It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you at the opening ceremony of the XI Winter International Arts Festival, organized upon the initiative and with active participation of Maestro Yuri Bashmet.
In previous years, your Forum has proven to be one of the most remarkable events in the cultural life of Russia and has attained worldwide recognition. Renowned artists and gifted youth, representing various genres and directions of art are unified by its inspiring energy in the halls of Sochi.
I am sure that this year the Forum will become a remarkable festival for residents and numerous guests of Sochi and will contribute to popularization of the best masterpieces of modern music, theatre and dance art. I believe it will facilitate the development of selfless devotion, education and support of gifted youth, Russia is rightfully famous for.
I would like to wish success to all participants of the Forum, and fascinating unforgettable moments to all the guests.
February 7, 2018
President of the Russian Federation