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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”...
13 Feb 2017
Germans, Italians make up most of Belarus’ visa-free visitors as new rules go online
The first visa-free travelers to Belarus included mostly citizens of Germany (43 people) and Italy (32). Belarus welcomed 16 citizens from the UK and the Netherlands each and 14 Polish nationals. As of 18.00 on 13 February, a total of 218 people crossed the border checkpoint in Minsk National Airport visa-free...
13 Feb 2017
Grodno Oblast attracts Israeli tourists with health and nostalgic tourism
“The expo proved the growing interest of the Israeli to Belarus. Last year saw a double-fold increase in the number of Israeli guests in the health centers of Grodno Oblast. The visitors of the exhibition also showed interest in the information on health tourism”...
13 Feb 2017
Big Conversation with President on Belarus 1 draws over 2m audience
According to the press service, the meeting with the head of state also aroused a big interest among Internet users. Over 170,000 people watched the online coverage of the event on the official website of the media holding company...
13 Feb 2017
Minsk most popular destination for Russian travelers during February break
Minsk is the most popular foreign travel destination for weekend vacation among Russians. Tbilisi, Baku, Budapest, Tallinn, Barcelona, Yerevan, Riga, Vilnius and Rome are also in top ten...
13 Feb 2017
About 100 foreigners visit Belarus visa-free as new rules come into effect
As of 9.00 on 13 February, 93 foreign visa-free travelers were registered at the border checkpoint in Minsk National Airport, Anton Bychkovsky noted. The new regulations apply to citizens of 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Japan, and other countries...
12 Feb 2017
Sobolenko helps Belarus qualify for Fed Cup semis
Arina Sobolenko (ranked 142nd in the world) beat Michaella Krajicek (World No.253) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to secure Belarus’ overall win against the Netherlands in the Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal...
10 Feb 2017
Anton Kushnir scores third win of season
Anton Kushnir scored a total of 119.47 points, edging Chinese ace Guangpu Qi by just 0.92 points. Bronze went to Mac Bohonnon of the United States (116.74). Two other Belarusians failed to qualify for the final. Stanislav Gladchenko finished 19th, Maksim Gustik placed 25th...
10 Feb 2017
Belarus’ Days of Culture in Hungary
The State Dance Company of the Republic of Belarus and Camerata vocal group performed at the top concert venues of Hungary. The first concert took place on 9 February at the Grassalkovich palace in Godollo, a summer palace of Austro-Hungarian royals...
10 Feb 2017
Paintings by young Belarusian artists exhibited in Moscow
The exhibition features paintings, graphic designs, and sculptures by young Belarusian artists. The project has been arranged by the National Center for Contemporary Arts Of Belarus. At the opening of the exhibition minister counsellor at Belarus’ Embassy in Russia Yuri Yaroshevich noted that it is one of the best contemporary art exhibitions that the business and cultural center has ever hosted...
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