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.

Minsk to host international theater festival TEART 2013 in autumn

MINSK, 26 June (BelTA) - The international theater art forum TEART 2013 will be held in Minsk from 28 September to 21 October, BelTA learnt from the organizers of the event.

The present concept of the theater forum combines two postulates: traditions and experiment. The TEART forum will be divided into three sections, the Belarusian, the Russian and the international one, the latter featuring the major and famous productions from France, Poland, Israel, Latvia, Germany and Hungary.

Belarus will present five pioneering productions: “PATRIS” by directors Sergei Antselevich, Dmitry Bogoslavsky and Viktor Krasovsky, “Short-timed” by Konstantin Steshik, “A Sad Hockey Player” by Pavel Pryazhko, “Quiet Rustle of Retreating Footsteps ” by Dmitry Bogoslavsky and “Repair” by the InZhest Theater. The performances focus on the topics of family, Motherland, love and responsibility.

Apart from celebrated performances TEART 2013 will feature discussions and roundtable meetings involving Belarusian and foreign experts. The pundits will touch upon the pressing issues of the development of modern-day theater and cooperation between culture and business community.

The forum is organized by the Center of Visual and Performer Arts Center Art Corporation and OAO Belgazprombank with the assistance of the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.

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