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24.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs has already started with sold-out show in Soligorsk A grandiose project of the CTV channel “Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs” started in a new format in the Palace of Culture in Soligorsk on April 18, 2017. The best hits, honored artists of Belarus and dance groups really pleased the residents of Soligorsk. This is the first concert of the big tour around Belarus.

23.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Music begins Belarus tour in Soligorsk
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins Belarus tour in Soligorsk Whatever French say, they try to talk about it in French. They love their language, care about its purity, the French considered one of the most beautiful and melodic in the world. But the Belarusian language is also good. We've recently cited UNESCO data, according to which the Belarusian language is one of the best in the world in terms of its melodic beauty. And it is confirmed by the mobile festival "Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs" organized by the CTV channel. A concert in Soligorsk was successfully held this week.

20.04.2017

Pesniary's costumes
Ensemble Pesniary: Costume adds much to national image! The vocal-instrumental ensemble Pesniary is a brand of Belarus. Its participants are well-known not only as singers of the publicly favorite hits “Alexandrina”, “Kasi Yas kanyushynu”, “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”, but also as fashionable dandies, far beyond Belarus. They are always well-dressed.

19.04.2017

CTV project Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins tour in Soligorsk
CTV project Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins tour in Soligorsk Six new venues, unexpected duets and new covers of legendary hits. The project of the CTV channel - the "Golden Collection of Belarusian Song" - has begun the national tour. The festival made its first stop in Soligorsk. The CTV team has long been preparing for this project. The director, his assistants, lighting, sound, and, of course, operators are ready. They'll have to work with full dedication during the next two hours. All videos from the seven cameras and the crane come here to the mobile television station.

12.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian National Songs
Golden Collection of Belarusian National Songs The concert "Golden collection of Belarusian songs" took place in Molodechno and enjoyed a great success: a crowded concert hall, songs familiar to everyone and a warm response of the crowd shouting "Bravo!" If you need to get to the Palace of Culture in Molodechno, any passerby will tell you the way: "Down the Broadway". The main city street, indeed, is reminiscent of the legendary avenue of the New York City: a lot of passersby, bright lights, unusual architectural forms, and the building of the Palace of Culture welcoming guests at the end of the street.

06.03.2017

Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial
Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial This week we went to Kurapaty near Minsk together with father Fyodor Povny, rector of All Saints parish of Minsk, to reflect on the possible memorial. When you're at this site, you want to talk quiter. Is it really the effect of this place, it is really a manifestation of some internal memory?

01.03.2017

Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus
Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus Kurapaty should become a national memorial, said participants of the debate, which was held on the initiative of the newspaper SB - Belarus Today. Taking part in the discussion were journalists, historians and scientists. This small place near Minsk gained tragic fame. Kurapaty is a place of mass executions, which were carried out in the late 1930s. The first excavations began here in 1988. But the exact number of victims has not been established until now.

27.02.2017

Belarusian language across the country
Is Belarusian language widespread across Belarus? International Mother Language Day was celebrated on February 21. Belarus was not an exception. The Belarusian language is the official language of the Republic of Belarus, along with Russian. Belarusian is the native language of the Belarusian nation. According to UNESCO research, the Belarusian language is the most melodious after Italian. Our correspondent Alena Syrova travelled across Belarus to learn more about the Belarusian language. A young singer, Yury Seliaznev sang one of Adriano Celentano’s songs in the Belarusian language.

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

22.02.2017

Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian
Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian Belarus has celebrated Day of Mother Language. Traditionally, this international festival has gathered representatives of the diplomatic corps in Belarus. Ambassadors from 37 countries read poems of Yanka Kupala.  In 2017, it will be 135 years since the birth of the Belarusian national writer. Fiona Gibb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Belarus:Come to me in spring, like a flower...
FC BATE adds national ornament to its logo
FC BATE adds national ornament to its logo FC BATE Borisov have presented their new kits for friendly matches at the training camp in Turkey. The logo is now adorned by the national ornament. As for BATE's official match kits for the season 2017, it will be presented to fans in March. National ornaments have become a trend in various areas of life in Belarus in recent years. MORE: Vyshyvanka national ornament in Belarus

20.02.2017

National Language Week begins in Belarus
National Language Week begins in Belarus At least seven days Belarus will speak Belarusian as the Week of National Language has begun across the country. It is being held under the auspices of UNESCO. Today world speaks more than 6 thousand languages. The Belarusian language is considered one of the most melodic.

14.02.2017

Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul!
Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul! The cover of Sepultura vocalist Derrick Green’s passport has Belarusian ornament on it. It symbolizes love, prosperity, and freedom. Belarusian girl named Julia gifted it to him during the concert of metal stars in Minsk club Re: Public few years ago. It was the day when the musician and the leather accessories designer met. Later this story turned into love.
Belarusian folk songs
Belarusian folk songs: History and description Jadwiga Poplavskaja and Alexander Tikhanovich. In the Month of September In the Month of September is the most colourful folk song, where the lines " grandfather pushed grandmother from the bridge into the river" exist. It makes us smile now. But a few centuries ago the drowning of an unloved woman was a real tradition in Polesie. By the way, researchers are sure that this song was written by a professional author  because of its excellent rhyme and exciting story. In turn, Vladimir Mulyavin gave the song the completely new features in 1977.

13.02.2017

President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich. The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich. In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.

03.02.2017

Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark. The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics. The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.

03.01.2017

How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady
How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady Kaliady (Kolyada) was the main winter holiday for the ancestors of Belarusians and the main symbol of the coming year. Usually, the celebrations were held from December 25 till January 6. In ancient times, neither women nor men could work during this period; they should have a rest from a daily routine. There was a tradition: if a family wanted the next year to be successful, they should sacrifice a goat. From the goat’s skin they made a pipe. It was believed that the worse the goat’s voice, the better the pipe’s sound.

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

09.11.2016

A contemporary portrait of the poet based on his photo.
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.

03.11.2016

Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern
Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern Demand for Belarusian vyshyvanka ornamental pattern has pushed manufacturers to expand the product range. National designs are increasingly being used by the light industry.  Unique vyshyvankas have appeared at a factory of art products in Molodechno.  Modern approach in conjunction with historical features allows counting on economic success. Embroidered dresses and shirts today are in demand among Belarusians and visitors from abroad.

01.11.2016

Jack-o'-lantern is a traditional Halloween decoration made from a pumpkin.
Barbie Doll, Santa Claus and Halloween: globalization vs national traditions The world is getting globalized. It means that unique cultural features are disappearing: the hamburger replaces the dranik  – traditional potato pancake, Halloween replaces ancestors remembrance days. Some see no harm in it, others compare it with the bed of Procrustes, a mythic robber, who cut or stretched the legs of his guests if they didn't fit the bed. In other words, made them fit his standart unnaturally.

12.09.2016

Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day
Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day Dragomir Karic took part in the talk show "What's Going On?" on the TV channel "RTR-Belarus" and commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Egor Khrustalyov:I want to introduce to you our guest, Dragomir Karic. If you watched the news today, we hugged before the start of the program. In the middle of the day you hugged with the head of state at the polling station.

04.09.2016

Belarusian Written Language Day in Rogachev: concert, masters city and printing house
Belarusian Written Language Day in Rogachev: concert, masters city and printing house September 1 roused life after the summer silence: there is now more traffic on morning streets and children are going to school for new knowledge. But one should not forget about the old times and national culture. The first hard copy of a source of information in the Belarusian language appeared exactly 500 years ago. The Skaryna heritage will be in the center of attention during the Belarusian Written Language Day, which this year will take place in Rogachev. Our reporter Anastasia Benedisyuk has the story about the celebrations in Rogachev.

02.09.2016

Symeon of Polotsk: enlightment for the benefit of Belarusian and Russian people
Symeon of Polotsk: enlightment for the benefit of Belarusian and Russian people "Greet you, the Orthodox King, the Sun of Righteousness, for a long time have we been attracted to you with our souls and hearts." With these lines Simeon greeted the Russian tsar on Belarusian lands. And with these words, we begin our acquaintance with the outstanding figure of the entire Slavic culture. The great educator was born in Polotsk in 1629. His first steps in science were in a convent school. Afterwards, he studied at the Kiev-Mogilev College and the Vilno Jesuit Academy.

01.09.2016

Activities of great educator and book-printer Spiridon Sobol
Activities of great educator and book-printer Spiridon Sobol Today it is difficult to imagine that a few centuries ago a book had the same price as a plot of land. The book became affordable to a wide range of people only in the 15th century, when paper became widespread. Initially, however, it was not without problems. The fact is that the church had long been the only publisher of literature, which was used for worship. Then books were copied by hand for months.
Interesting facts about famous Belarusian educator Francysk Skaryna
Interesting facts about famous Belarusian educator Francysk Skaryna Belarusian educator, humanist, scientist, physician, writer, and artist - all this is our famous countryman, Francysk Skaryna. Unfortunately, not all of his biography has reached our days.

18.08.2016

Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills
Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills Belarusian officers have begun to prepare a joint special operation of collective rapid reaction forces of the CSTO's Interaction 2016 exercise. The command of the airborne brigade is developing a plan of application of military units in the area of ​​responsibility. Personnel are performing combat training missions. Involved in the exercise are about 80 Belarusian military. But there is also time to relax on the range.

10.08.2016

Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements
Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements Tiles symbolizing the national ornament now decorates walkways in Minsk from Masherova Avenue to the Pobediteley Avenue. Works on one side of the road have almost completed. The next stage will cover the opposite side of the street. Pobediteley Avenue is going through another stage of modernization. The renovation works should be completed by 1 September. This is a gift to Minsk residents for Minsk City Day. This year the celebrations will take place 3 September.
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value Pilgrimage to Budslav has received a new status. Now this festival is recognized as a historical and cultural value of Belarus. The tradition of visiting the Mother of God of Budslav dates back to 1990.  In 2015, more than 3 thousand people took part in the pilgrimage to Budslav. It is believed that going on a journey each pilgrim defines for himself or herself a goal and a request that they think about during the entire way. The route of some believers lasts more than 2 weeks. 

09.08.2016

Belarus national football team gets kits with national pattern
Belarus national football team gets kits with national pattern August 9, the updated kits of the national football team of Belarus was presented. The event was held in one of the Silver Screen cinemas. Many of those present, including the players themselves, noted that the new kits are very stylish. Their peculiarity is in the national ornament.  Acting as models were some of the players from the national team: Alexander Hleb, Nikolai Signevich, Nikolay Yanush, Denis Polyakov, Nikita Korzun, Igor Stasevich and goalkeeper Andrei Klimovich.

21.07.2016

Famous Chagall room recreated in Spain
Famous Chagall room recreated in Spain A grand exhibition devoted to the work of the famous artist, a native of the Belarusian Vitebsk Marc Chagall opened in the Spanish Malaga. You can see paintings, interior and even the place where the great master of the brush worked.    Exhibition organizers have recreated the famous Chagall room from the Vitebsk apartment - a desk and a drawer, where the artist kept sketches of his paintings. Even the landscape outside the window has recreated. It was this very landscape that inspired the author to create the famous Walk.

11.07.2016

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.

07.07.2016

Minsk residents celebrating Kupalle midsummer night
Minsk residents celebrating Kupalle midsummer night You can celebrate Kupalle night with wreath weaving and jumping over the fire in the Park of the 900th Anniversary of Minsk. This is a special place to meet Midsummer night in the Belarus capital. Thousands of people on this night look for the mythical paparats kvetka flower, which is supposed to bring happiness. History is silent about how many of them are happy owners of the coveted flower. 
Tourists about new money in Belarus
Tourists about new money in Belarus New Belarusian money has already become a kind of guide for foreign visitors to our country. 7 banknotes depict 7 Belarusian regions and 7 architectural symbols. Tourists, like many Belarusians, see these notes for the first time. This young man from Turkey has been in the capital only two days but has already spent several hundred redenominated rubles.

05.07.2016

Kupala Night celebrated in France
Kupala Night celebrated in France Midsummer, which is also known as Kupalle Night, was celebrated in France. On that night, people search for Happiness Flower, dance and jump over the fire. For France, such a tradition is unusual. It was organized by the Embassy of Belarus in France, for the third time. The events took place in the suburbs of Paris, at the estate of the Belarusian artist Roman Zaslonov.

04.07.2016

Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity
Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity Let's finish the program on a positive wave. Although in the truest sense, waves are not typical for this river. However, on music waves, the river we are going to talk about is very popular: "Oh, Dnipro, Dnipro, you are wide and mighty. Cranes are flying over you." You know what I am talking about, you remember this song. Rarely does a bird fly to the middle of the Dnieper, wrote Gogol. But he wrote about the Ukrainian section of the river, which is one and a half kilometers wide, while in Belarus, it is narrower.

03.07.2016

Belarus national embroidery day held in Minsk
Belarus national embroidery day held in Minsk July 2 Thousands of Belarusians celebrated National Embroidery Day July 2. The day was marked by an art parade, models in suits with the national patterns walking along the catwalk, jousting tournaments, the city of craftsmen and body art studio. All in all, there were a few dozen events. On the eve of Independence Day the country is celebrating the day of national embroidery (in Belarusian: vyshyvanka). The highlight of the holiday was the art parade Under the Flag in Vyshyvankas. 

20.06.2016

Belarusian national patterns in famous people's clothes
Belarusian national ornament in famous people's clothes By the way, let us remember an episode a year ago in order to go to the next topic. Our program took an interview with President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and we presented the head of the Latin American country a Belarusian shirt with embroidery as a souvenir. Mr Correa is a well-known fan of shirts with national patterns. Maybe he will wear it meeting with our President. During the recent

12.05.2016

Radonitsa in Belarus: People remember the dead on ninth day after Easter Radonitsa (also called Radunitsa) in Belarus is also called Easter for the dead. It is celebrated by Orthodox Belarusians. On this day, all churches usually hold memorial services, with tens of thousands of people coming to cemeteries to honor the memory of their loved ones. 

24.04.2016

Nationwide voluntary Saturday work: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site
Nationwide voluntary Saturday working day: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site April 23 turned into the nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Start with yourself, as they say! On the eve of a significant date - the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, TV reporters put in order monuments to the heroes of that war. President Lukashenko also built a bridge between the past and the future working at Dinamo Stadium, which is being renovated in Minsk. This will become a brand new sports complex but in historical "packaging." Our correspondents collected details of the voluntary labor day from the different regions of Belarus.

14.04.2016

Sneakers with Belarusian embroidery enter USA shoe market
Sneakers with Belarusian embroidery enter USA shoe market Belarusian flavor as a world trend. A well-known American manufacturer of sporting goods has released sneakers with Belarusian national embroidery. The new model has several colors - red, dark blue and black. It is worth noting that clothes with Belarusian ornament were earlier released by various fashion houses of the world.  Slavic flavor is gaining momentum, fashion industry experts believe.

06.04.2016

Belarusian language textbook for Japanese published
Belarusian language textbook for Japanese published A textbook on the Belarusian language has been published in Japan. It  was authored by Associate Professor Faculty of Philology of the BSU and a Tsukuba University graduate student, who four years ago studied Belarusian in Minsk.

01.04.2016

Weavers from Mogilev Region creating longest Kupalle belt in Belarus
Weavers from Mogilev Region creating longest Kupalle belt in Belarus In Mogilev, the longest Kupalle belt is being weaved. It is 40 meter-long now, but there is more to come. Weavers from every corner of the region come to Mogilev to decorate the belt with patterns, typical to places where they live. Valentina Gaishun, an experienced craftswoman, weaved two and a half meter in a day. Valentina Gaishun, weaver from Bobruysk District:This is the ornament of Bobruysk District. In the village of Ivanovka, this symbol illustrated soil fertility.

20.03.2016

Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list?
Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list? Belarus is a unique country with deep-rooted bell-ringing traditions. Rare technique of bell-ringing may become part of the intangible spiritual heritage of Belarus and UNESCO. Studying these techniques for a long time has been Elena. By blessing of Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret, she has been at several expeditions and visited 300 countries.

15.02.2016

Belarusian tradition. The Christmas game "Tsyareshka's wedding"
Belarusian tradition: Christmas game Tsyareshka's Wedding From the ancient times, Belarusians have the ritual game Tsyareshka's Wedding. Today it is fun, but a couple of centuries ago it was a serious ritual. This game is preserved only in the Lepel region and is held only once a year for the Christmas holidays. It is accompanied by folk songs, dances and tons of humor and positive emotions.
Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools
Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools Belarusian schools across the country will balance the number of hours dedicated to the studying of two state languages - Belarusian and Russian. It will be regardless of what language a school is using in day-to-day communication with students. Students will have three lessons of the Russian and Belarusian languages and two hours of literature. As first, the innovation will affect only second-graders, but a year later it will be introduced in third and then fourth grade.

10.02.2016

International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk
International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk One of the main events of the Year of Culture in Belarus is underway in Minsk. On February 10, the 23rd International Book Exhibition will open in the Belarus capital. Nearly 30 countries will present their achievements in the field of literature. The guest of honor this year will be Armenia. A delegation from Ecuador is among the special guests. Among the exhibitors will be Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, the UK, the United States and beyond.

25.01.2016

Talisman Bird from birch into Belarus' Intangible Heritage List
Talisman Bird from birch into Belarus' Intangible Heritage List The Bereza bird has been included in the list of intangible heritage of Belarus. The unique craft has been revived by the young master Alexander Lavrinovich. Alexander Lavrinovich, craftsman:An old man showed me that craft. Since he is old and cannot see, he could not show me the cutting itself but explained to me how to do it. I learned from a video, to be true. He could not show me but I tried several times. I cut my fingers first but then I mastered it.  

19.01.2016

No place for ethnic hatred in Belarus - opinion poll
No place for ethnic hatred in Belarus - opinion poll There is no place for ethnic hatred in Belarus. The Information and Analytical Center has announced the results of a poll.  The vast majority of Belarus' residents assessed the relationship between people of different nationalities as quiet. The opinion is shared by both young and older people, urban and rural residents. They also believe that there is no discrimination in Belarus.

22.11.2015

What is modern design of Belarusian traditional costume?
What is modern design of Belarusian traditional costume? Uniqueness, hand work and ecological compatibility. Ethno style is a source of inspiration for a fashion designer. This year, world designers have made Belarusian traditional embroidered shirts a trend during the fashion week, presenting sarafans with elegant embroidery designed in Slavic style. A scarlet ornament is a symbol of sun, Belarusian traditions and linen cloth. Belarusian designers presented their version of Belarusian clothing at the first ethno style festival in Minsk.

12.11.2015

Belarusian national symbols’ role in nation's life
Belarusian national symbols’ role in nation's life The anthem, the emblem and the flag witness resounding sporting victories, travel around the world, conquer the highest points of the planet and, of course, speak of Belarusian national features. Recently, the Belarusian national symbols attracted attention of the whole world due to their size record: 4,000 m2 and 300kg. It took 300 people to hold it. Belarus even got into the Guinness World Records Book.

10.07.2015

Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols
Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols The Constitutional Court of Belarus on July 8 approved a new law on state symbols. Experts confirmed that the draft document is consistent with all the legislative acts in force. The new law provides for a ban on the use of the image of the State Emblem of Belarus on letterheads, stamps and seals belonging to NGOs. Furthermore, there is a list of objects where flags must be set. It is reported that the new law should help Belarusians develop respect for the state symbols.

24.06.2015

What Belarusians are proud of - opinion poll results The majority of Belarusians are proud of their country. These are the results of the poll conducted by the Information and Analytical Centre under the aegis of the Presidential Administration. Almost 56 percent of respondents are proud of the Belarusian people itself. Some 40% of respondents take pride in the natural wealth and culture. Every third also mentioned historical heritage and sporting achievements of Belarusian athletes.
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes Family celebration under the Belarusian flag. The state will support the desire of Belarusians to hang the national flag outside private homes. Belarusians will be able to do it not only for government but also for family holidays. At the same time, the flag of another country in Belarus cannot be installed above the Belarusian one. Such changes in the draft law "On state symbols of Belarus" were approved by senators.