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3 Jan 2017
MSQRD developers from Belarus on 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30
When Facebook wanted to catch up with Snapchat, it turned to two entrepreneurs from Belarus. Nevgen and Gonchar built MSQRD, an app that adds crazy filters to your selfies. After the app caught on in the U.S., Facebook bought MSQRD for an undisclosed amount in March 2016. Since then, both cofounders have been working for Facebook in London...
3 Jan 2017
Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament to open with Finland vs Germany match
Group A features Belarus President’s Team, Balkans Team comprising representatives of the countries of the former Yugoslavia and also Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. The other two teams in the group are the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. Group B includes Russia, Germany, Finland and Slovakia. The preliminary stage of the tournament will be played in two groups...
2 Jan 2017
Belarus U17 Team win Mac’s Midget tournament in Canada
In the final match at Scotiabank Saddledome Arena the Belarusians took a solid win over Saskatoon Contacts 6-1 (2-0, 1-0, 3-1). Team Belarus scored twice in the first period and then one more in the second. The Contacts pulled one back midway through the third, but two more goals from Belarus put the game out of reach with a couple of minutes remaining to play...
1 Jan 2017
Belarus announces new visa fees
“This decision is another step towards easing the visa procedures for foreign citizens. It is also aimed at developing interpersonal, business and cultural contacts, and promoting inbound tourism,” the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said...
30 Dec 2016
Belarus Events Calendar: January 2017
Holidays, festivals, exhibitions...
30 Dec 2016
Nesvizh Palace to offer tours themed around history of Radziwill family in January
Nesvizh Palace will invite its visitors to immerse themselves into the atmosphere of 18th-century celebrations and entertainments in the first days of the year, from 2 to 8 January 2017. Next year, the palace will celebrate the anniversary of its owner Prince Michal Kazimierz Radziwill, Hetman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania...
30 Dec 2016
New Year car flashmob at Minsk Tractor Works
A total of 100 cars took part in the flashmob. The Christmas tree was topped with a Belarus-1523 tractor...
29 Dec 2016
Tourism promotional booklet on Belarus available in eight languages
The publication will be available at international tourism expos in the countries where the National Tourism Agency will present Belarus in 2017, at Belarus’ diplomatic missions. The booklet will be available in eight languages: Russian, Polish, German, English, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew...
28 Dec 2016
MAZ race trucks shipped to Argentina, heading for Dakar start line
The MAZ-SPORTavto team are on their way from Buenos Aires to Paraguay's capital of Asuncion. The race trucks will travel a distance of over 1,000km. “When we get to the destination, we will check the trucks once again, fix small problems if any. This will take us little time. Technically, the vehicles are all ready,” Dmitry Boboryko added...
27 Dec 2016
Belarusian Culture Days in France attract over 50,000 visitors in 2016
“A total of 41 events were held in 20 cities in France. Of these, 38 activities were financed by sponsors, patrons and from extrabudgetary sources of cultural institutions of Belarus,” the Embassy said...
27 Dec 2016
Series of books about Belarusian diasporas to be published in Belarus
The Publishing House Zvyazda was named winner in the competition for implemnting one of the projects of the subprogram “Belarusians in the world” under the state program “Culture of Belarus” in 2016-2020. The first book in the series by Alexander Karlyukevich will be released in January 2017...
27 Dec 2016
Information center about visa-free travels to Belarusian Grodno to open in Lithuania in January
The center will offer information about ways of visiting Grodno Oblast with a focus on recreation in the visa-free zone. The tourism information center will be set up together with Lithuanian partners in the city of Birstonas. Cooperation with Birstonas has existed for a long time for the sake of implementing tourism industry projects. Sections offering information about Grodno Oblast will be opened later on in similar tourism information centers in Marijampole, Alytus...
26 Dec 2016
No Christmas street lights in Belarus on 26 December as a sign of solidarity with Russia
By the decision of President Alexander Lukashenko, flags are flown at half-mast over the President’s Residence and other government buildings in Belarus in solidarity with the Russian nation. Entertainment events and programs are restricted during the day...
26 Dec 2016
Book of Condolences to be available at Russian Embassy in Minsk for 2 days
The Book of Condolences will be available for signing from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00 on 26 December and 27 December...
23 Dec 2016
World Tourism Organization to help Belarus create country’s brand
“We are focusing on our own accomplishments but we are going to invite serious world experts in the future. An international conference on the branding of territories will take place in Minsk on 5-7 July 2017"...
23 Dec 2016
Visitors of Minsk book fair to learn about Francysk Skaryna Library in London
The United Kingdom will be a Guest of Honor at the 24th Minsk International Book Fair. The program will be divided into three main sections: publishing business, the English language and education opportunities in the UK...
22 Dec 2016
Top athletes honored in Minsk
Representatives of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus and the sports and tourism department of Minsk City Hall also honored the athletes and coaches for the results achieved at the 31st Summer Olympic Games and the 15th Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro...
22 Dec 2016
Grodno welcomes first visa-free tourists from United States, Ireland, Macedonia
Tourists from a growing number of countries have already used the opportunity to visit Belarus since the introduction of the visa-free travel on 26 October. The recreation park Augustow Canal and the surrounding area have already hosted visa-free travelers from 21 countries. As of the beginning of the week, over 1,800 foreign nationals visited Grodno Oblast without a visa...
21 Dec 2016
Belavia’s third rebranded aircraft touches down at Minsk National Airport
Another cornflower-blue aircraft arrived in Minsk from Seattle, the United States late on 21 December. Belavia’s first rebranded aircraft touched down in Belarus on 15 August. The second one was in Minsk on 28 September...
21 Dec 2016
Chinese culture center opens in Minsk
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Cui Qiming emphasized the importance of strengthening the cultural ties between the two countries as he attended the ceremony. He recalled that the intergovernmental agreement on mutual establishment of culture centers was signed during the visit of China President Xi Jinping to Minsk in May 2015...
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