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27 Aug 2019

Belarusian Written Language Day to draw writers from over 10 countries in Slonim

Belarusian Written Language Day to draw writers from over 10 countries in Slonim
Slonim. Photo from the archive

MINSK, 27 August (BelTA) – Writers from more than ten countries will take part in a roundtable timed to Belarusian Written Language Day in Slonim, BelTA learned from Director of the Mastatskaya Litaratura Publishing House Ales Badak.

“We have invited representatives of more than ten countries to participate in the roundtable. They include Azerbaijan, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. These are the countries which have confirmed their participation. Perhaps, more countries will join. The organizers of the roundtable are keen to invite writers who are well known to Belarusians. We hope that People’s Writer of Azerbaijan Chingiz Abdullayev will come to Belarus this year. Another prominent guest will be the Polish journalist, writer, and traveler Jacek Palkiewicz,” Ales Badak said.

According to him, one of the main aims of such events is to advance international cooperation in literature. “We try to establish relations with people who are interested in Belarus and Belarusian literature and who can contribute to the development of our country. It is important for promoting Belarusian literature and culture abroad. I believe that such international relations will grow stronger including thanks to events such as the roundtable to be held in Slonim,” Ales Badak noted.

Belarusian Written Language Day is a national holiday which has been celebrated since 1994 on the first Sunday in September. The festival has been hosted by Polotsk (three times), Turov (twice), Novogrudok, Nesvizh, Orsha, Pinsk, Zaslavl (twice), Mstislavl, Mir, Kamenets, Postavy, Shklov, Borisov, Smorgon, Khoiniki, Gantsevichi, Glubokoye, Bykhov, Shchuchin, Rogachev, and Ivanovo.

In 2019, Belarusian Written Language Day will be marked in Slonim.

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