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A Balloon with the World AIDS Campaign Slogan Flew Up during the Slavyansky Bazaar Festival

A balloon with the World AIDS Campaign slogan “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” flew up yesterday over Vitsebsk, which was hosting the 17th International Arts Festival “Slavyansky Bazaar”.

The balloon was lifted during an electronic music concert–festival “360 Open Air: Music against AIDS” arranged as part of the Bazaar programme. That was one of the actions of the “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” campaign, which has been carried out in Belarus since 2006 under the project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” implemented jointly by UNDP and the Ministry of Health.

That was the first time when such a high–level youth festival was organized in Belarus, with DJs and art groups from the US, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus participating. Almost all the DJs not only play recording discs, but also write their own tracks.

According to the festival organizer, DJ Viacheslav Baturchik, the idea of the concert was to unite young people with the help of today’s popular achievements, Internet and electronic music, draw attention of the public to HIV/AIDS, and express commitment to healthy lifestyle. UNDP Programme Analyst Anna Chernyshova in her turn pointed out that the action was accompanied by fundraising in support of HIV–infected children of Svetlogorsk.

The balloon launch and the information voiced by the concert leader helped once again draw attention of the young audience of the electronic music festival to AIDS, and call for tolerance and understanding towards HIV–positive people, care of relatives, and careful attitude to life.

For additional information please refer to Maria Malinovskaya, PR specialist of the project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus”, at +375 29 662–41–84, or UNDP Communications Associate Vladislav Khilkevich at +375 17 227 38 17.

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