The message reads, in part:
“It is a pleasure that your festival has asserted itself and has won global recognition. Today, it will again bring together the best choirs and soloists from Russia and other countries at the ancient Valaam monastery. Your festival has revived the ancient traditions of church music and singing. It provides access to the sources and enduring values of Orthodoxy, helps preserve the rich historical and cultural traditions of our country and serves to educate the public.
I am confident that this festival will proceed in the noble atmosphere of spirituality and will help strengthen international cultural ties and friendship among nations.”
The III International St Vladimir’s Orthodox Singing Festival will be held at Valaam on July 28–30, 2017.