The International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF) named the International Festival of Arts Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk the best festival of 2004. The award ceremony took place during the 39th FIDOF assembly in Vitebsk on July 16.
FIDOF President Mario Moreno stated, that “the 13th International Festival of Arts Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk was awarded as the best FIDOF festival of 2004 for qualitative organization, professionalism, hospitality, and contribution to building up peace and friendship through music and art”.
The Director of the International Festival of Arts Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk management Rodion Bass noted, it is the second FIDOF award bestowed upon the Vitebsk festival. The first award was received in 2000.
Rodion Bass believes, that “The high level of Slavonic Bazaar organization was proved by FIDOF holding an assembly session in Vitebsk. Earlier FIDOF assemblies were held in Cannes (France),” he explained. “This year Slavonic Bazaar will present a new FIDOF project – the first international festival of FIDOF laureates, which also confirms the high status of the Vitebsk festival,” Rodion Bass said.
The Federation of International Festivals Organization was founded in 1966. It unites over 2,000 professionals from 72 countries, organizers of 320 festivals. FIDOF co-ordinates information about festivals and cultural events and stimulates organizers to continue being an integral part of world’s communication between people by providing stages for professionals and amateurs.