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27 Jan 2017
Mir Castle museum looking for relatives of Mir ghetto escapees
In 1942 the Nazis arranged the ghetto for local residents in Mir Castle. It existed for three and a half months. As many as 850 people were its prisoners. Two hundred people managed to escape from the ghetto, which became possible thanks to a 20-year-old Jewish man who was a translator for the Nazi police...
26 Jan 2017
Plans to build amusement park in China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone
“This year we would like to reach concrete agreements with one of our main investors in the society and tourism field — Hong Kong Tourism Development Corporation. If it happens, we will start building the infrastructure for constructing an amusement park”...
26 Jan 2017
Avenues in Great Stone park named after capitals of founding countries
“The avenues are named after the capitals of the founding countries. Other streets will be assigned names associated with stones. We already have the streets Rubinovaya (ruby), Sapfirovaya (sapphire), Malakhitovaya (malachite),” Kirill Koroteyev noted...
25 Jan 2017
Belarusian experts to authenticate Shishkin’s painting discovered near Minsk
“The Belarusian Interior Ministry asked the National Art Museum to establish the authenticity of the paining. Now the experts are carrying out a number of examinations employing x-ray, chemical and visual techniques. They will compare it with other paintings by the Russian artist"...
23 Jan 2017
NTA publishes tourist guide with top 100 things to do in Belarus
The product is marketed as a unique guide that helps visitors get the most vivid impressions in Belarus. “These 100 secrets have been carefully selected by the locals wishing to help tourists learn more about Belarus and find something to their liking,” representatives of the NTA said...
23 Jan 2017
Visa-free tours to Grodno most popular with Poles, Lithuanians
“Residents of the neighboring Lithuania and Poland were the most active. They topped the so-called list of visa-free tourists. Third goes Latvia whose residents also find it appealing to visit Grodno visa-free. We are determined to continue developing this direction. We are going to present the region’s potential at an exhibition in Riga soon,” representatives of the sports and tourism department said...
23 Jan 2017
New website to highlight tourism opportunities in Belarus goes online
The portal allows for tailoring the presentation of the information on the page to the preferences of the target audience placing the focus on agro/ecotourism, sports tourism, or music festivals...
23 Jan 2017
Belarusian wins gold at Monte Carlo circus festival
Belarusian Alexei Vasilkov participating in a teeterboard acrobatic act won a Golden Clown award at the 41st International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. Alexei Vasilkov is a world class master in tumbling and an artist of the Zapashny Brothers’ Circus. The Gomel-born acrobat had the honor to carry the Belarusian flag at the opening ceremony of the 41st International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo...
23 Jan 2017
Year of Italian Culture in Belarus to mark 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Stefano Bianchi said that about 30 events and projects, including concerts, plays, exhibitions and film screenings, are expected during the Year of Italian Culture. The Year will feature the Day of Italian Design, a fashion week, roundtable sessions, and concerts featuring Italian performers. The program will also include an exhibition of books Francysk Skaryna and His Epoch...
21 Jan 2017
Center of Belarusian culture to open in Beijing in May
“Apart from the economic relations, our countries have also been working hard to strengthen the cultural ties, which lays a very important basis for our future work. We can say that we are witnessing a new stage in the cooperation between Belarus and China. A center of Chinese culture was unveiled in Minsk in 2016. A similar center of Belarusian culture will open in Beijing. The opening ceremony is slated for May 2017,” Cui Qiming said...
20 Jan 2017
Plans to erect monument to Francysk Skaryna in Chisinau in 2017
Sergei Chichuk and Monica Babuc also discussed matters related to the production of a documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, the organization of the Days of Moldovan Culture in Belarus in 2017, and other aspects of bilateral cooperation in culture...
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...
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