The second season of the cultural and sports festival "Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus" in 2022 will kick off in Gomel Oblast. The main goal of the project is to unlock the potential of a region through sport, culture, science and education.
The festival will be running in the town of Rechitsa from 20 to 21 May 2022. One of the oldest towns in Belarus has an interesting and rich historical and cultural heritage that the two-day festival will highlight.
The festival will open with a press tour for representatives of national and regional media, organizers and participants (Local Lore Museum, 2 Proletarskaya Street; 13:00). The two-hour program will take journalists to the most iconic places of Rechitsa where they will learn more about the tourist potential of Rechitsa District.
The first day of Vytoki will continue with a seminar which will be held in the format of a round table "Pressing issues of athlete training and ways to solve them" with the participation of specialists from the Belarusian State University of Physical Education and Higher Coaching School, and specialists of sports organizations of Gomel Oblast (6 October Square; 15:00). It will focus on the Olympic values and achievements of Belarusian athletes at the Olympic Games.
The Isachev Art Gallery (11 Naberezhnaya Street; 18:00) will host a master class: “Malyavanka. The Roots of Unique Art” where visitors will see the pieces made by artisans and professional artists and make a memorable souvenir with their own hands.
Malyavanka, or a colored carpet, is a type of folk art. Large-sized paintings are made on homemade canvas or sackcloth, black or dark brown, with the use of oil or homemade glue paints.
Among the most famous artists who used this technique was Yazep Drozdovich. Malyavanka art is included in the state list of historical and cultural values.
The first day of the festival will conclude with a concert of organ music by Valery Shmat (Rechitsa Children’s Art School, 27 Sovetskaya Street; 20:00).
October Square will be the central venue of the festival “Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus” on 21 May. Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in the Olympic quest and sports competitions, test their abilities in various sports, fulfill various tasks and receive valuable prizes (from 13:00 to 17:00). There will be a food court, a family recreation area and the Belarusian Brands exhibition-fair.
There will be sports grounds representing 30 sports: freestyle wrestling, boxing, cycling, volleyball, basketball, athletics, shooting, judo, weightlifting, table tennis, equestrian sports, karate, ice hockey, fire and rescue sports, archery, tennis, handball, kayaking and canoeing. There will be a new location where visitors will be able to throw knives and do other things.
Additionally, the National Research Center for Sports and a sports medicine clinic will also be represented.
Like last year, the Emergencies Ministry of the Republic of Belarus will provide its helicopter for paratroopers who will descend with the official flag of the Republic of Belarus, the flags of the National Olympic Committee and the Emergencies Ministry.
The final day of the festival will feature a fashion show Rodnaye Modnaye (17:00) of Belarusian clothing enterprises, designers and entrepreneurs. Visitors will be able to purchase products of domestic designers and enterprises.
The best young singers will be chosen on the main stage on October Square at 18.00. They will receive diplomas and prizes, and will also be able to take part in master classes of the country’s leading mentors in the future.
The festival program in Rechitsa will end on 21 May with an evening gala concert starring popular Belarusian pop artists (October Square; 20.00).
The Vytoki cultural and sports festival will continue in the following towns: Stolin (3-4 June), Novogrudok (17-18 June), Gorki (22-23 July), Polotsk (12-13 August), Kopyl (26 June - 27 August).
The cultural and sports festival “Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus”, that brings together people of different interests and ages, will be held in Belarus for the second time in 2022. Last year the festival was attended by more than 100,000 people in six towns of the country, and more than 20,000 young Belarusians took part in the Olympic quest. The first edition of the Vytoki festival contributed a lot to the development of sports in the regions. With the assistance of the NOC of Belarus, two tennis clubs were set up in the regions (Orsha and Kobrin). A tennis school opened in Soligorsk.
At the festival “Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus” young singers got an opportunity to showcase their talents, while the Grand Prix winner of the final in Minsk Sofia Rustamova received a song as a gift and performed at the junior song contest at Slavianski Bazaar.
In 2021, the youth educational program Vytoki presented more than 30 youth projects. Consultations were organized with representatives of the National Center of Intellectual Property (NCIP) and patent agencies on intellectual property protection and promotion of youth initiatives. One of the projects reached the final of the Best Youth Project, the nationwide contest of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus. A booklet featuring the best projects of the program was published. More than 120 representatives of local businesses and organizations took part in the cultural and economic program Local Assets, seminars on the development and promotion of regional and national brands. Consultations were held on the registration of geographical indications for two enterprises with obvious prospects in this area. The festival also contributed to the promotion of local brands, which are often well represented abroad, got additional opportunity to promote their products at the national level (example - Kobrin Cheeses).
The NOC of Belarus was awarded a special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus in 2021. The award was given for the organization of the sports and cultural festival “Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus”.
The organizers of the Vytoki festival are the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus, the Arthaos and BelBrandAudit companies.
Admission to all events is free.
Press service of the NOC of Belarus
Photos courtesy of the NOC of Belarus