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28 Feb 2017
Belarus Events Calendar: March 2017
Holidays, festivals, exhibitions...
28 Feb 2017
Chizhovka Arena to host Belarus-Switzerland Fed Cup semifinal
The multi-purpose facility hosted its maiden Fed Cup event in February when Belarus defeated the Netherlands 4-1. Belarus’ national team includes Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Olga Govortsova and Vera Lapko headed by the captain Eduard Dubrov. Although Switzerland is the favorite for the upcoming match, the Belarusians promise to put up a fight in front of the home crowd...
27 Feb 2017
Grodno expects to welcome 5,000th visa-free visitor to Augustow Canal on 27 February
Over 4,500 registered tourists have entered Belarus visa-free as of today. Those were nationals of 30 countries. Oleg Andreichik believes that the city of Grodno will welcome guests from many other countries in the future. Decree No. 318 of the Belarusian head of state on the introduction of the visa-free travel to the Augustow Canal for foreigners came into force on 26 October...
25 Feb 2017
Five-day countdown for visa-free stay in Belarus starts with passport stamp date
“If your aircraft lands in Minsk at about midnight, wait a bit and go through the border control procedures after midnight”...
23 Feb 2017
Belarus-initiated photo exhibition celebrating family opens in Geneva
Yuri Ambrazevich, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, stressed the important positive contribution of the family to the effort to achieve sustainable development and the vital role of the family in protecting the rights of its members, especially in supporting people with disabilities...
22 Feb 2017
Belarus Embassy in Vienna marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with photo exhibition
During the reception, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria Alena Kupchyna stressed the importance of developing bilateral cooperation between the countries in all areas...
22 Feb 2017
Plans to make biological heart valves in Belarus
According to the source, patients, who opt for biological heart valves, will be able to avoid certain dependence on medications, which mechanical heart valves require. Biological heart valves are believed to be capable of substantially improving the quality of life for such patients...
22 Feb 2017
Belarus to offer more factory tours in 2017
In addition, tourists are invited to visit Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark) and Belarusian Autoworks (BelAZ trademark). “These are the country’s well-known brands, known everywhere and interesting to our tourists”...
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...
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