Signature festivals of Belarusian regions will be presented at the Kupala Night Festival (Alexandria Gathers Friends) that will take place on the bank of the Dnieper River in the agro-town of Alexandria, Shklov District, on 7-8 July, counselor of the department for concerts and festivals of the Directorate for Arts at the Culture Ministry Inna Mardusevich told reporters, BelTA has learned.
She noted that the Kupala Night Festival will offer an opportunity for Belarusian regions to showcase their local festivals and traditions.
The Kupala Night Wonders exhibition and fair will nestle along the Dnieper River. Music and crafts of the participating states will be presented along theme-specific streets. A separate street will be earmarked for a themed exposition and presentation of local festivals and signature events of Mogilev Oblast.
Next to the theme-specific streets there will be a youth venue where a rural tourism exhibition titled "Enjoy the Countryside" will have its debut. The regional phase of the nationwide project Lord of the Village, a festival of colors, presentation of Mogilev as Belarus' youth capital will take place here, too. New thematic venues will be arranged this year. One of them is Fair Fun that will feature pop-up stores, amusement rides, an active leisure area, a place for archery, badminton, biathlon, gymnastics, and athletics, Inna Mardusevich said. A contest for the best Kupala Night outfit will be held.
Over 1,500 artists from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland will take to the stage at the festival. The Native Land theatrical performance will be the centerpiece of the festival. It will star popular artists from Belarus and abroad, including Alexander Solodukha, Alyona Lanskaya, Sergei Trophimov (Russia), Blue Bird band, Nikolai Gnatyuk and Taisia Povaliy of Ukraine, Victoria Kokhana and many more. The festival will culminate in fireworks and a disco.
The Kupala Night Festival debuted in 2010. The idea to hold this festival in Alexandria was upheld by the head of state. The festivities will unfold in a picturesque place on the bank of the Dnieper River, near the bridge that connects not only two settlements – Alexandria and Kopys, but also two oblasts – Mogilev Oblast and Vitebsk Oblast.