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10 Jan 2017

Belarus gears up to celebrate poet Yanka Kupala

MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) – The Yanka Kupala State Literary Museum will start the celebrations to mark the 135th anniversary of the birth of the first People’s Poet of Belarus Yanka Kupala on 11 January, BelTA has learned from the Belarusian Culture Ministry.

“Yanka Kupala’s literary works are the heritage of Belarusian, European, and world culture. The anniversary year will see a lot of projects and initiatives to honor one of the best Belarusian poets. The Yanka Kupala museum will start the celebrations to mark the 135th anniversary of the birth of the poet on 11 January,” the ministry reported.

The celebrations will start with the presentation of Yanka Kupala’s portrait by Russian painter Nikolai Pavlov. Chairman of the Federal National and Cultural Association “Belarusians of Russia” Sergei Kandybovich will donate the painting to the poet’s museum.

Some original handwritten poems by Yanka Kupala (My Fate, And Who's Going There?, The Prophet, and The Heritage) were awarded the status of Category 1 historical and cultural value by the Council of Ministers’ executive order No.607 of 2 August 2016.

Attending the opening event of Yanka Kupala’s anniversary year celebrations will be Belarusian Culture Minister Boris Svetlov, Chairman of the Federal National and Cultural Association “Belarusians of Russia” Sergei Kandybovich, diplomats, writers, actors, and museum workers.

Yanka Kupala is one of the most respected Belarusian authors. Many Belarusian streets are named after him. There are also a lot of monuments and commemorative plaques to Yanka Kupala both in Belarus and abroad.

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