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APRIL 2024

Retro Phototechnics in the Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery

Over its 200-year history the camera has gone from a bulky pinhole camera to a camera built into a smartphone. Visitors to the exhibition can trace the milestones in the history of photography, immerse themselves in the photography process and understand the principles of operation of cameras of different designs. The exposition presents various models of photographic equipment, the earliest of which date back to the early 20th century (Le Glyphoscope stereo camera, 1905). Among the rare exhibits are design models of Zenit cameras from the 1980s, stereo cameras for three-dimensional images, microcameras...

When: 17 January – 7 April
Where: Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery, 15 Svobody Square, Minsk

New program in the Belarusian State Circus

The Belarusian State Circus presents an enchanting water show Magic of Fountains which will embody the most daring projects - colorful fountains with a laser installation, giant jets of dancing water, rain and waterfalls under the dome of the circus! The program will feature tightrope walkers, aerialists on belts, a gymnast with hula hoops on a mirror ball, a juggler, and a clown. Fur seals, parrots, trained bears, monkeys will be features as well...

When: 3 February - 12 May 
Where: Belarusian State Circus, 32 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

The Art of Loving Life. Dolce Vita exhibtion in Naitonal Art Museum

The National Art Museum of Belarus invites you to learn "The Art of Loving Life". The Italian Dolce Vita presupposes the enjoyment of the process and embraces a whole range of understanding and perceptions of life: from daily routine to aesthetics, from leisure to hedonism, from pleasure to contemplation. The the exhibition presents works of Belarusian, Russian and European art of the 18th -21st centuries from the collections of the main treasury of the country . All in all, the exhibition will feature more than 150 works of painting, sculpture, original graphics, porcelain, art glass... The theme of Dolce Vita is complemented by women's outfits of different eras, accessories, perfumes, cosmetics from the private collection of Tatiana Fedosova "Beauty and Fashion of the 19th -21st centuries".

When: 12 February – 8 April
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus, 20 Lenina Street, Minsk

Passion for Architecture exhibition

The Passion for Architecture project at the National Center for Contemporary Arts willtake visitors on a journey through architectural styles usingsound, light, spatial objects, installations, videos, works of art in various techniques and even smells: everything here serves to evoke an emotional responsein the audience. Visitors will see works by fledgling and established contemporary Belarusian authors, as well as works by Belarusian artists from the holdings of theNational Center for Contemporary Arts. At the end of the exhibition, the audience will see the immersive film The World as Gaudí Saw it that will offer a different perspective on the most famous works of the brilliant Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí.

When: 17 February – 28 April
Where: National Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 Nekrasova Street, Minsk

Kinovek: Festival to Mark 100th Anniversary of Belarusian Cinematography

Belarus will celebrate the anniversary of the national cinematography with the national festival Kinovek, which will be held across the country. Throughout the year the festival will present 33 best films from the Belarusfilm studio, which tell the story of the national cinematography development. The festival will feature films of different genres - historical and social films, war and adventure films, and also famous children's films The Adventures of Pinocchio, My Name is Harlequino, War Under the Roofs, Nesterka. The festival opened with a screening of the restored silent film Forest Story (1926) directed by Yuri Tarich and based on Mikhas Charot’s The Swineherd.

When: 28 February – 11 December
Where: Cinema houses of Minsk, oblast and regional centers of Belarus

International Festival of Ancient and Contemporary Chamber Music in Polotsk

The XXVI International Festival of Ancient and Contemporary Chamber Music will be held in the concert hall of the Saint Sophia Cathedral that is known for its unique acoustics. Chamber music will be performed by the best soloists and music groups of various generations and from several countries. The festival has seven concerts on its playbill. On 31 March the Europe-Center chamber orchestra will perform music masterpieces of the 20th century: the Le Grand Cahier (Suite for String Orchestra) by Aleksandr Litvinovsky, the lyrical Adagio by Dmitry Smolsky, the famous composition for string orchestra Palladio by Karl Jenkins.

On 5 April chamber groups of the Gomel Regional Philharmonic Society will present Misa a Buenos Aires (aka Misatango) by Argentinian composer Martín Palmeri. This outstanding piece combines traditional Catholic worship  music with tango features. On 10 April the audience will be able to hear the Opera Stars program featuring masterpieces of world classics performed by leading soloists of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. The Belcanto Treasures program is scheduled for 14 April. On 16 April, the Grigory Shirma State Academic Choir will perform music written in the 20th-21st centuries by Belarusian and foreign composers, including the premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ In Paradisum for choir, cello and viola. Romantic clarinet and piano music will be performed by Belarusian artists on 19 April.

The festival will wrap up on 21 April with Bach’s organ masterpieces performed by Honored Artist of Russia, professor of the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music, soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society Alexander Fiseisky.

When: 31 March – 21 April
Where: Saint Sophia Cathedral, Polotsk, Vitebsk Oblast

Hans Zimmer’s Universe tribute show in Minsk

A new grand show by St. Petersburg-based Imperial Orchestra at Belarus’ biggest venue! This time the creators of Cinema Medley will bring to Minsk Hans Zimmer's Universe show. It is a tribute to the legendary film score composer who has won two Oscars and four Grammys. Hans Zimmer has composed music for more than 200 projects, including Hollywood blockbusters like Interstellar, Gladiator, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, The Last Samurai, and Dune. The audience in Minsk will hear the best soundtracks from the legendary films. Imperial Orchestra is a large symphony orchestra and choir that brings together virtuosos from St. Petersburg and Moscow. It was created in 2021 specifically for the Cinema Medley project and within a few years it became Russia’s most notable film orchestra. Today its team consists of over 200 artists, 2 conductors, as well as sound engineers and lighting designers who make every show truly spectacular.

When: 6 April, 18:00
Where: Minsk Arena, 111 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Easter Egg Festival in Sopotskin

The town of Sopotskin, located near the Augustow Canal, is famous for its Easter traditions, especially its unique egg painting technique. The Pisanka Museum has more than 1500 eggs decorated in various ways on its display. The presentation of the largest exhibit of the museum will take place during the festival celebrations. Creative groups of Grodno District will add to a festive mood of the event. Local artisans will share their Easter egg painting secrets. The event will feature Easter-themed photo zones, interactive areas and lots of fun activities.

When: 7 April
Where: Pisanka Museum, Sopotskin Culture and Tourism Center, 17 Grodnenskaya Street, Sopotskin, Grodno District

Sergei Volchkov and Presidential Orchestra in Minsk

Sergei Volchkov, laureate of international competitions, winner of the second season of The Voice Show, Honored Artist of Russia and native of Belarus, will give a big solo concert on the stage of the Palace of the Republic. The event will feature famous hits of Soviet, Russian and foreign composers, classical works and songs written especially for the singer. Sergei Volchkov is well-known for his beautiful velvet baritone, disarming sincerity and warm-heartedness. The singer will perform to the accompaniment of the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus under the baton of chief conductor Vitaly Kulbakov.

When: 6 April
Where: Palace of the Republic, 1 Oktyabrskaya Square, Minsk

Stas Mikhailov in Minsk

Stas Mikhailov, People's Artist of Russia and audience favorite, is bringing his show to Minsk to mark his 55th birthday. The concert program will feature the singer’s well-known hits dedicated to women, men, their relationships and the most important values of life - Summer Girl, All for You, Suffering, Falling, Rising and many more. Each performance of Stas Mikhailov is unique, as he improvises on stage, actively interacts with the audience, creating an atmosphere of sincerity and warmth.

When: 12 April
Where: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Hans Zimmer & Ludovico Einaudi: Piano Trio Concert

Belarus' only piano trio TrioTime, whose artistic concept is a mix of classics and pop, offers the audience the symphonic sound of three pianos without an orchestra. The prorgam will feature masterpieces of the outstanding composers of our time, soundtrack producers Hans Zimmer and Ludovico Einaudi.

When, where:
12 April
— Minsk Concert Hall (small hall), 5 Oktyabrskaya Street, Minsk
20 April, 15:00 — Nesvizh Castle (theater hall), Nesvizh, Minsk Oblast

USSR Disco Party in Minsk

The Minsk Palace of Sports will once again become the venue for a large-scale USSR Disco Party featuring the greatest hits of the 1980-1990s performed by legend singers of that time. The program is full of stars. Lyrical, romantic and soulful Tatiana Bulanova, whose voice cannot be confused with anybody else’s. Vadim Kazachenko who gained popularity not only as an outstanding singer, but also as a talented composer and songwriter. Mikhail Muromov is a popular singer, composer and musician whose songs Apples on Snow and Strange Woman are known to millions. Roma Zhukov is a singer and composer who skyrocketed to popularity with the hit songs First Snow, I Love You, Girls, and other ones. Igor Kornelyuk is a Soviet and Russian composer, singer, Honored Art Worker of Russia and a native of Belarus. He won the public’s love not only with his own hit songs (Rains, Ticket to Ballet, Come Back), but also with his collaboration with many famous performers such as Mikhail Boyarsky, Anne Veski, Edita Piekha, Filipp Kirkorov. Igor Kornelyuk’s music can be heard in films and TV series: The Master and Margarita, The Idiot, Bandit Petersburg...

When: 13 April
Where: Palace of Sports, Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

International spring fair of tourism services LEISURE 2024

Belarus’ largest expo in the Tourism and Recreation category, an international business platform for countries, regions and travel agencies from all over the world, which offer their products and services on the Belarusian market. Exhibitors and visitors are granted an opportunity to meet with representatives of world tourism associations, industry regulators, find new clients and partners, and learn about industry trends at events of the business program. For travel lovers it is a great opportunity to learn more about tourist routes, new tours, captivating places of interest and the best vacation opportunities. The international specialized expo and fair Hunting and Fishing 2024 will also be on the same day and for the first time in the same venue.

When: 18-20 April
Where: Minsk-Arena, 111 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Singer ZARA in Minsk

Honored Artist of Russia Zara has been awarded the country’s key musical awards and prizes. The singer’s artistic career already includes 10 solo albums. In Minsk she will once again present the public with a cozy evening dedicated to love and music. Accompanied by the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus conducted by the maestro Vitaly Kulbakov, Zara will perform her best compositions, combining music and poetry, romances and ethnic songs, dance hits and tender solo numbers. By the way, the performer has a special connection with Belarus. She has performed in Minsk many times, and since the age of 18 she has been a regular participant of the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk festival. Zara has also won the love of the audience with her heartfelt performance of the legendary Belarusian song Kupalinka, which will also be performed during the solo evening.

When: 19 April
Where: Palace of the Republic, 1 Oktyabrskaya Square, Minsk

MACAN. Minsk. Palace of Sports

The talented performer has blown up music charts with his incendiary compositions: over the course of the last few years the musician presented several solo albums, songs from which became leaders on music platforms. At the concert in Minsk the audience can expect to hear the artist’s hits May, Asphalt 8, Kino, South, Keep the Image… As critics note, melodic and very honest compositions about friendship, love, breakups, pursuit of prosperity, values and dreams resonate with many people.

When: 27 and 28 April
Where: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Great Patriotic War monuments in Belarus