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29 Aug 2016
Belarus to host birding championship Birdrace 2016
"The competition will be traditionally held on the first Saturday of September. The task of each four-member team is to spot as many bird species as possible within 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. We invite bird enthusiasts from around the world to participate in the tournament held once a year”...
26 Aug 2016
Silver medals for Belarus at World Rowing U23 Championships
In the Women’s Double Sculls the Belarusian team clocked 7 minutes 29.260 seconds to clinch silver. The UK took gold in 7 minutes 23.460 seconds. Bronze went to Romania (7 minutes 31.200 seconds)...
26 Aug 2016
Alexander Triput to lead Team Belarus into Paralympic stadium in Rio
Twenty-one Belarusian athletes will compete in five sports at the 15th Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on 7-18 September. Master of sports of international class Anna Konyuk has been named captain of Team Belarus...
25 Aug 2016
German mobile cinema to present silent movies in Mir
In her words, the complex will host an open-air film screening with a violin (Tobias Rank) and piano (Gunthard Stephan) live music. The audience will be offered films of Charlie Chaplin, the most famous comedian of the 20th century, and also of American actor and film director Harold Lloyd...
25 Aug 2016
Visa-free travels to three more nature reserves in Belarus under consideration
Developing transboundary ecological tourism is important as well. Such ecological routes in the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been available for quite some time now. Tourists, who travel in the Belarusian part of this forest, can visit the Polish part, too, provided they have Schengen visas...
24 Aug 2016
Belarusian exhibition in Helsinki to highlight Yanka Kupala’s connections with Finland
The literary and documentary exhibition will cast light on a little-known episode of the poet’s life and work, his trip to Finland. And now, years after that trip, his sketches continue to convey his admiration of Finland’s nature and local life...
24 Aug 2016
Bobruisk may become next CIS Capital of Culture
Its results will be summed up in December, when the title of the Belarusian Capital of Culture will pass on from Molodechno to Bobruisk. The decision to award the title to Bobruisk was announced in May 2016...
24 Aug 2016
Minsk City Day half marathon expected to draw around 20,000
“Registration is underway. Applications are open till 31 August. We expect up to 20,000 participants,” said Svetlana Demeshko. Last year, the event brought together over 15,000 runners...
24 Aug 2016
New extreme sports park to open on Minsk City Day
The Minsk international rollers’ marathon will take place in the Partizansky and Pervomaisky neighborhoods to mark the opening of the facility...
23 Aug 2016
Visa-free entry to Augustow Canal introduced in Belarus
The facilitation of visiting conditions will help attract more tourists to the Augustow Canal, provide jobs to local people, raise the inflow of investments for the development of the Augustow Canal’s infrastructure, and hold more large-scale international tourism and sports events...
22 Aug 2016
Belarus ends Rio Games with nine medals
Freestyle wrestler Ibragim Saidov won Belarus’ final medal, a bronze, as the country finished the Rio Games 2016 with a total of nine medals...
19 Aug 2016
Minsk to host festival of Ukrainian culture on 20 August
Minsk residents and visitors will be invited to enjoy a photo exhibition, an exhibition of embroidery and traditional towels, books from Ukrainian publishing houses, and a fair of handicrafts...
19 Aug 2016
Olympics 2016: Tatyana Kholodovich 5th in women’s javelin throwing
Tatyana Kholodolich threw her personal best 64.60m to place fourth. The Belarusian kept in the top three for a while, but the rivals managed to move her down...
19 Aug 2016
Olympics 2016: Belarus’ Arzamasova makes 800m final
Marina Arzamasova is the reigning world champion in the discipline. The Belarusian took an early lead in her semifinal heat and kept it until the last lap where she was overtaken by three rivals, including South Africa's Caster Semenya...
18 Aug 2016
New Apostolic Nuncio arrives in Belarus
At the airport the Apostolic Nuncio was welcomed by all members of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Belarus headed by its Chairman, Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz...
18 Aug 2016
Belarus to expand its network of Confucius Institutes
Today in Belarus there are three Confucius Institutes and seven Confucius Classrooms. A university in Beijing has a Belarusian language classroom. The Education Ministries of the two countries are almost ready to establish the Silk Road Academy, a center of knowledge about China, in Belarus...
17 Aug 2016
Olympics 2016: Ivan Tikhon and Sergei Kolomoyets into final, Marina Arzamasova reaches semifinal
Ivan Tikhon threw 76.51 on his first attempt to fulfill the qualifying standard for the final. Sergei Kolomoyets with the result of 74.29 also qualified for the medal event. Belarus’ Pavel Boreisha completed his contention with a throw of 73.33. World champion Pawel Fajdek of Poland missed on the final, throwing 72m...
17 Aug 2016
Olympics 2016: Tatyana Sharakova 9th in omnium
The Belarusian was 8th ahead of the final race. In the 25km points race Sharakova scored 50 points to rank 4th. With the total of 164 points she placed 9th in the overall standings...
16 Aug 2016
Photo exhibition about EU-sponsored projects opens in Polotsk
The Belarusian city of Polotsk is represented in the exhibition by the project From Energy Efficiency to Urban Mobility. The stand presents a project participant and his story. The exhibition is about volunteers and representatives of NGOs, scientists, farmers, teachers and many others...
16 Aug 2016
Expert report on inclusion of Budslav fest into UNESCO Heritage List expected by November
UNESCO experts are examining the Belarusian file on the celebrations in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God of Budslav which has been submitted for inclusion into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Till the end of September the UNESCO experts will be reviewing Belarus’ file and will submit their findings to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee...
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