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The International Arts Festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk

The logo of the 27th International Arts Festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk (2018)
The logo of the 27th International Arts Festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk (2018)

The International Arts Festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk (Slavonic Bazaar) has become a trademark of the Republic of Belarus. For years, the music forum has been promoting cross-cultural dialogue between nations and countries.

History of the Festival

Organized by Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, the first festival was held in Vitebsk on 18 July 1992. It was designed to introduce city residents and guests to Slavonic song folklore.

In 1993, the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk became a member of the International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF). The same year the geography of the festival broadened to include participants from Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.

Since 1995 the festival has been held under the patronage of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The same year the Slavianski Bazaar became to be known as the International Festival of Arts.

The first satellite broadcast of the festival was launched in 1996, which made it possible to show the forum all over the world.

In 2009 an alley was unveiled in Vitebsk to honor the winners of the Prize of Belarus’ President "Towards peace and mutual understanding through art".

The 20th International Arts Festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk was held in 2011. For 20 years, Vitebsk welcomed more than 55,000 participants from 68 countries. The Summer Amphitheater, the main stage of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, hosted 316 concerts which were attended by about 3 million people.

The International Song Contest in Vitebsk has been the highlight of the festival since 1992. The International Children’s Song Contest as well as fascinating cinema and theater shows are also held within the framework of the music forum.   

We cannot imagine the festival without plein-air exhibitions of modern artists and fairs of artisans. The Union State Day, the gala performance of artists from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, Festival without Borders, theatrical meetings,  "Zvezdny Chas" have become integral part of the festival.

The facts to know about the festival…

In 2000 the Slavianski Bazaar set a record bringing together representatives of all Slavonic nations.

The FIDOF awarded the festival with the diploma "Festival of the Year" in 2000 and 2004. In 2005 Vitebsk played host to the Assembly of the International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF), which meant the high level recognition of the festival.

Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk 2018

The 27th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk is scheduled to take place on 12-16 July, however, a series of events will be held in Marc Chagall’s hometown before and after this period, namely on 7-11 July and 17-18 July.

The organizers believe that this time the festival will be even bigger than last year’s. The Summer Amphitheater alone will be the venue for 19 concerts, while other venues will host 2-3 events every day.

The most anticipated events of the festival are, as usual, international song contests. Young hopefuls will be the first to come on stage. The results of the junior song contest will be announced as early as on 12 July. The Grand Prix is expected to be handed over by the president during the opening ceremony.

The major theme of the festival is native land. This theme will define the concept of the opening and closing ceremonies, video contents and performances of artists. Apart from that, this year the Slavianski Bazaar festival will mark two important dates – the 80th anniversary of People’s Artist of Belarus, composer Igor Luchenok and the 30th anniversary of the Summer Amphitheater.

There will be an abundance of orchestra performances this year. Taking the stage will be Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra and Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, Phonograf-Sympho-Jazz (Day of the Union State concert), State Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Finberg, Orchestra conducted by Svetlana Bezrodnaya, and Oleg Menshikov’s Dream Orchestra. The program provides for a lot of street events, including with the participation of visiting orchestras and musicians.

The program features a great number of famous performers, exclusive projects and surprise events. The full program is available on the official website of the Slavianski Bazaar festival.

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