An international press center has opened in Vitebsk. Covering one of the main cultural events of the year will be more than 500 journalists from 10 countries.
For the majority of journalists, this is not the first trip to Vitebsk. Many consider it an honor to take part in the 25th Slavonic Bazaar.
Lilia Ananich, Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus:
Festival is expanding its geographic range: we already have participants from 45 countries. The neighbors, near and far, go to Vitebsk to share their creativity, their art. And of course to see our Belarusian culture. We are celebrating a landmark anniversary, 25 years of the festival, during 2016, the year the culture. And, of course, we are showing our country.
Yevgeny Safronov, editor in chief of a news agency (Russia):
This year is the 18th time we have brought our Russian press delegation to the festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. A lot has changed. Much has changed in the city: it has grown and become even more picturesque. And now it looks like a really cultural capital, not only of Belarus, but perhaps even of the entire Eastern Europe.