President of the Republic of Belarus A. G. Lukashenko presents Tamara Gverdtsiteli with Special Award
Festival flag raising
First Prize winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest Vlad Sytnik
Grand Prix winner of the XV International Children  Music Contest Maria Magilnaya
 Anniversary concert by “Syabry” ensemble
The gala concert “I Love Festival!”»
 The night in memory of Alexander Tikhanovich. Yadviga Poplavskaya performing
The concert by the State Academic Dance Ensemble of North Ossetia-Alania “Alan”
The concert by Zara
The Youth Day at the festival
The play “The Musicians of Bremen” by the Belarusian Theatre Lyalka
The exhibition “Wedding of Western Polesie” dedicated to Belarusian folk traditions
Street Art Fest
The “Star Hour” in the festival press center. Sergey Shustitsky and Yordanka Hristova
The spoon included in the festival book of records

“The Festival is a truly landmark event in the life of our country, our Slavic nations. Contemporary history events are expressively reflected in this festival... “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” has become the true symbol of unity of millions of people of good will because it serves a noble goal - strengthening of peace and understanding between nations, preservation of cultural diversity, and support for talents”, said the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk- 2017”, held under the slogan “Stars over Belarus”.

Following last year’s tradition, one of the first events on the official opening day was the ceremony of the festival flag raising. It was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the National Organizing Committee of the festival Vasily Zharko, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Boris Svetlov, Chairman of the Regional Council of Deputies Vladimir Terentiev, Director of the festival Alexander Sidorenko and other official personalities.

Welcoming the guests and participants, Vasily Zharko said: “In the festival days Vitebsk receives guests from almost all continents, which proves its wide-spread recognition and role in the world culture”.

“Slavianski Bazaar”, held between 13 -17 July (additional days 10-12, 18 and 19 July), welcomed the representatives from 36 countries, with Nigeria and Ecuador taking part for the first time. About 5 thousand participants got festival accreditations.

The opening day in 2017 was 13 July, one of the most event-filled days of the festival.

The Square of the Winners of “Through Art- to Peace and Understanding” Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus hosted the opening of the “Star” in honor of the People’s Artist of Georgia and Russia Tamara Gverdtsiteli, who had participated in the festival for 25 years. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of culture of Belarus Boris Svetlov, Director of the Board of Directors of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko, Chairman of the City Council of Deputies Vladimir Belevich. Tamara Gverdtsiteli was congratulated by her countrymen from the Georgian ensemble “Alilo”, the young Vitebsk artists, and the admirers of her creativity.

At the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko presented Tamara Gverdtsiteli with “Through Art – to Peace and Understanding” Special Award.

For the first time the Opening Ceremony included the Award Ceremony for the Grand Prix winner of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”. The Gran Prix was given to the twelve-year-old singer Maria Magilnaya.

The welcome address to the festival participants and guests from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was read out by Ivan Melnikov, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The greeting said that “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” makes a considerable contribution to the development of effective humanitarian cooperation. It promotes mutual spiritual enrichment and brings nations closer to each other”.

The Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts was attended by the President of Moldova Igor Dodon. He expressed gratitude to the Belarusian people for the hospitality and organization of such a large and beautiful event from the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre.

Another long-standing festival tradition is to start the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony in the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian languages. 26 years ago these three countries decided to hold “Slavianski Bazaar”, which became a large-scale platform for creative discoveries, mutual enrichment of cultures of different nations of the world.

Many performances were imbued with symbolism. Varvara and Marina Devyatova appeared on the stage with the Belarusian dance group and sang a Russian folk song, hieromonk Photiy sang “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” to the accompaniment of the State Ensemble “Pesnyary”. The Moldovan musician Constantin Moscovici played the national instrument nai for the choreographic composition of “Talaka” ensemble from Vitebsk. “Alilo” ensemble from Tbilisi sang an old Georgian song. The singing duo Metodie Bujor – Jasmine presented a new song, specially composed for “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

The concert featured popular Belarusian, Russian, Kazakh, Moldovan performers, Julio Iglesias Jr. from Spain, Chris de Burg from Ireland, Laila Ibrahim from Egypt, Londonbeat from the UK. The performance by Tamara Gverdtsiteli and Grigory Leps crowned the program.

The main event of the festival was the International Contest of Pop Song Performers “Vitebsk”. The 26th edition of the contest presented the following participants: Arman Mesropyan (Armenia), Egor Sharankov (Belarus), Nicola Chochev (Bulgaria), Keta Tsverava (Georgia), Walter Ricci (Italy), Ayree (Kazakhstan), Asael Cuesta  (Colombia), Sabine Berezina  (Latvia), Paulina Paulauskaite  (Lithuania), Stefan Manasievic  (Macedonia), Janice Mangion  (Malta), Donnatella Pelayo Rodriguez  (Mexico), Danieli Schwetz (Moldova), Dennis Smit (the Netherlands), ULIASHA  (Poland), Lilia Veltman (Russia), Nevena Božović  (Serbia), Rishat Kamal  (Uzbekistan), Vlad Sytnik (Ukraine), Nina Kraljić (Croatia), Nika (Estonia).

The contest performances were evaluated by Yordanka Hristova (Bulgaria, jury chairperson), Yadviga Poplavskaya (Belarus), Felix Livshits (Israel), Depsa (Italy), Gleb Matveichuk (Russia), Filip Zmaher (Serbia), Kevin McCoy (USA), Vladislav Baginsky (Ukraine).

The drawing lots to fix the order of the contest performances in the semi-final took place at the Square of Winners of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” Special Award near the main venue of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” - the Summer Amphitheatre.

The semi-final selected fifteen best contestants, according to the international jury, to compete in the finals. Keeping the tradition, the finals lasted for two days. The young performers competed in the Summer Amphitheatre.

On Contest Day One of the final round the contestants performed a song by a composer from the Slavic country in any Slavic language to the accompaniment of the National Academic Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, headed by Mikhail Finberg. On Contest Day Two of the final round the participants presented a world hit.

The winners were announced at the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts.

According to the international jury decision, in 2017 Grand Prix was not awarded.

The prizewinners of the XXVI International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2017” were: First Prize - Vlad Sytnik (Ukraine), Second Prize - Egor Sharankov (Belarus); Third Prize - Nevena Bozovic (Serbia).

The Special Prize of the World Association of Festivals (WAF) was awarded to Walter Ricci from Italy.

The Special Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus “Slavic Hope” was awarded to Nina Kraljić from Croatia.

The Vladimir Mulyavin Special Prize “for the best implementation of the national theme, high level of performing skills” and the Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia were given to Egor Sharankov from Belarus.

The Special Prize of the TV and radio company “Mir” “for high level of skill in preserving national traditions” and the Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia were awarded to Lilia Veltman.


The XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” featured  Eric Mkrtchyan (Armenia), Mariya Magilnaya (Belarus), SESIL (Bulgaria), Ana Spasoević (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sofia Ioannidou (Greece), ELENE (Georgia), Tali Kuper  (Israel), RAFAEL  (Italy), Maxim Yerzhan (Kazakhstan), Shamil Kyyazov  (Kyrgyzstan), Erika Hernandez Gonzalez  (Cuba), Liene Zēģele (Latvia), ALANA (Lithuania), MARTINA (Malta), Marija Spasovska (Macedonia), Maria Cazarinov  (Moldova), Ekaterina Kretova  (Russia), David (USA), Hanna Komiakova (Ukraine), Diana (Finland), Vladislav Odintsov (Estonia).

The young singers from the USA and Cuba represented their countries in the contest for the first time.

The international jury that evaluated the contest performances of the XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” included Varvara (Russia, jury chairperson), Victoria Aleshko (Belarus), Lasha Ramishvili (Georgia), Alisher Karimov (Kazakhstan), Alberto Loreydis Pérez Zamora (Cuba), Boban Mojsovski (Macedonia), Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine).

In 2017, the children contest was held before the official festival opening. The drawing lots took place on 10 July in Mayakovsky Square Garden, near the Board of Directors of the international forum of arts.

The design of the contest program (stage manager Ivan Deshko, stage designer Tatiana Kuleshova) resembled a fairy tale story from the life of a festival City with vigorous Notes, night Noises, funny Sounds and two Princesses.

The Belarusian and Russian groups such as dance ensembles “Zorka”, “Pirouette”, “Egoza”, “Mosaic”, “Fest”, show-ballet “Sensation”, the group “Volshebniki dvora”, student theater “TUZH”, the national modern dance studio by I. Bukhovetskaya, the youth variety theatre “School of Stars”, the dance group “Terra Dance”, the folk theater-studio of modern choreography, Anastasia Kravchenya and Sasha Minenok accompanied the contest participants on the stage and delighted the audience.

On Contest Day One 21 participants performed a song in the language of the country they represented. On Contest Day Two they could perform a song in any language, however, the contestants were to demonstrate the maximum of their vocal skills and artistry.

The Award Ceremony of the XV International Children Music Contest was held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” on the day of the festival Opening Ceremony.

The main prize of the children contest “Golden Lyre” was awarded to the overall winner at the gala concert of the Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for the first time.

The prizewinners of XV International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” were: Grand Prix – Maria Magilnaya (Belarus), First Prize – Eric Mkrtchyan (Armenia), Second Prize – SESIL (Bulgaria) and Maxim Yerzhan (Kazakhstan), Third Prize – Ekaterina Kretova (Russia) and Marija Spasovska (Macedonia).

The Special Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia was awarded to Maria Magilnaya from Belarus.

The Special Prize of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus was awarded to Ekaterina Kretova from Russia.

The Special Prize from the Chairperson of the International Children Music Contest, singer Varvara, was given to Hanna Komiakova from Ukraine.

All performances of the International Children Music Contest were held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”.

Every year “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” opens new names, while its program presents new projects and events. Moreover, the festival is known mainly for its strong traditions.

For the fifteenth time the program of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” included the Union State Day which began with the ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths at the Memorial complex in honor of the Soviet soldiers-liberators, partisans and resistance fighters. The ceremony was attended by delegations of the Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia, representatives of public and youth organizations.

The ceremony was followed by the press conference of the State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota who spoke about different aspects of life of the Union State, highlighted the economic aspects of cooperation between Belarus and Russia.

The Ilya Repin Estate-Museum “Zdravnevo” hosted a round table “Artistic and literary heritage for future generations”. Thought-provoking reports were made by the Director of the State Memorial Historical-Literary and Natural-Landscape Museum-Reserve of A.S. Pushkin “Mikhailovskoye” Georgy Vasilevich, the General Director of the National Art Museum of Belarus Vladimir Prokoptsov, the Branch Director of the “Center of Culture and Art– “Chaika” by artist V. K. Bialynitsky-Birulya” of the Tver Region Art Gallery Elena Timakova, the head of the department of Russian classical literature of the A.M.Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences Marina Shcherbakova.

The Summer Amphitheatre provided its stage for the concert program “The Union State invites...”. During the official part special diplomas and prizes of the Permanent Committee of the Union State “for creative implementation of the ideas of friendship between the peoples of Belarus and Russia” were awarded. They went to the General Director of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Prokoptsov, the staff of the Ilya Repin Museum-Estate “Zdravnevo”, singer Gleb Matveichuk, People’s Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko.

The concert “The Union State Invites ...” attracted admirers and friends of the glorious Belarusian ensemble “Syabry” and its artistic director, People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko. “Syabry” celebrated its 45th anniversary, and presented the best songs from the ensemble's repertoire.

The high international status of the festival was confirmed not only by a rich cultural program, but also by the representative cultural events.

During the international forum a meeting of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Festivals (WAF), the organization headed by the General Director of the Center of Culture “Vitebsk”, Director of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” Alexander Sidorenko, was held. The issues discussed included the activity of the Association consisting of 20 festivals and international projects from different countries. WAF welcomed new members, the International Festival-Contest of Russian Culture “Origins” (Russia) and the International Cultural Association of Turku (Finland).

At the III International Conference “Festival movement. Traditions. Innovations” speeches were made by presidents and directors of festivals from Belarus, Russia and Finland, as well as producer, head of the Latin American delegation Alberto Loreydis Perez Zamora from Cuba and the Deputy Head of the Culture Department of the Daugavpils City Council Vita Vilevko.

“Slavianski Bazaar – 2017” presented a debut gala concert “International Voice in Vitebsk”. The promising project was initiated by the “Slavianski Bazaar” Board of Directors. The concert program was made up of the representatives from 12 countries-participants of WAF, including Helena Meraai, Kristina Kornelyuk, Masha Novik, Uzari, the vocal ensemble “Angels of music” (Belarus), Laila Ibrahim and Tamer Taufik (Egypt), Anna Timofei (Israel), Federica Russo (Italy), Aigerim Zhantemirova (Kazakhstan), Liao Tsui (China), Eduards Redico, ensembles “Perlites”, “Pumpurini” (Latvia), Antonia Gigovska (Macedonia), Arina Arkhipova, Kira Gogoladze, Alexandra Tabulina, David Kazaryan, the ensemble “Musical frigate” (Russia), Anna Voronova, Lyubov Zherdeva (Ukraine). “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was represented in the concert by a Mexican singer Rodrigo de La Cadena, Grand Prix winner of the International Pop Song Contest “Vitebsk-2014”.

The main festival venue – the Summer Amphitheatre – hosted 18 concerts.

The song marathon was opened by the Russian singer Zara who had participated in the festival projects numerous times, worked in the jury of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”, was awarded the title of the Laureate of the Union State “for the creative implementation of the ideas of friendship between Russia and Belarus”.

The program “I Love Festival!” marked the beginning of a new tradition at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” - to confess one’s love to the city and the festival with a full audience.

A six thousand audience of the concert “There is only a moment...”  gave standing ovation to the People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Artist of Russia Alexander Zatsepin, who celebrated his 90th anniversary in 2017. Alexander Zatsepin wrote music to over 120 films of the Soviet and Russian cinema. Zatsepin’s songs were performed by the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under Mikhail Finberg, Larisa Dolina, Aziza, Varvara, Gleb Matveichuk, Jasmine, Alexander Oleshko, Oksana Bogoslovskaya, Anastasia Makeeva, Alexandra Elovskih, the groups “Volshebniki dvora”, “Five”, Ruslan Alehno, Dmitry Kocherovsky, Tatiana Glazunova, Natalia Tamelo, Galina Gromovich, Evgeny Tsimbalist, Alexander Soloviev, Svetlana Vezhnovets, the group “Drozdy”, “Uncle Vanya and nephews”, the pop song studio “Forum”, Alisher Karimov from Kazakhstan and others.

The concert of masters of arts of Ukraine “Ukraine Welcoms”, hosted by Timur Miroshnichenko and Anyuta Slavskaya, featured Nikolai Gnatyuk, Irina Bilyk, Natalia Valevskaya, Ivo Bobul, Natalia Buchinskaya, Aliosha, Mikhail Grytskan, Zlata Ognevich, Yevgeniy Hmara, Olga Vasilyuk, Marietta Ways, Max Lorence, Dasha Pyshnaya, Darina Galitskaya, the vocal instrumental ensemble “Kobza”, the group “Emition”, the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and others.

The concert “Golden Hit” gathered over 30 artists from Belarus, neighbouring countries and beyond, who performed popular songs of the 1980s and 1990s.

The participants of the TV project “Once in Russia” presented a satirical show of the same name.

At his solo concert Grigory Leps treated the audience to a variety of his favorite hits and new compositions, as well as performed his own songs.

For the first time the solo concert on the stage the Summer Amphitheatre was given by Egor Krid, who had previously taken part in the festival night concerts “EUROPA PLUS TV”.

Valery Meladze presented the program “My Brother”.

Stas Mikhailov delighted the audience with the concert program “The Best Day”.

The Closing Ceremony of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” featured top-notch artists Larisa Dolina, Stas Mikhailov, Valery Meladze, Tatiana Bulanova, Yordanka Hristova, Irina Bilyk, Gleb Matveichuk, Soso Pavliashvili, Egor Krid. Standing ovations were given to the winners of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” of different years: Philip Zmaher (Serbia), Dimash Kudaibergen (Kazakhstan). An unexpected trio was made by the Belarusians Denis Dudinskiy, Ekaterina Raetskaya and the member of the jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest Kevin McCoy. The concert program was presented by the hosts Denis Dudinskiy, Ekaterina Raetskaya, Irina Medvedeva (Russia), Ivan Vabishchevich (Belarus).

The concerts in the Summer Amphitheatre continued after the official closing of the forum.

The band “Ruki Vverh” celebrated its 20th anniversary. The artists turned the concert program into a journey through time, which was led by the soloist and band leader Sergei Zhukov.

For the tenth time chanson-lovers greeted the artists of the genre at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. The anniversary program “Shanson TV - All Stars To Us”, presented by Alexandra Khayrullina and Roman Shakhov, included performances by Garik Krichevsky, Katerina Golitsina, Irina and Soso Pavliashvili, Denis Maidanov, Willi Tokarev, Rada Rai, Intars Busulis, Metodie Bujor, Anatoly Polotno, Fedya Karmanov, Zheka, Natalia Senchukova and Viktor Rybin (“Dyuna” band)... Alexander Elovskikh from Belarus, the Italian group “JUST” took part in the festival for the first time. After a long break the Vitebsk audience had a chance to see Masha Rasputina, Tatiana Bulanova, Evgeny Kemerovskiy from Russia on stage of the concert venue. The performances were accompanied by the orchestra conducted by Mikhail Janis and the show ballet “Sensation”.

The festival program in the Summer Amphitheatre was crowned by the concert of “Splin” band from St. Petersburg, which performed at the festival for the first time. The band headed by Alexander Vasiliev, sang proven hits and new songs.

The Concert Hall “Vitebsk” hosted 9 festival events.

The concert “On the Artist's Birthday” was imbued with special sincerity.

On 13 July, 2017, People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich would have turned 65... The duet of Alexander Tikhanovich and Yadviga Poplavskaya had beem a regular participant of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for many years, and the singer's birthday had always celebrated at the festival.

The concert in memory of Alexander Tikhanovich gathered his friends and colleagues, Inna Afanasieva, Irina Dorofeeva, Alyona Lanskaya, Iskui Abalian, Dmitry Koldun, Ruslan Alehno, Nadezhda Mikulich, Olga Ryzhikova, TEO, Elena Spiridovich, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Marina Devyatova, Zara, Metodie Bujor, Roza Rymbaeva... and, of course, his family, Yadviga Poplavskaya and Anastasia Tikhanovich.

Four concert programs were held in Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Society, three of them represented the project “Festival Without Borders”.

The debutant of the festival was the Georgian ensemble “Alilo” headed by Zurab Dadikashvili. Georgia is famous for its polyphony. The artists performed folk songs with dances, romances, modern hits, instrumental compositions and songs of different countries of the world.

The concert by the State Academic Dance Ensemble of North Ossetia-Alania “Alan”, headed by Ruslan Tedeev, was included into the festival program for the second time.

New colour to the palette of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was added by the Italian duet of Claudio Santangelo (marimba) and Staphano Delle Donne (violin) who presented a concert “Two roads...”.

The gala concert of the masters of art of Israel, held in the hall of the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater, presented the Israeli Opera soloist, Laureate of the State Prize of Israel Felix Livshits, the family kleizmer ensemble “Jerusalem Keytlin Band”, the prizewinner of the XV International Children Music Festival “Vitebsk-2017” Tali Cooper, the prizewinner of the XXV International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” Anna Timofey, the accordion orchestra headed by Victor Derenboym. The program host was musicologist Inna Shiekhatovich.

The program “Theater Meetings” invited the art lovers to enjoy ten stage productions. The participants of “Theater Meetings” included the Theatre Agency “Art-partner XXI century”, the Film Actor's Studio Theater from Minsk, the International Theater Center “Chance” , the “Maskarad” Theater Agency, the Moscow Yugo-Zapad (South-West) Theatre,  the Belarusian State University of Culture  and Arts.

The Belarusian Theatre “Lyalka” welcomed the participants of the “Puppet Quarter” project for the fourth time. 9 performances by the companies from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden were presented.

The festival exhibition program impressed not only with the large range of represented genres, but also with the richness of each exhibition.

During four festival days the Art Museum and the Vitebsk Regional Local Lore Museum hosted opening of two exhibitions.

The connoisseurs and lovers of art were treated to a variety of projects such as the international Belarus-Italy project “The Great Rembrandt. True Masterpieces of the Genius”, the exhibition by Estonian contemporary painters-members of the International Arts Laboratory, the graphic works by the Italian painter Depsa, exhibitions dedicated to the Belarusian art. The exhibition project “Format” was organized by the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Vitebsk regional organization of the Belarusian Union of Artists. 51 works by 28 modern painters, graphic artists, sculptors from Vitebsk, Verhnedvinsk, Mogilev and Minsk were presented at several sites.

The Youth Day was traditionally organized by the Belarusian Republican Youth Union. The celebration for the first time lasted for two days. It was attended by delegations from all regions of the country and Minsk, the winners of the qualifying rounds of competitions  in 2017 “Battle of DJs”, “Fire of Dance”, the popular Belarusian pop singers, representatives of youth public organizations, creative clubs and associations, sports and music groups, bards, creative young people from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The most popular and visited event was the Street Art Fest “On Seven Winds”, which first appeared in the festival program in 2015. Over 600 artists, 109 bands from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Nigeria and Ecuador took part in the Fest. More than 40 events were held within the Street Art Fest.

For the first time the venue in front of the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” was used for the festival events. “FEST picnic” was opened near Frunze Park, where the representatives from Lithuania and Belarus set up several street-food pavilions. The organizers of the famous fair “Kaziukas” brought the traditional Lithuanian food to Vitebsk.

The fire show program “Wind of Night Lights”, featuring “AGNI SHOW”, “SkyFire”, “INDEN”, “FlyFox”, “Helga Light”, “Lunaly”, “Show Project INSAIN”, the theater of fire “Horos” and many others crowned the celebrations.

“Slavianski Bazaar” book of records continued to add new achievements. The chronicle of the opening day of the XXVI International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” was photographed by 10 photographers. Each of them prepared 100 shots to be presented at an open-air exhibition in Mayakovsky Square Garden.

Another record was making a huge wooden spoon as a symbol of the festival hospitality. The spoon, 5 m. 94 cm long and 69 cm wide, was made by the Belarusian-Lithuanian duet – Mikhail Zenkov and Virgilijus Vaiciunaus.