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17 Mar 2017
Belarus to join WWF’s Earth Hour on 25 March
Minskers will be invited to turn off their lights from 20.30 to 21.30. The city will switch off the lighting of administrative buildings, homes, and architectural monuments. The annual Earth Hour campaign engages over two billion people in 7,000 cities and towns in 170 countries. People are free to decide which appliances to switch off and for how long, and the city authorities initiate turning off the illumination of municipal buildings...
16 Mar 2017
Dedicated project for Italian culture, art during Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk
"A short while ago I met with the ambassador of Italy to Belarus. We talked about the possibility of arranging an Italian project as part of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. If an Italian day is too much, then at least a program made up of several events may be in order: a concert featuring instrumentalists from a musical academy, an exhibition by an Italian painter and other events," Alexander Sidorenko said...
16 Mar 2017
Julio Iglesias, Jr. and others: Slavonic Bazaar concert program announced
“When working on the concert programs we take into account the tastes of our audience. We would like to introduce them to new names,” Alexander Sidorenko, the director of the festival, told a press conference on 16 March. “For example, we have organized many multi-artist concerts and brought many young artists, budding teams"...
16 Mar 2017
Slavonic Bazaar tickets to go on sale on 17 March
The first tickets for some of the festival concerts went to box offices on 17 February. The second sales phase get underway. As of 17 March, tickets will be available for all the events to be held in the Summer Amphitheater (so far, the program includes 17 of them)...
16 Mar 2017
Minsk most popular destination for Russian travelers during May break
Prague, Barcelona, Baku, Vienna, Tbilisi, Budapest, Yerevan, Tallinn and Riga are also in top ten. Russians are expected to spend three nights...
16 Mar 2017
Vera Lapko, Arina Sobolenko into Shenzhen Open quarterfinals
World No.293 Vera Lapko saw off Nina Stojanovic of Serbia (World No.130) in two sets 6-3, 6-2. Fellow Belarusian Arina Sobolenko (142) defeated Chang Kai-chen of China (118) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)...
15 Mar 2017
Minsk to host French Film Weekend 24-26 March
The event will be held as part of the Francophone Days in Belarus in cooperation with the French diplomatic mission and the Swiss Embassy office in Minsk. Films will be screened in Raketa Cinema House...
14 Mar 2017
Sobolenko into Shenzhen Open round two, Lapko through qualifying
World No. 142 Arina Sobolenko of Belarus got off to a good start at the Shenzhen Open in China beating Jing Lu of China (World No.226) 7-5, 6-2 in the opener. Vera Lapko of Belarus, ranked 293rd in the world, completed her qualifying run with seeing off Kyoka Okamura of Japan (261) 6-0, 6-0. Vera Lapko will face World No.307 Jessica Pieri of Italy in the first round of the main draw...
14 Mar 2017
Belteleradiocompany to shoot episode for Naviband’s Eurovision postcard
This year, TV companies of all the Eurovision participating countries will take part in filming the postcards. The organizers will shoot the second part of the postcards in Kiev in May. The postcards will be themed around sincere emotions of the contestants who will be in the spotlight at the major European music event...
13 Mar 2017
Belarus’ food map now available online
The major goal of the project is to demonstrate Belarus’ rich culinary heritage which survived mostly in the rural area only. The website provides a big variety of local dishes, recipes and their history. Visitors will find here information about gastronomic routes and festivals around Belarus. The website also has a section about “culinary ghosts”, dishes which recipes have almost been committed to oblivion...
10 Mar 2017
Domracheva 3rd in Women’s Sprint in Finland
Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff shot clean for her first win of the season in 19:18.5. Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier, with one penalty was second, 18.3 seconds back. Darya Domracheva matched Tiril Eckhoff on the shooting range to finish third, 20.4 seconds back (19:38.8)...
10 Mar 2017
Belarusian drama theater partaking in Serbian festival
The Belarusian artists will show an adaptation of August Strindberd’s play The Pelican directed by Alexander Gartsuyev. A presentation of the Belarusian theater took place in Belgrade on 10 March...
10 Mar 2017
Facsimile manuscript pages from third-century New Testament book on display in Minsk
The exhibition is timed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Bible by Francysk Skaryna and the Day of Orthodox Christian Book. Director of Belarus’ National Library Roman Motulsky opened the exhibition and said that the book fragment is currently on display in Minsk thanks to the cooperation with the Vatican Library...
10 Mar 2017
Climate research center established in Belarusian academy of sciences
The new agency will take care of researching global and regional climate and its changes in response to natural and man-made factors. The agency will also provide scientific support for Belarus’ international commitments in the area of climate science. The agency will develop the physical foundation for extremely long-term weather forecasts and climate change forecasts...
9 Mar 2017
Five Belarusians in Russkaya Premiya literary award longlist
The award’s longlist features works by 38 writers and poets from 14 countries. Russkaya Premya is the only Russian literary award for Russian-language writers from abroad. Olga Zlotnikova’s poetry book Pastva (Flock) is nominated in the Poetry category...
7 Mar 2017
Minsk university to take part in UN linguistics conference
“The parties exchanged information on the first New York conference of the universities that train interpreters for the UN system. They also discussed Belarus’ initiative to honor the role and place of translation in the diplomatic profession, as well as the work of the people who create it – professional interpreters and translators”...
6 Mar 2017
Vera Polyakova-Makei meets with ambassadors’ spouses ahead of Women’s Day
Vera Polyakova-Makei cordially welcomed the foreign guests and congratulated them on the forthcoming holiday. She wished them peace, welfare and happiness. The minister’s wife noted that the Belarusian culture is rich in traditions and it is important to show the guests as much as it is possible about it...
6 Mar 2017
Bids for hosting 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship presented in Zurich
“Our presentation made a good impression on the members of the IIHF Evaluation Committee. Finland, of course, is a serious contender in this competition. After the presentation, the members of the committee recommended that both bids should be submitted for the final vote to be held at the annual IIHF Congress in Cologne on 19 May”...
6 Mar 2017
Belarusian judoka wins gold at European Open in Prague
On her way to the podium she defeated Poland’s Wiktoria Lis and Ukraine’s Vasilina Kirichenko. In the semifinal Marina Slutskaya saw off with Group B winner Mercedesz Szigetvari of Hungary in one minute 17 seconds...
4 Mar 2017
Jewelry with Belarusian diamonds goes on sale in Minsk
“We plan to compete on the global scale and promote the national research and development. The difference between synthetic and natural diamonds can only be established in a special laboratory. The collection also features fancy color diamonds that are extremely rare in nature”...
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