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Greetings to 22nd Arts Square International Festival

December 13, 2022

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants, organisers and guests of the 22nd Arts Square International Winter Festival. This year’s festival is devoted to the 140th anniversary of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Shostakovich St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic.

The message reads, in part:

“It is a pleasure to know that for many years, the festival has retained its high status and is rightfully considered one of the most important and long-awaited events in the cultural life of St Petersburg and all of Russia. Its invariably rich and full programme brings together at concert halls renowned masters and young talent, familiarises the public with masterpieces of Russian and world art and gives it a rich palette of emotions.

I am sure that the festival owes its huge, grandiose success and creative longevity to its creator and permanent artistic director maestro Yury Temirkhanov, his huge creative potential, inexhaustible inspiration, as well as excellent organising skills and personal qualities.”

December 13, 2022