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31 Mar 2020

Belarus Events Calendar: APRIL 2020

Belarus Events Calendar: APRIL 2020

Dear friends! We are sorry to inform you that we have to change the monthly Events Calendar on the belarus.by website. The coronavirus pandemic has led to border shutdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation or postponement of public events. People are willing to refrain from trips and entertainments to protect themselves and their families.

Belarus is taking all the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the infection. The country has neither shut down its borders nor imposed strict travel restrictions. However, Belarus calls on EVERY PERSON to be extremely careful, follow the WHO and doctors’ recommendations, observe personal hygiene rules, and, most importantly, take care of each other. If you have returned from the worst-hit regions and countries, you should seek medical attention in case of the slightest deterioration in your health and, of course, isolate yourselves as soon as possible, in order not to spread any infection, not only COVID-19.

In view of this situation, large public events are canceled or postponed. Please, check out the information in advance. Organizers promise that tickets for all postponed events will remain valid. Please, remember to stay healthy!

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Dmitry Koldun in Belarus

Famous singer, musician, and composer Dmitry Koldun won the hearts of the audience in the times of the Fabrika Zvyozd [Star Factory] talent show. He ranked fifth with the song Work Your Magic at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, Belarus' best result so far. The artist is a four-time winner of the Golden Gramophone Award, ranks high in hit parades, gives concerts to a full house, and continues releasing singles. His upcoming concerts in Belarus will feature a lot of famous songs, such as Tsarevna and Chuvstva Bez Tepla.

When, where:

5 April – Gomel Oblast social and cultural center, Gomel

Lazar Hidekel’s exhibition in National Art Museum of Belarus

100 years after the founding of the world-famous art association UNOVIS in Vitebsk on the initiative of Kazimir Malevich, Minsk is finally hosting a solo exhibition of Lazar Khidekel, one of its active participants - the world's first suprematism architect, artist, innovator and bright representative of the avant-garde movement. This is one of the highlights in a series of events united by one name - #UNOVIS100. The exhibition features about 100 original works of the artist and UNOVIS documents of from the archives of the Khidekel  family.

When: 15 February -15 April
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus
20 Lenina, Minsk

Germany Weeks in Belarus: Paths of German Art exhibition

Germany Weeks, which have been held in Belarus for 17 years under the patronage of the German Embassy, have kicked off with a large-scale exhibition. The mobile project of the Stuttgart Institute of Relations with Foreign Countries is popular all over the world. So negotiations to show the project in Belarus were conducted since 2015. The exhibition “The Paths of German Art” gives a glimpse into the post-war art of East and West Germany, starting from 1949. It displays around 400 works of more than 100 artists (16 tonnes in total!). The exhibition showcases 60 types of modern art, including fine art, graphics, photography, video art, sculpture, and installations.

When: 11 March-30 April
Where: 3 Kozlova Street, Palace of Arts, Minsk
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Exhibition of Russian, Belarusian 18th-20th-century icons in Minsk

The National Art Museum of Belarus will launch a unique project timed to the 85th anniversary of Metropolitan Filaret, Honorary Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. The exhibition will showcase around 60 Russian icons created in the 18th – early 20th centuries. These works illustrate characteristic features of Russian provincial artists who combined archaic tendencies with methods of realism and European baroque… Copies of icons originating from the capitals to be featured at the exhibition will also be of interest. The Belarusian Exarchate of the Moscow Patriarchate will showcase personal items of Metropolitan Filaret, panagias, staffs, liturgical vestments, including a miter woven from straw.

When: 21 March - 8 June
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus, 20 Lenina Street, Minsk

International exhibition Trendy Ladies in Nesvizh

Fashion trends of the 19th-early 20th centuries are on display in Nesvizh Castle: the Big Exhibition Hall of the ancestral residence of the Radziwill family hosts the exposition Stylish Ladies in Nesvizh. The international project is based on the unique collection brought from the Nieborow Palace (Poland). It features dresses and other garments of Anna Radziwill, née Lubomirska, the last duchess of Nieborow. Some of them were discovered just two years ago in an abandoned chest. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see Anna’s wedding outfit (1905), promenade costumes and the outfits she wore for family functions. The exhibition also features reproductions of women’s outfits of the 19th century recreated using portraits of that time, as well as vintage accessories, like hand fans and jewelry, as well as photos from museum holdings and private collections.

When: 14 February – 5 April
Where: National History and Culture Museum Reserve Nesvizh, town of Nesvizh, Minsk Oblast

Pop Art exhibition in Minsk

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in Western Europe and the USA in the 1950s and flourished throughout the 1960s. It was a response to the then-dominant ideas of abstract expressionism. It did not only portray celebrities and political figures. It glorified popular culture by elevating soup cans, comic strips and hamburgers to the status of fine art. It inspired  Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Robert Indiana and other representatives of the art movement to explore new forms, themes and techniques. The interest in this genre is coming back with many Belarusian artists engaged in it. The exposition features works by Lyobov Abramova, Ivan Artimovich, Dmitry Belsky, Oleg Belousov, Nadya Buka, Pavel Voinitsky…

When:17 March - 7 June
Where: Libra exhibition hall, 37 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk
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Belarusian Football Championship 2020

In March 2020 the 30th edition of the Belarusian Premier League became the only one in Europe and one of the few on the planet to kick off as usual amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Matchday one drew a lot of attention from fans across many countries. Matches were broadcast live by a number of sport TV channels and also online. The decision not to cancel the tournament was taken by the Belarusian Football Federation after consultations with the UEFA. The Belarusian Premier League features 16 teams. The tournament is held in two rounds. Teams that place 15th and 16th are relegated to the Belarusian First League. Two top teams are promoted from the First to the Premier League.
Among the favorites for the Belarusian champion title are leaders of the previous season: Dinamo Brest, BATE, Shakhtyor, Dinamo Minsk, Isloch, and Torpedo BelAZ.

Where: stadiums in 12 Belarusian cities
When: 19 March – December 2020
3rd tour: 3-5 April
4th tour: 10-13 April
5th tour: 24 April

Sax Forum 2020 in Belarusian State Philharmonics

The annual jazz festival that traditionally unites saxophonists from around the world will take place as planned, with some amendments to the program. This time Sax Forum will invite for a meeting with talented representatives of the Belarusian saxophone school. Among them are Pavel Arakelyan, Kirill Matsenko, and Aleksandr Kravchuk. They will perform well-known compositions acknowledged by critics, musicians and audiences. The spring showbill of the Belarusian State Philharmonics is filled with a variety of interesting programs. Concerts will take place with all security measures strictly enforced.

When: 4 April
Where: Belarusian State Philharmonics, 50 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

Khoroshki anniversary celebration

The legend of the Belarusian dance – the Belarusian State Academic Merited Dance Company Khoroshki – will stage a concert celebrating its 45th anniversary. The company was founded in 1974 by choreographers Valentina Gayeva and Nikolai Dudchenko. Since then, Khoroshki has become an internationally recognized dance company and one of the symbols of Belarus’ national culture. It is known for combining elements of folk dances and modern choreography. The new program Local Pictures inspired by Jewish folklore will feature folk dances Gallop and Retro Polka, an instrumental piece for a xylophone with an orchestra, and much more. The concert will wrap up with the theatrical performance “Belarusians” that will include ancient folk rites and best performances from the repertoire of the ensemble.

When: 8 April
Where: 24 Dolgobrodskaya Street, Palace of Culture of Minsk Tractor Works, Minsk

White Elephant quest in Mir Castle

A new exclusive project of Mir Castle will appeal to fans of mysteries and riddles. The old castle, that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, has preserved the fable of the White Elephant for almost a hundred years. The time has come to unlock the mystery and find out about the story that was forgotten for a long time. The keeper of the castle has prepared difficult challenges for participants of the quest that will test their logic and wits. Only those who complete the quest will learn who the White Elephant is. The quest is meant for teams of 1-5 members.

When: 11, 25 April
Where: Mir Castle, the town of Mir, Korelichi District, Grodno Oblast

OLYMPIA CLASSIC: Legendary hits of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s

Legendary hits will be part of a new program of the symphonic orchestra OLYMPIA CLASSIC conducted by Mikhail Snitko. The prominent orchestra continues experimenting. This time listeners will get to enjoy compositions by such popular performers and bands as Europe, Haddaway, Joan Osborne, Sting, Phil Collins, The Hooters, Evanescence, Chris De Burgh, Roxette… Surprises will be unavoidable: the concert will feature a choir while some compositions will include a saxophone part. The laureate of the international Eurasian award BELBRAND AWARD Darya Bobko will be the soloist.

When: CONCERT POSTPONED

Where: The concert hall Minsk, 5 Oktyabrskaya Street, Minsk

Denis Matsuev in the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus

It will be the first time the famous virtuoso pianist Denis Matsuev will play a solo concert on the stage of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus. A welcome guest in many halls across the globe, a permanent participant of the world’s top festivals and a partner of the leading symphonic orchestras will present a new program before the public in Minsk. It is based on masterpieces of Pyotr Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Meditation, Grand Piano Sonata in G major, Dumka.

Today the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus takes every precaution to protect health of its guests and continues working in accordance with the repertoire playbill.

When: CONCERT POSTPONED

Where: 1 Parizhskoi Kommuny Square, Minsk

ATTENTION! The concert of Denis Matsuev is postponed to November 23, 2020. Tickets are valid!

Musical Journey. From Madrid to Stockholm

Honored Artist of the of the Republic of Belarus, soloist of the Belarusian Bolshoi Theater Yelena Salo and concertmaster, laureate of an international contest Tatyana Ivanova invite to embark on a musical journey from Madrid to Stockholm. Visitors of a virtual tour featuring European cultural capitals will stroll the streets of Paris, meet with Swedish singers, attend a 60s-70s-themed disco party in Italy, visit one of the biggest opera theaters in Europe, enjoy the cheer and beauty of the Lithuanian and English languages… The concert will feature a combination musical genres, from arias to popular songs from the golden collection of world music.

When: 30 April
Where: Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, Parizhskoi Kommuny Square, Minsk

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