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Festival opening the White nights

the White nights - only for invited

Today in a concert hall October the second international festival of bottoms - music " opens; the White nights of St.-Petersburg . In it will take part 11 konkursantov from 11 countries of the world and the a little specially invited stars: groups Supermax, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Faith No More. The winner will receive the award in $15 000. The president and the main ideologist of festival - the head known vokalno - tool ensemble Earth dwellers Vladimir Kiselyov, the chairman of organising committee - Anatoly Sobchak, heads jury Mark Zaharov.

Unfortunately, present, second festival it is unprofitable differs the extremely modest star representation. The first festival pochtili last year the attention Samanta Fox, Jan Andersen, and also groups ASIA, Sweet, London Beat, Boney M, Technotronic, etc. Vladimir Kiselyov within a year carried on negotiations with representatives fate - the West world, however, as he said, from - for political instability in Russia the majority of the invited have refused to arrive. The argument seems flimsy - it was not necessary to speak about political stability and one year ago.
to festival stable financing, in which, besides numerous sponsors (by AvtoVAZbank, LogoVAZ, Aeroflot, Camel, Finnair, Coca - Cola, BNP Dresdner Bank, etc.), nevertheless, is provided The Petersburg mayoralty has taken part. Managements the White nights it is allocated by 80 million roubles from fund of contingencies of the mayor. Musical council of Committee about culture of the mayoralty has addressed to g - well Sobchaku with the post card in which complained that Vladimir Kiselyov`s festival has appropriated the name of traditional festival of classical music the White nights . The president of bottoms - festival sweeps aside this claim: the Classical festival can collect at most 200 - 300 fans, we do a holiday for all city, except that, the white nights are a geophysical phenomenon on which nobody has copyrights .
Petersburg, however, hardly can estimate holiday scale: tickets in October will not be on sale, for the festival management has free of charge extended them among sponsors. The concert of stars at the Peter and Paul Fortress becomes on June, 21st unique city shows, from which g - n Kiselyov promises to transfer gathering to the Mariinsky fund founded by Anatoly Sobchakom and Grand duchess Maria Vladimirovnoj for restoration of a grand-ducal tomb. Refusal of accreditation at festival of the Petersburg press became one more whim of organizers: We have the right to invite only those who to us is pleasant .
the Festival will last 5 days. About its results will tell on June, 23rd.
INNA - TKACHENKO