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.

Kazakhstani Culture Days open in Belarus

MINSK, 7 October (BelTA) – Belarus is hosting Kazakhstani Culture Days on 7-9 October, BelTA has learnt.

The official delegation of Kazakhstan will comprise Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed, Vice Minister of Culture and Information Askar Buribayev, Director of the Department of the Minister of Culture and Information Askar Smagulov, People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roza Rymbayeva.

A gala concert with the participation of Kazakhstani figures of art will take place at the Belarusian State Academic Theater of Music on 8 October. The concert will feature Roza Rymbayeva, Akku dance company, Sazgen Sazy folk ensemble, Ulytau folk metal band, an ensemble of dombrists Serper, as well as Honored Artists of Kazakhstan Jamilya Jarkimbayeva and Bibigul Zhanuzak.

An official meeting between Culture Minister of Belarus Boris Svetlov and Minister of Culture of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed will be held as part of the Culture Days, where the parties are expected to discuss further prospects of cooperation between the two countries.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006