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from 23.01.2008

Alexander Kosinets “Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk” should undergo fundamental changes


Alexander Kosinets “Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk” should undergo fundamental changes

The international festival of arts “Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk” should undergo major changes, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Alexander Kosinets tasked the Culture Ministry on January 23 when analysing the performance of the department in 2007.

“Every year we see one-type festival. It is necessary to change the approach to art direction and the composition of participants,” said the First Vice-Premier. A star avenue should appear in Vitebsk glorifying those, who personify culture and made a considerable contribution to the development of the festival.

A competition of teenagers should take place within the framework of the festival apart from grown-up and children’s contests. On the whole, only stars should take part in the festival. “A concert of Toto Cutugno costs about Br600 million. Invite 5-7 such singers,” said the Vice-Premier.

This year about Br4 billion will be spent on organizing the international festival of arts “Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk”. In 2007 the sum was Br3 billion 932 million. The proceeds totalled Br2 billion 971 million. This year’s estimated proceeds – Br2 billion 783 million - look absolutely illogical, Alexander Kosinets stressed.

The organisers have not drawn up a relevant festival business plan yet. They have not made a list of actions, which will be held in the Summer Amphitheatre. This stage is not properly exploited. We need to invite world famous singers, Alexander Kosinets underlined.