19 July 2017


Masha Rasputina on stageThis year the festival lasts ten days and even after its’ festive closing ceremony the concerts do take place in the Summer Amphitheatre.

The XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has set a kind of a new record- all the concerts were sold out.

The Gala Concert “Chanson TV – All Stars” was no exception to the rule. On July, 18 the concert gathered its constant participants, the ones who didn’t visit Vitebsk for a long time, and those who came to the city for the first time.

The Gala Concert “Chanson TV – All Stars” took place at the “Slavianski Bazaar” for the tenth time.  The jubilee concert was presented by the well known to the festival audience Alexandra Khairullina and Roman Shakhov.

The presenters explained that  a short-term visa-free entry procedure for foreign citizens of 80 countries, established by the Belarusian authorities in 2017, made it possible for the friends of “Chanson to come”. Among them was an Italian band "JUST", which opened a concert program.

Natalia Senchukova and Victor Rybin (“Dyuna” band)

Villi Tokarev singingAlexander Elovskikh (Belarus) and Evgeny Kemerovsky (Russia) made their first entrance to the 10th jubilee concert.  Garik Krichevsky, Katerina Golitsina, Irina and Soso Pavliashvili, and Denis Maidanov, performed their new songs.

Rada Rai has specially recorded a  new song for the performance at the Summer Amphitheater; Intars Busulis (Latvia) was warmly welcomed by the audience, as well as Metodie Bujor from  St. Petersburg and Yaroslava Krasilnikova from Vienna.

Masha Rasputina hasn’t been to Vitebsk for 18 years. And she managed to remind about herself brightly. The way Tatiana Bulanova did, who also came to the Festival “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” after a long time.

No artist left without flowers from the audience. Every artist received a very unusual sweet souvenir from the Belarusian confectionery “Krasny Pishchevik - a namebox of sweets with a portrait of a star. Villi Tokarev, in his turn, prepared gifts to his fans - autographed booklets.

The audience sang along and danced with the artists. Natalia Senchukova and Victor Rybin (“Dyuna” band), Vladimir Zhdamirov, Sergey Kuprik, Valery Kuras, Tatiana Chubarova, Sergey Rossi, and others performed with the “Sensation” show-ballet dance backup for them.

Soso Pavliashvili and a sweet souvenirThe audiences’ stormy applause met the old friends of “Chanson” Anatoly Polotno, Fedya Karmanov and Evgeny Grigoryev (Zheka). The artists performed accompanied by the orchestra under Mikhail Yanis.

Russian text by Nina Novikova.