Belarusian Fashion Week 2015
The project, which was launched in the Chelyuskintsev Park in Minsk, allows getting acquainted with Belarus’ outstanding landmarks which are known all over the world. The large-scale open-air exhibition is a continuation of the Heritage of Belarus project and is dedicated to the jubilee events of 2015: the 70th anniversary of the UNESCO, the 60th anniversary of Belarus’s membership in the UNESCO, and 10 years since the Nesvizh Palace and Park was awarded the status of a UNESCO site. The exposition, which was on display on the fence of the park for a year, includes more than 60 photographs and shows four Belarusian sites on the list of the world cultural and natural heritage: Belovezhskaya Pushcha; Mir Castle; The Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh; Struve Geodetic Arc.
When: from 22 May
Where: Chelyuskintsev Park, Minsk
The exhibition featuring Max Mirnyi’s trophies is dedicated to the life and sporting achievements of Max Mirnyi, one of Belarus’ most famous tennis players: the ten-time Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles winner, Olympic champion. On display are about 200 sports trophies, medals, cups, rackets, watches, souvenirs, gifts. Among them is the very first award, the Oriental carpet from Uzbekistan, and the most valuable one, the gold medal which Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka in the mixed doubles at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. In addition, the exhibition presents a unique collection of badges and pins which Max Mirnyi’s family collected at the Olympic Games, and the photos depicting the athlete during competitions, together with well-known personalities, among them Jim Carrey, Renata Litvinova, Igor Krutoy.
When: 10 June - 31 October
Where: Mir Castle, Grodno Oblast
The National Art Museum of Belarus and the State Tretyakov Gallery, one of the largest museums in the world, will present the unique project "From Realism to Impressionism". This time the exhibition will showcase over 70 works by famous Russian artists of the 19th-20th centuries including Alexei Savrasov, Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Polenov, Ilya Repin, Konstantin Korovin… Of particular interest will be the works of famous natives of Belarus who received international acclaim. Among them is Stanislav Zhukovsky, a celebrated landscapist associated with the Impressionist movement, and Ferdynand Ruszczyc, a student of Ivan Shishkin and Arkhip Kuindzhi.
Minsk will host one of the greatest music festivals in Belarus featuring the best modern artists for the 10th time. Masterpieces of classical music will be performed by famous violinist Yulian Rakhlin, one of the best Mozart interpreters and legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, and the Russian folk instrument company Terem-Quartet which performed in front of the 120,000-strong audience in Vatican City, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra led by People’s Artist of Russia Dmitry Liss. At the opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary forum soloists of the Bolshoi Theater, the Mariinsky Theater and the Theater of Salzburg accompanies by the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra and People’s Artist of Russia Konstantin Khabensky will present Yuri Bashmet’s author version of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.
When: 28 September – 9 October
Where: Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
The International Theater Forum TEART will feature the best theater projects of renowned directors from all over the world, including Swiss choreographer Daniele Finzi Pasca who became world-famous thanks to his productions for Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize, staging of the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, friend and successor of Pina Bausch Pippo Delbono, head of the leading German theater Schaubuehne Berlin Thomas Ostermeier and art director of the Maly Drama Theater – Theater of Europe in St. Petersburg Lev Dodin. The program of the festival will also include productions of young talented directors, namely two-time winner of the 2014 Golden Mask Award Timofei Kulyabin and famous student of Lev Dodin Dmitry Volkostrelov. This year all productions included in the program of the festival are still divided into various genre categories such as classical and experimental drama, documentaries and physical theater.
When: 29 September – 23 October
The Bolshoi Theater of Belarus will celebrate the International Music Day for the first time in its history. The celebrations will kick off in the theater lobby where musicians will be greeting guests, telling them about instruments and holding master-classes. The concert program will include a grandiose cantata of Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky performed by the chorus, symphonic orchestra and mezzo-soprano. During a concert a huge screen will be showing fragments from Sergei Eisenstein’s film Alexander Nevsky. The film was released in 1938 to become the world cinematography classics. The second part of the concert will feature world-renowned opera and symphony hits of the 19th-20th centuries.
When: 1 October
Where: Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, Minsk
In October the Bolshoi Theater will present its 2015 premieres:
4 October – opera for children Doctor Ouchithurts
6 October – opera Carmen
17 October – opera Tsar’s Bride
The exclusive project Retrospective 1965-2014 will present a large-scale exhibition of modern mosaic art in Minsk. The exposition will include about 100 works of Italian masters, graduates from the famous Mosaic Art School in Ravenna. In the 1980s Marco de Luca, Marco Bravura and Verdiano Marzi started experimenting in the area of mosaic to make a real revolution. Guests of the exhibition will see a 30-year retrospective of their creativity: monumental sculptural groups, graceful miniatures, colorful pictures and collages.
When: 18 September – 15 November
Where: National History Museum, Minsk
A big short film festival will unite thousands of viewers from 250 cities to name the Film of Year 2015. The motto of this year’s festival is One Week. One World. One Festival. The festival in Belarus will be joined by Minsk, Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk and Mogilev. The festival will include ten films of young producers from Germany, France, Finland, Kosovo, Turkey, Chile and the United States, as well as a debutant from Switzerland. The range of genres will vary from a lambent comedy to a military drama. Among the award contenders will be Eric Schmitt’s new picture Finally and Definite. Last year Eric Schmitt’s Rhino at a Gallop won the main award of the festival.
When: 25 September – 4 October
Where: cinema houses of Minsk, Vitebsk, Brest, Grodno and Mogilev
The new House of Paintings Gallery that was opened not long ago in Minsk downtown invites world art connoisseurs to see the exhibition which has traveled tens of cities. The exposition includes the works of the world-renowned artists who made an art revolution in the 20th century: Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. The international project demonstrates the art fashion of the brightest representatives of the main modernism trends through their graphic works. It is for the first time that the Belarusian audience will see such a big collection of artworks from foreign private collections – 229 works of calligraphic etching and lithography, created in the 1910s-1970s.
When: 1 October – 31 December
Where: House of Paintings Gallery, Minsk
The largest technical and business forum — the IEC General Assembly — will gather about 1,000 specialists from 75 countries in Minsk for the first time. Taking part in the event will be representatives of transnational companies, leading expert and research institutions specializing in electrical technology, electronics, information and communication technologies, energy effectiveness, alternative and renewable energy resources. Within the framework of the forum over 30 events of various formats will be held to discuss topical matters concerning technical regulation, standardization and evaluation, the assimilation of cutting-edge standards by the production sector. The program of the General Assembly will feature a session of the IEC Standardization Council, the IEC Compliance Assessment Board, the forum of presidents of national committees of the International Electrotechnical Commission, and a forum of young IEC specialists.
When: 5–16 October
Simultaneously with the General Assembly of the International Electrotechnical Commission Minsk will host the Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum and the international specialized expo Energy. Ecology. Energy Saving. Electro (Energy Expo 2015).
Timed to the 25th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, Germany Weeks in Belarus invite fans of German language, German history and culture to attend dozens of interesting events. Following the established tradition the most popular events will be German movie nights in the movie theater Pobeda. The program will feature eight short films from the 10th collection Soiree Allemande. The collection has been selected from 430 movies submitted by German authors to the international movie festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Belarusian cinemagoers will be able to watch pictures in various genres varying from animation to grotesque comedy. The films will be in German with Russian subtitles.
When: 7–8 October
Where: The movie theater Pobeda, Minsk
Comprised of Europe’s virtuoso musicians, the Vienna Philharmonic Strauss Orchestra will play on the stage of the concert hall Minsk. The program will feature the most famous masterpieces by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Grieg, Brahms, Offenbach and certainly talented representatives of the Strauss dynasty. The collective is led by the outstanding Hungarian conductor Andras Deak.
When: 9 October
Where: The concert hall Minsk, the city of Minsk
Since ancient times hats have been an inalienable part of the lady’s image. Today they also represent a fashion trend, a symbol of elegance and sometimes the special status of the hat’s owner. The exclusive exhibition Hat Vernissage in Minsk will gather Minsk’s snappiest dressers, stylists, headwear designers from Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. The vernissage will feature beautiful images in an art exposition and a decor, visitors will be able to create an inimitable style with assistance of professionals. Visitors will also be able to buy exclusive headgear and accessories — hats, wide scarfs, brooches, purses, gloves…
When: 9–25 October
Where: Belarusian Cinema History Museum, Minsk
The Georgian dance and song ensemble Salkhino is known far beyond Georgia’s borders. The ensemble has won global recognition thanks to their mastery of musical instruments and many-voiced performance of Georgian songs. The ensemble is led by Shalva Papiashvili, Honored Artist of Georgia, Knight of the Order of Glory. The artists will perform in several cities of Belarus for several nights. Visitors will go on a journey around Georgia via captivating tunes and rhythmic dances accompanied by colorful national costumes…
11 October – Art Palace, Bobruisk
13 October – Brest Oblast community and cultural center, Brest.
15 October – The concert hall Minsk, the city of Minsk
The largest fashion event in Belarus, the Belarusian Fashion Week, will bring together experts, designers and stylists, representatives of famous fashion houses and brands, buyers and bloggers from all over the world for the tenth time. Runway shows of Belarusian and foreign designers will feature Spring/Summer 2016 collections, young talented designers and participants of the Off Schedule BFW project will present their ideas. As part of the Kids’ Fashion Days BFW event, Belarusian designers will present such junior and kids brands as Barbie, EvoshkaStyle, Leyame, ElenErmo, SVE-ZH, Youare 4 me, MATRE6KI, R-brand, OliHope, ANNmodels, the Deshanel fashion theater.
When: 20-25 October
The most large-scale tourism forum in Belarus expands its geography every year. In 2014 the forum brought together over 120 companies from 16 countries, in 2015 it is expected to attract even more participants. Visitors of the expo will see interesting proposals of tour operators, new routes, popular destinations for the summer and winter 2015-2016, will be able to buy tours at a discount and get bonuses from Belarusian tour operators. Besides, the forum will include presentations of transport companies, insurance and tourism safety services, equipment of tourism companies and hotels, sports and tourism gear, exhibitions of travel guides, maps and souvenirs…
When: 21-23 October
Where: National Exhibition Center BelExpo, Minsk
Famous composer and producer, winner of the Song of the Year contest and the Golden Gramophone prize, mentor of the Fabrika Zvyozd 4 (Star Factory 4) project, Honored artist of Russia Viktor Drobysh will hold a fantastic creative evening in Minsk. The maestro is often called “the king of duets” because his songs were sung by the creative unions of Valeriya and Stas Piekha, Irina Allegrova and Grigory Leps, Kristina Orbakaite and Avraam Russo, Natalya Podolskaya and Vladimir Presnyakov… The concert at Minsk Arena will feature the best hits of Viktor Drobysh performed by Irina Allegrova, Grigory Leps, Valeriya, Avraam Russo, Zara, Stas Piekha, Slava, Alexander Kogan, Tina Karol…
When: 24 October
Where: Minsk Arena
The legendary rock band Mashina Vremeni which has celebrated its 45th anniversary will return to Minsk with a big concert. At the concert in Minsk Mashina Vremeni and its all-time leader Andrey Makarevich will perform the best songs of all time and new songs, including the Belarusian-language song “Sneg”. According to the rock musician, this creative experiment is not accidental. Andrey Makarevich’s ancestors were peasants from the village of Pavlovichi (now Bereza District, Brest Oblast), and his father’s mother belonged to the ancient noble family of Usakovsky.
When: 24 October
Where: Palace of Republic, Minsk
Brit Floyd, the official tribute band of the legendary Pink Floyd, will give one concert in Belarus as part of their world tour. The new show Space & Time celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest rock bands of our time. Total Pink Floyd album sales are in excess of 300 million units worldwide. Their songs represent a combination of deep meaning and acoustic experiments, which makes their style unbelievably difficult to imitate. However, Brit Floyd managed to make their sound as close as possible to the original one. The band will perform songs from Pink Floyd's studio albums released from 1967 to 1994, such as The Wall, Wish You Were Here, The Division Bell, Animals, The Dark Side of The Moon... The audience will get immersed into the atmosphere of Pink Floyd with live sound, light show, hypnotizing visual effects, unique style of performance, and, of course, the most popular songs.
When: 27 October
Where: Palace of Sports, Minsk
The theater festival will gather the leading troupes of Belarus and other countries at the birthplace of Wincenty Dunin-Marcinkiewicz, a renowned Belarusian poet and playwright, the author of “Idyll” and “Pinsk nobility”. As usual, the program of the forum will feature productions based on plays by young playwrights. Apart from the competition program, the participants of the festival will attend workshops, recitals, and roundtables with the participation of famous directors, dramatists, theater critics, and art historians. Besides, they will be invited to take part in a stagecraft workshop. The festival newspaper will introduce the actors and productions to the audience.
When: 27 – 31 October
Where: Wincenty Dunin-Marcinkiewicz Comedy and Drama Theater, Bobruisk
The large-scale expo will gather over 70 companies, representatives of advertising agencies and media companies, and specialists in such fields as marketing, advertising, design, and printing industry from different countries. The program of the expo includes lectures, roundtables, conferences, contests, and workshops with renowned foreign and Belarusian experts. Besides, the expo will feature presentations of works by young designers and exhibitions dedicated to the current trends in the Belarusian print and electronic media, publishing industry, production of souvenirs and advertising items, branding and development of corporate identity, cutting-edge photography and video equipment, as well as lighting and sound equipment…
When: 27 – 30 October
Where: Football Indoor Center, Minsk
One of the most beautiful places in Belarus, the Braslav Lakes National Park, plays host to the international competition Braslav Spin Fishing for those who love nature and outdoor activities. Competing in last year’s edition of the event were 18 teams from four regions of Belarus. The competition is open to anyone who loves fishing and has the necessary equipment. The jury will choose winners in the nominations Biggest Catch, Biggest Catch by Weight, and Youngest Amateur Angler. The participants and guests of the event will be invited to taste local ukha (fish soup).
Where: Braslav Lakes National Park, Braslav District, Vitebsk Oblast