History of the festival

In 1992, the first festival was held by private organizations, which later became its producers and directors. Even back then about a thousand people came to see what this was all about. TV broadcasts for Slavyansky Bazaar began in 1995, and more and more famous artists of that time began to perform on its stage. By 2003, the program included the celebration of the Neighboring Countries Days. Four years later the main stage was reconstructed.

The complete history of the festival can be found in the colorful booklets printed by the organizers. In addition, you can watch programs and documentaries. All in all, participants from more than 70 countries have performed on the stage of Slavyansky Bazaar.

Interesting facts

Slavyansky Bazaar in Vitebsk 2021

At first the festival was supposed to be called “New Europe”, but, as it is believed, when the founders were considering it, there was a signboard hanging nearby that read “Slavyansky Bazaar”. This is how it gave away its name.

Why Vitebsk? This is simple: in the 1990s, meetings of jazz fans took place here, which prompted the organizers to hold an international event.
Out of all the continents, only representatives of Antarctica did not participate in Slavyansky Bazaar.
Since 2017, the festival has introduced a currency in the form of cornflowers (one equals one ruble). You can buy something with them in many places.
Do you know where you can look at the microphone of the very first festival? At the Slavyansky Bazaar Museum, which opened in 2006.
The festival has its own record book, which records various achievements in the field of culture and art.

Traditions and symbols

Slavyansky Bazaar in Vitebsk 2021

The symbol is a cornflower in the form of a note. Around the circle on the outside there is an inscription in English and Belarusian: “International Festival of Arts”.

The holiday usually goes like this:

  • Everything starts with the opening ceremony, which is traditionally a very spectacular show.
  • Then there is a competition of pop singers from different countries who compete for the main award, the Golden Lyre.
  • Then a song competition among children follows.
  • A day dedicated to the brotherhood of Belarus and Russia.
  • Gala concerts of folk stars from Slavic countries.
  • Solo performances by popular artists.
  • The festival ends with a closing ceremony, during which the participants are awarded.
  • In addition to the action on stage, there are exhibitions and interesting projects throughout the city.

2021 program

Slavyansky Bazaar in Vitebsk 2021

On July 14 at 8.00 p.m., artists from St. Petersburg will show their performance on ice.

On July 15 at 8.30 p.m., a grand opening is planned.

On July 16 at 10 p.m., a concert dedicated to the unity of the union states will take place in the Summer Amphitheater.

On the night of July 16-17 at 01.30 a.m., popular artists will perform their golden hits.

On July 17 at 8 p.m., there will be a contest of international pop singers.

On the nights of July 17 and 18 at 1.30 a.m., contemporary Russian artists will perform.

On July 18 at 6 p.m., there will be a gala concert of Belarusian stars, and at 10 p.m. a grand closing of the festival will take place.

On July 19 at 10 p.m., a concert dedicated to chanson will be held.

The days promise to be very intense and bright, and the nights will be fun and memorable. This will be the grandiose anniversary of the festival, so we should expect many surprises and unusual twists and turns. Slavyansky Bazaar unites and strengthens relations among people and nations!