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The programme of XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

The programme of XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures will be held in Grodno from 1st to 3rd of June. 

THE PROGRAMME* of concluding events 

Friday, 01.06 

TYZENHAUS SQUARE 

from 12.00 

«The fair of safety» — the feast for children and adults from State Traffic Patrol Department of the Ministry of National Affairs of Belarus 

YANKA KUPALA GRODNO STATE UNIVERSITY, OZHESHKO STREET, 22
 

14.00 

The seminar «A literary text in original and translation». 

PANORAMA PLATFORM, DARVINA STREET
 

14.00 

«By Grodno eyes», the opening of the panorama platform 

SENATOR HALL, ZAMKOVAYA STREET, 20 

15.00 

«Grodno – the round dance of friends», the opening of the photography exhibition of the photography club «Grodno»; the presentation of the photo album «Grodno – the round dance of friends»; the award ceremony on the results of the Republican competition among journalists and mass media for the best coverage of international and interfaith relations, the international dialog of the Republic of Belarus and the cooperation of compatriots abroad on behalf of the Commissioner for religion and nationalities under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus. 

DAVID OF GRODNO MONUMENT, ZAMKOVAYA STREET 

16.00 

«The famous names of Grodno: David». The opening of the monument for David of Grodno. 

YEFIM KARSKY GRODNO REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY, ZAMKOVAYA STREET, 20 

11.00 

The international conference «The role of international dialog in the society establishment and development». 

16.00 

«The dialog literatures is the dialog of cultures». The round table of writers with participating of the men of letters of different nationalities. 

KOLOZHA PARK 

17.00 

«We welcome new friends in the family». The planting of the new trees on the Friendship Alley. 

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF ST. JOHN (KIRCHE), AKADEMICHESKAYA STREET, 7A 

18.00 

«The pipe organs of the festival». The concert of Michael König organ music (Germany). 

THE HOUSE-MUSEUM OF ELIZA OZHESHKO, E. OZHESHKO STREET, 17
 

17.00 

«The summer ball of Eliza Ozheshko», a dance and literary night. The honored guest is the choir of Belarusian folk wind instruments «Gudy». The educational establishment “The Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts”.   

LENINA SQUARE-SOVETSKAYA SQUARE 

20.00 LENINA SQUARE 

20.30 SOVETSKAYA SQUARE 

«#WELCOME#FRIENDS!», the theatrical procession of national diasporas representatives. 
SOVETSKAYA SQUARE 

21.00 

«The common home is the common way», the grand opening of the concluding events XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures. The gala perfomance of art masters with participation of professional entertainers and diasporas representatives. 

23.00 

Fireworks 

23.05 

«Be together», the concert of the group «Pesnyary» 

00.10 

«On the top of the stars», the concert of the cover band «TENI» 

NEW CASTLE, ZAMKOVAYA STREET 
  
1-2 of June from 23.00 till 03.00 (every 15 minutes) «The Palace of Dreams». The 3d-mapping-show dedicated to the Republican Festival of National Cultures 
  
MOVIE THEATER «RED STAR», SOTSIALISTICHESKAYA, 4
 

From 23.00 

Open Air Cinema: the screening of (inter)national tapes in the foreign language with subtitles 

1-2 of June   

The days of Korean movies 

Saturday, 02.06 

 The exhibition hall «Festivalnaya», TELMANA STREET, 4 

10.00 

«On the pages of the festival», the opening of the museum exhibition, the presentation of the board game «The festival bouquet». 

LENINA SQUARE- J.E. GILIBERT CITY PARK 

10.30 

«The happy hubbub on a summer day», the theatrical procession 

BELARUSIAN COURTYARD. LENINA SQUARE 

 10.55 

«Hug the Belarus together», a flash mob dedicated to the year of the small motherland. 

11.00 

«Welcome, dear in our courtyard!». The opening of the second day of the festival. 

11.30 

«Prinemanskij shores», the concert of art collectives of the Grodno region. 

14.00 

«Belarusian non-stop», the concert of amateur art collectives of the regions of the Republic of Belarus. 

16.00 

«In one family», the concert of the G.I. Tsitovich National Academic Folk Choir of the Republic of Belarus 

17.30 

«I will never forget the song …», the concert of the folk music studio «Millennium» of Grodno city centre of culture and the national symphonic orchestra «Nota Band» led by Julia Omelchenko. 
19.00 

«The round Dance of friends», the concert of the honored collective of the Republic of Belarus.  «State Academic Dance Ensemble of Belarus». 

20.30
 
  
«From Berezovka with love», the concert of honored amateur collective of the Republic of Belarus vocal and instrumental ensemble «Skliary» of JSC «Glassworks ‘Neman'». 

21.30 

«We sing in our language», the concert of student groups. 

22.30 

«Dreams», the concert of the project ‘Mikita’. 

23.30 

«Gravity», the concert of the band ‘Brooklin’ 

From 11.00 

ART-outdoor restaurant; «The corner of the native land», the work of regional courtyards of Belarus 

INTERETHNIC COURTYARD. SOVIETSKAJA SQUARE 

12.00 

«The festival stars», the concert of a competitive review within the framework of the concluding events of XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures. 

14.30 

 «The Cossacks», the concert of musical theater «Rada». 

15.30 
  
«Songs that unite», the concert of the symphonic orchestra of the Grodno Regional Philharmonic led by B.Myagkov. 

17.00 

«The fair of friends and dance songs», the award ceremony of XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures. The honoured guest is the folk group «Rozsutec» (Slovak Republic). 

19.00 

«Colors of the World», the concert of the honored collective of the Republic of Belarus «The ensemble of dance, music and song ‘White Dew'». 

21.00 

«Encourage», the concert of honored artist of the Republic of Belarus Irina Dorofeeva. 

23.00 

«Band’Eros», the concert of the band (Russian Federation). 

12.00 

Art open-air restaurant. 
  
CITY STREETS 

12.00 — 17.00 

«Fun and games of Belarus peoples», the work of national courtyards. 

During the day «Friendly meetings», the work of café-bus, Savetskaya square 

14:00 17:00 

«Master Quest», the game from the art gallery «The Master», Kirova Street, 8 
  
THE CITY OF MASTERS 

Sovetskaya Street and Square, Vilenskaya Street, Tyzengavza Square, J.E. Gilibert Park 
  
During the day 

exhibition and sale of craft items; «Peoples doll», the regional exhibition of arts and crafts; «Open Air Museum» exhibition of the collectors club «Scarab» of Grodno culture center; «The windows of the festival», the 

exhibition of competition drawings; mail courtyard. 

J.E. GILIBERT CITY PARK 

10.45 

«Welcome to the festival,» the opening of a mechanical «The festival diorama». 

11.00 

An animator fair, entertainment and game programs; «Entertainment sunlight», concerts of children’s art collectives of educational institutions of Grodno city. «Beach», the concert of folk choir of the folk song of  Grodno 

State College of Art. «Literary Marathon», the library courtyard. Ethnic sports competitions dedicated to the II European Games, which will be held in Minsk in 2019. 

13.00 

«Native land is my inspiration,» literary marketplace; «Batliejka», the interlude of amateur theater of Grodno State College of Arts, the playground near puppetry. 

23.00 

Open Air Cinema, summer stage 
  
Maxim Bogdanovich Museum, PERVOGO MAYA STREET, 10   

13.00 

International literary evening 
  
Sunday, 03.06 
  
August channel, Grodno region 
  
14.00 

«The wheel of a united country», dance and theatrical procession, the opening of the third day of the festival. 

14.45 

 «Dance kruhavierс», the festive presentation of dance collectives of Grodno Region 

16.00. 
  
«We are different», the concert of art collectives of amateur art of the Grodno district cultural institutions. 

18.00 

«Kupalinka-party style», discotheque. 

19.30 

«Go with the light and come back to us again», the closing ceremony XII Country-wide Festival of National Cultures in Grodno. 

DURING THE DAY 
  

«The August Mix»: the exhibitions of craftsmen; workshops, playgrounds; literary courtyard; the work of courtyards of Grodno region. 

«Phenomena. Facts. Person «, artistic photo plein air. 

«The August banks», the environmental festival – the presentation of estates, game farms, forestries, wine tasting, etc.. 

*The programme can be changed and updated. 

 
Grodnenskaya pravda
 
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The Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa is one of the 34 unusual museums in Belarus

The Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa is one of the 34 unusual museums in Belarus. You can find information about it in the book “The most unusual museums of Belarus” that was published last year in Minsk in the publishing house “Belaruskaya Encyklopedia imya Petrusya Brouki”.

The Squirrel Museum was opened about four years ago in Bolshaya Berestovitsa, the small town situated in Grodno region, 15 km away from the border crossing point to Poland. 50 kilometers separate the town from the famous Belovezhskaya Pushcza, where live rare animals – bison.

Old people say that in the last century there lived many squirrels in Berestovitsa. Not by chance it became a symbol of the town, founded more than 500 years ago.

Today it is possible to make closer acquaintance to the beautiful animal in the Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa. You can see here not only some expositions devoted to the squirrel, but the alive animal in the cage aviary. Stuffed animals, schemes, photos and drawings tell us about distribution area of various kinds of squirrels.

There is a section in the exposition with stuffed animals – the enemies of squirrel.

In the exposition of the museum you can get acquainted with literary works about squirrels.  Works of arts and crafts, postage stamps and banknotes with squirrel`s image are exhibited here. And emblems of the cities in different countries with squirrel`s image you can see in one of the rooms too.

The other two rooms of the museum are devoted to the historical events from the life of the town and its outskirts.

Sergey Khiliuta

 

 

 

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In Grodno met a 20-thousand visa-free tourist

In Grodno met a 20-thousand visa-free tourist

The jubilee guest was a resident of the German city of Oldenburg. 

Andrey Chub together with his wife Irina and daughter Anya have a rest in one of the sanatoriums in Druskininkay in Lithuania. Knowing perfectly about the possibility to stay in Grodno, without visa, family decided not to miss the opportunity. 

 For the first time we visited Grodno last year. And the first impression is imprinted with a bright picture — it’s a very clean city. Before my own departure, I shared my vacation plans with a colleague-native of Germany. He often visited various cities of Belarus and said that the purity and accuracy of the streets is your visit-card. Another point that immediately catches your eye — people are very smartly dressed. This may be a trifle, but it seems that you have a holiday here all the time, — on an excellent Russian Andrei said. 

He was born in Karaganda in Kazakhstan and moved with his parents to Germany 18 years ago. At home the Russian speech always sounded, it didn’t become a barrier and for the spouse Irina comes from Russia. He understands and speaks the first words in Russian and daughter Anya, who is little more than a year and a half. 

— We are often asked today about what kind of attractions we are planning to visit. But, to be honest, we came just to take a walk around and, first of all, to have a rest. It’s nice to hear around Russian speech, to enjoy the scenery of cozy streets and the benevolence of Belarusians, — Irina added. 

During the last visit to Grodno, the family visited the Church of Kolozha and looked in the Farny Church. 

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— Anyutka was only 8 months old, and the walk was not very long. But we will try to make up for lost time today, — Andrei Chub noted with a smile. — We are spontaneous people and aren’t used to planning long walks, but at the travel agency we were given a map where the main sights of the central part of the city are marked. It will become our guide. 

First of all, the family went to the Grodno castles and from the height of the Castle Hill saw Grodno in the palm of your hand. 

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When, on the eve of his arrival in Grodno, Andrei Chub learned that he had a so-called lucky number, and he became a jubilee tourist, he took it as a rally. But the warmth of the reception the family was impressed. The head of the sports and tourism department of the regional executive committee Oleg Andreichik greeted the guests and presented them with souvenirs. And now the reminder of the beauty of Grodno region residents of the German city of Oldenburg will be the publication «Grodno hospitable». The album was prepared by the main regional newspaper «Grodzenskaja pravda» by order of the regional executive committee. 

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— Today, twice as many tourists began to visit our region, using the rules of visa-free entry. Over the same period last year, Grodno and the territory of the Augustow canal were visited by about 11 thousand visa-free tourists, today it is 20 thousand people, — said Oleg Andreichik, the head of the sports and tourism department of the regional executive committee. — This is a significant step forward, although much remains to be done.» We plan to raise the issue of unification of the Brest and Grodno visa-free zones between which today there is a kind of border for tourists in the Berestovitsky district. 

If earlier visa-free tourists used to visit Grodno and the surrounding area as part of organized groups, today the number of those who get acquainted with Grodno attractions on their own increases. The leaders are still guests from Lithuania and Poland. Citizens of Germany — on the fourth place and taking into account the anniversary guest with the Grodno beauties in the visa-free regime have already met 269 people. 

More and more tourists come to Grodno by train — from the beginning of the year there are already about 600. Another 40 guests without a visa have chosen the air way and landed at the Grodno airport. Health tourism is becoming more and more popular — in the sanatoriums «Ozerny», «Zhemchuzhina» and «Neman-72», about 200 foreign guests have already had a rest without a visa since the beginning of the year. 

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The 11th Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

The 11th Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

The unique multi-cultural festival, whose history began in 1996, has turned since then into a calling card of the Belarusian city of Grodno and one of the major cultural and tourist brands of the country. The art forum has no analogues in the world. Every two years, it brings together representatives of ethnic groups from different regions of Belarus and other countries in the «royal» city of Grodno. The main idea remains the same: to preserve the national identity, while strengthening unity and friendship.

On the first summer weekend of 2016, which has been declared the Year of Culture in Belarus, the 11th installment of the Festival of National Cultures brought together some 800 performers representing 37 nations from across the world, including natives of Syria, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the United States… For two days, the historic center of Grodno became a large-scale art venue with national pavilions, artisans, artists’ studios, photo zones, fashion shows with folk costumes, dance classes and, for the first time, a national sports tournament which introduced the guests to national games, from American football to felt boot throwing…

The most interesting events and memorable moments of the 2016 Festival of National Cultures are in our photo-story

 

 

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Retro-Autos aus 8 Ländern fuhren über die Straßen von Minsk

Das internationale Festival der Retro-Autos und Oldtimer „Retro Minsk 2018“ fand a 12. Mai in der belarussischen Hauptstadt statt. Die feierliche Eröffnung begann auf dem Platz der Staatsflagge. Fast 150 Automobil-Legenden aus Belarus, Kasachstan, Litauen, Lettland, Russland, der Ukraine, Estland und Deutschland nahmen an der Parade teil.

Auf dem Freigelände vor dem Ausstellungszentrum „BelEXPO“ wurden folgende Autos ausgestellt: GAZ-12 ZIM (Baujahr 1953), Oldsmobile-98 (1958), Volkswagen Transporter T1 (1963), Mercedes-Benz MB-220 (1963), Pontiac GTO (1966), Chevrolet Impala (1967), Oldsmobile Cutlass (1971), Buick Electra-225 (1973), Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1975), Tscheika GAZ-14 (1985) und andere.