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.

Young talents from Belarus, Russia attending workshops in Moscow

Young talents from Belarus and Russia are taking part in workshops organized at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, BelTA learned from the Permanent Committee of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

The workshops are held by famous musicians and best teachers from Moscow universities of music and art. The young participants of the project practice playing the piano, violin, cello, bass, saxophone, trumpet, and drums, sing jazz and improve their drawing skills.

Partaking in the project are young talents aged between 10 and 20 from different regions of Belarus and Russia. They came to Moscow with their teachers who will gather on 21 August to discuss the common issues of art education and to share teaching techniques and methods.

The participants of the workshops will give two concerts on 21 and 22 August.


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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006