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27.02.2017

2017 Maslenitsa celebrations in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
2017 Maslenitsa celebrations in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Pancakes, farewell to Mother Winter and original entertainment. Maslenitsa (an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday during the last week before Great Lent) was celebrated in the Belarusian Residence of Ded Moroz (a Slavic fictional character similar to Father Christmas). Fairy-tale characters left Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park for the South Pole. Ded Moroz’s wife and three daughters Stuzha, Vyuga and Metelitsa have planned a real journey to the Antartic.

26.02.2017

Belarus celebrates Maslenitsa
Belarus celebrates Maslenitsa Unique recipes and unusual fillings. Belarus celebrates Maslenitsa (an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday during the last week before Great Lent), which is traditionally a cheerful and hearty celebration. Folk festivals have been held all over Belarus. The ground before Minsk Sports Palace was the centre of this year’s feast. Even the organizers of the celebration couldn't say for sure how many kinds of pancakes were presented at the fair.

23.02.2017

Maslenitsa in Minsk
Maslenitsa in Minsk Maslenitsa is a sensational festival, which is celebrated according to ancient traditions. We have prepared a list of places to visit and taste pancakes. In Minsk “Minsk Maslenitsa!” Photo: vstrevel

16.02.2017

Neon miracles in Gomel: choreography, circus art and light
Neon miracles in Gomel: choreography, circus art and light Gomel plunged into neon lights. Participants from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union attended the Gomel Light Fest 2017. This is the second year when Belarusian people have discovered the art movement named LED show.

13.01.2017

The festival January Music Nights in Brest
Festival January Music Nights finishes in Brest More than 200 musicians from France, the United States, Japan and other parts of the world took part in the festival. For a few days, Brest turned into a real musical capital. The festival January Music Nights came to the end on the 13th of January. The People's Artist of Russia Olga Borodina, professor of the Paris Conservatory Evgeny Indzhich and other world stars took part in the 2017 edition of the festival. The festival January Music Nights brought together a few hundred fans of the classical music.

11.11.2016

Listapad 2016 Film Festival: Documentary day
Listapad 2016 Film Festival: Documentary day November 9th was the documentary day of Listapad, with twenty-five movies were presented. Everyone was excited about Cannes prize-winning Cristian Mungiu’s movie Graduation. I Am Not Madame Bovary screening is scheduled after that movie. By the way, Chinese movies are not a common thing on Listapad.

08.11.2016

The traditional logo of Listapad
Listapad 2016 in Minsk: Star guests of the festival and no Belarusian films this time Belarusian film festival Listapad is far more modest than its counterpart in Cannes. Though it's just a question of time, as they say. Belarusian tractors did not gain the world popularity at once either. The 23rd Listapad will present 159 films from 45 countries. And here it is again, for the 23rd time, not pompous, but charming. A jazz orcherstra, a red carpet and lots of floodlights meet the honourable guests. Listapad has gathered the élite of cinematograph.

07.11.2016

Listapad 2016: Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities
Listapad 2016: Snowy Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities Films from all over the world came to Belarus. There are movies from France, Poland, China, Estonia and even Kyrgyzstan. Films from 45 countries will be presented at the International Film Festival Listapad. Celebrities of cinematography arrived in our country with great pleasure and surprise. Our correspondent Yana Shipko plunged into this fascinating world.

05.11.2016

International Film Festival Listapad-2016 opens in Minsk under slogan “Towards inspiration”
International Film Festival Listapad-2016 opens in Minsk under slogan “Towards inspiration” The main cinematographic even of the year, the International Film Festival Listapad opens in Belarus on November 4. “Towards inspiration” is the slogan of the festival. Directors, actors, screen players from France, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Canada, the Czech Republic are gathering in Minsk. Representatives of 45 countries will take part in the festival.

04.11.2016

Film Festival Listapad in Minsk
Film Festival Listapad to kick off in Minsk November 4 160 movies from 45 countries will take part in the 23rd International Film Festival Listapad that will open in Minsk November 4. Japanese, Philippine and Malaysian films will be screened for the first time. The most famous directors, actors, producers and film critics from all over the world will come to Minsk. The opening ceremony will be held at Moskva Cinema.  The red carpet, spotlights, sound, video equipment and light are being prepared for the festival.

21.10.2016

Film festival Listopad 2016: 160 films from 45 countries at Moskva cinema in Minsk
Film festival Listapad 2016: 160 films from 45 countries in Minsk The XXIII Minsk International Film Festival Listapad will soon open in Belarus. On October 20 the organizers revealed some details of the forthcoming event. A novelty this year will be a spherical movie, which viewers will be able to see through the special virtual reality glasses. The most momentous cultural event of the autumn will start in two weeks.

28.09.2016

TeArt theater festival kicks off in Minsk on September 28
TeArt theater festival kicks off in Minsk on September 28 The brilliant play of actors and directors' most high-profile works. The 6th International Forum of Theatrical Art TeArt starts in Minsk on 28 September. The forum will open with the Belarusian premiere - From the Life of Insects. It will be a special musical performance in which actors will present 14 small tragedies of insect life in the human world and human life among insects.  

26.09.2016

Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade
Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade The main characters in the streets of Minsk today are motorcyclists. Thousands of motorcycle fans on choppers and other fashionable bikes came to Belarus. These motorcycles are not, unfortunately, produced in Belarus. But who knows, because the first idea of Mr. Harley (Harley-Davidson's creator) was not a powerful motorcycle but a bicycle with a motor. So maybe the Minsk motorbike will somewhere in the future overtake Honda or Kawasaki... But back to the Minsk motorbike parade, with lots of surprises. Ilona Volynets has more on the topic.

01.08.2016

Pronebo air sports festival takes place at Borovaya airfield
Pronebo air sports festival takes place at Borovaya airfield The second Belarusian helicopter race and an attempt to set a national parachuting record - all this is the festival of air sport Pronebo (#пронебо) that took place at the Borovaya airfield near Minsk. Thirteen helicopter teams, nearly 30 parachutists and an unforgettable air show was performed by DOSAAF pilots and military aviation. Teams from Belarus, Russia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine took part.
Brest celebrates city birthday with unique carnival
Brest celebrates city birthday with unique carnival Brest turned 997 this week! Brest residents in a big way celebrated the birthday of their city with a carnival, the only one in Belarus. Brest is not only one of the oldest settlements of Belarus, but also the gateway to Europe and at the same time gateway to Eurasia. Piotr Butrim, CTV:Brest is celebrating its birthday with a bright carnival. A colorful column marched through the central street of the city. Some compared it to a mini-Brazilian carnival.

21.07.2016

2nd Air Sports Festival due at Borovaya airfield July 30-31
2nd Air Sports Festival due at Borovaya airfield July 30-31 The second Festival of Air Sports will be held July 30-31 at the airport Borovaya (Minsk region). Taking part in the event will be 16 strongest helicopter crews from Belarus, Russia, the Czech Republic, Austria and Poland. More than thirty of the best Belarusian paratroopers are preparing to establish a national record and gather in free fall a figure that should break the record of 2014 - 20 people.  The speed of the fall is over 200 km/h.

11.07.2016

Over 600 people accredited for Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk
Over 600 people accredited for Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk The accreditation service of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk has already issued more than 600 badges for festival participants.  The first were the employees of technical services, representatives of the media and some creative teams. First national delegations have already arrived in the city of legendary Marc Chagall.  The main influx of visitors is expected July 14, which is the official opening day of the festival. 
President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends
President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends The Kupalle festival in Alexandria could become Belarus' contribution to the strengthening of friendship between peoples, said President Alexander Lukashenko, speaking on the eve of the Kupalle festival in Shklov District. Mass celebrations on the banks of the Dnieper continued deep into the night of July 10-11. It offered traditional Kupala games and fun activities. The festival is also remarkable thanks to original Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisines.

08.07.2016

Alexandria Gathers Friends festival due in Shklov district July 9-10
Alexandria Gathers Friends festival due in Shklov district July 9-10 Kupalle celebrations continue in Belarus: this weekend, the Shklov district of Belarus will host large-scale Midsummer celebrations. The festival Alexandria Gathers Friends will be held for the 7th time. In 2016, the organizers of the beloved festival on the banks of the Dnieper River are planning to set an attendance record: about 100,000 people are expected at the fest.

16.05.2016

Białowieża Forest hosts first horn music international festival
Bialowieza Forest hosts first horn music international festival Unusual sounds were heard in the Bialowieza Forest on May 14.  The oldest forest of Europe hosted the first international festival of horn music and songs. Since the 15th century, no hunting took place without these sounds. There are about a hundred of different signals - from "Gathering of shooters" to "greetings". With the help of horn music Belarusian ancestors paid honors to dead animals.

02.05.2016

International festival of Slavic martial arts held in Grodno
International festival of Slavic martial arts held in Grodno Melee and jousting tournaments according to medieval rules. Grodno hosted an international festival of Slavic martial arts. The local Mound of Game has become an arena of knights tournaments. Medieval battles were re-enacted here with historical accuracy, be it a melee or a sword tournament. Moreover, in addition to traditional swords, axes and crossbows warriors used the most peaceful implements in the battles.

27.04.2016

Participants from South America and mass performance expected at Slavonic Bazaar 2016
Participants from South America and mass performance expected at Slavonic Bazaar 2016 Argentinian and Colombian vocalists will perform at Slavonic Bazaar. There will be 28 participating countries instead of last year’s 24. The organizers have shared intriguing details. A traditional buying fever is expected. As many as 16,000 tickets have been bought already and even more booked. People from Japan, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates and many other countries will come to Slavonic Bazaar in Belarus.

25.04.2016

Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally
Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally About 1,500 bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic and Western European countries gathered in Minsk April 23. This is not the first time a motorcycle rally has been held in the Belarus capital. Bikers love Belarus and continue to come here! Maxim Slizh reports. Tasya has been driving a motorcycle for more than 20 years. She began driving experience from the Soviet JAWA motorcycle. Today her iron friend is much more powerful. But the basic principle remains the same, she says.

13.04.2016

Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals
Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals Belarus plans to introduce free visas for tourists who come to festivals, said Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism, at the opening of the international fair of tourist services Holiday 2016 in Minsk. Belarus has already introduced a similar practice for participants of sporting events. They can get a Belarusian visa free of charge in 5-7 minutes at the airport.

05.02.2016

Belarusian culture should be promoted abroad, culture minister says
Belarusian culture should be promoted abroad, culture minister says In the Year of Culture, it is necessary to actively promote Belarusian culture abroad, said February 5 Belarus Minister of Culture Boris Svetlov. According to him, Belarusian culture is well represented at events both at home and abroad. Boris Svetlov also noted the high level of professionalism of the national bands and creative teams. 

11.01.2016

Festival January Music Evenings in Brest
Brest welcomes participants of January Music Evenings festival The Culture Year in Belarus was opened with the 28th Festival of Classical Music January Music Nights. These days, Brest is hosting more than 300 musicians from 16 countries. Festival posters feature big names and young talents. At several venues of Brest, there will be performed masterpieces of Belarusian, Russian and Western music.
Minsk 2015
Minsk 2015: Major Events of the Year Belarus emerges from winter holidays - Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - so it’s perfect time to look back on 2015 and remember the major events of the bygone year. In 2015, Minsk became a city of the world’s hope. The leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine came to Belarus to find a way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Everything was meticulously prepared by the President of Belarus for hosting the talks between President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Poroshenko and President Hollande.

10.01.2016

300 artists and 16 nations at January Music Nights festival in Brest
300 artists and 16 nations at January Music Nights festival in Brest More than 300 artists from 16 countries have gathered in Brest for the international festival "January Music Nights". It is carried out for the 28th time. The classical marathon was opened by world-class stars: the first flute of the opera houses in Milan and Rome Antonio Amenduni and choir Cantatrix from the Netherlands.   Not only academic classics are in the festival program. The American Jazz Quartet of Gary Guttman will devote their performance to the creativity of the famous pop singer Anna Herman.

21.12.2015

Molodechno to be Belarus' cultural capital in 2016
Molodechno to be Belarus' cultural capital in 2016 During 2015, Brest has become another brand of Belarus.  A year ago Brest officially became the cultural capital of Belarus. The ceremony took place during one of the highlights of the region - the international festival January Music Nights. Over the 28 years of its existence musicians from nearly 40 countries entered the Brest stage.

17.12.2015

Venera Gimadieva, soloist of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
International Christmas Opera Forum underway in Minsk Opera enthusiasts have been waiting for this event for one year! Minsk is hosting the 6th International Christmas Opera Forum. It's kind of festival of premieres of the Bolshoi Theater with participation of world stars. "The Tsar's Bride" was the first performance staged in the capital. The immortal work was performed by prima of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.

20.11.2015

Igor Sukmanov, Listapad film festival organizer
Listapad aims to present only the world's best movies, festival director says Minsk International Film Festival (MIFF) Listapad 2015 came to a close on 13 November. It’s noticeable that Listapad has grown up so far: today ambitions of Belarusian cinematography quite correspond to the capabilities and abilities.

13.11.2015

Listapad 2015: Brillante Mendoza on how to make a good movie at low cost
Listapad 2015: Brillante Mendoza on how to make a good movie at low cost Is it possible to make a good movie at a low cost and what are the trends of modern filmmaking? Brillante Mendoza, one of the best directors at the Berlin, Cannes and Venice film festivals, has conducted a workshop for Belarusian directors as part of the Listapad film festival, where he has revealed some of his professional secrets.

11.11.2015

Winners of children’s cinema contest Listapadzik 2015
Winners of children’s cinema festival Listapadzik 2015 The results of the children and youth film festival Listapadzik 2015 have been announced. The Invisible Boy was named Best Film for Children, the Russian film I Give You My Word 2 was given Best Film for Youth Award. Not only the jury but also more than 2,000 spectators could appreciate the festival films.

08.11.2015

Listapad cinema festival in Minsk gathers over 6,000 viewers
Listapad cinema festival in Minsk gathers over 6,000 viewers More than 6,000 people have already evaluated the competitive works of the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad. The most popular were pictures Oz and Salt of the Earth by French directors. Tickets for these movies were sold out in a few days. Viewers:It is always interesting to see what films are nominated for these festivals, because you expect to see new reflections and soak up thoughts. I hope that we will experience it all.

27.10.2015

Listapad Film Festival 2015 due in Minsk in early November
Listapad Film Festival 2015 due in Minsk in early November About 200 films from 60 countries, famous directors and distinguished celebrities will meet both on a silver screen and in the Moskva cinema hall. The solemn opening ceremony of the 22nd Minsk International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held on November 6. The tickets are on sale. A film featuring Gerard Depardieu will open the festival. It’s still unknown whether the actor will visit Belarus.

13.09.2015

11th Architecture Festival in Minsk
11th Architecture Festival in Minsk (photos) The large-scale event to mark the 80th anniversary of the Belarusian Union of Architects and the World Day of Architecture aroused keen interest not only among professionals but also among ordinary citizens and guests of the Belarusian capital. And this is just one of the goals set by the organizers of the XI National Festival of Architecture Minsk 2015.

09.09.2015

Animaevka opens in Mogilev September 9
Animaevka festival opens in Mogilev September 9 Weather is not an obstacle to good and loud events in Mogilev. September 9 is the opening day of the International Festival Animation Pictures. Taking part in Animayovka are Australia, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Romania, South Korea and Japan. All in all, applications for the festival were received from 40 countries. In addition to competition screenings the festival will feature creative meetings with famous directors as well as exhibitions and theatrical performances.

14.08.2015

Honey Festival kicks off in Polotsk August 14
Honey Festival kicks off in Polotsk August 14 Polotsk on August 14 begins to host a honey festival. 10 candidates will fight for the title of the best beekeeper. Visitors of the holiday will get bouquets of flowers and honey plants and take part in workshops on the collection of hives and other entertainment activities. You will also be able to taste honey at the festival absolutely free! The honey will be consecrated prior to the ceremony by representatives of the Diocese of Polotsk.