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RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 'RED SQUARE INVITES' CULTURAL FESTIVAL

 RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 'RED SQUARE INVITES' CULTURAL FESTIVAL
 MOSCOW, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Russian government today announced that Jose Carreras will perform a solo concert to open an international cultural festival in Red Square on July 4. He will be among the first entertainers to perform in Red Square in more than 70 years.
 Carreras will lead a host of Russian and international stars, including Darci Kistler and Nilas Martins of the New York City Ballet, in "Red Square Invites," an eight-day festival to be held from July 4 to 11 "to celebrate the cultural re-birth of Russia." President Boris Yeltsin is the festival's official patron.
 The announcement was made at a press conference in Moscow today by Yeltsin's political adviser and chairman of the festival committee, Sergey Stankevich, and members of the Moscow Council and government. The festival will be officially launched at a government reception in Moscow in the first week of June, supported by launch events in New York and London.
 More than half a million Russian and foreign visitors are expected to attend the festival, the biggest international cultural event ever hosted by Russia. It will demonstrate that the new, democratic Russia is again a leading international center of culture. By reviving Russia's cultural heritage and links with the international arts world, the event will restore Red Square to its original status as Russia's premier cultural venue. The festival is expected to become an annual event.
 Profits will be used to promote and support the arts in Russia.
 Staging will be erected in Red Square with seating for more than 12,000 people and promenade space for 60,000-70,000 people on each night. Performances will be televised throughout Russia.
 "Red Square Invites" is being organized by Intertheatre -- an independent, self-financing Russian company which promotes local talent in the performing arts worldwide and coordinates international arts exchange programs.
 Director of Intertheatre Omari Sokhadze said, "'Red Square Invites' will be an opportunity to share with the rest of the world our enormous reserves of talent and creativity.
 "Russian performing arts are an important part of our national identity. This festival is a step towards securing the future of our culture and promoting the vitality and opportunities in the reborn Russia."
 The event is one of the first major demonstrations of the "new" Russia's entrepreneurial spirit. Inspired by its Russian creators, the event is expected to recoup investment and yield profits through ticket sales, sponsorship and broadcast revenues. It will also serve as a high-profile business development opportunity for the newly privatized Russian economy, with major corporate leaders and other VIP guests invited.
 The festival will also include a day program featuring folk and choir music plus screenings of films on Russian culture and history.
 U.S. Travel, Atlanta (404-261-1600) will provide tours to the festival. An agreement has been made with Keith Prowse International offices to sell tickets in the United States.
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