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IZHEVSK, the Udmurt Republic, May 31 (Itar-Tass) — The Buranovo Grannies folk group will have a busy summer this year.
“The grannies will go on a guest tour of Russian cities. They will also visit Latvia and Belarus,” the group’s press secretary Svetlana Syrygina told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“A lot of offers are coming from European countries, including Germany, France and Britain. We are considering all the invitations but no concrete agreements have been reached as of yet,” Syrygina went on to say.
June’s going to be the busiest month for the Buranovo artists. On June 3, they will travel to Moscow to sing at the opening of the national Eurovision-2012 children’s final. On June 12, the grannies will participate in a concert on Red Square on the occasion of Russia’s Day. After that the grannies will move to the Latvian spa town of Jurmala to take part in a song festival on June 16.
The group will be the guests of the Slavic Bazaar festival in Vitebsk on July 12.
In August, the artists will participate in the Taman festival of Cossack culture in the Krasnodar territory.
The group’s producer, Kseniya Rubtsova, said she didn’t want to exploit the old ladies’ popularity. “We want to give them more fresh air. We don’t want to overload them with guest tours. We need to spare their health and psyche so that they don’t lose their love of life,” Rubtsova explained.
She also said that the Lyudmila Zykina producers’ center was planning to issue a new album of the Buranovo Grannies songs whose concept is being kept secret.
The Buranovo Grannies were second at the international Eurovision-2012 song contest in Baku, arousing a wave of admiration in Russia and Europe.
The grannies received certificates of People’s Artists of the Udmurt Republic at a state reception on Wednesday. Besides, a new official holiday called Grandmother’s Day has been established in Udmurtiya in their honor. The holiday will be celebrated annually on May 26.