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19 Jan 2017
Belarus, Latvia place joint bid for hosting 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
“Minsk was at the heart of the ice hockey celebrations in 2014. That tournament is frequently mentioned at IIHF Congresses. The idea of hosting a championship jointly with Latvia was put forward in 2014. Belarus and Latvia are good partners in many areas. The Dinamo Minsk and Dinamo Riga teams have always been tough competitors delivering spectacular games”...
18 Jan 2017
Belarusians to get familiar with Chinese traditions during spring celebration
Spring Festival 2017 in Belarus will focus on the 25th anniversary since the establishment of Belarusian-Chinese diplomatic relations and the traditional Chinese New Year. Spring Festival has been celebrated for nearly 4,000 years. The tradition has been passed from generation to generation...
18 Jan 2017
MTZ to hold Parizh-Mosar tractor rally in Vitebsk Oblast 28 January
The rally will run from the agrotown of Parizh to the village of Mosar through Postavy District and Glubokoye District. The racers will cover a total distance of 12km on an off-road track. The race will wrap up with an awards ceremony and a concert at the St Anna Cathedral in Mosar...
18 Jan 2017
Belarusian MTZ to launch industrial tours
During the tour visitors will get an insight into all areas of tractor production from the metal-cutting shop where gears and axles are made to the assembly shop where the main assembly line of the enterprise is located. Tourists will also see an exhibition of the tractors the company makes and get acquainted with the brand new Belarus model range...
18 Jan 2017
China’s Gansu Dance Theater to give concert in Grodno on 21 January
Grodno has been named a symbolic Belarusian cultural gate of the Silk Road. The initiative to grant the city with the status was voiced by Culture Minister Boris Svetlov during the international forum Silk Road EXPO that took place in Gansu Province. The Chinese theater will perform at the Grodno Oblast Drama Theater. Belarus’ Marina Elyashevich will present her works...
17 Jan 2017
Minsk to host international book fair on 8-12 February
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be a guest of honor at the 24th International Book Fair in Minsk. This year the list of participants to showcase their products at the book forum includes Belarus, the UK, Venezuela, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, South Korea, Cuba, Lithuania, Palestine, Poland, Russia, Syria, the United States, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine...
15 Jan 2017
Anton Kushnir of Belarus wins Lake Placid World Cup
The Belarusian scored 120.36 points in the men’s final to claim the victory. Gracing the podium also were Mac Bohonnon of the United States (119.46 points) and Maxim Burov of Russia (107.32)...
13 Jan 2017
Minsk in top five most popular destinations for Russians during Christmas holiday season
Minsk ranked fifth most popular city for the holiday season, with Russian tourists spending in the Belarusian capital an average of 2.5 days. The list of ten most popular cities to celebrate Christmas included Prague, Tallinn, Riga, Helsinki, Minsk, Vilnius, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna...
13 Jan 2017
Belarus’ Sergei Vyazovich finishes 4th in Dakar Stage 10
Belarusian truck racer Sergei Vyazovich finished the tenth leg of the 2017 Dakar Rally just one spot off the podium. Alexander Vasilevsky came in 6th...
12 Jan 2017
Olga Mazurenok, Ivan Tikhon win Atletika awards
Ivan Tikhon clinched silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The athlete was also presented with a commemorative badge of the Sports and Tourism Ministry for contribution to sport development in the country. Olga Mazurenok finished fifth at the 2016 Rio Games, showing one of her best time records...
12 Jan 2017
Belarus 8th in Women’s Relay in Ruhpolding
The Belarusian team of Nadezhda Skardino, Nadezhda Pisareva, Darya Domracheva and Irina Krivko finished 8th in the Women’s Relay at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Ruhpolding. Darya Domracheva showed good speed on the track to hold sixth position for Belarus in the third leg. The biathlete needed three spares in the standing...
12 Jan 2017
Over 3.4m passengers travelled via Minsk airport in 2016
According to the source, 2016 was an important year for the Minsk National Airport. For the first time the passenger number went beyond 3 million. “We welcomed passenger number three million on 10 November,” said Vasily Kornev. In 2016 the airport serviced a total of 3,429,112 passengers. The share of transit passenger was up to 30%. Thanks to higher transit traffic the airport became kind of a transport hub...
11 Jan 2017
Five-day visa-free regime to enter into force in Belarus on 12 February 2017
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s decree No. 8 “On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens” was officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal on 11 January. The citizens of 80 countries will be able to start using its benefits in the middle of February...
10 Jan 2017
SCO Secretariat hosts Belarus’ Culture Day
Belarus is an observer state with the SCO. The event took place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Belarusian-Chinese diplomatic relations. SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said at the Culture Day opening ceremony that Belarus is a country with a rich history and culture, with the Belarusian people cherishing and developing national traditions...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus gears up to celebrate poet Yanka Kupala
Yanka Kupala’s literary works are the heritage of Belarusian, European, and world culture. The anniversary year will see a lot of projects and initiatives to honor one of the best Belarusian poets. The Yanka Kupala museum will start the celebrations to mark the 135th anniversary of the birth of the poet on 11 January,” the ministry reported...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus to take part in Monte Carlo junior circus festival
The festival will take place in Monte Carlo, the Principality of Monaco, on 4-5 February. The participants received the invitation from the organizing committee. “Every year this festival brings together the best circus performers from various countries, and the participation in this festival is a great achievement for any artist”...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus’ Kino-Mo in USA Today’s top 10 projects
Journalists of the popular U.S. media outlet visited the CES 2017 expo in Las Vegas featuring more than 20,000 new gadgets from all over the world and picked their top ten. The Kino-Mo project by Art Stavenka and Kiryl Chykeyuk of Belarus is in the list...
10 Jan 2017
Augustow Canal to host Rock August festival
The festival will be organized in the last summer month and will be titled as Rock August. The festival will make part of the Rock for Sport program which was launched in Belarus in December 2016 with a concert in Minsk featuring U.D.O. Dirkschneider и CherMen. Rock bands from different countries can take part in the event at the popular tourism site in Grodno Oblast...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus’ MAZ-SPORTavto team make top five in Dakar Rally Stage 7
The Belarusian racer climbed to 16th position overall, 3h25m off Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Iveco) who currently tops the overall standings in the truck category followed by Russia’s Kamaz drivers Dmitry Sotnikov and Eduard Nikolaev...
9 Jan 2017
Belarus introduces five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries
These are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries. First of all, these are favorable countries in terms of migration, Belarus’ strategic partners which have introduced visa-free regimes for Belarusian citizens on a unilateral basis...
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