photo_verybig_65559​Message from Ms Irina Bokova,
Director-General of UNESCO
on the occasion of Second Pan-European Festival Marathon May-June 2015

Dear lady and gentleman, 

I am glad to greet once again the participants of the regular Festival Marathon that will take place in May-June this year and will cover the whole Big Europe this time, from Vladivostok to Lisbon. 

One of the main tasks of UNESCO is to encourage reinforcement of peace and safety with the help of enlargement of states and nations cooperation in the fields of education, science and culture. Regular Festival Marathon is an example of such enlargement of cooperation in the field of culture. In the modern fast changing world where artificial disputes are being imposed on nations and countries it’s crucial to save connecting thread which unites all of us. That’s why the Marathon which this time will go beyond the geographical borders of Europe and will start in 20-s of May in the Eastern Russian city Vladivostok one more time will underline this unbreakable bond and unity of nations, which live there, with Europe – Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern. 

It’s obvious for us today that science has been moving the mankind to progress, and education and culture improve and educate society, gives it the knowledge about its native background. Today we all regardless the nation or citizenship should count on development and support of projects in the field of science, culture and education in order to live in civilized world and go forward.  
I wish to all participants of the Second Pan-European Festival Marathon fruitful work within the conferences and discussions, vivid emotions and success! 

Yours sincerely, 

Irina Bokova