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2 May 2019

Motto for Victory Day celebrations in Belarus announced

Motto for Victory Day celebrations in Belarus announced
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MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) – The Victory Day celebrations will be held under the motto Belarus Remembers, Irina Driga, the head of state special cultural events and professional art at Belarus’ Culture Ministry, told th media, BelTA has learned.

“All celebrations will be themed around the Belarus Remembers motto in the light of the 75th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation. The Belarus Remembers campaign which was launched long ago has gained national prominence. Every year people gather together and march to Victory Square in Minsk carrying portraits of war heroes and their family members who liberated Belarus. They lay wreaths and flowers at the Victory Monument. This wonderful tradition to commemorate the war heroes will be the centerpiece of all major events of the Victory Day celebrations,” Irina Driga said.

On 8 May, the Palace of the Republic will host a formal meeting and a concert. The main symbol of the celebration will be the Victory Train. “This train is a time machine of sorts. It will take us from the pre-war epoch through the war to modern Minsk, where the Victory Train will turn into the Memory Train,” Irina Driga noted.

The concert will celebrate the Great Patriotic War from the perspective of today’s young and middle-aged people, modern composers and singers. The dialogue of the generations will involve war heroes who played their part in the partisan movement, Belarus’ defense and liberation. Their photos, adorned with the symbols of the campaign, will be shown on the stage screens. The concert will feature famous Belarusian artists, young singers, and opera soloists. A new song about the war will be performed at the concert, however, the names of the author and singer have not been revealed yet.

Concerts will also take pace in the foyer and on the front porch of the Palace of the Republic. Spectators will immerse in the atmosphere of triumph which prevailed in the post-war years when people celebrated the end of the war.

On 9 May, the celebrations in Minsk will center around Victory Square. A traditional wreath-laying ceremony will take place in the morning. Guests and citizens of Minsk will flock to the square from all directions holding portraits of their family members who participated in the war to pay tribute to them. A theatrical performance “Let us bow to those glorious years”will be staged at the square.

The evening concert Belarus Remembers will be part of the Victory Square project of the Belteleradiocompany national broadcaster, Belarus’ Culture Ministry, and the Minsk City Hall. The concert will feature artists and famous people who will talk about their family members during the war. The celebration will round off with singing-along to the Victory Day song and a festive firework.

On 8-9 May, concerts, meetings, and wreath-laying ceremonies will take place in all parts of Belarus.

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