Maladzechna 2017 festival to mark 135th anniversary of birth of Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:21  |  Written by  BelTA

All the events will be themed around their life and works

The National Festival of Belarusian Songs and Poetry Maladzechna 2017, that will take place in the city of Molodechno on 2 and 3 June, will celebrate the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian poets Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas, Belarusian First Deputy Culture Minister Irina Driga told reporters on 15 May, BelTA has learned.

Irina Driga noted that a special feature of the forum is that most of its concerts, performances, and literature events are held in the Belarusian language, and the singers perform live accompanied by the orchestra. “This year's edition of the festival will mark the 135th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian poets Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. All the events will be themed around their life and works,” Irina Driga noted.

The program of the first day includes the National Competition for Young Performers of Belarusian Pop Songs, and a premiere by the National Academic Concert Orchestra. The second day will feature a concert of academic Belarusian music and a concert by Syabry band.

Art Director of the National Academic Concert Orchestra, People's Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg drew attention to the importance and prestige of the festival in Molodechno. He said that a rehearsal of the concert program themed around the legacy of Yakub Kolas and Yanka Kupala was held on 15 May. “Our country can be proud of their works,” Mikhail Finberg said. He noted that everything is ready for the festival. According to Mikhail Finberg, the level of this forum is very high. The festival helps discover new names in music.

The National Festival of Belarusian Songs and Poetry in Molodechno is one of the most important festivals in the country. It defines the cultural space of the modern Belarus. Established in 1993, the festival promotes the country's national values, the Belarusian language, and the works of Belarusian composers and poets.

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