Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Folk festival to be held in Gomel Oblast in late August

GOMEL, 20 August (BelTA) - The second festival of ethnic and cultural traditions Zov Polesia (The Call of Polesye) will be held in the Lyaskovichi agro town, Petrikov District, Gomel Oblast, on 24-25 August, BelTA learnt from Olga Antonenko, the First Deputy Chief of the Culture Department of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee.

Mogilev to host Animayevka film festival in September

MINSK, 16 August (BelTA) – The International Animated Film Festival Animayevka 2012 will take place in Mogilev on 10-15 September, BelTA learnt from the Mogilev company Kinovideoprokat.

Glubokoye gearing up to host Belarusian Written Language Day

VITEBSK, 10 August (BelTA) - About a hundred facilities in the town of Glubokoye and Glubokoye District will undergo a facelift in the run-up to the Belarusian Written Language Day, BelTA learnt from Deputy Chairperson of the Glubokoye District Executive Committee, Galina Unukovich.

Marc Chagall’s aquatints as gift for National Art Museum of Belarus

MINSK, 23 July (BelTA) – Two aquatints of Marc Chagall will be gifted to the National Art Museum of Belarus on 24 July at a solemn event dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the internationally recognized painter’s birthday, representatives of the museum told BelTA.

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