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30 Mar 2017
Some 6,000 tourists visit Minsk visa-free
According to the latest data, some 6,000 foreigners have already taken advantage of the visa-free travel opportunity. They visited the capital for business or tourism purposes. With the launch of the five-day visa-free travel, we expect an increase in the export of tourism services. We have observed an upward trend since the beginning of the year...
30 Mar 2017
Belarus, Russia to hold Unity Day events on 31 March
The Day of Unity demonstrates the desire of the brotherly peoples to promote integration and to keep common spiritual heritage. Main celebrations are traditionally held in the best concert halls and are attended by heads of the government bodies, statesmen, political and public figures...
29 Mar 2017
Belarus names most visited museums, theaters in 2016
The most popular museum in 2016 (as against 2015) is The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. Last year it drew 559,000 visitors. The Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex welcomed 423,300 visitors and the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Nesvizh 412,400...
29 Mar 2017
Minsk to host Mass Media in Belarus expo on 3-6 May
As always, the expo will bring together a wide range of media outlets of Belarus, the Belarus-Russia Union State, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and non-CIS countries. It will feature roundtable discussions, seminars and workshops with the participation of the leading journalists and media experts from different countries...
29 Mar 2017
Brest Puppet Theater to bring balteika show to Bethlehem
The Brest Puppet Theater has been invited to take part in the international children’s and youth theater festival Yalla Yalla which is due to take place in Bethlehem, Palestine on 1-10 April. The Brest Puppet Theater will bring one of its oldest plays, Rygorka – Yasnaya Zorka, (Rygorka – A Bright Star) to the festival that will feature more than ten theater companies...
28 Mar 2017
Minsk to host two chess tournaments in May-June
The Minsk Sports Palace will host the European Individual Chess Championship 2017 on 29 May-11 June. The 1st FIDE World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017 will take place on 1-5 June. The competitions will be held under the aegis of the European Chess Union (ECU) and the World Chess Federation (FIDE)...
28 Mar 2017
500km-long Belarusian-Russian transboundary tourism route now ready
There are plans to include several national parks of Belarus and Russia — Braslavskiye Ozera, Narochansky, Smolenskoye Poozerye, Sebezhsky and the Berezinsky biosphere reserve — into the route that will be about 500km long. Now personnel of these parks and wildlife sanctuaries are developing an end product that can be sold to tourists...
28 Mar 2017
Belarus continues work to launch visa-free travel in three cross-border ecotourism areas
Cross-border cooperation is about the possibility of crossing the border trouble-free. “If our natural reserves share a border, there is a need for visa-free travel for tourists. I am confident that those who visit, for instance, Lithuania’s Cepkeliai would also want to see its continuation on the territory of Belarus”...
28 Mar 2017
Minsk to host Festival of Francophone Amateur Theaters
The event will be free and will feature 25 Belarusian amateur theater groups from secondary schools. All in all the event will feature around 250 participants. Their theater pieces are based on plays by Francophone writers. The competition program will span two days...
28 Mar 2017
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky sends Belarus-Russia Unity Day greetings
“Dear friends! Working aboard the International Space Station some hundreds kilometers above our planet I sincerely wish you a Happy Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia. I have every confidence that the friendship of our two nations will last for many years,” Oleg Novitsky said in his video address...
28 Mar 2017
Belarusian startup MeetnGreetMe wins UN award
Belarusian startup MeetnGreetMe, a resident company of the Hi-Tech Park of Belarus, won UN World Summit Award Mobile. The winners of World Summit Award Mobile are selected by a panel of judges which comprises IT experts from 178 UN member states...
27 Mar 2017
Belarus win four medals at Polyak Imre Memorial in Hungary
Alexander Grabovik of Belarus secured the 98kg gold defeating Rio Olympic bronze medalist Javid Hamzatov of Belarus 4-0. Silver went to Javid Hamzatov. Kazbek Kilov of Belarus claimed silver in the 75kg category after losing to Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz 0-2...
27 Mar 2017
Memory Watch organizations from 13 cities of Belarus, Russia gather in Brest Fortress
The meeting marks the 45th anniversary of the Memory Watch at the Eternal Flame of Brest Fortress. Apart from the young residents of Brest, the meeting has brought together children from other Hero Cities and participants of the international peace movement Academy of Peace and Children’s Diplomacy...
27 Mar 2017
Belarus claims 11 medals at Marina Lobach rhythmic gymnastics tournament
The senior Individual All-Around event was won by Yulia Yevchik. In the junior group Anastasia Salos claimed gold medals in the Loop and Ball events. Yana Striga, Darya Deshkovskaya and Anna Kamenshchikova were also among medal winners...
27 Mar 2017
Belarusian pentathletes claim World Cup mixed relay win in Cairo
In fencing the Belarusian athletes Irina Prosentsova and Kirill Kasyanik scored 247 points to place first. The Belarusians did well in freestyle swimming and show jumping to start first in the final combined event of pistol shooting and a 3200m cross-country run. They held to their leading position to score a total of 1,431 points...
26 Mar 2017
Belarus win three golds at Anatoly Kharlampiev Memorial in Moscow
Yekaterina Prokopenko picked up gold in the 60kg finals. In the men’s circuit Belarusian Vladislav Sayapin (68kg) snatched gold in the final against Artur Te from Kyrgyzstan. Belarus’ Ilya Hadkevich was victorious in the 74kg combat sambo...
25 Mar 2017
Minsk to host international tourism services fair on 5-8 April
It will be the 20th international spring fair of tourism services on record. Over 110 companies from Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey, Poland, Russia, Greece, Albania, Italy, Georgia, Portugal, Latvia, and Slovakia will participate in the fair...
25 Mar 2017
Over 200 people participate in Kuropaty cleanup action in Minsk
Representatives of various enterprises and companies, organizations, and public associations, including the Belarusian national youth union BRSM and Belaya Rus took part in the Kuropaty cleanup action. Eleven vehicles were used to remove non-merchantable timber from the site...
25 Mar 2017
Belarusian books gifted to Paris institute
The books were handed over during the solemn opening of the Belarusian pavilion as part of the Paris Book Fair (Salon Livre Paris) on 24 March. The key purpose of the Belarusian national pavilion is to draw the attention of general public abroad to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of book printing in Belarus under the UNESCO aegis in 2017...
24 Mar 2017
Belarus' exposition at Paris Book Fair: 500 years of Belarusian book printing
The delegation of Belarusian book printers did not only presented new books to visitors of the Paris Book Fair but also donated some of the publications to the Paris-based National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO). The donation of Belarusian books is one of the events of the Belarusians in the World program of the Culture of Belarus state program...
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