitebsk-2017” Tali Cooper, the prizewinner of the XXV International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” Anna Timofey, the accordion orchestra headed by Victor Derenboym. The program host was musicologist Inna Shiekhatovich.

The program “Theater Meetings” invited the art lovers to enjoy ten stage productions. The participants of “Theater Meetings” included the Theatre Agency “Art-partner XXI century”, the Film Actor's Studio Theater from Minsk, the International Theater Center “Chance” , the “Maskarad” Theater Agency, the Moscow Yugo-Zapad (South-West) Theatre, the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

The Belarusian Theatre “Lyalka” welcomed the participants of the “Puppet Quarter” project for the fourth time. 9 performances by the companies from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden were presented.

The festival exhibition program impressed not only with the large range of represented genres, but also with the richness of each exhibition.

During four festival days the Art Museum and the Vitebsk Regional Local Lore Museum hosted opening of two exhibitions.

The connoisseurs and lovers of art were treated to a variety of projects such as the international Belarus-Italy project “The Great Rembrandt. True Masterpieces of the Genius”, the exhibition by Estonian contemporary painters-members of the International Arts Laboratory, the graphic works by the Italian painter Depsa, exhibitions dedicated to the Belarusian art. The exhibition project “Format” was organized by the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Vitebsk regional organization of the Belarusian Union of Artists. 51 works by 28 modern painters, graphic artists, sculptors from Vitebsk, Verhnedvinsk, Mogilev and Minsk were presented at several sites.

The Youth Day was traditionally organized by the Belarusian Republican Youth Union. The celebration for the first time lasted for two days. It was attended by delegations from all regions of the country and Minsk, the winners of the qualifying rounds of competitions in 2017 “Battle of DJs”, “Fire of Dance”, the popular Belarusian pop singers, representatives of youth public organizations, creative clubs and associations, sports and music groups, bards, creative young people from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The most popular and visited event was the Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds”, which first appeared in the festival program in 2015. Over 600 artists, 109 bands from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Nigeria and Ecuador took part in the Fest. More than 40 events were held within the Street Art Fest.

For the first time the venue in front of the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” was used for the festival events. “FEST picnic” was opened near Frunze Park, where the representatives from Lithuania and Belarus set up several street-food pavilions. The organizers of the famous fair “Kaziukas” brought the traditional Lithuanian food to Vitebsk.

The fire show program “Wind of Night Lights”, featuring “AGNI SHOW”, “SkyFire”, “INDEN”, “FlyFox”, “Helga Light”, “Lunaly”, “Show Project INSAIN”, the theater of fire “Horos” and many others crowned the celebrations.

“Slavianski Bazaar” book of records continued to add new achievements. The chronicle of the opening day of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was photographed by 10 photographers. Each of them prepared 100 shots to be presented at an open-air exhibition in Mayakovsky Square Garden.

Another record was making a huge wooden spoon as a symbol of the festival hospitality. The spoon, 5 m. 94 cm long and 69 cm wide, was made by the Belarusian-Lithuanian duet – Mikhail Zenkov and Virgilijus Vaiciunaus.

2016

2015

President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre

The International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has been a leader in the world festival movement for many years. The Vitebsk forum of Arts was twice announced to have been the “Festival of the Year”. In 2005, Vitebsk hosted FIDOF (International Organization of Festival Organizers) Assembly.

In July 2015, the city on the Dvina River hosted the International Conference of the World Association of Festivals which aims to promote the international cultural cooperation, preservation of diversity and identity of the peoples in the name of peace and harmony.

Marjan Kataroski (Macedonia) presenting Certificate to the new head of the World Association of Festivals Alexander Sidorenko

“Festival Movement: Tradition and Innovation” was the theme of the meeting attended by Alexander Sidorenko (Belarus), Floriane Gaber (Belgium), Nicholai Tekeliev (Bulgaria), Arkady Krumer (Israel), Karla Abdikarimova (Kazakhstan), Jānis Dukšinskis (Latvia), Marjan Kataroski (Macedonia) and others. Alexander Sidorenko, Director of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, was appointed President of the World Association of Festivals.

In 2015, the forum of arts welcomed a record number of countries. Representatives of 42 countries took part in more than a hundred programs.

The Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” (July 9) was presented in the Summer Amphitheatre by Elena Spiridovich (Belarus), Vladimir Berezin (Russia), Oksana Antoniuk (Ukraine).

The concert program featured artists from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden, confirming the festival motto “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding”.

Opening of the star of People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbuloglu on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk

For the 13th time the program of the International Forum included the Union State Day (July 10). During the press conference the State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota noted the importance of the festival from the viewpoint of cultural, political and economic relations between Belarus and Russia.

Opening the program of the gala concert “Connecting Space and Time. The Union State invites ...”, Grigory Rapota said: “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” is one of the strongest joint projects of Belarus and Russia to have proved for decades that we are to live together.”

Elena Spiridovich, Oksana Antoniuk and Vladimir Berezin opening the festival for many years, proving that “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” cherishes traditions

“Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” is an annual celebration turning the city into a huge concert hall, presenting performances of dozens bright artists and groups of different genres. Established in difficult 1990s, the festival contributed to preservation of cultural relations between peoples, which is especially important to remember in the year of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In those terrible days the nations united to overcome common woes, and the unity helped to survive. Let the art of today, with its language that needs no translation, unite us all”, - said the letter by Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union Sergei Naryshkin.

Grigory Rapota awarded diplomas and special prizes of the Standing Committee of the Union State “For creative embodiment of friendship between the peoples of Belarus and Russia” to the Honored artist of Russia Leonid Agutin, Chairman of the National State TV and Radio Committee of Belarus, Honored Artist of Belarus Gennady Davydko, Director General of BELTA Dmitry Zhuk, Director General of “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” Pavel Negoitsa.

Singer from Kazakhstan Dimash Kudaibergen, Grand Prix winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2015”

The leitmotif of the concert program was a virtual tour of the underground stations, uniting Moscow and Minsk.

The 24th International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” lit a star of a new holder of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The name of Polad Bülbüloğlu, People's Artist of Azerbaijan, Honored Art Worker of Dagestan, appeared on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk. The prominent worker of culture and art, who is to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2015, received congratulations from the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Boris Svetlov, Chairman of the Vitebsk City Executive Committee Victor Nikolaikin, Director of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko.

Grand Prix winner of the 13th International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2015” Luiza Nurkuatova from Kazakhstan

One of the traditional highlights of the festival program was the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk”.

For the second consecutive year the contest had two stages. Two drawing lots ceremonies were prepared for each round. The first, titled “Birth of a Star”, was held on the day of the festival opening at the Walk of Fame in the Summer Amphitheatre. The participants from 21 countries chose medallions with the number of the order of performance. The souvenirs were produced by the Obol ceramic plant.

The semifinals of the 24th International Pop Song Performers Contest and the drawing lots procedure to determine the order of performance in the final round were held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” on July 10.

Youth Day

Two final contest days traditionally took place on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre. On the first day the participants performed pop songs by composers from any Slavic country in one of the Slavic languages to the accompaniment of the concert orchestra conducted by Mikhail Finberg.

The contestants were evaluated by the international jury: Leonid Shirin (Belarus), Thiago Arancam (Brazil), Precious Wilson (UK), Intars Busulis (Latvia), Oleg Ivanov (Russia), Marija Serifovic (Serbia), Vladislav Baginsky (Ukraine), BOSSON (Sweden). The Chairperson of the jury was Polad Bülbüloğlu (Azerbaijan).

Anatoly Yarmolenko at the Opening Ceremony

The top awards were given to:

Grand Prix - Dimash Kudaibergen (Kazakhstan);

I Prize - Valeria Gribusova (Belarus);

II Prize - Nikolay Manolov (Bulgaria);

III Prize - Anna Tverdostup (Ukraine), Sophie (Georgia).

The Vladimir Mulyavin Special Prize for the best embodiment of the national theme, high performance skills was granted to Nade Talevska (Macedonia).

The Special Prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus-Russia Union were awarded to Valeria Gribusova (Belarus) and Sofia Muratova (Russia). Sofia Muratova also got a Certificates and Golden Coin from the World Association of Festivals.

The Special Award from the Interstate TV and Radio Company “Mir” for the high level of mastery in maintaining national traditions was given to Aidan (Azerbaijan).

“We’ll take a look into your heart and become heroes. Our songs will conquer you!”. These lines opened each concert of the 13th International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”. The young talents from 16 countries, who performed in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”, turned the contest program into a remarkably bright musical journey, connecting times and countries.

The winners of the children contest:

Grand Prix - Luiza Nurkuatova (Kazakhstan);

I Prize - Darina Galitskaya (Ukraine);

II Prize - Stefania Sokolova (Belarus), Lizi (Georgia);

III Prize - Veronica Ustimova (Russia), Daria Pyshnaya (Ukraine).

The Special Prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus-Russia Union were awarded to Eleti (Belarus) and Sofia Lopukhova (Russia).

The Certificate and Silver Coin from the World Association of Festivals were given to Selena (Romania).

The international jury, chaired by Dmitry Malikov (Russia), included Alyona Lanskaya (Belarus), Vlado Dimov (Bulgaria), Anri Jokhadze (Georgia), Alisher Karimov (Kazakhstan), Vlatko Lozanoski (Macedonia), Oksana Pekun (Ukraine).

“Alexander Oleshko’s Show” opened the festival concert program in the Summer Amphitheatre on July 7. The show featured invited artists Valentin Gaft, Gennady Khazanov, Sergey Bezrukov and children groups from Belarus. It was followed by the night concert by Grigory Leps, who performed his own compositions and songs from the repertoire of the Russian top-flight singers.

The flowing night solo programs were given by Valery Meladze and empress of the festival Olympus Irina Allegrova.

On July 10 the recital by the People’s Artist of the USSR, Hero of Socialist Labor, laureate of USSR State Prize and Russia State Prize, composer Alexandra Pakhmutova and the USSR State Prize winner, poet Nikolai Dobronravov took place. The concert program presented about 30 songs from the great heritage of the duet.

At her solo concert Valeria presented a premiere video for the song “Strong Women” and performed a few songs with her daughter Anna Shulgina.

The concert program “EUROPA PLUS TV” featured popular artists from Belarus, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Kazakhstan, France, Russia, Romania and Sweden. The concert was presented by Belarusian singer Teo and Russian TV presenter, actress Alina Artz.

The night concert was given by the group “Ruki Vverkh”, which celebrated its 18th anniversary at the festival.

On the night of July 10 and July 11, the concert “Golden Hit: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” brought together a stellar team of artists from Belarus, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Russia.

The tradition of festival humor programs in 2015 was continued Gennady Khazanov’s “Stress Conference”, who was in Vitebsk last time in the mid 1990s.

For the third time the Summer Amphitheatre stage was designed by Alexander Kholodnov, winner of the Russian National Television Award “Taffy”. The Moscow-based artist and stage designer Alexander Kholodnov is known by the project “Golden Gramophone”, “Song of the Year”, “New Wave”.

For the first time the arts forum hosted a round table discussion “Culture and Art as a source of development of spiritual and moral values. The role of mass media in shaping the common cultural space of the Slavic peoples.”

The International Press Center provided facilities for journalists from 14 countries and hosted 5 press conferences and 10 “Star hour” meetings with popular artists, broadcast live by TV and radio company “Vitebsk”.

The “Star hour” presenters were Sergei Shustitsky and Alexei Ostudin. Among the star participants were the jury chairman of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2015” Polad Bulbuloglu, jury chairman of the International Children Music Contest Dmitry Malikov; Ruslan Alehno, Teo (Belarus), Yevgenia Smolianinova, Sergei Bezrukov, Alexander Oleshko, Elena Vaenga, Anna Bolshova (Russia); Thiago Arancam (Brazil), BOSSON (Sweden).

July 11 the International Press Center gathered friends and colleagues of Mikhail Shulman, one of those who were at the origins of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, first as the head of the festival press center, then as a concert programs director. Mikhail Shulman was awarded the “Golden Pen” Prize of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. Now the “Golden Ring of Friendship”, named after Mikhail Shulman and established by FIDOF, is awarded to festivals, working most successfully with the press. During the meeting a presentation of the book “Joyful airship” by Mikhail Shulman and Arkady Krumer took place.

The festival project “Theatre meetings-2015” presented an opportunity to watch nine productions from Belarus, Latvia and Russia.

The National Theatre of Belarusian Drama presented a folk-opera “Advechnaya pesnya”, staged in 2002 by director Sergei Kovalchik and based on Yanka Kupala’s poem.

The Daugavpils State Theatre presented a choreographic performance “Casanova. Henriette. Venice” by choreographer and librettist Irina Savelieva, based on the diaries of Giacomo Casanova. Casanova’s beloved Henriette is played by Elena Nesetina, while Giacomo’s Miroslav Blakunov.

The production “Faina. A bird, hovering in the cell” told the story from the lives of two great actresses of the 20th century, Faina Ranevskaya and Lyubov Orlova. The play was written by Stella Samokhotova and Sofia Lezhneva; the cast included Svetlana Korkoshko, Evdokia Germanova, Marina Kudelinskaya, Elena Kresins and Igor Pismensky.

The play “Pas de deux” by Tatiana Moskvina featured the Russian actors Vladimir Sterzhakov, Nelly Selezneva-Nevedina, Anna Bolshova and Marina Mogilevskaya.

The acclaimed actors Irina Alferova, Alexander Pashutin, Anna Terekhova and Anatoly Zhuravlev presented in Vitebsk the performance “The Russian Bear” by director Sergei Kutasov and based on the play by Boris Ratzer.

The festival meeting with the dramatic art closed with the performances of the Moscow Drama Theater “U Nikitskih Vorot” (At the Nikitskie gates). The Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre hosted the performance “The Story of a Horse” by director Mark Rozovsky, based on Leo Tolstoy’s philosophical parable “Strider”. Over forty popular songs of the 20th century were included into Mark Rozovsky’s play “Songs of our communal apartment”, presented in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”.

For the second time the program of the International Festival of Arts included the “Puppet Quarter” project. Like last year, all the shows were presented in the Belarusian Puppet Theater “Lyalka”.

The program was opened by the play “Farewell to Matyora”, based on Valentin Rasputin’s story (directed by Stanislav Zhelezkin) and staged by Mytishchi Puppet Theatre “Ognivo” (Russia).

The Poltava Regional Academic Puppet Theater (Ukraine) brought two productions to Vitebsk. The performance for adults “Portrait with flying clock. Marc Chagall”, based on Oksana Dmitrieva’s play (directed by Oksana Dmitrieva), was devoted to the life and work of Marc Chagall, the famous native of Vitebsk. The children production “Tiger Petrik”, directed by Dmitry Nuyanzin and based on the play by Anna Yanushevskaya and Jan Vilkovsky, showed a story of little tiger cub’s growing up.

The Belarusian Theater “Lyalka” also presented two performances, “The Bremen Town Musicians” and “Cinderella, or Crystal Slippers”, staged by the chief theater director Victor Klimchuk whose creativity was highly appreciated at prestigious national and international puppet festivals.

The performance “Postmen” was showed by the Belarusian Theater of interaction “Moustache” (Belarus).

All performances were preceded by happening for children and adults “Voila”, prepared by the drama studio “House of wind” (Belarus).

The festival exhibition program was diverse and multi-faceted. The presentation of the first exhibition “Dali and Picasso” was held at the Art Museum two days before the official opening of the forum. The exhibition included 205 original works by Spanish artists from the Russian collector Alexander Shadrin.

The Regional Local Lore Museum hosted the exhibition “Celestial Empire painting”, presenting works by Chinese artists. The exhibition was organized within the framework of the Belarusian-Chinese events dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. It was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, as well as the Belarusian Creative Unions Confederation.

Connection of times was the main theme of the exhibition “Tribute to the great masters” by Slovak artist Pavel Pop. The exposition in Vitebsk Art Museum included paintings from the series “Masters of the world fine arts and their works”. The exhibition was held with the help of the Embassy of Slovakia and the Embassy of Serbia in Belarus.

The republican textile art exhibition “Connecting thread” of works by artists from Vitebsk, Polotsk, Minsk, Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev was open in the museum and cultural-historic complex “Golden Ring of Vitebsk “Dvina”.

The Belarusian art was also presented at the exhibition of paintings and graphics by Alexander Isachev. Over his short life the artist created about 500 works, including “Jesus Christ”, “The Dryad”, “Magic”, “Lilit”, “Isis”.

For the seventeenth time the program “Festival Without Borders” featured a concert by artists from Israel, who presented contemporary instrumental music to the public.

In the concert “Precious Casket” the Honored Artist of Russia Yevgenia Smolianinova performed Russian peasant songs and author songs on poems by the 20 century poets. The first time the singer performed at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” together with her son Sviatoslav four years ago.

For the first time Vitebsk hosted a concert by the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir. The choir performed spiritual songs, ancient chants, folk songs of the Slavic peoples, as well as songs of the war years.

July 10, 2015, went down in the forum’s history as the opening day of the Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds”, which became another “festival in the festival”, uniting actors, artists, poets, musicians and singers, and presented performances and plays in the open air by companies from Belarus, Russia, France and Ukraine. Responsible for the project was the director of “Koleso” Theater at the State Institution “Centre of Culture “Vitebsk” VladislavaTsviki.

“Koleso” Theater presented musical-plastique comedy tragi-bouffe “Twilight. Sounds. Shadows ... Suitcase”.

The plastique theater “InZhest” (Belarus) under the direction of Vyacheslav Inozemtsev treated the spectators to the performance “Golden Illusion” and “The Golden Age”.

The experimental theatre T(e)=Art (Belarus) showed the performance-mystery “Chronos”.

On the night from July 11 to July 12 the Vitebsk Arts Center hosted a lecture-demonstration by the professional critic and historian of street arts, master of theater Floriane Gaber (France), who spoke about the development trends of the European street art.

During four festival evenings fire-show masters from three Belarusian cities - the school of Fire “ATESH” from Gomel, the club “ERGO BIBAMUS” from Grodno and “AGNI SHOW” from Vitebsk presented their creativity in Vitebsk.

The organizer of the Youth Day (July 11) was traditionally the Belarusian Republican Youth Union.

The program started with the Ceremony of laying flowers at the Memorial in honor of soldiers-liberators, partisans and underground fighters of the Vitebsk region, proving the main festival themes of the 70th Anniversary of the Great Victory over fascism and the Year of Youth.

Notable events of the celebration day were the youth subcultures parade “Belarus In My Heart!”, the “Fire of Dance” festival, performances and workshops by representatives of youth subcultures, the exhibitions “Retro Car”, “SuperBike”, “AutoSound”.

The competitive youth program “Kaleidoscope of humor” gathered eight teams from Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, Stolbtsy and a combined team of the Mogilev region and Vitebsk.

For the first time the center of the city became the site for a large interactive exhibition “Youth Yard”, designed with the elements of folk traditions of different regions of Belarus.

The final event was the DJ Battle, featuring winners of regional qualifying rounds of the project, and a disco.

The traditional folk crafts fair “City of Masters” was entered by more than 200 artists from 23 crafts centers of the Vitebsk region, members of the Belarusian Union of Folk Artists, representatives of other regions of Belarus, as well as guests from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. The main street venues were Pushkin Street, Town Hall court, and the right bank of the Western Dvina River near the cultural and historical complex “Golden Ring of Vitebsk “Dvina”. The Vitebsk regional methodical folk art center included in the program a competition of entertainment events “Vyasyolkavy Karagod” (“Rainbow Round Dance”), festivals-contests of rushnik (a woven towel) and dolls.

The official dates of the 24th International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” were outlined by the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony in the Summer Amphitheatre, which became a musical message of peace, love and kindness to all the nations on the Earth.

- Guests have come from the Slavic countries, from different continents to Belarus, from 42 countries, which hasn’t happened so far, and believe us, we’ll do everything to welcome not 42, but 142 countries on this peaceful land! We have everything for this, Belarus is becoming not only the center of political, but also cultural dialogue, - said the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko from the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre.

During the gala concert Alexander Lukashenko awarded “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus to People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbuloglu, whose star was opened on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk, and the Special Prize for the bright masterly performance to the finalist of the 24th International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2015” Anna Tverdostup from Ukraine.

For the first time the Award Ceremony of the winners of the 24th International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2015” was held at the Closing Ceremony of the festival. The celebratory concert (directed by Marina Romanovskaya) featured performers from Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Latvia, France and other countries.

The city lived in the atmosphere of celebration for another two days after the Closing Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. There were festival exhibitions and a number of concert programs in the Summer Amphitheatre.

For the eighth time in its history the festival delighted the audience with a gala concert “Stars of Chanson-TV”.

The concert by Elena Vaenga featured Anna Mushak from Belarus and Intars Busulis from Latvia.

The final concert of the festival program became a rock program by “B-2” band, who presented the album "#16plyus."

2014

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko opens the festival

In 2014, the “Year of Hospitality” in Belarus, the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” welcomed the representatives of 30 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Georgia, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, the USA, Uzbekistan.

The international forum of arts was officially scheduled from July 10 to July 14, 2014. However, by tradition the festival events started two days before the official Opening Ceremony. The closing festival concert also took place two days after the Closing Ceremony of the international forum of arts.

Grand Prix winners and chairpersons of the contest jury

Over 9 festival days 14 concert venues of Vitebsk hosted about 90 events. The main festival venue - the Summer Amphitheatre - hosted 19 concerts, including 4 night shows.

The first concert “Parade of Smiles” featuring the Russian pop stars and long-time friends of the festival Klara Novikova, Sergei Drobotenko, Alexander and Valery Ponomarenko, Efim Shifrin, and Andrey Barinov, the Grand Prix winner of the International Festival of Humor and Parodies “Big Difference”, gave the audience sunny mood and positive festival emotions. The concerts on July 8 were followed by “Turetsky Choir” art group with a new program “Men Look at Love” in the Summer Amphitheatre.

From “Dubrovsky” musical

One of the main events of the Festival of Arts - the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk” - began on July 9, Wednesday, at 12.00. In 2014, contest was held for the twelfth time.

The participants of the contest program first met at the drawing lots ceremony, held for several years in the Soviet Army Cultural and Recreation Complex. The picturesque park on the bank of the Western Dvina River became a harbor for the young contestants, where they started their musical voyage in search of the main treasure – the Grand Prix of the 12th International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2014”.

21 participants from 18 countries were competing for the prestigious award: Mika (Armenia), Zinaida Kupriyanovich and Milana Redchenko (Belarus), Gabi (Bulgaria), Masha Chochkalo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Nastja Kiel (Germany), Lizi Shavgulidze (Georgia), Keren Fishel (Israel), Giuseppe Lorusso (Italy), Nurzhan Zhumagali (Kazakhstan), Katrina-Paula Diringa (Latvia), Saule (Lithuania), Mina (Macedonia), Victoria Tracz (Poland), Karima and Maria Yermolayeva (Russia), Ina (Serbia), Elizaveta Yagudayeva (Uzbekistan) Anastasia Baginskaya and Andrey Boyko (Ukraine), Bruno (Croatia).

Participants of the children contest

The International Jury was headed by the Honored Artist of Belarus, singer Irina Dorofeeva (Belarus). Other jury members included the III Prize winner of the 17th International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2008” Plamen Patov (Bulgaria), People's Artist of Georgia Irma Sokhadze (Georgia), manager and impresario Rafails Balkins (Latvia), Grand Prix Winner of the 22nd International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013” Michal Kaczmarek (Poland), popular singer Zara (Russia), founder of the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra “Orpheus”, conductor Ivan Markovic (Serbia), popular singer, president of the charitable foundation Natalia Valevskaya (Ukraine).

The results of the two contest days, July 10 and 11 July, in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”, showed that Grand Prix was awarded to Anastasia Baginskaya (Ukraine), I Prize to Zinaida Kupriyanovich (Belarus), II Prize was equally divided between Lizi Shavgulidze (Georgia) and Andrey Boyko (Ukraine), III Prize went to Mika (Armenia).

Zadvinie market

The Special Prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union to the “best performer from Belarus” and the “best performer from Russia” were awarded to Milana Redchenko (Belarus) and Maria Yermolayeva (Russia). The Award Ceremony took place at the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

The first contest day for the participants of the XII International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2014” was on the same day with the Opening Ceremony of the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

July 10, in the morning, the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk hosted the opening of the star of the People's Artist of Russia Nadezhda Babkina, who became the tenth awardee of the Special Award “Through Art To Peace And Mutual Understanding” of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

On the evening of July 10 the opening of the International Forum of Arts was announced from the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. In his welcoming speech the President emphasized that the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” had been developing around the main core - the art of the fraternal peoples of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and creating bridges of friendship between people. Alexander Lukashenko in his address noted that the unique festival image was largely determined by the inherent warmth and hospitality of the Slavs. The festival is a celebration for those who make life beautiful and better though creativity. “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” from a simple song contest grew into a real creative Olympics where representatives of different countries and arts demonstrate their achievements.

Youth Day

At the solemn ceremony Alexander Lukashenko announced the winner of the Special Award “Through Art To Peace And Mutual Understanding” Nadezhda Babkina and the laureates of the Union State Prize sculptor Ivan Misko, architecture researcher Inessa Slyunkova, People's Artist of the USSR Vladimir Zeldin, who made a significant contribution to strengthening of mutual understanding and harmony between the peoples.

The welcoming address to the forum and the participants 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the “International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” helped to implement promising creative ideas and various projects in humanitarian cooperation”.

The Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus Mikhail Ezhel read out from the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre the festival greetings from the President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko.

Leonid Ptashka's jazz marathon

The gala concert of the Opening Ceremony impressed by its variety featuring stars from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway and other countries.

The celebration of the commonwealth of cultures and talents closed with the final appearance of all artists on the stage and a premiere song “Slavic soul”, composed by the Merited Artist of Russia Kim Breitburg specifically for the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

Traditionally, “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” hosted the Union State Day. July 11 was full of events and began with laying flowers at the eternal fire of the Memorial complex to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The ceremony was attended by the representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union, public organizations, members of youth organizations. The press conference was followed by a meeting with the laureates of the Union State Prize in literature and art in 2013 – 2014, Belarusian sculptor Ivan Misko, Russian art historian Inessa Slyunkova at the Cinema House. The People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Zeldin was awarded the prize on the Day of Belarus and Russia Unity. Inessa Slyunkova and Ivan Misko were granted the award by the President of Belarus during the Opening Ceremony of the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

Blue band

The representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union with the Deputy State Secretary of the Union State, member of the Permanent Committee of the Union State Ivan Bambiza visited Ilya Repin Museum-Estate “Zdravnevo”. The museum holdings received seventeen digital copies of works by painters of the 19th-century Russian realist school.

The evening gala concert “The Union State invites ... I love you, life” became a celebration for the festival Vitebsk. The audience and TV viewers were welcomed by the Deputy State Secretary, member of the Permanent Committee of the Union State Ivan Bambiza and deputy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union, deputy of the State Duma of Russia Yelena Afanasieva, who announced greetings to the festival on behalf of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union, Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Sergei Naryshkin and the State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota.

The Opening Ceremony concert

The concert of masters of arts was devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders and the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. At the beginning of the program Ivan Bambiza announced the holders of the Special Prize and Diploma of the Permanent Committee of the Union State “For creative embodiment of friendship between the peoples of Belarus and Russia”. In 2014, the awards were granted to the People’s Artist of Russia, artistic director of the State Music Folklore Theatre “Russian Song” Nadezhda Babkina, the Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus, soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus and the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Oksana Volkova, laureate of awards in art, popular Russian singer Zara and Chairman of the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee Alexander Kosinets.

The jubilee program “I returned to my native land”, dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Mark Fradkin, a native of Vitebsk, was presented by the Honored Artist of Belarus Elena Spiridovich and Honored Artist of Russia Sergei Shustitsky as if browsing the book of the Soviet composer’s life, illustrated with our favorite songs. On July 12, many songs were performed on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, that was opened by Mark Fradkin 26 years ago. The songs, composed and dedicated to his hometown became a gift to the festival Vitebsk: “I returned to my native land” performed by Nicholai Skorikov and “Stolitsa oblastnaya” performed by the Vitebsk theater of song “Prostory”. The concert program featured representatives of all generations of modern Belarusian and Russian pop stage. The performances were brilliantly accompanied by the Honored National Academic Orchestra of Symphonic and Popular Music of the Republic of Belarus conducted by the People’s Artist of Belarus, Professor Mikhail Finberg.

Nadezhda Babkina

The 23rd International Pop Song Performers Contest cannot be imagined without the orchestra conducted by Mikhail Finberg too. Over these years the orchestra under his direction has been accompanying the performances of talented young people from different countries who take part in this prestigious singing competition.

The drawing lots ceremony for the participants of the 23rd International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2014” took place on the night of July 10-11. As envisioned by the director of the production team Alexander Vavilov, the first meeting of the contestants and the members of the International Jury took place on a makeshift railway station near the building of the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall. The numbers for the order of performances were hidden in suitcases, carried by actors, who were impatient to get rid of "heavy" load.

21 representatives from 21 countries entered the competition: Tigranui Shaginian (Armenia), Artur Mikhailov (Belarus), Monica Karagenova (Bulgaria), Lukijan Ivanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tatia (Georgia), Diana Golbi (Israel), Daiana (Italy) Marhaba Sabieva (Kazakhstan), Charlotte (Cuba), Emils Balceris (Latvia), Milda (Lithuania), Dimitar Andonovski (Macedonia), Rodrigo de la Cadena (Mexico), Vitalie Negrutsa (Moldova), Zlat (Russia), Ruxandra (Romania), Alexa Perovic (Serbia), Farangiz Shamsieva (Uzbekistan), Veronica Dorosh (Ukraine), Dino (Croatia), Thomas Kolk (Estonia).

The International Jury was headed by the Honored Artist of Russia, composer, producer Kim Breitburg. The jury included People’s Artist of Belarus, popular singer Yadviga Poplavskaya (Belarus), People’s Artist of Bulgaria, popular singer Lili Ivanova (Bulgaria), pianist, composer, jazzman Leonid Ptashka (Israel), Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, pop singer, vocal coach Tolkyn Zabirova (Kazakhstan), I Prize winner of the 21st International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2012” Samanta Tina (Latvia), Grand Prix winner of the 17th International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2008” Donny Montell (Lithuania), People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova, composer Constantin Moscovici (Moldova), winner of the International Song Contest “Eurovision-2009” Alexander Rybak (Norway) and People’s Artist of Ukraine, popular singer and composer, TV presenter Irina Bilyk (Ukraine).

In 2014, the contest was changed and consisted of the semi-final and final rounds.

The semi-final round of the 23rd International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2014” was held on July 11 in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall. 15 participants, representing Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Moldova, Mexico, and Macedonia got into the finals.

On the first day of the final round the contestants performed a pop song by a composer from any Slavic country in the language of one of the Slavic countries to the accompaniment of the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus conducted by Mikhail Finberg.

On the second day the contestants presented their interpretations of the world hits.

According to the results of two contest performances, the Grand Prix of the 23rd International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2014” was awarded to Rodrigo de la Cadena (Mexico), the I Prize was given to Vitalie Negrutsa (Moldova), the II Prize to Veronica Dorosh (Ukraine) and Dino (Croatia), the III Prize to Diana Golbi (Israel) and Marhaba Sabieva (Kazakhstan).

The Special Award named after Vladimir Mulyavin “For the best embodiment of the national theme and high level of performance” was awarded to Emils Baltseris (Latvia).

The Special Prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union were awarded to Artur Mikhailov (Belarus) and Zlat (Russia).

The first program in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” was held before the Opening Ceremony of the festival. July 9, 2014, (for the first time in the history of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”) was the day of opening of “Art Sessio” visual arts contest-exhibition by the students specializing in art at higher educational institutions. The contest was entered by representatives of the Belarusian, Russian, Latvian and German schools of painting. The jury, headed by Professor of the Department of History and Theory of Arts, Associate Professor, Rector of the Belarusian Academy of Arts Mikhail Borozna, awarded 11 diplomas.

After the Award Ceremony and visit to the exhibition that was working during the festival days there followed a rock performance “Malevich. Portrait of two dimensions” presented by the Vitebsk youth theater “Koleso” directed by Vladislava Tsviki.

On July 9 the International Press Center of the festival hosted the first press conference before the Opening Ceremony of the festival. The first guest of the traditional “Star Hour” show was Sergei Volchkov, the winner of the Russian TV show “The Voice” (2013). On the following festival days the International Press Center organized meetings of journalists with Nadezhda Babkina, Sergei Yurskiy, Alexander Rybak, Gleb Matveichuk, Alexander Buynov (Russia), Lili Ivanova (Bulgaria), “Blue” band (United Kingdom). The press conference devoted to the festival project “Jazz Marathon” featured Leonid Ptashka (Israel), Sania Kroitor (Israel), Anatoly Kroll (Russia), Christina Aglints (Russia), James Maiman (USA). Kim Breitburg, Valeria Breitburg, Nikolai Androsov (Russia), Irina Dorofeeva and Alexander Vavilov (Belarus) told the reporters about the production of the musical “Dubrovsky”.

The “Star Hour” programs were presented by Sergei Shustitsky and Alexei Ostudin.

On July 9, 2014, a new festival project “Puppet Quarter” was launched. Its first participants were the actors of the Grodno Regional Puppet Theater (Belarus), who showed a performance “Queen of Spades”, based on the works by Alexander Pushkin and Petr Tchaikovsky. The production by the director Oleg Zhyugzhda and artist Margaita Stashulenok won several Grand Prix at the prestigious theater festivals, became the winner of the II National Theatre Award of Belarus in four nominations: “Best Puppet Show”, “Best Actress” (Larisa Mikulich), “Best Director's Work” and “Best Performance”.

The mastery of the Russian puppet schools was presented on July 10 and July 11 by the “Puppet Format” theatre (Saint-Petersburg). The play “Mermaid Sveta from the village Peremilovo” was staged by directors Svetlana Dorozhko and Anna Viktorova and based on the original paintings of the Moscow artist Vladimir Lyubarov.

The performance “Horseman Cuprum” by director and artistic director Anna Viktorova featured actors Olga Donets, Svetlana Dorozhko, Anton Vitchenko, Andrew Yarkin, Alexei Shishigin. The performance was staged in 2003 to the 170th anniversary of the first St. Petersburg novel-tale by Alexander Pushkin “The Bronze Horseman”. In 2005, the production won the Russian National Theatre Award “Golden Masque”.

The Belarusian theater “Lyalka”, a hospitable host the project “Puppet Quarter”, presented two performances featuring Alexander Makhankov, Valery Zimnitskiy, Olga Lazebnaya Yuriy Frankov, Anna Stepanets, Oleg Rihter, Mikhaeil Klimchuk, Larisa Martynova, Evgeniy Gusev, Natalia Gaiduk, Nina Shabanova, Olga Mahankova, Alexei Makarskiy, Marina Morozova.

The first (July 12) performance was “Decameron” based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s work and staged by Victor Klimchuk. The scenic interpretation of novels was made by the Russian playwright Vladimir Maslov. The translation into Belarusian was made by Peter Laman, the actor of the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater.

The second performance by the Vitebsk puppeteers “The Bremen Town Musicians” based on the work by Vasily Livanov and Yuriy Entin closed the premier festival program “Puppet Quarter” on July 12.

The program “Theatre Meetings” celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014. It started on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the festival and began with the show “Warsaw Story” staged by Sergei Dubrovin and based on Leonid Zorin’s novel. The love story of Gelena from Warsaw and the Soviet citizen Victor, played by the Honored Artist of Russia Nonna Grishaeva and actor Dmitry Isaev, was sincere, convincing and touching.

The theatre-goers who came to the performance “Flying with an Angel. Chagall” on July 11 in Kolas Theater watched a century long life. The play about Marc Chagall’s life, written by Zinoviy Sagalov and based on real events from Marc Chagall’s life, resurrected everything connected with the painter. It was a performance-symbol bringing Master back home. The production director is Sergei Yurskiy, who also played nine roles in the performance. His partners on the stage were the actors Natalia Tenyakova, Lyudmila Drebneva, Anna Garnova Alexander Aronin and musicians Alexei Skipin Alexei Polishchuk, Mikhail Khohlov, Pavel Demidov.

One of the highlights of the “Theatre Meetings” was the night show (from July 11 to July 12) of “Macbeth” based on William Shakespeare's play by the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater in the Ilya Repin’s Museum-Estate. The production by Valery Anisenko, the art director of Yakub Kolas Theatre, was devoted to the 450th anniversary of the great English playwright. The cast included Yuriy Tsvirko, Angelica Barkovskaya, Georgiy Loiko, Irina Tishkevich, Evgeniy Beresnev, Evgeniy Lukianov, Gregoriy Shatko and others.

On July 12 the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater presented “Provincial anecdotes” by the production company “RusArt”, staged by Sergei Kutasov and based on two one-act plays by Alexander Vampilov. This hilarious play was a kind of reminder of the need to remain a human being under any circumstances. The festival audience were “taught” by popular actors: Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Alexander Pashutin, Alexander Postnikov, Olga Naumenko, Igor Bushmelev, Lilia Volkova and others.

On July 13 and July 14 the stage of the Yakub Kolas Theatre belonged to a longtime friend of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” - the Moscow theater “Na Yugo-Zapade”. The mini-tour was opened by “Love and Doves” based on Vladimir Gurkin’s play and directed by the Honored Artist of Russia Oleg Leushin.

The witty comedy “Fools”, one of the new productions directed by Valery Belyakovich, showed a semi-fantastic story with a happy ending from the life of a provincial village, invented by the American playwright Neil Simon.

Both performances featured Alexander Shatokhin, Zhanna Chirva, Lyubov Yarlykova Alexei Nazarov, Sergei Borodin, Karina Dymont, Mikhail Belyakovich, Denis Nagretdinov, Alina Ivanova, Oleg Anishchenko, Evgeniy Sergeev, Konstantin Kurochkin, Tatiana Gorodetskaya, Elena Shestovskaya, Ilona Barysheva.

On July 14 the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” hosted a melodrama “All Over Again” by Antoine Ro, presented by director Andrei Zhitinkin within the theatrical agency “Art-partner XXI”. The theatre-goers could enjoy the brilliant play by Elena Proklova, Boris Shcherbakov and Alexandra Moshkova.

The “Festival film program” presented Russian filmmakers. On July 13 the movie-goers watched Andrei Silkin’s film “The Diary of First Grader’s Mom”, filmed on the eponymous book by Maria Traub. The film cast included Svetlana Hodchenkova, Dmitriy Endaltsev, Dima Polunin, Elena Yakovleva, Viktor Sukhorukov, Galina Polskih and others.

On July 13 the Movie House hosted a meeting with the Honored Artist of Russia Svetlana Svetlichnaya known for her work in the movies “The Diamond Arm”, “Seventeen Moments of Spring”, “Meeting Place Can’t Be Changed” and others.

On July 14 the “Festival film program” presented a feature film “Babu” with Belarusian and Azerbaijani actors by Andrei Grebyonkin. The international film was shot in 2013 by the film company “New Wave Production” with the support of the National Film Studio “BelarusFilm”. Speaking about the film at the festival, the general producer Alexander Levenchuk said that the film was based on the script by Alena Kalinova from Belarus. The script had everything the producer had looked for to make the movie: the idea of victory of good over evil in the modern world despite the national and religious beliefs.

On July 13 the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” hosted the musical “Dubrovsky” by Kim Breitburg and Karen Kavaleryan, based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel. The musical was staged by the Honored Artist of Russia Nikolai Androsov. The production was very special for both the creative paths of the authors and the actors - future professionals of the theatrical art. The production cast were the students and recent graduates of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

The Youth Day in 2014 was held for the tenth time. The press conference on the morning of July 12 at the International Press Centre was held on the occasion of the youth day and was attended by the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union Igor Buzovskiy, director of "Pilot FM” radio station Anatoliy Chepikov, chairman of the sports public association “City Dance” Dmitriy Borovik and chairman of the public association “Auto-America” Alexander Shurin.

Many events and activities of the Youth Day were dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Belarus. In the city center there was a youth subcultures parade “BelaRus in My Heart!”. Victory Square hosted a mobile museum exhibition “Museum-bus”, exhibitions “Retro Cars”, “SuperBike”, “TehnoGrad”, festival AutoSound”. Master classes in break dance, beat boxing, krump, hip-hop, body-art, graffiti and other youth culture trends were organized on thematic sites.

As part of the Youth Day the final round of the youth festival “Fire of Dance-2014” was held. In the nominations “Show program”, “Break”, “Latino”, “Street Dance”, “Oriental dance” featured the performance of the winners of the qualifying rounds in all regions of the country. The highlight of the day was the “Battle of the DJs “Belarus and Me”, organized by radio station “Pilot FM”.

For the first time the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” presented the Vitebsk International Festival of Modern Choreography. On July 15 in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” the soloists of “Kiev Modern Ballet” Alexei Busko and Anastasia Kharchenko treated the audience with a choreographic miniature “Album” that was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Competition IFMC-2012. Denis Boroditsky’s Dance Company (Moscow) presented a fragment from a new ballet “Empatheia”. The Theatre-Studio of Modern Choreography under Diana Yurchenko (Vitebsk) showed “Portrait of the Artist's Wife”. The winner of the “Golden Mask” National Award- the “Eccentric Ballet” under Sergei Smirnov from Yekaterinburg delighted the audience with a new performance “Chronotope” about the life of a human being in a huge and violent world.

The 23rd International Festival of Arts returned to Vitebsk, the jazz capital of Belarus since the 1980s, the art extravaganza of musical improvisation - jazz. Three programs “Jazz Marathon with Leonid Ptashka” took place in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”.

The concert “Leonid Ptashka and Friends” on July 14 in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall was also dedicated to jazz. The trio of Leonid Ptashka (piano), Valery Lipets (bass) and Alik Akopova (drums) played popular hits of the world jazz classics, including from the repertoire of Sinatra, Parker and Soviet films of different years. The audience gave a warm reception to Anatoly Kroll. The concert also featured jazz masters Stas Maynugin, Christina Aglints, Stella Rupos, Jacob Maiman, the brothers Zhurakov, drummer Alexa Magilevich and others.

The Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall invited to attend the concerts in the framework of “Festival Without Borders” program. It was opened on July 10 by the concert of masters from Bulgaria and presented by Nikolai Tekeliev, the head of the Bulgarian delegation at the festival. All concert participants had the most pleasant emotions and memories about Vitebsk and the festival, while some of them became prize-winners at the International contest “Vitebsk”. The concert featured Plamen Patov, Presiyana Dimitrova, Monica Karagenova, Tony Di Napoli, participant of the children contest Gabi, and, of course, the unequalled Lili Ivanova.

On July 12 good old rock 'n' roll was performed in the hall. The concert of masters of arts from Latvia presented the band “Big Al & The Jokers”, over the years preserving and developing the traditions of blues and rock 'n' roll style.

On July 13 the Israeli delegation invited to attend the concert of masters of arts from Israel. The concert program featured the ensemble “Kleizmer-drive”, Leonid Ptashka, Sanya Kroitor Diana Golbi, Dmitriy Lovtsov, the vocal octet “Jazz Classics”, the theater of song “Merhavim” and many others, representing the culture of the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Bat Yam, Petah Tikva, Ashkelon, and guest artists from other countries.

The unforgettable impressions were left after the performance of the State Academic Folk Dance Ensemble “Alan” that presented Avarian, Armenian, Georgian and Adzharian dances on the stage of the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall on July 14.

The concerts in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall were closed by the internationally renowned group “Terem-Quartet” from St. Petersburg. The concert “In Search of Russian Image” on the evening of July 15, given by Andrei Konstantinov (small domra), Andrei Smirnov (bayan), Michael Dzyudze (balalaika-contrabass), Alexei Barshchyov (domra-alto) and soloist Anastasia Kalagina, included original fantasies on the theme of the works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, as well as folk music of different countries.

On July 13 the regional local lore museum hosted the opening of an exhibition “Doll Seasons at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, prepared by the Baltic Guild of Dolls and Toys Artists, bringing together several dozen artists and craftsmen from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Kaliningrad. The exhibition “Doll Seasons” was brought to the festival by the delegation from Daugavpils.

The international press center presented the exhibition “Portrait of the festival city”, prepared specially for the festival by the Contemporary Art Center (Vitebsk).

The Summer Amphitheater hosted concerts by Sergei Volchkov (July 9), Nadezhda Kadysheva and ensemble “Golden Ring” (July 9), Stas Mikhailov (July 9), Philip Kirkorov (the night of July 10-11), “Golden Hit” (July11), “Stars of Europe” (the night of July 11-12), “Tele-assorti” (the night of July 12-13), Boris Moiseyev (July 13), Nikolai Rastorguev and “Lube” group (July 14).

The Closing Ceremony of the festival was held in the Summer Amphitheatre on July 14. The program featured professionals from Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Latvia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. During the ceremony the Grand Prix of the 23rd International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2014” was granted to Rodrigo de la Cadena from Mexico, while the Grand Prix of the 12th International Children Music Contest to Anastasia Baginskaya from Ukraine.

At the end of the gala concert (director:Marina Romanovskaya) all participants traditionally came out on the stage to perform the festival song-symbol “All flowers of July”.

The concert “Stars of “Chanson-TV”, traditionally held after the official closing, always gather a full house in the Summer Amphitheatre. In 2014 the concert-goers could enjoy the orchestra under Michail Yanis. All performers were enthusiastically received and generously presented bouquets of flowers. The singers-participants of the concert program performed love songs for the festival audience.

The festival program in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” was closed by the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus under Victor Babarikin, who presented his program “Rock Meets Opera”. In previous years, the orchestra presented the festival capital the programs “Hurricane” and “Smoke on the Water”. The rock concert in 2014 with the Presidential Orchestra of Belarus featured Georgiy Koldun, Peter Elfimov, Ivan Vabishchevich, Ksenia Zhuk, Natalie Bayara, Svetlana Shimanovich, Svetlana Shvedova, Anatoly Sivko and Alexander Krasnodubskiy. The real surprise was the duo of Victor Babarikin and Alexei Hlestov who sang the famous Italian song “Oh, sole mio”.

The program of the 23rd International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was closed by “Rock-Panorama” concert. The legendary group “Chaif” performed in the Summer Amphitheatre its songs of the past years and from the new album “Movies, wine and domino”.

In 2014, the design of the main festival stage was complemented with original special effects. Light-fountains with water were installed in the Summer Amphitheatre.

2013

1992


On July 18, 1992 at 22.00 popular TV hosts Zinaida Bondarenko from Minsk, Svetlana Morgunova from Moscow, and V. Vivlasenko from Kiev appeared on the stage of Vitebsk Summer Amphitheatre. Before the audience in the hall and millions of people watching the event on TV they declared the International Music Festival "Slavianski Bazaar" to be open.

The State Concert Orchestra of Republic of Belarus, ensembles "Syabry", "Ariel", "Sokoly", Irina Afanasyeva, Valeriy Skorozhonok, Viktoria Noskova, Yuana Zagdalska, Zifira, Lyuba Bilash and others took part in the opening concert and the audience gave them a warm welcome.

It was the beginning of "Slaviankiy Bazaar".

Artists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, and Georgia took part in the first festival.

The greatest delegations represented Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. There were 300 people in each of them.

The International Music Festival was home to 1000 participants and guests.

There were 9 concerts held at the main festival venue - Amphitheatre. There were also 5 press conferences and 3 art galleries opened.


Valery Leontyev's solo concert is to be considered the first festival concert. It took place on July 18 in the amphitheatre before the ceremony of Festival Grand Opening.

A telegram of congratulation from President of Russia Boris Eltsin was the first to arrive. It said: "To the participants and guests of the First International Music Festival", though at that time the festival did not have any number in its name. It seemed as if President already knew that there would be the second, the third : the fifth, the tenth.

The emblem of the festival was created by a Moscow artist Alexander Grimm. It shows a cornflower growing on the staff, which form reminds of a microphone. On the City Day three concerts of national delegations started simultaneously on three different stages. Tysiacheletie Square was given to Belarus, Victory Square - to the Russian delegation and Ukrainian artists gave their performances near the Culture Palace of Trade Unions.

The Vitebsk Artistic Union "Kvadrat" held an event dedicated to the artist of the famous union "UNOVIS", which was formed in 1920 in Vitebsk. A wall of one of the houses was painted according to the project of the person who created "UNOVIS" - Kazimir Malevich.

Each participant of the festival received an accreditation card - an ID document which allowed its owner to enter any festival concert hall. The cards had different colours: light green - for jury members, dark green - for the press, brown for the artists, yellow for - service people, and blue for TV reporters. Zifira and the band "Alan Jamirse" made the longest journey to Vitebsk - they came from Australia.