Abu Dhabi Hosts Cultural Week of Belarus

WAM Abu Dhabi, 20th Sept. 2010 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will host the Cultural Week of the Republic of Belarus in Abu Dhabi, which will take place in the Emirates Palace between 22-29 of September, 2010.

Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazroui, Adviser for Culture and Heritage Affairs at the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General of ADACH, said in a statement on this occasion that the capital Abu Dhabi is working to support the efforts of openness and cultural knowledge, strengthening the foundations of mutual respect between people and establishing a new pattern of international relations based on tolerance, understanding and intercultural dialogue.

On his part, Aleksandr Semeshko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the UAE, said that this event will help to closer understand both countries, their people, traditions and values.

"Although the twentieth century brought many challenges to the peaceful coexistence in many parts of the world, Belarus is in many senses a culture of tolerance. There are now about 120,000 Muslims, including people from the former Soviet republics and about 1,500 Arab students, in Belarus. The richness and blend of the culture reflects the complexity of ethnic interactions that have been taking place in this region for hundreds of years. Origination and development of Islamic culture in Belarus portrayed in a special book "Belarus and Muslim world" published these days in Belarus." He noted.

Semeshko added "The origins of Belarusian literature may be traced to the times of The Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Its formative period was during the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and culminated in the sixteenth century when Francisk Skaryna, a publisher, humanist, scientist, and writer, published the first book "the Bible" in Belarusian. The Old Belarusian language was also the official language of that state as stipulated by the provisions of the wording of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Statutes.

Belarusian music shows strong folk and religious influences. Folk influences still inspire many Belarusian composers, and there are many folk music festivals and competitions held annually. Attendants will enjoy a dance performance by the popular folklore ensemble "Khoroshki" as well as by concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Young Talents of the Republican Musical College." The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus, which is well-known and admired internationally with a special ballet performance "Romeo and Juliette" will be presented during the event. In addition to that, modern art works of the Belarusian painters will also be presented during the Cultural Week. Painting first developed in Belarus in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, under influence of Byzantine art gave to the world many famous artists. One of them is associated with several key art movements and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, pioneer of modernist - Marc Shagall, who was born near Vitebsk. And finally everybody will be impressed with a unique beauty and richness of the Belarusian nature captured by Belarusian master of photography Sergei Plytkevich." He concluded.


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