Shvydkoi: with the transfer of the contest " New wave " is not in a hurry
The attitude of the authorities of Latvia to the Russian artists unwise, but with the transfer of the contest " New wave " of Jurmala not in a hurry, said Last news on the last working day of the week special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi.
the contest of young singers " New wave " with participation of stars of the Russian And foreign music since 2002 in July is held in the Latvian city of Jurmala. This year, yesterday the opening contest of the Latvian foreign Ministry has included in the black list of " banned " in the country of singers Joseph Kobzon, Oleg Gazmanov And singer Valery in connection with their statements about the events in Ukraine And position on the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
The leadership contest before the end of the current year will conclude about the new venue: among the candidates considered Crimea, Sochi, Baku, Kaliningrad And Kazan. The mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, on behalf of the deputies of the city Duma had sent an official letter with the initiative to move the competition in Kazan in the address of the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky And President of the " New wave " of Igor Krutoy.
" The position of the Latvian authorities, it seems to Me, to put it mildly, unreasonable in relation to Kobzon, Valerie, Gazmanov. I do believe that artists, As correspondents, As all citizens can on their attitudes, beliefs, And is able to protect, " Shvydkoi said.
according to him, we should not forget about the fact that in Latvia there are many of our fellow citizens And for them the " New wave " is an important cultural event. According to Shvydkoi, it is also important for Latvians, And for all who are interested in Russian culture, for this reason, do not rush to a decision on the transfer of competition from Jurmala.
" This contest of young artists, And This event is very important for popular music. If It was just a place such secular party, a glamorous event for the wealthy - I would have said " Yes, we can go ", but then there are other aspects. I think to Riga, for party, headed by Ushakov (Mayor of Riga), This event is useful, " added the head of the Department.
He added that in the Crimea, And in Baku, And in Kaliningrad, And in the other proposed cities can make their events." for example, in Kaliningrad very well developed, the festival of Polish song. I think that with our current complicated relations with Poland preservation of this festival is a very important task. In addition, in Kaliningrad many other festivals - " Baltic seasons " And so on, " explained Shvydkoi.
the head of the Department recalled that in 2012 in Baku was wonderful popular international contest " Eurovision ".
" And for Baku is also necessary to come up with some great competition, which will differ from Jurmala, And from Kaliningrad. I think here you just have to look for fresh formats, and as, I repeat, the competition of young artists in Jurmala And Russian participation in this - do not make hasty conclusions."