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12 Apr 2017

Culture ministries of Belarus, Cuba sign cooperation agreement

MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – The Belarusian Culture Ministry and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba have concluded a cooperation agreement, BelTA has learned.

The document was inked by Belarusian Culture Minister Boris Svetlov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba to Belarus Gerardo Suarez Alvarez.

Boris Svetlov views the agreement as an important step in the development of the cooperation in culture between the two countries.

Gerardo Suarez Alvarez believes that Belarus and Cuba should update each other regularly on the cultural events they organize, and also promote knowledge about Belarusian culture in Cuba and about the Cuban traditions in Belarus. The countries have great opportunities for stepping up their cooperation in cinema, music, dance, and cultural heritage, the diplomat said.

The agreement provides for establishing direct ties in the field of music and dance among the concert organizations and creative associations. The document envisages exchange of singers, dance groups, and assistance with the participation in international contests and festivals held in Belarus and Cuba.

Plans have been made to establish direct links among drama, puppet and other theaters of the two countries, and organize exchange of information about conferences and seminars. Belarus and Cuba will also intensify their collaboration in library science.

The agreement provides for cooperation in cinema and participation in international film festivals.

Direct ties will be established among the culture and arts schools. The countries will cooperate in conservation and restoration of historical and cultural heritage. They will also collaborate in the field of folk art.

The agreement enters into force on the date on which it is signed. The commencement of this document ends the cooperation agreement between the Culture Ministry of Belarus and the Ministry of Culture of Cuba signed in Havana on 15 September 1997.

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