The message reads, in part:
“Your forum is always held on a high creative note and is rightfully known for its rich programme and famous participants.
By closing the gap and expanding its presence, it acquaints Russian and foreign audiences with classical music masterpieces and gives first performances of contemporary works. And, of course, performances by ballet, opera and theatre masters are the true gems of this festival.
I would like to note the important educational and charitable mission of the Art Festival as well as its significant contribution to the development of international humanitarian ties, professional and personal contacts and to strengthening trust and mutual understanding between people.
I am confident that both the participants and guests at the forum will remember these amazing days filled with creative joy and friendly communication.”