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Brest becomes Belarus' cultural capital

The ceremony of the transfer of a certificate and a plaque to the mayor of the city was held at the closing of the festival of classical music "January Music Nights". By the way, this is one of the most exciting cultural events in the Brest region. Grodno was Belarus' former cultural capital.

Alexander Rogachuk, Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee: 
A lot of work is ahead. We will do everything to keep the bar raised by Grodno, when they were the cultural capital. But I dream not only about Brest being a cultural capital, but I also want us to be the capital in terms of investment, construction, industry and finance. And for this we will do all that is needed.

Boris Svetlov, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus:
On the one hand, we certainly had debates because we have a lot of towns and cities and villages that are eligible for having this title - the cultural capital. But in my opinion, the most important thing is that 2015 will be the year of the 70th anniversary of our victory. So we weighted everything and decided that we need to conduct all cultural activities with a focus on Brest.

The campaign Cultura Capital was launched in Belarus 4 years ago. In 2010, the title was received by Polotsk followed by Nesvizh and Mogilev.

The main focus in terms of culture in 2015 will be on patriotic events. Brest residents and visitors will enjoy more than 300 concerts, festivals and creative campaigns.

Brest becomes Belarus' cultural capital