The XXII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was held between July 11 and July 15, 2013, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Summer Amphitheatre.
The international arts forum welcomed the representatives from 31 countries: Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.
At the Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Lukashenko noted: “The festival geography has gained a planetary scale, covering the globe from Australia to Cuba and Venezuela ... “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has a special place in the constellation of the international creative forums and is rightfully titled the festival of festivals, presenting a wide panorama of the world culture achievements. For the brotherhood of people who are passionate about the art there are neither boundaries nor political barriers. Trees are supported by roots while man by his friends. Following this folk wisdom, “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” finds tens or hundreds new friends from year to year... The festival makes its worthy contribution to the implementation of the humanitarian mission of the modern Slavs. No wonder the festival motto sounds “Through Art To Peace and Mutual Understanding”.”
In his welcoming address to the festival the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said: “The popularity of the festival has been steadily growing. For many talented singers, composers, poets, artists, actors and directors it has become a good school of professional excellence, while for millions of viewers the festival is a great opportunity to appreciate the best examples of the performing art and to plunge into a creative and friendly atmosphere which “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has always been famous for.”
The festival greetings from the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich expressed the belief that “... the festival, destined to develop a creative dialogue between states, will continue carrying out its mission, promoting the international cultural mutual enrichment.”
By tradition, at the Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced the winner of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award, granted to culture workers making a significant contribution to strengthening of cultural cooperation between peoples. In 2013, the prestigious award was bestowed on the People's Artist of USSR Edita Piekha.
The gala concert of the Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts had two parts. The first was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Summer Amphitheatre, while the second was designed as a greeting to the Vitebsk arts forum from the festivals in other countries and cities. For the first time the gala concert featured the presentation of the participants of international competitions, held in the framework of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. The international composition of the gala concert participants included performers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, France. At the press conference on the occasion of the opening of the XXII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, the Minister of Culture of Belarus Boris SVETLOV said: “This “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” is positioned as a festival of festivals. Vitebsk welcomes winners of “Eurovision”, “Jurmala”, “Sanremo”, the festivals “White Nights” and “Voice of Asia”.”
The Deputy Chairman of the Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee Vladimir Terentiev said that in 2013 the Summer Amphitheatre celebrated 25 years and named the people who initiated its construction: Rodion Bass, for many years the director of the Centre of Culture “Vitebsk”, the management of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, as well as the former First Secretary of the Vitebsk Oblast Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Vladimir Grigoriev.
On July 11 there was the Ceremony of the opening of Edita Piekha’s star on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk featuring the names of winners of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus. Edita Piekha received congratulations from the Minister of Culture of Belarus Boris SVETLOV, Chairman of the Vitebsk City Executive Committee Victor NIKOLAIKIN, director of the Culture Centre “Vitebsk”, Director General of the Festival Board of Directors Alexander SIDORENKO, People’s Artist of Belarus Alexander TIKHANOVICH and Honoured Worker of Culture of Russia, Director of “Oktyabrsky” Concert Hall in St. Petersburg Emma LAVRINOVICH.
Edita Piekha’s star became the ninth. The other recipients of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award were Andrei PETROV, Alla PUGACHEVA, Sofia ROTARU, Alexandra PAKHMUTOVA, Valery LEONTIEV, Vladimir MULYAVIN and the State Ensemble “Pesnyary”, Igor LUCHENOK and Lev LESHCHENKO.
On July 11 there also was the official opening of the International Press Center, attended by the Deputy Information Minister of the Republic of Belarus Dmitry SHEDKO and the director of the Center of Culture “Vitebsk”, Director General of the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander SIDORENKO, who wished successful work to the journalists. The festival events in 2013 were covered by more than 500 representatives of electronic and printed mass media, including journalists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Israel, China, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the USA, Switzerland and Estonia.
By tradition, the festival marathon began before the Opening Ceremony of the forum.
July 9 the Culture and Recreation Complex named after the Soviet Army hosted a drawing lots for the participants of the XI International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk 2013”.
The fairytales used by the director Irina KOVLENA to create scenarios for the junior contest are known to children around the world. In 2013, a magic meadow “was born” in the park with magic keys and golden coins. To find out the number of their performances on the first contest day the participants of the children contest chose a ceramic “golden key”. The numbers of the performances on the second contest day were on the coins, hidden in a magic silver pot (author of the souvenirs, produced by the Obol pottery plant, was Tatiana Kuleshova).
Two contest days, July 10 and July 11, were held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”. The heroes of master Mangiafuoco’s puppet theater (Ivan Vabishchevich) from the tale by Carlo Collodi “The Adventures of Pinocchio. Story wooden doll” helped each of the 21 artists from 18 countries to cope with emotional excitement.
The competition program was entered by young representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.
The performances of the young participants were evaluated by the international jury headed by People's Artist of Belarus Alexander TIKHANOVICH. The jury included the singer from Georgia Manana TODADZE, Bulgarian singer Emilia VALENTI (winner of the Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2005”), singer from Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor VUKOJEVIC (winner of the contest “Vitebsk-2003”), Latvian singer Samanta TINA (winner of the contest “Vitebsk-2012”), representative of Lithuania Donny MONTELL (Grand Prix winner of the contest “Vitebsk-2008”), Russian singer Yevgeny GOR (winner of the contest “Vitebsk-2004”), singer from Serbia Ana MILENKOVIC (winner of the contest “Vitebsk-2007”), People's Artist of Ukraine Valentina STEPOVA.
The winners were announced on July 12 at the gala concert in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”, but the prizes were awarded for the first time in the festival history at the Closing Ceremony.
Winners of the XI International Children Music Contest "Vitebsk 2013":
Grand Prix (5 000 US dollars) - Presiyana DIMITROVA (Bulgaria)
I Prize (3 000 US dollars) - Lenka (Georgia)
II Prize (2 000 US dollars) - Alexandra LAKTIONOVA (Belarus), Arsen SHAVLYUK (Ukraine)
III Prize (1 000 US dollars) - Dayana KIRILLOVA (Russia), Galina DUBOK (Ukraine)
Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union - Apollinaria (Belarus),
Ksenia GOZHA (Russia)
The XXII International Pop Song Performers Contest "Vitebsk-2013" started on July 12 with a concert presentation in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall.
The traditional procedure of the drawing lots (stage director Irina KOVLENA, artist-decorator Tatiana Kuleshova) to determine the order of performances on both contest days was a spectacular and unforgettable event for the participants and the public. Souvenirs with the image of musical instruments were specially produced for the young singers from 21 countries. Each of the statutes had a number of the order of appearance on stage on July 13 and 14.
The contest program in the Summer Amphitheatre featured representatives of Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.
The International Jury of the XXII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013”, headed by People's Artist of Russia Larisa DOLINA, included chairman of the Union of Composers of Armenia Robert AMIRKHANYAN (Armenia), People's Artist of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko (Belarus), popular singer Nely RANGELOVA (Bulgaria), Laureate of the State Prize of Georgia Jemal SEPIASHVILI (Georgia), Honored Worker of Culture of Kazakhstan Yerlan KOKEEV (Kazakhstan), popular singer Birute PETRIKITE (Lithuania), popular singer Danuta BŁAŻEJCZYK (Poland), Honored Artist of Ukraine Dmitry KLIMASHENKO (Ukraine), Grand Prix winner of the XIX International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2010” Damir KEDZO (Croatia), winner of the XVII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2008” Jarek SIMEK (Czech Republic).
On the first contest day the participants performed a pop song in the language of the country they represent. On the second contest day they presented songs by composers from the Slavic countries to the accompaniment of the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus conducted by Mikhail Finberg.
Michal KACZMAREK from Poland, performing the song “Like an airplane” on the second contest day, got the maximum ten points from all the jury members. This result brought him an absolute victory and the audience award. The results of the XXII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013” were announced on July 15 in the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater.
Winners of the XXII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013”
Grand Prix (15 000 US dollars) - Michal KACZMAREK (Poland)
I Prize (9 000 US dollars) - SABRINA (Croatia)
II Prize (6 000 US dollars) - Yevgeny ANDRIYANOV (Moldova), ARCHIL (Georgia)
III Prize (3 000 US dollars) - Alexander SOLOVIEV (Belarus), CHRISTIE (Romania)
Vladimir Mulyavin Special Prize for the best embodiment of the national theme, high performance level was awarded to Raya MOVSISYAN (Russia).
Alexander SOLOVIEV (Belarus) and Raya MOVSISYAN (Russia) were awarded special prizes of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union.
The leitmotif of both competitions was the song “Magic of Music Summer” (authors Ruslan STAROBROVSKY and Sergei Tugarinov).
July 12 at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was the Union State Day. It opened with a meeting with the State Secretary of the Union State Grigory RAPOTA in the International Press Center.
The ceremony of laying flowers at the Eternal Flame on Victory Square was attended by war veterans, deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly, representatives of the Union State Permanent Committee. The parliamentarians also took part in the opening of a monument to the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Vladimir GRIGORIEV, who made a significant contribution to the development of the Belarusian-Russian integration and laid the foundation for the future of the festival of Slavic nations.
At the initiative of the State Secretary of the Union State workshops by professional artists for young talents were held on the basis of the Vitebsk Technological College and Ilya Repin Museum-Estate “Zdravnevo”.
The Union State Day closed with the concert of friendship “The Union State invites ...”. The Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Frants Klintsevich read out greetings to the XXII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” from the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey NARYSHKIN.
The State Secretary of the Union State Grigory RAPOTA awarded special diplomas and prizes of the Union State to the Rector of the All Saints Parish in Minsk, Archpriest Fyodor, the author and presenter of the Belarusian national television Svetlana BOROVSKAYA, the winner of the TV project “The Voice”, Honored Artist of Tatarstan Dina GARIPOVA and People’s Artist of Russia Artyom KAMINSKI.
The gala concert featured Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Latvian, Croatian performers, including winners of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” in the previous years.
The Youth Day began with a traditional press conference in the International Press Center and was followed by the youth subcultures parade “Belarus In My Heart”. Victory Square became the venue for the II International Youth Festival “Fire of Dance-2013” in the nominations “Break”, “Oriental dance”, “Latino”, “Street Dance”, “Show program” and exhibitions “Tehnograd”, “SuperBike”. Creative teams from all regions of Belarus performed during the youth fest and the youth subcultures festival. In the evening a party was organized for young people at Victory Square with S.A. (Belarus), DJIGAN (Russia), YARMAK (Ukraine).
The Summer Amphitheatre in 2013 hosted 18 concerts.
The design of the Summer Amphitheatre stage was provided by companies “DekArt”, “Stealth” and “Rental” (graphic designer Alexander KHOLODNOV). For the first time at the “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” a LED catwalk was set on the stage.
The first solo performance was Elena VAENGA’s concert “Lena”. The singer presented an album of 14 new songs.
Alexander MALININ had two celebrations on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre: the 25th anniversary of the main venue of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” and 25 years from winning the Grand Prix at the All-Union Contest of Young Performers of Soviet Pop Songs.
The “Parade of Smiles” program featured Klara NOVIKOVA, Yuri ASKAROV, group of “XBB”, Valentina KORKINA and Victor OSTROUKHOV (Russia), Vladimir DANILETS and Vladimir MOISEENKO (Ukraine). Kristina ORBAKAITE presented a show program “Kiss encore”, which premiered in April 2011 in the Kremlin.
The audience enthusiastically received the People’s Artist of Russia Larisa DOLINA accompanied by the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus conducted by People's Artist of Belarus, State Prize laureate of Belarus and the Union State Prize, Professor Mikhail Finberg. The concert by the Italian singers “Greetings from Sanremo” and the night performance of “Ruki Vverkh” with the Belarusian band “Bez Bileta” were sold out.
The solo concert “Colorful dreams” by Dima Bilan ended far into the night.
The atmosphere of love and understanding was brought to “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” by the duets of Leonid AGUTIN and Angelica VARUM, Vladimir PRESNYAKOV and Natalia PODOLSKAYA.
The traditional project “Festival Without Borders” in 2013 delighted the audience with meetings with masters of arts from Belarus, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Latvia, Lithuania, Israel. The Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Hall hosted concerts “A quarter century together” by the ensemble “Terem-Quartet” and “Slavic soul” by Lyudmila Ryumina (Russia).
The “Theatre Meetings” program opened with a solo performance by Maxim AVERIN “Everything starts with love” The binding thread of the play are the poems by Robert ROZHDESTVENSKY, Vladimir VYSOTSKY, Andrei VOZNESENSKY, David SAMOILOV, Alexander VERTINSKY.
The Moscow theatre “Na Yugo-Zapade” presented recent premieres in Vitebsk: “The Taming of the Shrew” by W. SHAKESPEARE and “Cameras” by P. GLADILIN directed by Valery BELYAKOVICH.
The Moscow drama center “Chance” showed the play “Man of my dreams”, based on the play by Alexander POPOV and directed by Vladimir VASYUTINSKY.
Bernard Werber’s play “Our friends men” featured Dmitri MARIANOV and Daria POVERENOVA. The cast of the play “Two for the seesaw” is Gregory ANTIPENKO, Tatiana ARNTGOLTS. Both productions were presented by the Modern Non-Repertoire Company.
The exhibition program 2013 included the exhibition “Only the eternal values” by Tatiana and Yuri Rudenko (Belarus), the exposition “SILVER” with the best works from Mark Rothko plein air (Latvia) and the exhibition “Daugavpils, great… small” with the works of the I Latgale graphic symposium.
The film program presented films “Traces of the Apostles” (Belarus), “Legend № 17”(Russia), “Male female game” (Russia), “Daughter” (Russia).
The International Press Center hosted “Star Hour” meetings with Edita PIEKHA, Larisa DOLINA, Willy TOKAREV (Russia), Al BANO (Italy), Olga RYZHIKOVA, Elena SPIRIDOVICH, Denis DUDINSKY (Belarus), Zlata OGNEVICH (Ukraine) .
The International Press Centre also hosted a presentation of the album “25 years to the Summer Amphitheatre”. In the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” the audience were treated to the solo program “Memories ...” by Metodie Bujor, who performed the songs from the repertoire of Muslim MAGOMAYEV.
The concert “Smoke on the Water” (Concert Hall “Vitebsk”) by the Presidential Orchestra of Belarus under Victor Babarikin presented to the public over 20 compositions by the world-famous European rock bands. The audience gave a warm reception to the soloists Vlad MAZURKIEVICH, Yegor DZYGUNA (electric guitar) and Svetlana SHIMANOVICH, Anatoly SIVKOV, Evgeny SLUTSKY, Evgeny SLAVICH.
The concert “Double energy. From FREYLEX to jazz” took the festival audience back to the 1980s. Then, thanks to Rodion Bass, who headed the city center of culture, Vitebsk was visited by renowned jazz improvisation performers from different regions of the Soviet Union.
Leonid PTASHKA, a musician from Israel, a frequent guest at the festival. In 2013, in the enchanting virtuoso show he performed a duet with violinist Sanya Kroitor.
On July 16 the Summer Amphitheatre hosted the gala concert “Stars of Chanson-TV” for the sixth time in the festival history.
Willi TOKAREV’s benefit performance in the Summer Amphitheater featured well-known compositions and songs from a new repertoire, performed by Alexander MOROZOV, Katerina GOLITSYNA, Sergei KUPRIK and others. On the night of July 14 and July 15 the young people welcomed the participants of the concert “Night Hit” with Petr DRANGA, Timur RODRIGUEZ, Vlad SOKOLOVSKY, Yulia SAVICHEVA, the group “Heroes”, “Prime Minister” (Russia), GERMAN, Anastasia TIKHANOVICH, Anna SHARKUNOVA, groups “Drozdy”, “DAVINCI” (Belarus), Nikita PRESNYAKOV (Russia), Veronica GORDIEVSKAYA (Lithuania), Mathias, Zlata OGNEVICH (Ukraine). The program was presented by Alexei OSTUDIN (Russia).
The final concert of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was the rock panorama. The Vitebsk residents and guests applauded to the performances by Maxim POKROVSKY and the group “Nogu Svelo”, Olga KORMUKHINA, Sergey MAZAEV and the group “Moralny Kodeks”.
On July 15, the closing day of the XXII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, the Summer Amphitheatre hosted the award ceremony of the winners of the contests “Vitebsk”. The Grand Prix winners Michal Kaczmarek and Presiyana Dimitrova were presented the awards by the jury chairperson of the adult contest Larisa DOLINA and the jury chairperson of the children contest Alexander Tikhanovich. The gala concert of the Closing Ceremony was presented by Denis DUDINSKY, Olga RYZHIKOVA, Timur RODRIGUEZ and Ekaterina ILIONENKOVA. The gala featured Pyotr ELFIMOV, Alexander TIKHANOVICH and Yadviga POPLAVSKAYA, Victoria ALESHKO, Nikolay SKORIKOV, Valery SKOROZHONOK (Belarus), Zlata OGNEVICH (Ukraine), Constantin MOSCOVICI (Moldova), Olga KORMUKHINA, Yulia SAVICHEVA, Leonid AGUTIN, Angelica VARUM, Natalia PODOLSKAYA, Vladimir PRESNYAKOV, Andrey BARINOV, Vadim MULERMAN. The festive concert was followed by Vlad SOKOLOVSKY, Tatiana BULANOVA, Eva POLNA, group “Heroes” and “Prime Minister”, Alexander KOGAN. The performances of many artists were accompanied by show-ballet ”STREET JAZZ”, dance ensemble “Zorka”.
The fair of folk crafts and cultures “Zadvinskaya Fair” at the cultural and historical complex “Golden Ring of Vitebsk “Dvina”” from July 10 to July 17, for the first time featured Lithuanian masters from the Lithuanian Association of ancient skills and cultural heritage “Holiday to everyone”. Master classes were presented by the folk artists from Vitebsk, Minsk, Mogilev, Bobruisk, Grodno, Gomel, regions of Russia and Ukraine. The event was attended by over 600 folk artists and artisans, enterprises and organizations.
In 2013, the format of the festival was significantly changed. The official period of the festival was shortened, but the program became more intense and spectacular both for the guests of Vitebsk and viewers from around the world. The festival 2013 added to the history of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” more than 60 concerts, performances, film screenings, exhibitions and presentations.