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22 Feb 2017
Belarus’ visa-free visitors mostly German tourists
The number of foreigners entering Belarus at Minsk National Airport has already exceeded 1,500 since the launch of visa-free entry. German tourists have made up the majority so far, followed by Polish, Italian and UK citizens...
22 Feb 2017
Brussels’ Manneken Pis to don Belarusian national costume on 10 March
The event on 10 March will include a formal part in the town hall with the participation of Belarusian Ambassador to Belgium Alexander Mikhnevich, officials of the mayor’s office and representatives of the Belarusian community in Belgium. The dress up event will also feature music by Belarusian folk bands and Belarusian drinks...
22 Feb 2017
Belarus to take part in Vilnius Book Fair
On the opening day Belarus will present its stand to Lithuanian journalists, guests and participants of the fair. The stand will feature the editions dedicated to Francysk Skaryna and the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing published by the Belarusian state publishing houses (Mastatskaya Litaratura, Belarusian Petrus Brouka Encyclopedia, Narodnaya Asveta, Zviazda, and others)...
21 Feb 2017
Diplomats from 36 countries recite Yanka Kupala’s poems in Minsk
Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko noted that it became a good tradition to arrange events to celebrate Yanka Kupala’s art at the ministry. “In the early 20th century, his poems became a symbol of Belarus’ revival and embodiment of the noble idea of national self-determination,” the diplomat said...
20 Feb 2017
Belarusian day during Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan scheduled for August
According to Yergali Bulegenov, Belarus was one of the first countries to confirm it will participate in Expo 2017. Documents on Belarus’ participation in the forum were signed in 2016. Belarus will be able to use one of the central pavilions...
20 Feb 2017
Number of Belarus' visa-free visitors exceeds 1,000
Among the visa-free visitors are 176 citizens of Germany, 163 from Poland, 112 from Italy. A total of 1,108 people from 46 countries have visited the country visa-free so far...
19 Feb 2017
Nadezhda Makarchenko wins World Paddle Awards
Nadezhda Makarchenko of Belarus won the World Paddle Awards (WPA) in the Sports Junior category. The World Paddle Awards (WPA) is held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of paddlesports along with their achievements from the previous calendar year. The World Paddle Awards winners are selected through a secret vote held by the WPA members and also by a number of favorite athletes and nominees submitted on a special web page...
18 Feb 2017
Yanka Kupala’s poetry celebrated in Paris
Ambassador Pavel Latushko said that the inclusion of the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing on the UNESCO calendar testifies to the international recognition of Belarus’ great contribution to the world's cultural heritage. In the 21st century, there will not be a more meaningful and symbolic date for the historical and cultural heritage of Belarus than the 500th anniversary of book printing...
17 Feb 2017
Belarus-born opera singer honored with Francysk Skaryna Order in Paris
In accordance with Belarus President’s decree, Arkady Volodos was presented a Francysk Skaryna Order by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France Pavel Latushko at Belarus’ Embassy in Paris...
16 Feb 2017
Francysk Skaryna’s legendary book retuned to Belarus
“In the year when Belarus celebrates the 500 years of its book printing, Belgazprombank is proud to announce that it has added The Little Travel Book to its corporate collection. It was printed by Francysk Skaryna in Vilno in 1522. Experts believe that it is the first book published in the Belarusian lands. To date this is the only copy of this book in our country”...
16 Feb 2017
Belarus to host European Para Taekwondo Championships 2017
Russia decided not to host the championships. As a result, it was decided that the European Para Taekwondo Championships will run in conjunction with the European Taekwondo Championship, which is due to take place in the Minsk Palace of Sports on 7-10 September 2017. Representatives of the European Taekwondo Union assured that the tournament costs will not exceed the budget of the European championship...
16 Feb 2017
Belarus photo exhibition opens in Haifa
The exhibition features 140 works by 75 Belarusian nationals and also natives of Belarus residing in Israel, the UK and Russia. Most photographs are dedicated to Belarusian nature and history, monuments, traditions and modern life of Belarusians...
16 Feb 2017
Over 216,000 foreigners visit Belarusian health resorts in 2016
“The development of the health improvement and wellness system is an important part of the Belarusian state social and economic policy. The goal is to preserve and improve the health of citizens. It is well-developed and competitiveness and brings more tourists to our country,” Gennady Bolbatovsky said...
16 Feb 2017
Minsk to host 5th Open Forum of Plastic Theaters 18-19 February
PlaStforma 2017 experiments with time and space. This time the forum will focus on minor forms. The audience will see unusual performances in various genres, from modern dance to interactive plastic theater, by eight Belarusian dance companies...
15 Feb 2017
IIHF inspection team visits Minsk Arena
Belarus and Latvia have submitted a joint bid to host the 2021 IIHF World Championship. If the bid is won, one of the major facilities to host the event will be Minsk Arena, which played host to the IIHF World Championship in 2014. The final decision on the host country will be made during the IIHF Congress in Cologne on 19 May 2017...
15 Feb 2017
Number of Belarus' visa-free visitors reaches 465
As of 9.00 on 15 February (the new visa rules went online on 12 February), a total of 465 people crossed the border checkpoint in Minsk National Airport visa-free. Among them are 82 citizens of Germany and the same number of visitors from Poland, 48 citizens of Italy, 32 – Lithuania, 21 – France, and 20 people from the UK...
15 Feb 2017
Belavia ahead of Lufthansa, KLM on Forbes Russia airline list
Forbes specialists confessed that they were surprised with the results: Belarusian airline Belavia was second only to Emirates. Polish airline Lot also ranked in top three, leaving behind KLM and Air France...
14 Feb 2017
Paintings from Maciej Radziwill’s collection to go on display in Minsk
The exhibition “The Radziwills: the Fate of the Country and the Family” includes portraits, paintings, drawings, miniatures, medals, and art fabrics from Maciej Radziwill’s collection and will open in Minsk on 15 February. The exhibition will present a gallery of portraits by famous European artists...
14 Feb 2017
Belarus 5th in ITF Fed Cup Nations Rankings
Before the Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal tie the Belarusian national team stood at the 8th position, while the Netherlands was 5th. Now, the teams replaced each other in the rankings. Switzerland, Belarus’ rivals in the Fed Cup World Group semifinal, goes 4th...
14 Feb 2017
More information points for tourists in Minsk
“Belarus launched a five-day visa-free entry on 12 February, which should help attract more tourists to the country. We are planning to open new information points in the city where the guests could learn more about Minsk and Belarus, map out their route, buy souvenirs, maps and guides”...
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