– I always come to Belarus both at home and now, during the international festival of my name. There are wonderful people here, an amazing academy of music. I highly appreciate the work of its rector Ekaterina Dulova. As for the festival itself, «Vladimir Spivakov invites…» it is wonderful that there are traditions. Gustav Mahler once remarkably expressed the most important idea: «Tradition is not the ashes that are passed down from century to century, but fire». Fire is in our heart, in burning, in the happiness of music, in communication and in the energy that we carry.