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VITEBSK, July 15 (BelTA) – Grand Prize holder of the 2015 Vitebsk International Song Competition Dimash Kudaibergen and holder of the Grand Prize of the 2020 Vitebsk Junior Song Competition Angelina Lomako solemnly hoisted the flag of the 30th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, BelTA learned.

This year, the flag was hoisted at midnight, for the first time in the history of the festival. The ceremony took place at the Summer Amphitheater and was accompanied by a light show. This year, the flags of the 33 participating countries will fly near the main stage of the festival.

Dimash Kudaibergen said that Slavianski Bazaar holds a special place for him and other young artists. “I’m happy to be here, because I really love Belarus, Vitebsk, the festival,” he said. The singer added that the festival has its own style, it is a success and he does not need to imitate other musical projects.

The second ceremony participant, Angelina Lomako, added that it was an honor for her to hoist the flag of the festival. “We have just arrived from Minsk, we haven’t been here for a long time and we really missed it. The city and the festival have become dear to me, ”she said.

The solemn opening ceremony of the festival will take place at the Summer Amphitheater on July 15. It will include a ceremony for the awarding of the Belarusian President’s special prize “Through art for peace and understanding”. This year, the prize will be awarded to Nikolai Baskov.

The 30th edition of the Slavianski Bazaar International Arts Festival in Vitebsk will take place from July 15 to 18, but the first events of the festival took place on July 14. The festival will conclude with a gala concert with an award ceremony for the winners of the song contests on July 18. People’s Artist of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko and Serbian singer Filip Zmaher will lead the jury for the singing competitions for adults and children respectively.