MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) - A week-long internship will let its participants plunge into the atmosphere of our country, its beautiful cultural world and learn a lot of interesting things, Belarusian Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich said as he met with the Belarusian diaspora in the Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War, BelTA has learned.
“Today is marked by the fact that Belarusians living abroad are on a visit to our country, and this tradition has its roots. Such events have been taking place since 2016, and the ministry supports this initiative. During such meetings we compare our notes and see what cultural developments we have. Our Belarusian colleagues gladly respond to the offer to participate in the internship events, and we do not limit ourselves to the cultural institutions of the Belarusian capital. This program helps us to look into cultural processes that take place in Belarusian regions. I am sure that our colleagues will once again see Belarusian hospitality and adopt our best practices to apply in places they live now,” said Anatoly Markevich.
According to the culture minister, Belarusians have a lot to share and talk about: “It is important that such events mean cultural diplomacy. Today there is a lot of information that does not reflect reality, has a fake component. We counteract these approaches in different ways, but when we meet in person, people can see and appreciate the life of Belarusians. I am convinced that this is the best way to convey truthful and fair information. We hope that our colleagues will see the best of our country. They will convey it objectively and fairly to the people of their countries. A week-long internship will let its participants plunge into the atmosphere our country live in, into its beautiful cultural world and learn a lot of interesting things.”
“Belarusians are people with a mark of quality, who know how to work, relax, give joy, good mood to those around them. We have very deep roots and a great history. We are proud of our cultural heritage, and it is important that we are open to the world. Guests who come here with good intentions are always welcome. Events like these bring our people together. They help us find the right way out in the most difficult situation, draw the conclusion that will not allow us to turn our eyes away from each other when we meet. Belarus is a wonderful place where we want to work, share experiences, and we are absolutely open to such a conversation,” Anatoly Markevich said.
The culture minister presented awards to active representatives of the Belarusian diaspora.
The creative internship for the leaders of amateur artistic groups and public organizations of the Belarusian diaspora kicked off on 4 April. It is attended by 28 people from Estonia, Ukraine, Argentina, Latvia, Armenia, Lithuania, Jordan and other countries.
The Center of National Cultures has been organizing creative internships since 2016. These events are used to study Belarusian traditions, rituals, songs, dances, hold master classes in arts and crafts. All this helps popularize Belarusian culture abroad.