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07 march / 2018

Speech of Ambassador Victor Sibilev at Royal Moscow Ballet performance March 7, 2018

Gaborone International Convention Centre,
7 March 2018

Honourable Kefetnze Mzwinilla, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development of Botswana

Esteemed Members of the Board of the Capital Bank, Botswana,

Esteemed Mr. Anatoly Emelyanov, choreographer of the Royal Moscow Ballet,

Your Excellences, Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps,

Ladies and gentlemen,

All those who are present today at the Royal Moscow Ballet show,

Today for the third time in Gaborone, at the International Convention Centre we welcome Royal Moscow Ballet company. I hope among those present here there are the people who enjoyed the performance of this brilliant ballet team in March 2017, and those who joined us for the first time will take delight during today’s show.

I would like to thank you all for taking time to be present at today’s performance. As you well know, the Russian ballet school is one the most famous in the world. Russian composers such as Pyotr Chaikovskiy whom we honour this year contributed a lot to the development of the Russian ballet and got introduced into the world classical culture. Russian ballet artists are well known throughout the world since they lead main roles in the renowned theatres. Such ballet performance as Swan Lake is familiar not only to Russian audience but to international one.

It is also commendable that local school Risa ballet is engaged in the event and we shall see children dancer’s skills during today’s performance.

Certainly, first-hand acquaintance with professional ballet will be a great experience and inspiration for the young learners.

I would like to thank the organizers of this visit of Royal Moscow Ballet to Botswana, its sponsors, in particular the Capital Bank of Botswana, Grand Palm hotel and media, which promotion and coverage of the event is very attractive.

My special gratitude to esteemed Mr Edward Miasnikov, a long-time producer of Royal Moscow Ballet, and members of the ballet company with wishes of creative success and luck. We hope in future we will see Royal Moscow Ballet again in Gaborone with new programmes.

I wish the distinguished audience to enjoy today’s performance. Who knows, maybe some of you will join the club of Russian ballet fans.

Culture unites people who are exposed to the arts and have appreciation for diverse cultures.

I would like also to use this opportunity and on the eve of the 8th of March to congratulate all women on the International Women’s Day and wish you all the best.

Thank you!