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.

Gomel Oblast to host Slavonic Literature Dozhinki 2-4 September
The 10th international festival Slavonic Literature Dozhinki will take place in Gomel Oblast on 2-4 September, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee. Among the invitees are members of the Union of Writers of Belarus, the International Union of Writers, and art figures of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The festival will mark the Day of Belarusian Written Language which is hosted by Gomel Oblast this year. The program of the forum will feature events in Gomel and Rogachev.
The festival will open with an exhibition dedicated to the life of People’s Writer of Belarus, playwright Andrei Makayenok who was born in Rogachev District. An evening of Slavonic culture will present literature stands and a trade fair of books of Gomel authors and guests of the festival. The first day of the festival will also include a literature and music event with the participation of a delegation of writers and authors of the people’s amateur association Art Cafe on Irininskaya.
On the second day of the festival writers from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will arrive in Rogachev to take part in a number of events timed to the Day of Belarusian Written Language. The main themes of the celebrations on 4 September will be the Year of Culture, the country’s preparations to mark the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing and also birthdays of Zmitrok Byadulya, Kondrat Krapiva, Maksim Bogdanovich, Ivan Melezh and Ivan Shamyakin.
The Slavonic Literature Dozhinki, first held in Gomel in 2007, is one of the main events of the cultural life of the region. The number of forum participants increases every year. The forum aims at revealing, supporting and developing young writers, popularizing the Belarusian literature, exchanging experience with Russian and Ukrainian writers.
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