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2 May 2019

Visitors to BelTA’s stand at Belarus mass media expo in for special treat

Visitors to BelTA’s stand at Belarus mass media expo in for special treat

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) -  Belarusian Telegraph Agency BelTA treated visitors to partisan’s kasha (porridge) at its stand at the Mass Media in Belarus expo that kicked off in Minsk on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

BelTA’s stand presents unique photos from the 1941-1944 archives, partisans handwritten journals. The long way to the Great Victory is reflected in the exposition titled as 75 War Moments dedicated to the 75th  anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders. The photos includes the aerial view of the burning Minsk after Luftwaffe raids on 24-25 June 1941, the echelons with Soviet prisoners of war, German vehicles in the streets of Minsk, triumphant hoisting of the banner over the Brest Fortress, joyous welcome of liberators and clearing the ruins in the shattered capital along the present-day Nezavisimosti Avenue. The exposition includes the portrait of BelTA’s legendary war photojournalist Vladimir Lupeiko and his works that have become the pride of the news agency.

Partisan Chronicles, another project of BelTA implemented in collaboration with the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War, tells about the combat and life of the Belarusian partisans during the Great Patriotic War. The project in six languages is based on a unique collection of handwritten partisan journals provided by the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War History.

“The war has left the deepest imprint on absolutely every Belarusian at the DNA level. When visitors look at these photos, they remember their families, grandparents, great-grandparents,” BelTA Director General Irina Akulovich told the media.

She recalled that last year BelTA celebrated its 100th anniversary. “We really chronicle the history of our country. BelTA will continue doing its job. With regard to our readership we understand that, for example, one of our users can be a radio station that will relay BelTA’s information in five minutes to millions of listeners. I'm not saying that we should not work on our website traffic but BelTA primarily produces news, passes them over to other media outlets and they, in turn, spread the news further,” Irina Akulovich said.

On 2 May, BelTA also presented its project Traditions of Sovereign Belarus which describes the sovereign path of the country and its cultural heritage. On 3 May, BelTA will showcase its multi-media promotional project Pages of Belarusian Sports dedicated to the forthcoming 2nd European Games. Visitors will have a chance to get an autograph of famous Belarusian athletes and witness a new sports record.

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency BelTA supported the initiative to hold a literary competition to translate the previously unknown poem by Maksim Bogdanovich. The meeting with the winners of the competition will take place on 4 May. Attending the event will be representatives of the Maksim Bogdanovich Literary Museum and the Union of Writers of Belarus. BelTA’s events program will also include quizzes for children (by the 7 Dnei newspaper0, the presentation “Routes for Young Travelers” (by the official website of the Republic of Belarus belarus.by) and a master class for young photographers by BelTA’s photo correspondent Oksana Manchuk.

The Mass Media in Belarus expo opened in Minsk on 2 May to run through 4 May. Taking part in the forum are over 50 exhibitors which represent mass media outlets of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Uzbekistan and China. The expo reflects the whole range of the information space in the country. Among the participants of the forum are printed and audio-visual mass media, internet resources, news agencies, cable TV operators and distributors, publishing houses. The total area of the exposition will exceed 1,000 square meters.

The central themes of the exhibition will include the 75th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazis, the 2nd European Games, modern internet technologies and the revival of the native land. On 3 May the expo will hold its first PR Day and also a large presentation of network media, including Mediana.by founded jointly with the Department of Journalism of the Belarusian State University, the Information Ministry, and the public press center House of the Press. The Dipservice Hall in Minsk will host the awards ceremony for the winners of the national contest of printed mass media Golden Letter. Over 330 applications have been received this year. The Mass Media in Belarus expo will mark Children’s Day on 4 May.

The Mass Media in Belarus expo has been held since 1997 by the Information Ministry with assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minsk City Hall, the national exhibition center BelExpo, other government agencies, top mass media, and public organizations.

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