Wives of ambassadors to Belarus meet in Minsk
On the eve of March 8, Belarus' foreign minister's wife met with the wives of heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Minsk.
The meeting took place at the center for contemporary art. During the informal meeting, the spouses of diplomats did not speak about politics, but discussed children, family and the hospitality of the Belarusian land.
Germans are the most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus
Germans are the most frequent visitors to Belarus after the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, said Elena Plis, director of the information and tourist center "Minsk".
Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":During such a short period of time, according to the airport and the state border authorities, over 1,000 foreigners entered Belarus visa-free.
How Minsk surprises foreigners
What do foreigners like the most about Minsk? They like sights, nature, cuisine and history. Foreign students come to the capital of Belarus to attend Belarusian workshops and get experience from Belarusian experts. The International public association Teatro alongside with the French Theatre Association have been giving master classes for European students in Belarus for 10 years. The Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama teaches European students. Charlotte and Gabriel came to study theatrics in 2017.
“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists
While Europe is closing its borders for immigrants, Belarus receives tourists from 80 countries. The visa-free regime was adopted on February 12, 2017. Visitors may make only a 5-day visit to Belarus for now. However, longer term may be introduced soon. Alena Syrova has the story.
One of the first to visit Belarus was a Chinese Lee Yen from Abu Dhabi, while the first sportsman to visit the country was an English Liverpool halfback Wade Maxwell.
Welcome to visa-free Belarus!
This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas.
At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.
Chairman of Pakistan Senate visits Belarus
Last week the Pakistan Senate Chairman and his wife visited Minsk. They had time both to negotiate and have a general impression of Belarus.
Raza Rabbani, the Chairman of Pakistan Senate, has visited Belarus for the first time. Taman, his wife, came with him.
While Mr. Rabbani was learning about the political and industrial side of Belarus, met the President, took part in talks with ministers and concludes contracts, Taman was responsible for the aesthetic and cultural part of the acquaintance with Belarus.
Belarus to face Romania in Davis Cup Euro-African zone Group I
The match of group I of the Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup between Belarus and Romania will be held from 3 to 5 February in Minsk's Tennis Academy. At the request of the members of the Belarus national team unique coating has been laid here specifically for this tie.
The Belarusian tennis players have a task of realizing their own potential.
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists
Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself.
During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.
Swiss hockey players visit WWII museum in Minsk
Participants of the Christmas tournament continue to get acquainted with the Belarusian capital. Team Switzerland visited the Great Patriotic War Museum on January 6.
Participants of ice battles showed interest in the dioramas of military battles. For Swiss players, this page of history of Belarus proved to be particularly interesting. After all, during WWII, Switzerland remained neutral.
Germany at 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Before hitting the ice the foreign participants of the Christmas amateur tournament got acquainted with the sports infrastructure of Minsk, shopped and made selfies on the background of the Belarus capital's attractions.
Yana Shipko, CTV:Belarus is famous for its sports traditions, but it still can learn from guests who came to the tournament. Mr Bscheid is already 85, but he still plays ice hockey being a true legend of the tournament!
Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say
The Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President continues in Minsk.
Belarus won their second match today. This time against the Balkan team - 14:7.
President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists).
Belarus in total won nine gold medals and three silvers at Christmas tournaments.
Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.
Players about XIII International Christmas Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Belarus is once again at the center of significant sporting events. On January 4, the XIII Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk on January 4.
Eight teams will fight for the trophy. The Balkans team is taking part for the first time. It brings together representatives of eight states at once: Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia. Thus, the current competition will be the most large-scale in terms of the number of participating countries.
More and more foreigners meet New Year in Minsk
Minsk is becoming an increasingly popular place among foreigners wishing to celebrate New Year. Dozens of tourists from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, England and many other countries choose the capital of Belarus as a place to celebrate the New Year.
Sayyid is from Turkmenistan. He came to Minsk to celebrate the New Year. This will be his eighth birthday in the Belarus capital. However, he still does not forget traditions of his native country.
What unites Belarus and Spain: cuisine, sport, food and tractor Belarus
Spain is a country that knowns terrorism well, but, thank God, say Spaniards, trouble has not recently disturbed these blessed and lively regions, which live full life even in winter, especially the capital. An important political event took place in Madrid - the embassy of Belarus in Spain opened there and we briefly reported about it. And today we offer you a big report on the country to which many Belarusians go for holidays and which cuisine we love tasting.
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus
Nearly 6,000 foreigners have visited Belarus without visas. We are talking about cross-border tourism, especially in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Augustow Canal. Guests visit Belarus mainly from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, Spain and the United States.
Ekaterina Romantsevich, tourist from Latvia:We will surely come back. We have promised our daughter and we will invite some friends. In terms of logistics, you still have some work to do.
Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations
25 years is a true anniversary! Is it a joy or sadness when it comes to the disintegration of the Soviet empire and the birth of a new sovereign state? If a country is frail and miserable and their residents are poor, one can bemoan the loss. But if history has developed as it was in the case of Belarus, quite successfully (and against the background of the 15 former Soviet nations Belarus seems even more advanced), there can be a little mourn, something like nostalgia. But the main thing is the establishment of a sovereign state.
Hong Kong residents taste Belarusian products and here is what they say
Incidentally, the first big interview of the new ambassador of France to Belarus was with Picture of the World, which is gratifying. Next week, the French diplomat will present his credentials to the President of Belarus. Not surprisingly, Monsieur Canesse has not yet seen much of Belarus and tasted our cuisine. But when we touched on gastronomic topics, at the mere mention of typical dishes, it became clear that we eat really different food.
Stanisław Karczewski: Belarus-Poland border should unite peoples
The Polish parliamentary delegation led by Senate Marshal Stanisław Karczewski has visited ancient Nesvizh.
The guests had a tour of the museum-reserve, the former residence of the Radziwill family, and got familiar with exposition halls.
The palace and park complex Nesvizh annually receives thousands of foreign tourists, including from Poland. The majestic complex after the restoration carried out impressed and Polish lawmakers, said the program "Minsk Region" on STV.
Minsk is amazing, French honorary consul Jean-Jacques Rinck says
One of the notable participants of the Belarusian-French Forum was Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon, Jean-Jacques Rinck. An influential person in the city - a lawyer, winemaker and artist - is able to assess Belarus as both a trading partner and a country for life. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk talked with Mr Rinck.
This is the final day of Monsieur and Madame Rinck in Belarus. This is their second time in Belarus.
Belarus President holds press conference for Russian media: six hours and over 30 questions
Belarus-Russia relations have every chance to reach a qualitatively new level. It was announced on November 17 by Alexander Lukashenko during a press conference for regional media representatives of Russia. The conference became a final part of a multi-day press tour across Belarus.
That was the 13th such meeting. The President told journalists it was his favorite number, by the way.
2016 Listapad festival results
What are the results of International Minsk film Festival Listapad? Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk has more on the topic.
Afterimage is a film by Andrzej Wajda nominated for Oscar. It tells us about a very hard life of one of the most famous modern avant-garde artists, Władysław Strzemiński, who is popular in Belarus, Russia and Poland.
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences.
If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.
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.
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus
Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.
EOC inspector: Minsk ready to host tournaments of the highest level
Sports facilities of Minsk are ready to host tournaments of the highest level. The statement was made at a meeting of the executive committee of the European Olympic Committees. It was held on October 20 at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, in anticipation of the 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. Delegates from 50 countries will start work today on October 21.
Six independent French photographers in Belarus on photo tour
French independent photographers have come to Belarus with a photo tour. Six people, all of them have made a name in global photo art, visited the places where Napoleon once stayed and enjoyed the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. On October 20 they will be present at a rehearsal at the Opera House.
Prince Michael of Kent visits memorial complex Khatyn
Prince Michael of Kent continues his visit to Belarus. On October 12 the relative of the royal dynasty visited the memorial complex "Khatyn" near Minsk.
On behalf of the British royal family he laid a wreath to the Eternal Flame in memory of hundreds of Belarusian villages destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Michael of Kent was accompanied by honor guard.
The Prince has an extensive program of the visit and a lot of meetings. This is the visit to the National Art Museum and the High-Tech Park and an interview with Belarusian mass media.
Polish ice hockey team at Minsk City Day
On September 4 Belarus will cheer for their national ice hockey team who are going to meet with Slovenia in the 2018 Winter Olympics qualifier which will decide who will go to South Korea in two years.
Last time it was Slovenia who did not let Belarus into the 2014 Olympics.
Prior to this, Belarusians won big victories in the two previous meetings, having beaten the favorites of the group Denmark and Poland.
On September 3, the guests from Poland walked around the celebrating Minsk.
Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities
His story began in England’s city of Leeds, and later fate brought him to Malta, Spain, Italy and, finally, Belarus.
Darren:Before I came here, I thought that Belarus is a part of Russia. While living here, I looked at many things differently.
Great Britain and Belarus are not similar. Britain is very dirty and gray compared to clean Belarus. Sceneries are unparalleled!
I would like Belarus to become more adapted for people with disabilities.
Kids from Fukushima getting familiar with Belarusian culture
A delegation of children from Japan has arrived in Belarus at the invitation of the President of Belarus.
More than 50 boys and girls from Fukushima Prefecture, where a radiation accident occurred five years ago, came to improve health in the children's center "Zubrenok".
Foreign visitors have already got familiar with Belarusian culture and life.
During the tour in to the Miadziel Master's House the Japanese were treated to Belarusian national dishes, learned to make talismans from straw and played polka.
Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus
This guest of this edition of the program "Week" on the CTV is better known for his affinity with the musketeer described by Alexander Dumas. Duke Aymeri de Montesquiou d'Artagnan visited Belarus this week. Why? Our correspondent Yana Shipko found out.
Mr. de Montesquiou d'Artagnan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! I am very pleased to pronounce your name, because I've been a fan of Dumas books since childhood. Incredibly, you actually belong to this family tree?
Belarus' Alex Gross wins performers competition at Slavonic Bazaar 2016
Alex Gross was the winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest Vitebsk 2016 which is part of the Slavonic Bazaar 2016 festival.
The Belarusian sang the famous song by Bon Jovi "It's my life", for which he received 77 points, and the final total of 157 points in two days allowed him to top the ranking.
Explaining the extravagant choice of Robbie Williams-style costume he noted "like the famous British singer I also have something to show."
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.
Wiktorin: New Belarusian money easier for EU tourists to count
Belarusian banks have carefully studied the experience of a number of European countries in preparation for the July 1 redenomination, said Chairman of the Board of the National Bank Pavel Kallaur. The National Bank officials on July 5 met with the European Union delegation.
The parties discussed the possibility of cooperation in the framework of twinning projects. They are directed at assisting Belarus' Government in work to sync Belarus' legislation with that of the EU. This will affect a variety of spheres.
French princess Tania de Bourbon Parme visits Belarus
A representative of the Bourbon dynasty, which ruled in France and Spain, has visited Belarus for the first time. The royal princess named Tanya went to Mir Castle, which was once home to Radziwill Family.
Tania de Bourbon Parme, Princess, founder and head of the association L’Art Autrement Dit, promoting French art to foreigners:I was immediately struck with the scale of Minsk compared with Paris, which is small and compact. In terms of architecture, I can feel the scale of thought here.
What did Russians say about Belarus at 3rd Forum of Regions?
The long history of Belarus and Russia (in all senses) continued this week. It is known that the countries enjoy not only presidential and folk friendship. Not only the Kremlin and the Palace of Independence but also regions of Belarus and Russia are engaged in mutual trade. The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions took place in Minsk this time. The previous one was in Sochi. The weather in Minsk was fine, which delegates from the sunny Siberian Khakassia immediately noted. What other good things about Belarus did the high-ranking guests from Russia say? Let's turn over the “
"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State?
A cup of tea really unites people. How are Belarusians and Russians united by the Union State? Our correspondent Yulia Beshanova will tell us about Russians' life in Belarus, their impressions and aspirations.
Yulia Beshanova, correspondent: All Slavic peoples love birch. It is actually an unofficial symbol of Russia and Belarus. For the past 25 years, the countries have been building the Union State. This is a common territory on which, like in this birch grove, you feel like home on both sides of the border.
Victory Day 2016: Ceremony near Victory Obelisk in Minsk
Belarus is celebrating the holiday of nationwide pride and glory. May 9 is one of the most revered dates in our history. During the years of World War II every third inhabitant of Belarus was killed. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression.
Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk
On April 23, bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic countries, and from Western Europe gathered to open motorcycle season 2016. A grand parade from the Mound of Glory to the Sports Palace opened the season in Minsk. A concert program was organized near the palace.
Bikers:I discovered Belarus two years ago and come here every season. It’s awesome!
I’ve brought bikers from Finland to Minsk for the first time. They are stunned!
Motorway service in Belarus: what do Belarusian highways lack?
A plan for the development of motorway service until 2020 has been created in Belarus. It covers all the regions, and special attention is paid to national roads. The topic of service industry was raised during the meeting of the Belarus government on April 12. Transport workers will have to create decent conditions for obtaining necessary services.
Minsk then and now: what famous people think about city
Minsk was first mentioned in The Chronicle on March 3, 1067, in the narrative of the battle on Nemiga. And now, the capital of Belarus is really a world-famous city, with its popularity growing.
Peter von Balloos, tourist (Switzerland):Yes, I'm a Prince, but I lost my castle somewhere in Switzerland. However, I found my own castle in Belarus. They are all here!
Pierre Richard in Minsk with solo performance Pierre Richard III
"The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe". Pierre Richard has come to Minsk. The famous Frenchman will present to the Belarusian public the solo performance Pierre Richard III. These are unique memories of the actor about the shooting of movies in which he participated. Among them are "Toy", "Unlucky", "The Umbrella Coup" and many others.
Minsk among top 100 cities with best hotels
Towards the tourist Olympus. According to one of authoritative international online services, Minsk got in the top 100 cities with the best hotels. The capital of Belarus took 49th place.
The Turkish town of Goreme was called the leader. The drafters of the rating took into account the feedback of millions of tourists on more than 200 booking sites. They analyzed not only the comfort and cleanliness of rooms and a convenient location, but also the work of the staff and the quality of food.
Parade of planets to be seen from Belarus January 20
The parade of planets will be seen today, January 20, in Belarus. The five brightest planets visible to the naked eye will form a single line.
The unique phenomenon, which was last seen 10 years ago, can be observed during about 30 days. The only thing that can prevent you from seeing it is bad weather or deep sleep.
Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk to kick off 4 January
Guests and participants of the Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus were flocking to Minsk yesterday gearing up for what is dubbed the unofficial world championship, which is about to start on January 4.
The tournament generally features veteran ice hockey players. Some are true record breakers: Edward plans to become the champion of the tournament at the age of 83!
Nigel Short: Belarus can call itself a country with chess culture
Today's guest of the TV program Week on the CTV is Nigel Short, who came to Minsk this week for the European Championship in Rapid Chess. At age 19, he became the youngest grandmaster in history and today one of the strongest players in the world. Our correspondent Yana Shipko talked with Mr Short.
I know little about chess, but I was up all night reading Chess for Dummies. Let's see if that helps me. I know that the whites begin and win. Can I go this way?
Belarusian artists about why they love Minsk
The Belarusian compatriots Tamara Nizhnikova, Gennady Ovsyannikov and Rostislav Yankovsky were awarded the UNESCO’s Victor Hugo medals and the diplomas of the UNESCO’s Director-General.
Unfortunately, Rostislav Yankovsky could not attend the ceremony for health reasons, but the Belarusian opera singer and teacher, Tamara Nizhnikova, and the Soviet and Belarusian theatre and film actor Gennady Ovsyannikov shared their memories about Minsk and work.
Serbians who fell in love with Belarus in TV program Picture of the World
Politics has significant impact on people's lives. After the meetings of presidents new business projects and cultural contacts appear. Those who are already involved in the Belarusian-Serbian relations system do not seem to regret their choice. Our next story is about Serbs who fell in love with Belarus and Belarusians who cannot imagine their life without Serbian national features.
Serbian president ends official visit to Belarus November 21
A turnover of $500 dollars, development of cooperation in the engineering industry, agriculture, construction, wood processing, and more investment projects in the future - such are the tasks set by Belarus and Serbia. The President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, has completed the second official visit to Belarus. A regular political dialogue provides the dynamics of cooperation. It is going to be deepened, reads a joint statement that was signed by the presidents of the two countries immediately after the talks at the Palace of Indep
Listapad film festival 2015: Results and impressions
As many as 184 movies from 60 countries, famous film directors and movie stars participated in the cinema festival Listapad 2015. This is a true eye of pleasure, as the festival motto says! Competitors screened 91 feature films, 70 documentaries and 23 animated cartoons.
Belarus Today: from weak post-Soviet state to respectful nation in the center of Europe
Belarus has in recent years created a number of unique facilities, not only the NPP and made a lot of achievements.
Belarusians remember the 1990s as a period of complete chaos and collapse. They did not even think about the construction of the social, cultural and sports facilities. People were just trying to survive.
Belarus today is a nice and clean (this is the first thing foreigners say), but also a modern, well-maintained, safe and comfortable.
"Quiet, clean, beautiful and great!" What do foreigners think about Minsk?
Day in Minsk in Milan is a kind of European presentation of the European capital. Today, nobody would argue that Minsk is not only not inferior to many European cities, but sometimes looks more advantageous.
And this goes not only to Minsk during celebrations, like the one during this weekend when Minsk is celebrating its 948th birthday. It was 948 years ago when Minsk was first mentioned in "Tale of Bygone Years".
Adventures of Chinese in Belarus: CTV channel organizes tour for guests from China
Some Chinese believe that the best holidays are... in Belarus. The CTV channel has organized a tour of Belarus for two Chinese citizens.
Wang Jia and Li Shen ask to call them simply: Nadia and Lesha (two Russian names). From the first minutes of dialogue, the level of their Russian language surprises us. Both turn out to be experienced translators.
Wang Jia:This is a beautiful country, real nature, people are very hospitable and kind.
30 foreign students come to Minsk to study Belarusian language
However, now they still have a slight accent. Some 30 foreigners from Japan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and other countries have come to Belarus to learn our native language.
The architecture of the postwar period is what attracts Adam, one of the students from the Czech Republic.
Eurasian friendship express makes two-hour stopover in Brest
The Eurasian friendship express made a two-hour stopover in Brest. The train is on its way from South Korea to Germany.
Among the 200 passengers are businessmen, politicians, journalists, scientists and cultural figures. Over 20 days they will cover 14 thousand kilometers and cross the borders of five countries.
This is the guests' only stop in Belarus but they say that even a brief acquaintance with the country was enough to form a general impression.
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus
The protagonists of our next report arrived in Belarus for seemingly trivial things, like peace of mind, the opportunity to learn and work. The true value of these things in all colors opens only when they disappear.
Alisa is going to the university for the first time. The college student at the University of Luhansk had not planned to change the university but in the spring of 2014 mines began to explode in the streets of her hometown.
Depardieu tastes Belarusian cuisine, says likes Belarusian women
Gerard Depardieu continues his visit to Belarus. French actor today laid flowers at the Mound of Glory, as well as visited the agro-town "Azeritsky-Agro" in the Smolevichi district, Minsk region.
"Depardieu is a unique person, a unique actor. And his main unique feature lies in the fact that the global movie star is interested in agriculture in our country. This is one of the main objectives of his visit to Belarus," Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in France Pavel Latushko commented on Depardieu's visit.
Gerard Depardieu comes to Belarus to explore its culture and traditions
The famous actor and director Gerard Depardieu came to Minsk on July 21 evening. However, the star is popular not only because of vivid and memorable roles. Depardieu is known also as a successful winemaker and restaurateur.
Gerard Depardieu:I heard much about Belarus, I know that the country has a long history. And so I decided to see it myself. I'm also interested in Belarus as an agricultural country with great potential. I believe that those who are linked to the land and farming are the best people.
Pop stars about 2015 Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk
The Belarus President talked about peace at the closing ceremony of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk last week. Many events of the International Arts Festival were almost sell-outs. Slavic Bazaar is getting louder and bigger every year. In 2015, it brought together performers from 42 countries.
Here's the footage from the 2015 edition of the festival. The audience is waiting for new Russian pop idol - Egor KReeD.
I International Trade Union Youth Forum held in Belarus
Belarus is hosting the I International Youth Trade Union Forum. It brings together more than 100 participants from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Cyprus. The program includes meetings with businessmen, mass media and the arts.
The 1st International Trade Union Youth Forum organizers decided to start not with the official opening ceremony but with a historical perspective. The participants laid flowers at the "Barrow of Glory" - one of the symbols of the Great Victory.
Vitebsk says goodbye to Slavonic Bazaar 2015
Despite the official closure of the arts forum, which took place the day before in the city on the Dvina, Vitebsk still lived music 14 July. The organizers summed up the results of the "Slavic Bazaar" festival.
This Norwegian with Belarusian roots visits Vitebsk not only for work but also for impressions. The capital of "Slavonic Bazaar" for Alexander Rybak is not only the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, but home where he is loved and awaited by fans.
Alexander Lukashenko calls Slavic Bazaar a global scale festival
The international arts festival Slavic Bazaar started last week in Vitebsk. In 2015, it is attended by a record number of participants - from 42 countries. Contrary to its name the festival hosts artists not only from Slavic states, but also from Kazakhstan, Brazil, the UK, France, Norway, and Sweden.
As many as 21 artists competed at the international song contest for the grand prize - 20 thousand dollars.
In the Year of Youth, support to young artists is particularly relevant.
Why does Belarus attract Chinese?
Belarus is becoming more and more attractive to Chinese tourists. In 2014, more than 10,000 Chinese people visited Belarus. Our citizens have become regular guests in Beijing as well.
Anastasia Soroka:There is a very well-known proverb in the Chinese language that stands for “If you have not been on the Chinese wall, you're not a Chinese”.
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.
Participants of Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championship about Minsk
The Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships starts in Minsk on May 1. In 2015, it brings together over 200 athletes from 37 countries.
All gymnasts have already arrived in Minsk. On April 30, moving away from a busy schedule, the girls went on a tour of Minsk.
Sofia from Latvia is rehearsing right in the center of the Belarusian capital.
IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon 2015 in Raubichi: Opinions of biathletes from Brazil, Italy and USA
The IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon 2015 is underway in Raubichi near Minsk. It is being held brilliantly, not only from the point of view of the organizers. Belarusian athletes pleased their fans with first successful peforrmances. And many foreign participants are simply discovering Belarus. Tatiana Revisore reports.
They are determined at the start and do not give up even after the finish line. They remain icy calm at the shooting range and do not hide emotions of a warm welcome.
Junior biathlete from France: Belarus has an excellent track, better than that in Austria!
On February 17, the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon 2015 officially open in Belarus' Raubichi.
More than 600 athletes from 37 countries have already arrived in Minsk. This is the first time Belarus has hosted a competition of such a high level.
On the eve of the official start, shooting skiers shared first impressions.
Teams from Austria, Germany, Sweden and Canada landed in the Belarusian capital on February 15. Young athletes were preparing intensively for the races.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Players' spare time
Not only matches and trainings filled the schedule of participants of the tournament. It also included a tour of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, visiting Komarovka and other formal and informal meetings and events.
Minsk walking tours are already outdated for guests of the Christmas Tournament. This year it's the 11th unofficial world championship, and many players know our capital better than native citizens. Minsk is almost like a second home for the participants.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: How playes spend free time
Hockey players from Latvia saw the sights of the city and shared their impressions.
Dmitry Iskrov, hockey player from Latvia:It's very impressive. It’s clean and beautiful everywhere. I got very strong impressions. Everything is more fundamental and extensive.
Hockey players visited Red Church and even put candles. After this religious place the athletes went to a secular place - to the mall for shopping. For example, Sergey Kuznetsov spent ten minutes choosing souvenirs.