Belarusians awarded UNESCO medals for first time

Belarusians awarded UNESCO medals for first time

UNESCO Medal Victor Hugo were awarded to USSR and Belarus People's Artists Tamara Nizhnikova, Gennady Ovsyannikov and Rostislav Yankovsky. The ceremony took place in the Yanka Kupala Theater. This is the first time citizens of Belarus have been given such a high award.

Gennady Ovsyannikov, People's Artist of the USSR and Belarus:
Of course, exciting and nice to receive awards, prizes and medals. Honestly, I did not expect it!

Tamara Nizhnikova, People's Artist of the USSR and Belarus:
I remember all my roles and they are all in my soul. Because I gave all my soul to these roles. I have always said I belong to Belarusian public, Belarusian people and Belarusian art.

Pavel Latushko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in France with concurrent accreditation in the Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic:
Today we honor and reward the very people who really worked and are still creating Belarusian national theater school. It is also a kind of recognition. International recognition of Belarusian culture.