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22 Jun 2015

Belarusian Week in Paris on 24 June-1 July

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian Week will be held in Paris from 24 June through 1 July in anticipation of the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in France.

The Belarusian Week has been organized by the Belarusian Embassy in France and the Permanent Mission of Belarus to the UNESCO. The program of the Belarusian Week in Paris includes events to promote Belarusian history and culture among French authorities, businessmen, diplomats, and general public. They are also aimed at intensifying the cooperation with the Belarusian community in France.

A theatrical performance at the UNESCO headquarters scheduled for 24 June will be the highlight of the Belarusian Week. The 18th and 19th century-themed show will feature the honored group of Belarus Grodnenskaya Kapella and a dance group from Minsk. The performance will celebrate the 250th anniversary of composer Michal Kleofas Oginski included in the UNESCO list of anniversaries. It has been organized jointly with the Mir Castle complex that in 2015 celebrates its 15th year in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

On 25 June, representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in France will perform the Belarusian anthem at Trocadero Square in Paris. The event has been organized by the Belarusian Embassy as part of the national campaign Let's Sing the Anthem Together.

An exhibition to commemorate Prince Peter Wittgenstein, one of the historical owners of Mir Castle, will be jointly held by the Belarusian Embassy and the Russian Embassy in France with the support of the Mir Castle museum. The museum will bring to Paris a unique collection of photographs connected with Peter Wittgenstein. Many of the photos come from private collections and will be put on display for the first time.

Besides, the Belarusian Embassy in France will celebrate one of the oldest Belarusian folk holidays Kupala Night on 26 and 27 June with the support of the Belarusian Culture Center in France. The guests will take part in traditional games and circle dances and sing folk songs.

The Belarusian Week in Paris will conclude on 1 July with a theatrical performance featuring French students and actors who studied in Belarus.

The Belarusian Week in Paris has been organized with the financial support of Belarusian and French companies.

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