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Lukashenko: Culture is called to consolidate the society

MINSK, 11 January (BelTA) – The goal of the culture today is to consolidate the society, strengthen the Belarusian statehood. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement on 10 January as Belarus President awards “For Spiritual Revival” and special awards of the Belarus President for people of culture and arts were bestowed.

In his words, one of the sources for the internal force of the Belarusian people is the culture which rests on peasant traditions and Slavonic roots.

The President noted that state support of the culture has never been stronger. Every year billions of Belarusian rubles are injected into the restoration of architectural specimens in Polotsk, Gomel, Mir, Nesvizh and other cities of Belarus. The Bolshoi Theater has been completely restored. Other theaters, museums, Belarusfilm studio are given a new lease of life. The state is the main sponsor and patron of many art projects.

“The Belarusian civilization was created with the help of wisdom and word, not with fire and sword. Our land gave mankind such Christian beacons as Euphrosyne of Polotsk and Kirill of Turov. Outstanding enlightener Francysk Skorina was born here to give the Slavs their first print publication 495 years ago. Belarus has enriched the world culture with the poetry of Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas whose 130th anniversary the country is marking this year,” the President said.

The head of state noted that the declaration of the Year of Book in Belarus would add a new impetus to the development of the society, open up wide horizons in the spiritual sphere.

Addressing the awardees, the President stressed that they are the elite of the Belarusian society. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that the state would continue supporting the culture, talented people, and especially pedagogues.