The organizing committee for celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing is led by Information Minister Lilia Ananich and Culture Minister Boris Svetlov. Some 60 events will be held to mark the anniversary.
The delegation of Belarusian book printers did not only present new books to visitors of the Paris Book Fair but also donated some of the publications to the Paris-based National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO).
INALCO representatives spoke highly of the collection of Belarusian books. They noted it will help their students study Belarusian, which is taught in INALCO in addition to 94 other languages. Pierre-Frederic Garrett added that ten French first-year students have started studying Belarusian in INALCO this year.
A literary soiree dedicated to Maxim Bogdanovich's art took place in the cafe Cosmico in Madrid, Spain on 18 March. Representatives of the Belarusian diaspora and Spanish intellectuals, who are interested in Belarusian culture, took part in the event.
In Belarus there is a museum that is a must-visit in 2017 when the country celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing. This is the only museum of Belarusian book printing located in Polotsk.
Igor Petrishenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia, noted that the Belarusian language is one of the oldest languages among the Slavic ones and that the language culture of Belarusians is unique and very rich.