Minsk schoolboy recreates Skaryna's printing press
A Minsk schoolboy has recreated the printing press on which prominent Belarusian book printer Francysk Skaryna worked.
It took Johannes Gutenberg more than 10 years to start the world's first printing press.
The schoolboy Mark managed to recreate the working copy of the printer of the 16th century in just one day.
International Book Fair: How Minsk became capital of literature
Belarusians are great readers. That is why a lot of writers, publishers and book lovers visited the Minsk International Book Fair held from 8 to 12 February 2017. Also guests from 31 countries snatched an opportunity to share experience and establish links in book publishing in the capital of Belarus.
Greece participated in the Book Fair for the first time. The delegation from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was a guest of honor.
Such events erase boundaries between countries.
Belarus President: Investment in culture is investment in our future
The cream of Belarusian creative intelligentsia gathered on March 6 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Here, works that claim to be the State Prize in literature, art and architecture were exhibited.
All in all, eight projects were nominated.
Among them is the play "The gray-haired legend" as well as works dedicated to the memory of the famous Pesnyary band front man Vladimir Mulyavin.
To get familiar with each of the eight works nominated was the personal initiative of the Belarus President.
Chronicler of two eras - Belarusian classic writer Ivan Shamyakin
He devoted himself to Belarusian literature during over 60 years and became one of the few writers who respectfully was called "a living classic writer." Let’s recall the outstanding master of stories Ivan Shamyakin.
His biography is full of interesting facts. Ivan Shamyakin was born in the small village of Karma, Gomel region.
The writer was left without parents early, and then, being just 20, he fought in World War II, taking part in battles from Murmansk to Berlin.
Źmitrok Biadula: Pioneer of Belarusian literature
Źmitrok Biadula is a Belarusian romantic poet, author of lyrics and short stories, prose writer, talented theatre critic, ethnography and folklore scholar. He is the writer who praised Belarusian people and enriched their culture. His son, Yafim Plaunic, recalls the pioneer of Belarusian literature.
Belarusian language: why does it attract Belarusians and linguists from abroad?
Rich lexicon, unique history and interesting facts of the Belarusian language always attracted attention of both Belarusians and linguists from abroad.
Imagine: the Belarusian language has three alphabets at once: Cyrillic, Latin and Arabic. The first appeared at the same time as the Old Belarusian language and remains the most popular alphabet now. The Arabic one appeared in the 16th century, when Tatars left their own letters after their invasion of the Belarusian land. The Latin alphabet was used in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
24th Minsk International Book Fair results
The 24th International Book Fair was held in Minsk last week. Among the participants were such countries as Russia, Germany, China, Iran, the United States, etc. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was the Guest of Honor this year. The Irish came to us in kilts and with bagpipes, by the way. All the guests could copy Francysk Skaryna (a Belarusian famous as one of the first book publishers in Eastern Europe) and print the page from the legendary Bible using the ancient method as it was done 500 years ago.
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarusians' interest in books persits
Minsk is hosting the 24th International Book Fair February 8. The main theme of this forum is the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian printed word.
Among other memorable dates are anniversaries of Belarus' classic writers Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. All in all, in 2016 alone, about 10,000 different books were released in Belarus, and the total circulation exceeded 23 million copies.
Symbol of charity, sacrifice and faith: life of Belarusian poet Alaisa Pashkevich
Alaisa Pashkevich’s life was full of amazing facts. She studied at the universities of St. Petersburg, Krakow, Vilnius and Lviv, nearly went to prison for revolutionary activity, emigrated to Europe, worked in a theater, and issued a book of poems in her native Belarusian language. All this is our poet Alaisa Pashkevich (Ałaiza Paškievič), the fellow associate of another famous poet Yanka Kupala. She is better known in Belarus as Tsetka (Ciotka).
135th anniversary of Kupala and Kolas to be celebrated in Nesvizh district
The 135th anniversary of the famous poets and writers of Belarus Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas is being celebrated in the Minsk region. The literary calendar in the Nesvizh district is already planned out. Events will be held in all district libraries. Exhibitions, quest games, bibliographic reviews and, of course, numerous competitions will be held not only among pupils and students, but also among librarians.
125th anniversary of Maksim Bahdanovič
Earlier, Bahdanovič Street was called Alexandrovskaya Street and there was house number 25 where the Bahdanovič lived. On December 9, 1891,the second child Maksim was born here in the family of Adam and Maria.
Who Laughs Last: Word and satire genius of Kandrat Krapiva
In Art's noble kitchen
Vain and worthless weed I lie,
Of what kind? Fit but for laughter!
I am the stinging nettle – I.
(The Nettle, 1922; translated by Vera Rich)
This is how Kandrat Atrakhovich wrote on himself just after
he had chosen an apt pen name Krapiva (which stands for 'nettle' in Belarusian) to become a classic of a 'stinging' satire in Belarus.
He was born in 1896 to live a long, mostly happy, but sometimes tragic, life – 95 years!
Unknown Hobbies of Renowned Belarusians: Kupala, Kolas, Brouka, Stanyuta
Unusual hobbies and collections of three Belarusian People's Poets and a legendary actress (guess who is her great-granddaughter) all in the following report shot in the museums of Minsk.
Since his very childhood the future People's Poet Yanka Kupala took a great interest in Belarusian legends and fairy tales. Later he would base his works on them.
Interesting facts about Belarusian poet Maksim Bahdanovich
In Belarusian literature, there are such personalities whose fates attract researchers for decades. The famous son of Belarusian land Maksim Bahdanovich is among them. He was separated from his Motherland, where he always longed to be, in his very early childhood and managed to return there only at the end of his life.
Belarus, Serbia agree to cooperate in publishing and literature
Belarus offers Serbia to deepen cooperation in the field of information. This was discussed at a meeting of Belarus' delegation with the Belarus-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Serbian Parliament.
It was noted that in the parliamentary dimension, the cooperation between the two countries has a good momentum.
The parties agreed to cooperate in publishing and literature. By the way, Belgrade hosted the 61st International Book Fair. Belarus also offered its exhibits there.
Gomel authors present over 25 books ahead of Belarusian Written Language Day
The international festival Slavic Literary Dożynki has gathered in Gomel more than 500 writers from Belarus and other CIS countries. On the eve of the Belarusian Written Language Day, during which writers will summarize the main national results of the outgoing year, local authors from Gomel have presented their books.
Over 20 new books have come to light.
Minsk hosts meeting of foreign writers ahead of Written Language Day in Rogachev
The Belarusian capital is hosting foreign writers these days. The theme of the meeting is the legacy of Francysk Skaryna, his word in today's world.
According to the authors, the works of the pioneer should be popularized throughout the world.
But it is not only history that is in the focus of the participants. Writers from various countries do care about a number of similar problems. For example, how to publish books in the new modern conditions?
After all, today the state is not always possible to support each writer.
Winners of 2nd Belarusian National Literary Prize to be named September 4
We are just two days from one of the most important events in the cultural life of Belarus - Written Language Day, which will take place for the 23rd time. The capital of the festival this year is the town Rogachev, with which writers Michas Lynkou and playwright Andrei Makayonak are connected. Also, famous writer Vladimir Karatkevich mentioned this town a lot.
The culmination of the festival in Rogachev and the most anticipated event for Belarusian writers will be honoring the winners of the 2nd National Literary Award.
10th international festival Slavic Literary Dożynki to open in Rogachev
The town of Rogachev is preparing for the Written Language Day. It will be held on September 4. But already on September 2 in Gomel Region, on the eve of the festival, there opens another event - the 10th festival Slavic Literary Dożynki.
This event for writers from Slavic countries (Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) is scheduled to be held in Rogachev and Gomel.
Financial Diet by Kiryl Rudy now available in English
Minsk hosted a presentation of the English version of the book by Kiryl Rudy Financial Diet. It is about reforming the system of public finances and rational spending of budget money.
Separate issues of private and foreign investment can be found under the cover of the new edition. By the way, a separate version of the book in English has been created specifically for potential investment partners of Belarus.
The world's first "Primer" is of Belarusian origin, scientists say
The Belarusian primer turned out to be older than one thought. Until recently, it was considered that the first edition of a Belarusian ABC book is the one authored by Spyridon Sobol, dating back to 1631. But now scientists have made a discovery of a historic scale. They proved that the first book called Primer (ABC book) has Belarusian roots and was published much earlier, in 1618.
There are only two copies of this book in the world. One is stored in the UK while the other in Denmark.
Uladzimir Karatkievich’s life in Minsk
Famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkievich moved to Minsk in 1960. He didn’t have his own accommodation and had to live at his friends’ places at first. He was not a stranger in Belarus.
"He was a pride of Belarus": Nil Hilevich funeral in Minsk
Accidentally I heard a phrase of MP of the National Assembly of the 4th convocation Nina Kulsha. She said "it would be great if, instead of advertising in our public transport, we could hear at least a few times a day excerpts from the works of Belarusian classic writers."
This phrase is particularly pressing now, when almost all classic writers of Belarus have gone. The last People's Poet of Belarus, Nil Hilevich, has passed away this week.
People's Poet of Belarus Nil Hilevich dies aged 84
The People's Poet of Belarus Nil Hilevich has passed away. He died the day before aged 84.
Nil Hilevich is known as a poet, literary critic and translator. In 1954, he joined the Union of Soviet Writers. The poet was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor, the Order of Friendship of Peoples and the Medal of Francysk Skaryna.
Foreign diplomats read Yanka Kupala poems on International Mother Language Day
Poems of the People's poet Yanka Kupala, Belarusian and world classic writer, was read February 19 by the Belarus Foreign Minister as well as foreign diplomats and people of art. This was the first time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had celebrated the International Mother Language Day.
The date itself, by the way, was established in 1999, at the session of the General Conference of UNESCO.
Book fair in Minsk: 300 exhibitors from 29 countries
A paradise for book lovers. These days, during the book about Belarusian singer Vladimir Mulyavin was among the popular at the international book fair. The book received the highest award of the Belarusian national contest "Art of the Book".
1563 Bible presented at Belarus' National Art Museum
On February 11, in Minsk, historians and culture experts of Belarus and Lithuania presented unique exhibits. Documents and texts of archival sources were presented at the National Art Museum.
This was the first time such exhibits had been brought on public display. The main among them is of course the Bible of 1563.
Molodechno now official cultural capital of Belarus
Today, February 5, Molodechno will officially acquire the status of the cultural capital of Belarus. A concert of Brest masters of stage will take place in the city that before was the cultural capital of the Minsk region.
Here, dozens of institutions operate, which preserve and multiply spiritual heritage.
Maxim Bogdanovich's 1x1mm poetry book now in Minsk
The world's smallest collection of poems by Maxim Bogdanovich on February 1 joined the collection of exhibits of the National Historical Museum. An unusual book as small as 1x1mm has been presented to the museum fund was presented by the known Russian master of miniatures Anatoly Konenko.
Maksim Bogdanovich's Spanish-translated Tower of the World presented in Madrid
Poems by prominent Belarusian writer Maxim Bogdanovich sounded in the language of Cervantes. Translated into Spanish, a poem of the Belarusian classic writer was presented in Madrid.
Spaniards can now enjoy Tower of the World thanks to the translation of a Belarusian who now lives in Spain.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France and Spain Pavel Latushko, who attended the presentation, read the poem to Spanish public in the Belarusian language.
Alexander Lukashenko: Whatever views you have you can create and express your point of view in Belarus
The important and welcome news was the Nobel Prize in Literature for Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich.
Svetlana Aleksievich, winner of Nobel Prize 2015 in Literature:[they asked me] where I am from. I said Belarus. So they said: "Oh, Lukashenko, Domracheva."
I would like Belarusians to be proud of themselves, because I was not alone doing it. These are my heroes, parents, grandfather, great-grandfather, who studied with Yakub Kolas. This is the accumulation of humanities.
Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich gets Nobel Prize in Literature
In the Swedish capital Stockholm on October 8 there was announced the name of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. For the first time the award was given to a citizen of Belarus - writer Svetlana Aleksievich.
Earlier this week, the Nobel Prize was awarded in the fields of medicine, physics and chemistry. The next winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced tomorrow, October 9.
The award ceremony for all winners traditionally takes place on December 10, on the day of the death of Alfred Nobel. The amount of the award is $953,000.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates participants of Belarusian Written Language Day celebrations
Day of Belarusian Written Language. Today, the capital of the holiday - Shchuchin - receives numerous visitors.
The celebration program started with an opening after the restoration of the Palace of the Drutsk-Lyubetsky Family. Now the 19th century building houses the Center of Children and Youth, a museum, and a conference room. This is a gift to the town and another successful project of public investment in culture and education.
Chinese artist Ao Te's exhibition opens in Minsk
The Yanka Kupala museum in Minsk is hosting an exhibition of famous Chinese artist Ao Te. He is popular all over the world.
He is also called the "Tiger King" for his fundamental paintings featuring these animals. The artist works in the technique of Chinese ink painting on rice paper.
It is the second time he has come to Belarus. Inspired by our nature and works of the Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala, Te Ao created a series of works devoted to the country.
Minsk in Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala’s life
His magic lyric poetry comes alive in music. His creativity is the real chronicle of the life of Belarusians. Minsk became home for Yanka Kupala. It was a city of his friends and a studio for work.
Troitskoye suburb and picturesque Svisloch. The first meeting of the poet with Minsk took place there.
In 1890, the Lutsevich family from Vyazynka arrived in the big city. Father Dominic rented a house at the intersection of Alexandrovskaya and Naberezhnaya streets. He became a craftsman, and the little boy was sent to a private school.
Font repeating Yanka Kupala's handwriting created in Belarus
Written with a pen and recreated on the monitors of modern gadgets. Belarusians will be able to use a font that simulates the handwriting of the prominent Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala.
The font is available in Belarusian, Russian, and Latin.
"Pesnyar" (Singer), which is the name of the font, was a gift for the 110th anniversary of the start of the poet's creative career.
Week of Orthodox books launched in Minsk region
A week of Orthodox books has been launched in the Minsk region. The purpose of the campaign is to draw attention to Orthodox culture, its history, traditions and values.
The atmosphere of warmth, kindness and openness will dominate in schools, libraries and educational centers of the Minsk region.
There will be held meetings with priests, literary readings, exhibitions, concerts, spiritual and educational programs. The first Orthodox Book Week in the Minsk region was held in 2011.
Korma village: Unsuccessful uprising against Soviet power
Korma [in Belarusian: Karma village] is located in the Gomel region. Formerly, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. At present, it is located in the Republic of Belarus.
There are a lot of settlements in Belarus called Korma. As for the name of the settlement, people living in the Gomel region say “korma” referring to a creek. And this creek comes from the Sozh river near the village.
A lot of ancient burial mounds and sites of the settlements survived on the banks of the river.