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.

Days of Culture of Belarus in Lithuania expand intercultural dialogue between nations, Drazhin says

VILNIUS, 31 October (BelTA) – The Days of Culture of the Republic of Belarus in Lithuania concluded with The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus.

The two neighboring nations made one more step towards each other, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Lithuania Vladimir Drazhin told BelTA when commenting on the event.

“The Days of Culture of Belarus always get a warm welcome in Lithuania. Once again we brought our best teams, our national assets. We are happy that in Lithuania they are welcomed with a genuine interest. Getting familiar with the culture of the neighboring countries is an opportunity to get to know each other better, to better understand the historical ties that unite our peoples. Of course, these Days of Culture contributed further to an intercultural dialogue between our countries,” Vladimir Drazhin said.

The ballet by the Belarusian theater was sold out in Lithuania back in August, long before the Days of Culture. The performance was a great success, and got standing ovations from the Lithuanian audience.

The Belarusian Days of Culture in Lithuania are held traditionally in autumn. In September-October this year the Lithuanian audience saw plays by the Mogilev Drama Theater, the Belarusian State Academic Music Theater, a concert of the State Symphony Orchestra of Belarus as well as the 17th Belarusian Song Feast which included a concert of Irina Dorofeyeva and the Belarusian group Kupalinka.

Belarusian artists also performed in Kaunas, Visaginas, Anyksciai and Klaipeda. The Days of Culture events were attended by political and cultural figures of Lithuania, ambassadors of Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, China, Japan, Ireland, Turkey, Kazakhstan to Lithuania, diplomats from the CIS and EU, Lithuanian creative intellectuals, representatives of the national and cultural civil associations and the Belarusian diaspora, and WWII veterans.

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