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9 Nov 2016

Belarusian Language Day in Polotsk to highlight 500th anniversary of book printing in Belarus

Belarusian Language Day in Polotsk to highlight 500th anniversary of book printing in Belarus

MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian Language Day should be a landmark event in 2017, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Natalya Kochanova said at the session of the national organizing committee of the Belarusian Language Day in Polotsk, BelTA has learned.

According to Natalya Kochanova, the 2017 Belarusian Language Day will be a special event because next year Belarus will mark the 500th anniversary of book printing in Belarus and the 1155th anniversary of Polotsk. “These two events should be highlighted in the Belarusian Language Day concept,” she said.

The session of the organizing committee held in Minsk on 9 November will determine the main tasks for the agencies in charge of the preparations for this large-scale event which is expected to open on Saturday, 3 September. “It is not good when we open the festival on Sunday morning and close it in the evening the same day. This festival should last for a longer period of time,” Natalya Kochanova believes.

Belarusian Language Day in Polotsk to highlight 500th anniversary of book printing in BelarusThe two-day festival will be attended by local residents, people from Novopolotsk, and numerous guests. The key concept of the festival should be prepared in January 2017, the vice premier said.

Polotsk has already hosted the Belarusian Language Day several times.

Natalya Kochanova also remarked that this year’s festival in Rogachev was a success: new projects were discussed, a number of interesting events were held, a lot was done to beautify the host town.

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