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30 Jun 2021

Belarus Events Calendar: JULY 2021

Belarus Events Calendar: JULY 2021

Dear friends! We are sorry to inform you that we have to change the monthly Events Calendar on the 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 not 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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Tadeusz Kosciuszko as an Artist

4 February marked the 275th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the national hero of Belarus, Poland and the United States. On this day, the Memorial Manor Museum in Merechevshchina in the town of Kossovo, the hometown of the outstanding military and political figure, rolled out a unique exhibition-project showing the creative side of the famous general. The exhibition features 16 reproductions of Kosciuszko's works made in different periods of his life. Among them is his first paintings - mostly copies of the works by other artists he made while studying at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in France, and replicas of the paintings from a later period. Despite the fact that Tadeusz Kosciuszko connected his life with the military, he continued to paint after the uprising of 1794. In America he gained fame as a portraitist.

When: 4 February – 31 March 
Where: Tadeusz Kosciuszko Memorial Manor Museum
108 Kosciuszko Street, Kossovo, Ivanovo District, Brest Oblast

Vytoki Festival in Belarus

This large-scale festival will be held from May to August 2021 and will span six cities: Lida, Orsha, Kobrin, Mozyr, Bobruisk, and Zhodino. The festival is themed around the Year of People’s Unity. The organizers of the festival offer a number of themed platforms. The central one will be the sports platform Vytoki. A Step Towards Olympus. Everyone will be able to take part in competitions and contests of the Olympic quest, test their strength in various sports. The festival will boast a large-scale cultural and educational program. The Wheel of Time exhibition will tell the story of the unique works of Belarusian artists. A lecture-presentation on modern Belarusian visual arts will be held as part of the exhibition. The festival will also feature a unique organ recital, master classes and meet-the-artist events. Professional dancers will offer a master class in old Belarusian dances and modern choreography. The festival will wrap up with a night gala featuring popular artists, flashmob dancing, and a disco from the best DJs of Belarus.

When: May - August
Where: Lida, Orsha, Kobrin, Mozyr, Bobruisk, Zhodino

New show at Belarusian Circus

Belarusian Circus and the Yuri Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard have prepared a joint program to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great artist Yuri Nikulin. The new program "Almost Seriously" will present a kaleidoscope of routines, including extreme ones ("Brazilian wheel of courage" and "Fire riders from Brazil”), spectacular ("Equilibrium on a rope" and "Acrobats on the mast"), romantic ("Solo on canvases" and "Air chain") and also tamed animals: horses ("Supreme riding school" and "Freedom of horses"), bears, dogs and even goats! It will also feature juggling duo Vladislav Bilyauer and Veronika Rassokhina. The clown Konstantin Gerasimenko will entertain the audience.

When: 15 May - 1 August
Where: Belarusian State Circus, 32 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

Artist and City project in Minsk

The 10th season of the Artist and City project has opened in Minsk, this time in Komsomolskaya Street. Its mission is to introduce Minsk residents and guests of the capital to the best representatives of contemporary Belarusian art. This time the open-air exhibition highlights the art of the famous landscape artist Leonid Shchemelev. The people’s artist passed away in January 2021, but his works will live. Many museums, including the National Art and Regional Local History, have his paintings. Guests of the Minsk open-air gallery will get acquainted with the stories behind the landscapes and paintings dedicated to the author's hometown with the help of an audio guide.
When: from 28 May

International Silent Film and Contemporary Music Festival Kinemo

The 9th season of the international open-air silent film festival in Minsk has opened with the masterpieces of the 1920s and 1930s. The audience has already enjoyed the June program featuring Seven Chances by Buster Keaton, Asphalt by Joe May. Next in line are the screenings of Paris Asleep by René Clair (1 July) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene (8 July). The program will also feature the documentaries to the music of young Belarusian and Polish composers - winners of the professional competition "Kinemo". The authors’ pieces and original melodies of tappers in the interpretation of modern Belarusian and foreign musicians will be played during the screenings.

When: 17 June – 15 July
Where: Courtyard of the Zair Azgur Memorial Studio Museum

DNA of Modern Photography and Computer Graphics. Digital Dreams in Minsk

A unique joint project of the Minsk History Museum and the Libra Gallery dedicated to digital art has brought together famous authors from Brazil, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. The exhibition, which features 70 professional pieces in various genres, reflects the possibilities of computer graphics and takes you on a journey through virtual worlds created in the imagination of talented artists. It also presents the works of both well-established Belarusian artists and also novices, among them is Darya Matrosova, holder of the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2020 title.

When: 24 June - 29 August
Where: Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery, 15 Svobody Square, Minsk

Budslau Fest 2021

The Budslau Festival, which is featured in the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, will be still organized this year despite the recent misfortune: in May, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was seriously damaged in a fire. The clergy is still deciding on where and how to place the Budslau Icon of the Mother of God so that believers could approach it and say a prayer. Traditional pilgrimage tours and hikes have been canceled amid the  in the country. Liturgies and a eucharistic procession with candles and a copy of the image of the Budslau icon, one of the most revered Catholic shrines of Belarus, will be organized near the church.

When: 2-3 July
Where: Agro-town of Budslav, Myadel District, Minsk Oblast

TheatreHD: Broadcasts of the world’s best productions in Minsk

In July the Tsentralny Cinema will continue screening the world’s best productions, including drama, opera and ballet, and documentary films as part of the #АртЛекторийВкино project (art lectures on screen) about outstanding artists.

3 July – Notre-Dame de Paris ballet staged by Roland Petit

7 July - No Man’s Land production based on the play by British absurdist Harold Pinter

10 July - David Bickerstaff’s documentary The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

14 July - Globe: The Tempest production directed by Jeremy Herrin

17 July - Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Giovanna d’Arco

21 July - A View from the Bridge production directed by Ivo van Hove

24 July - Renoir: Revered and Reviled directed by Phil Grabsky

28 July - Romeo and Juliet staged by British director Kenneth Branagh

31 July - Marianne Elliott’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

When: 3-31 July
Where: Tsentralny Cinema, VOKA CINEMA by Silver Screen, Minsk

Placido Domingo in Minsk

The greatest opera legend and one of the most influential singers in the world history - Placido Domingo - will perform in Minsk. A native of Madrid, he was hired to make his New York debut as Don José in Bizet's Carmen with the New York City Opera; a year later he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1990, he began singing with fellow tenors Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras as part of The Three Tenors. Domingo has sung 151 roles in more than 100 operas, albums with arias, duets and crossover programs, which brought him 12 Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammies. The singer also starred in more than 50 music videos and received two Emmy Awards.

When: 4 July
Where: Palace of the Republic, 1 Oktyabrskaya Square, Minsk

Stereo Weekend with Novoye Radio in Minsk

The Central Botanical Garden will become one of the busiest summer locations of the capital city. Stereo Weekend’s debut edition in collaboration with Novoye Radio in 2018 drew about 17,000 visitors and the A-class lineup - Ivan Dorn, Monatik, GusGus, ATL, Bravo, Lucille Crew, Samoe Bolshoe Prostoe Chislo, On-The-Go. And as a result, the music festival was recognized as the best music event of the year. One of its signature features is diversity - over a dozen artists perform on two stages. The project’s team sets an ambitious goal - to place Belarus on the music festival map of Europe.

When: 14:00, 10 July
Where: Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 2V Surganova Street, Minsk

Kupala Night Festival Alexandria Gathers Friends

The Kupala Night Festival in Alexandria, which has already become one of the most spectacular summer events, expects to welcome more than 2,500 guests this year. The festival will open with the Voices of the Future event featuring young talents of Mogilev Oblast, I Love Belarus concert by music bands from different regions, the Wreath on Water musical based on folk ritual songs and tunes, and also a ceremony to honor the Lord of the Village contest winners.

The opening ceremony of the festival promises to be a spectacular show. This year’s line-up will feature Alyona Lanskaya, Janet, Irina Dorofeeva, Aura, Pesnyary, Byaseda, and Belarusy. For the first time the program of the festival will incorporate customs and traditions, theatrical elements, and two youth locations.

The program will also feature the demonstration of linen collections from Belarusian producers, Olga Gornichar’s show The Sky over Mogilev Oblast, Victoria Aleshko's concert and Songs That Unite Us karaoke program celebrating the Year of People’s Unity. The festival will be wrapped up with the Songs of My Country show and spectacular fireworks.

When: 10-11 July
Where: Agro-town of Alexandria, Shklov District, Mogilev Oblast

Druskininkai-Grodno friendship marathon

This year the 10th Belarusian-Lithuanian marathon, canceled in 2020, will draw more than fifty athletes from Belarus, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and France. Europe’s only cross-boundary marathon has been hosted by two countries since 2011. This year the famous Lithuanian city-resort Druskininkai will become the starting point of the route. The participants will have to cover the distance of 42km and 195m and finish on the other side of the border in the center of Grodno.

When: 11 July
Where: Druskininkai, Lithuania – Grodno, Belarus

Premiere in Bolshoi Theater: King Stakh’s Wild Hunt

King Stakh’s Wild Hunt inspired by Vladimir Korotkevich’s historical detective novel has already become a national musical classic. Back in 1989, the opera, created by composer Vladimir Soltan, delighted the audience and became a true sensation in the theatrical life of the country. A year later, the author and performers of the main roles - Natalia Kostenko, Viktor Skorobogatov and Vladimir Eknadiosov – received state awards. The new production, according to stage director Anna Motornaya, seeks to unveil the mindset and national identity of the Belarusians, the elusive mysticism of Vladimir Korotkevich. While the first play was created in the natural setting of the Trinity Suburb, this time the stage design will be inspired by the colors and motifs of Slutsk belts and ancient castles. 

When: 11-12 July
Where: Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, 1 Parizhskaya Kommuna Square, Minsk


Triathlon is getting more and more popular among amateurs and fans of an active lifestyle and outdoor competitions. This season’s edition of VOLATMAN will combine three competitions: the Belarusian open triathlon championship in the middle distance, the open championship of Minsk, and a leg of the 2021 Europe Triathlon Baltic Championships. These large-scale competitions take place in beautiful locations, include a variety of races, and feature professional judges and volunteers.

When: 11 July
Where: Drozdy water reservoir, near Lebyazhy water park, Minsk

Overture to the Festival: Fire and Ice in Vitebsk

The Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on Ice  is going to wish happy 30th anniversary to the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk this year. The winners of international skating championships will present the show Fire and Ice at the Summer Amphitheater. A 10x15m large ice rink will be installed at the main venue of the festival. Founded in 1967 by outstanding choreographer Konstantin Boyarsky, the Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on Ice upholds the great traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet. Its repertoire includes such productions as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The ballet show will be accompanied by Concord Orchestra under the baton of Italian conductor Fabio Pirola.

When: 20:00, 14 July
Where: Summer Amphitheater, Vitebsk

Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk

The busiest and brightest international festival of Belarus turns 30. The International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk has become not only one of the most recognizable brands of Belarus, but also a career springboard for fledgling artists. The program of the anniversary edition of the festival will be very busy and will include traditional concerts, an ice show, theater productions, and street art. According to the organizers, this year’s edition will be all about an intimate setting and warm and friendly atmosphere. The main events will be the opening ceremony, the opening gala concert, the concert “Union State invites...”, and the song contests for adults and children. The program will also include the concerts Golden Hit, Summer Rhythms, and Chanson TV – All Stars, and a gala concert of Belarusian masters of arts.

When: 14-19 July
Where: Summer Amphitheater, Vitebsk Concert Hall Vitebsk
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Grigory Leps in Minsk

“I am happy like nobody else!” sings Russian composer and singer Grigory Leps. Fans from Minsk will have the opportunity to wish their idol a happy birthday, because his concert in Minsk will take place in the run-up to his 58th birthday. Grigory Leps became popular in his thirties and since then he has been one of the most recognizable Russian singers thanks to his charisma and unique performing style. He has many hit songs, including his collaborations with other Russian singers.

When: 15 July
Where: Minsk Arena, 111 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

Cherry Festival 2021 in Glubokoye

“The cherry capital” of Belarus – the town of Glubokoye – once again invites fans of the aromatic fruit to a special festival that is the hallmark of Glubokoye District. The prestige meeting Cherry Queen’s Welcome will be held prior to the festival. The festival’s opening ceremony will take place in the central square in the evening.

The sport tournament Cherry Brings Together Friends will gather active families in the town’s stadium. The festival’s program also includes the ethno party “In a cherry tree garden”, the puppet making contest Cherry Battle, a workshop Cherry Gift Made With Your Own Hands, the brain quiz combined with an urban adventure quest Cherry Nine.

The third day of the festival will feature a solemn procession Cherry’s Welcome, a presentation of farmsteads, the registration of newlyweds Cherry Marriage, a contest of accordionists Cherry Tunes, the gala concert Cherry Blossom of Friendship, and the auction Cherry Pie.

When: 22-24 July
Where: the town of Glubokoye, Vitebsk Oblast

Viva Braslav Open Air 2021

Braslav District is a popular destination to where Belarusians and foreigners go on vacation thanks to picturesque glacier lakes. It is no accident the place is called the country’s blue necklace. The area is also famous for its fiery summer festivals. The music festival Viva Braslav Open Air is one of them. It traditionally gathers over 20,000 people! One year later the festival returns and aspires to break its own record: in 2019 the festival attracted 26,000 music fans! A site occupying 230,000 square meters, the largest picturesque camping site, various food courts and entertainment zones as well as hit songs from the most popular performers await guests in July 2021.

When: 23-24 July
Where: the town beach Drivyaty, Braslav, Vitebsk Oblast

Freaky Summer Party 2021 in Minsk

The art picnic Freaky Summer Party invites you to enjoy the atmosphere of a genuine urban festival. This year’s festival is named FSP XX. The venue is still a secret. The festival will be held on small creative “islands”: five musical stages, the education site Edutainment, a local craft market, a large-scale food court, the children’s playground Kidsters and interactive zones for extreme entertainment. Guests will be able to visit lectures about the media market, advertising management, family business, and urban catering. Visitors will also see art installations, workshops on street art, fashion market, games, contests, evening parties, and concerts.

When: 24-25 July
Where: Minsk

Big-mini street art festival in Grodno

The big-mini festival in Grodno will become a point of attraction for street art artists from various parts of the world. Cozy streets of old Grodno will traditionally become the stage sets for street art for a creative festival: it is here, in the outdoors that a large-scale venue will be arranged where pantomime artists will perform in addition to experimental theaters, musicians, entertainers, painters, magicians, fiery show artists... In addition to the main show visitors will be able to participate in workshops on dancing, sound mediation, the playing of musical instruments, stilt walking, tactics and strategy of stage combat while the boldest ones will be able to attend a fire handling workshop.

When: 31 July, 15:00
Where: Grodno, old city streets

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