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JUNE 2021

Dear friends! We are sorry to inform you that we have to change the monthly Events Calendar on the website. The coronavirus pandemic has led to border shutdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation or postponement of public events. People are willing to refrain from trips and entertainments to protect themselves and their families.

Belarus is taking all the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the infection. The country has not imposed strict travel restrictions. However, Belarus calls on EVERY PERSON to be extremely careful, follow the WHO and doctors’ recommendations, observe personal hygiene rules, and, most importantly, take care of each other. If you have returned from the worst-hit regions and countries, you should seek medical attention in case of the slightest deterioration in your health and, of course, isolate yourselves as soon as possible, in order not to spread any infection, not only COVID-19.

In view of this situation, large public events are canceled or postponed. Please, check out the information in advance. Organizers promise that tickets for all postponed events will remain valid. Please, remember to stay healthy!

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Rarities of the National History Museum  project in Minsk

The National History Museum invites Minsk residents and tourists to visit an outdoor exhibition to see the rarities from its holdings. An unusual exhibition about the Belarusian nation and its historical heritage will be arranged on the fence of Chelyuskintsev Park (Independence Avenue) in early June. Seventy photo-banners will show the rarities from different eras: coins, weapons, national costumes, religious objects, works of fine art, arts and crafts, books, precious metals, awards, musical instruments and many more. This exposition features items presented by the five branches of the National History Museum – the Memorial House of the First Congress of the RSDLP, the Museum of Belarusian Cinema History, the Museum of Theater and Music Culture History, the Museum of Nature and Environment, and the Museum of Contemporary Belarusian Statehood.

When: 2 June 2020 – 1 June 2021
Where: Fence of Chelyuskintsev Park, Independence Avenue, Minsk

Tadeusz Kosciuszko as an Artist

4 February marked the 275th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the national hero of Belarus, Poland and the United States. On this day, the Memorial Manor Museum in Merechevshchina in the town of Kossovo, the hometown of the outstanding military and political figure, rolled out a unique exhibition-project showing the creative side of the famous general. The exhibition features 16 reproductions of Kosciuszko's works made in different periods of his life. Among them is his first paintings - mostly copies of the works by other artists he made while studying at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in France, and replicas of the paintings from a later period. Despite the fact that Tadeusz Kosciuszko connected his life with the military, he continued to paint after the uprising of 1794. In America he gained fame as a portraitist.

When: 4 February – 31 March 
Where: Tadeusz Kosciuszko Memorial Manor Museum
108 Kosciuszko Street, Kossovo, Ivanovo District, Brest Oblast

Exhibition of Henri Matisse’s lithographs at Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery

French artist and sculptor, leader of the Fauvists Henri Matisse occupies an exceptional place in the constellation of the 20th century artist of Western Europe thanks to his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. His creative range is truly fascinating - from painting, graphics, illustrations to monumental forms, theatrical scenery, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and stained glass windows... This spring, 118 lithographs by Henri Matisse are on view in Minsk, and each is accompanied by texts from his articles, books, and letters.

When: 23 April - 20 June
Where: Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery, 15 Svobody Square, Minsk

Vytoki Festival in Belarus

This large-scale festival will be held from May to August 2021 and will span six cities: Lida, Orsha, Kobrin, Mozyr, Bobruisk, and Zhodino. The festival is themed around the Year of People’s Unity. The organizers of the festival offer a number of themed platforms. The central one will be the sports platform Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus. Everyone will be able to take part in competitions and contests of the Olympic quest, test their strength in various sports. The festival will boast a large-scale cultural and educational program. The Wheel of Time exhibition will tell the story of the unique works of Belarusian artists. A lecture-presentation on modern Belarusian visual arts will be held as part of the exhibition. The festival will also feature a unique organ recital, master classes and meet-the-artist events. Professional dancers will offer a master class in old Belarusian dances and modern choreography. The festival will wrap up with a night gala featuring popular artists, flashmob dancing, and a disco from the best DJs of Belarus.

When: May - August
Where: Lida, Orsha, Kobrin, Mozyr, Bobruisk, Zhodino

#Continuation show of Alla Duhova's Todes Ballet

Alla Duhova's famous Todes Ballet that has already celebrated its 30th anniversary is returning to Belarus with the show #Continuation. The ballet’s trademark is the combination of choreography and acting, scrupulous costume design, well-produced acts, and the use of cutting-edge technologies. The new show will also feature all these elements and make viewers experience a wide range of emotions, from passion to excitement. Todes Ballet will show humorous scenes, lyrical performances, and folk motives. The new show is described as a story about strong feelings, the most exciting moments, and incredible worlds.

When: 3 June
Where: Social and cultural center, 17 Lange Street, Gomel

"Waterland. Secrets of Atlantis" at Gomel Circus

The season at the Gomel Circus will wrap with with the amazing water show "Waterland. Secrets of Atlantis" featuring the most impressive routines and special effects. Spectators will see aerial gymnasts, acrobats on a swing, air gymnasts on the mast, trampoline acrobats. The show will feature "Illusion" directed by Denis Mikhailenko, "Dynamic Mast" (performed by Tatiana Kulikova and Yuri Ivanichok), "The Wheel of Syrah" (Evgeny Krot) and a fire show from Sergei Ivanets. The audience will be entertained by clown artists Yuri Galichenko, Yulia Kisel, Dmitry Yakimov.

When: 15 May - 6 June
Where: Gomel circus, 27 Sovietskaya Street, Gomel

New show at Belarusian Circus

Belarusian Circus and the Yuri Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard have prepared a joint program to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great artist Yuri Nikulin. The new program "Almost Seriously" will present a kaleidoscope of routines, including extreme ones ("Brazilian wheel of courage" and "Fire riders from Brazil”), spectacular ("Equilibrium on a rope" and "Acrobats on the mast"), romantic ("Solo on canvases" and "Air chain") and also tamed animals: horses ("Supreme riding school" and "Freedom of horses"), bears, dogs and even goats! It will also feature juggling duo Vladislav Bilyauer and Veronika Rassokhina. The clown Konstantin Gerasimenko will entertain the audience.

When: 15 May - 1 August
Where: Belarusian State Circus, 32 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

International ICT forum TIBO 2021

The 27th edition of the international forum on information and communications technologies TIBO 2021 will once again bring together representatives of the most advanced industries from Belarus and the world. It is a unique platform to share international experience, to discuss policy in the information sector, generate innovative knowledge and discuss mechanisms for implementing the latest technological ideas into various areas of the economy, business and life of modern society. Since the founding of the special award in 2003 about 8,000 representatives of the digital sector took part in the competition! The forum will explore a variety of themes: "Television, multimedia and gaming technologies," "Instrumental software," "Digital publishing and printing," “Internet technologies and services,” “Robotics”, “Smart City and Smart Home technologies”, “Systems and security technologies (e-Securuty)”, “Automated design and management systems”, “Internet of Things”, “Big Data”, “Cloud Technology”, “Augmented and virtual reality," "Blockchain" and others. The key event of TIBO 2021 will be the official opening of the forum under the slogan "Digital Future" which will be held in the Congress Hall of the Minsk Arena multifunctional cultural and sports complex on 1 June.

When: 1-4 June
Where: Minsk Arena, 111A Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

The Master and Margarita production in Minsk

The stage adaptation of the mysterious story of the Master and Margarita by Russian director Sergei Aldonin has been running uninterruptedly for 20 years. One of the secrets behind the success of Aldonin’s interpretation of the famous story is a mixture of theatrical art and show, with a frantic tempo, rapidly changing mise-en-scenes, a spectacular visual form and an original script ... Thanks to this, the auditorium and the stage turn into a mystical space where characters appear and disappear. The production stars Yekaterina Klimova, Mikhail Gorsky, Philip Bledny, Timur Oragvelidze. The performance includes excerpts from the drafts of the novel, which makes it possible to accentuate the main themes that concerned Mikhail Bulgakov. They are effectively complemented by music, pantomime and stunts.

When: 4 June
Where: Minsk Concert Hall, 5 Oktyabrskaya Street, Minsk

International Advertising and Marketing Festival White Square 2021

This international event brings together participants from more than 30 countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region, Western Europe, America and Asia. This year’s edition will traditionally include two sections - an advertising competition and a business forum where participants will share best practices and innovations in the marketing and communications industry. The entries will be evaluated by a jury of creative directors and art directors, top managers of international agencies that are the industry leaders in their countries, in other words, award-winning and internationally acclaimed advertising gurus. The program features 129 nominations: Creativity, Branding, Marketing and Marketing Effectiveness, Media, Digital, Craft ... The festival will culminate with the awards ceremony in the best traditions of European advertising festivals.

When: 9-11 June
Where: Green Plaza Business Center, 10a Biryuzova Street, Minsk

Season closing concert at Belarusian Philharmonic Society

The music season at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society will wrap up with the Classics for All project performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor, People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Anisimov. The program will feature Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major and Stravinsky suite from the Fairy’s Kiss ballet. The soloists are Aleksandr Muzykantov (piano) and Yuliya Stefanovich (violin).

When: 10 June
Where: Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, 50 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

Festival of Belarusian song and poetry Molodechno 2021

The Molodechno national festival, a center of attraction of talented singers, musicians and composers, will mark the anniversary of the forum and celebrate the Year of People’s Unity in 2021. The National Competition for Young Performers of the Belarusian Popular Song will be the highlight of the event. People's Artist Mikhail Finberg has been artistic director of the competition for many years. According to the results of the regional stages, the second and third tours of the contest will take place at the Molodechno Summer Amphitheater on 11 June. As many as 21 performers from all of Belarus’ regions and its capital will take part in the contest.
One of the highlights will be the birthday celebrations of author of the festival anthem, Belarusian pianist and composer Igor Palivoda. The program of the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus will include poems by Vladimir Korotkevich.

When: 11-12 June
Where: Summer Amphitheater, Palace of Culture, Molodechno, Minsk Oblast

Dulcimer and Accordion are Playing folk music festival

The summer folk music festival Dulcimer and Accordion are Playing returns after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The region’s creative groups are actively preparing for the main event of the year. The program will feature performances by local artists and young talents, bands from the twin cities of Postavy. The program of the forum will stay traditional and will celebrate the Year of People’s Unity this year. It is already known that many events will be held at the new venue - Komsomolskaya Square.

When: 11-13 June
Where: Postavy, Vitebsk Oblast

Ballet Summer in Bolshoi Theater

The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater will present a new program of the 2021 summer festival of ballet that will include premieres of the ballets Swan Lake, Peer Gynt, Anna Karenina, and The Nutcracker. The festival will feature the academic theater “Kyiv Modern-Ballet” led by Honored Art Worker of Ukraine and People's Artist of Moldova Radu Poklitaru. The Ukrainian theater will stage the productions Nine Dates and The Little Prince as well as the divertissement of modern choreography “Con tutti instrumenti”. The festival will wrap up on 17 June with a gala concert featuring world-class ballet stars.

When: 12-17 June
Where: Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, 1 Parizhskoi Kommuny Street, Minsk

“Buddy Guy – Blues Legend” tribute concert from BIG DADDY BLUES

The new tribute concert will be a gift from the BIG DADDY BLUES band to Belarusian fans of blues. The concert will celebrate Buddy Guy, winner of several Grammys, who contributed to the development of pop music of the second half of the 20th century. This outstanding guitarist was included in the list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time compiled by the Rolling Stone magazine in 2016. In 2005, he was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It has been over 60 years since he developed his bizarre style – playing the guitar behind his back or picking the strings with his teeth – but the blues star still gives more than 50 concerts a year.

When: 17 June
Where: Yevgeny Vladimirov’s Jazz Club, 1 Oktyabrskaya Square, Minsk

Kino in Minsk

The legendary Russian band Kino will perform in Minsk Arena, the largest concert venue of Minsk, 30 years after its disbandment. Viktor Tsoi’s fans will hear the legacy of their idol performed by famous musicians, including the band’s bassists Alexander Titov and Igor Tikhomirov and guitarist Yuri Kasparyan. The vocalist will be Viktor Tsoi himself! The concert will use the voice of the band’s frontman taken from original recordings. The event will show what a concert of the legendary rock band can be like 30 year later. For better immersion of the audience, the organizers have prepared a film using CGI, animation, new and archive recordings, and so on.

When: 17 June
Where: Minsk Arena, 111 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Ice Fest in Minsk

Belarus’ first amateur children's theater on ice, IceStories, will treat figure skating fans to a spectacular show in June. Within just one year, the young artists not only learned the secrets of this graceful sport but also prepared an interesting program Ice Fest. The program will include nine original acts. The performance featuring young figure skaters, athletes, and the coaching staff of IceStories Theater will take place at the Olympic Arena in the Belarusian capital.

When: 19 June
Where: Olympic Arena, 2 Ratomskaya Street, Minsk

The 27th international song and music festival Dnieper Voices in Dubrovno

The song and music festival was launched in 1993. Initially it united regions of the three countries where the famous Dnieper River flows. Representatives of the Baltic states joined the festival later on. A meeting of participants will take place before this year’s festival begins. The roundtable session “The heroic deed will live for centuries” will be held as well as the photo exhibition “My motherland begins here”. The program will continue with a city day, the regional contest of pop music VIAton 2021, and concerts by participants of the festival. The second day will be as intensive: in the morning the central square will be occupied by stalls of Dubrovno District farmers, stalls selling handmade products, the penny whistle plein air Salaveika 2021, the exhibition Vitebsk Oblast’s Legends, Tales, and Fairytales in Painted Carpets. In the evening guests will be invited to attend concerts by participants of the Dnieper Voices in Dubrovno festival and the Belarusian pop song concert Starry Night Over the Dnieper.

When: 25-27 June
Where: Dubrovno, Vitebsk Oblast

Evenings of the Bolshoi Theatre at Radziwill Castle

The legendary residence of the Radziwill princes in Nesvizh invites you to dive into the atmosphere of the summer open-air festival Evenings of the Bolshoi Theatre at Radziwill Castle. Guests will be able to visit the castle, which has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, appreciate events of the great past as well as masterpieces of world opera and ballet art performed by artistes of Belarus’ Bolshoi Theater.

25 June, 13:00 – the French music concert "La promenade" (soloists – Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus Yelena Salo, Pavel Trofimchik). Theater Hall
25 June, 21:00 – Nabucco opera. The courtyard of Radziwill Castle
26 June, 13:00 – Blizzard concert. Theater Hall in the Palace Ensemble
26 June, 15:30 – concert "Always in my heart. Music of Italy, Spain, and Cuba". Theater Hall in the Palace Ensemble
26 June, 21:00 – surprise concert "Night of transformations". A hall in Radziwill Castle
27 June, 14:00 – concert "Amadis brass". Theater Hall in the Palace Ensemble
27 June, 16:00 – concert "Higher than sky". Theater Hall in the Palace Ensemble

When: 25–27 June
Where: The National History and Culture Museum-Reserve Nesvizh, Nesvizh, Minsk Oblast

Kupalskaye Kola 2021

One of the most memorable summer open-air festivals dedicated to the Belarusian holiday Kupala Night invites you to Belarus’ only open-air museum, which is located in the village of Ozertso. Guests of the flamboyant festival will be able to see a reenactment of an ancient rite in live decorations of a Belarusian village of the 17-20th centuries. They will be able to hear about beautiful legends and myths, which reveal the soul of the Belarusian nation. Guests will be able to participate in traditional festivities – round dances, dances near a bonfire, Kupala Night rites – and sample dishes of local cuisine and national cuisine. They will learn how to make daisy-chains and float them.

When: 26-27 June
Where: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District

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