Explore Belarusian Culture

In this section, you will find articles on well-known people and places from the Belarusian cultural scene, as well as interesting facts about the past and present Belarus that remain unknown to the Western audience.

Mon, 2012-02-27 13:32

http://yaroslavova.ru/images/news/2010/12/14/05.jpghttp://www.kurorttuapse.ru/reg/catalog/belrus/photo/12.jpgBy Olga Loginova, New York

The city of artists and cathedrals, sometimes referred to as the Paris of the East, and Toledo of the North, Vitsebsk is doomed to conquer the hearts and souls of its residents and guests. No other Belarusian city has seen so many Princes, Emperors and artists passing by than Vitsebsk. This is where Napoleon proclaimed the end of the 1812 Campaign; this is where church bells were punished for the wrongdoing of the citizens; this is the City that has become the stronghold of Belarusian culture and traditions.

Mon, 2011-10-24 11:54

By Olga Loginova, New York
Photo by Alena Lis

It appeared that the thick layers of snow covered more than just gardens and flower beds. Viktar took out a heavy leather purse and opened it, revealing old foreign coins. The whole place had been built on the treasures hidden in the ground by the people living here centuries before. The answer to the question where on Earth Belarusian peasants got all this money from waited for us in Rakaw.  And this is how our travel in time began.

Mon, 2011-09-19 12:37

By Olga Loginova, New York
Photos by Alena Lis

A few words from the author:
What can be more fascinating for an adventurous soul than picturesque ruins, haunted by the secrets of the distant past? Perhaps, each nation has its own legendary ruins, or even better, castles, palaces and caves that inspire poets and artists, and attract tourists and cash to the country. Belarus is no exception. Although little could have survived the two World Wars and 70 years of the Soviet Union, our Castles, or what is left of them, can also tell their fascinating stories to a curious traveller.

Mon, 2011-06-27 12:18

A cup of coffee, a bagel, and a newspaper with crisp, freshly printed pages - that’s an ideal for me that, while reading online newspapers in the baking summer heat of my Minsk apartment, seems almost unattainable. Reading the morning press lately, I have been delighted to realise that after years of neglect, Belarus, and Minsk as its capital, has become famous at last. I cannot say that the publicity my City received was the best kind, but as you know something is better than nothing. At least now people know where we are situated, and after all the historic innuendos and literary parallels so lavishly used by journalists, many of us expect an avalanche of tourists wishing to check out the Soviet-like reality of the city situated in the centre of Europe (Which is exactly what our authorities have  always strived for).

Fri, 2011-05-27 16:00

http://pakutniki.narod.ru/images/garecki1.jpgMaksim Harecki deciphered of the enigmatic Belarusian national character.

Isn’t there something mysterious about Belarus and its people? On the one hand, this is undoubtedly an ancient culture which bears clear signs of Indo-European roots. On the other, for most outsiders the country seems to have come out of nowhere, filling a void marshland territory between Russia and Poland. The history of Belarus is an impenetrable labyrinth of changing names and conflicting historical ideas. Today, the country is deeply divided across various lines; yet, still, something holds its people together. Belarusians seem to have an ability to combine the incompatible with genuine ease. They want to unite with Russia and join the EU at the same time. They deplore their authoritarian ruler but still are not ready to trade him for someone else. They have managed to live on the most dangerous crossroads of Europe for centuries without sticking out much.

Fri, 2011-05-27 16:00

Marc ChagallBy Maryna Rakhlei

He was a French citizen, born in the Russian Empire in the city which is now part of independent Belarus. Any country would be honoured to have Marc Chagall as his native son, but this Jewish artist was born in Vitsebsk. He lived almost for a hundred years; he never stayed long in the same place but always returned to the subject of his hometown, celebrating it in his masterpieces. "Paris, you're my second Vitsebsk!"

Tue, 2011-04-05 11:46
3 –17 FEBRUARY 2011

By six talented artists
Natalya Zaloznaya, Igor Tishin( Republic of Belarus)
Eugenia Jaeger, Marat Bekeev(Republic of Kazakhstan)
Nina Stoupina, Valery Konevin(Russian Federation)
Fri, 2010-12-03 18:10

Olga Korbut“Here one could learn more about Belarus", says a link on the website of Olga Korbut  (Volha Korbut) - a famous Soviet gymnast who grew up and started her breathtaking career in the Belarusian city of Hrodna. Also known as the Sparrow from Minsk, Korbut, with her persistence and excellence in technical skills, helped publicizing gymnastics worldwide and contributed to a marked change in the tenor of the sport itself. Her touching openness brought closer Cold War enemies - the USSR and the USA - in sports and politics. In that way, in a dispute, the truth was born, and with it, friendship. And that sounds like a very Belarusian way.

Thu, 2010-12-02 18:17

Vaĺancin Akudovič is wearing a cord jacket, solid-looking glasses, and a silver-haired beard. He enjoys books, hiking, coffee, and does not shy away from something stronger once in a while. As he addresses the public in his soft voice, there is hardly anyone in the audience who would doubt that the gifted speaker is made of flesh and bone. Nevertheless, Vaĺancin Akudovič does not exist.
At least, so he claims.

Tue, 2010-11-09 11:43

At first, photography in Belarus, as elsewhere in the world, remained the domain of well-off and technology-savvy amateurs. However, the photographic process gradually became less complicated and costly. As a result, on the verge of the 19th and 20th centuries not only rich aristocrats but also some relatively well-to-do city dwellers could already afford to open their own photographic studios. For them, it was a new way to make business. Rather than entertaining themselves with photography, they lived from it. Most members of this newly-emerged “guild” of photographic craftsmen never crossed the boundaries of handicraft. Some, however, developed into fully-fledged artists. Moses Nappelbaum, sometimes called Rembrandt of the Soviet photography, is one of them.