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01 July 2022, 17:09

Days of Belarusian Culture underway in China

An archive photo
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MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) – The Days of Belarusian Culture kicked off in the People's Republic of China on 1 July, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Beijing.

It is symbolic that the Days of Belarusian Culture got under way in the run-up to Independence Day of Belarus. They are held online for the first time and will be running until 1 October.

In his greetings Belarus' Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich stressed that this year the Republic of Belarus and the People's Republic of China mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Despite the distance, the two countries constantly find new cooperation opportunities. Cultural contacts between Belarus and China have also intensified in recent years.

“Culture helps build and strengthen friendship and create a fertile ground for closer cooperation in other areas. In fact, Belarus and China have a unique historical path and rich cultural heritage,” Anatoly Markevich said.

In his message of greetings Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China Hu Heping noted that over 30 years of diplomatic relations, Belarus and China have reached the highest level of trust-based comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation under the leadership of Aleksandr Lukashenko and Xi Jinping. The Days of Culture do not only promote cultural contacts, but also help build strong friendly ties between the two nations, serving as an example of mutually beneficial cooperation.

“We will keep expanding cooperation in the field of culture and tourism and jointly build new bridges of friendship and mutual understanding, fill bilateral relations with new content and make a common contribution to building the Community of Common Destiny,” Hu Heping said.

During this year's Days of Belarusian Culture in China, Belarus will show the Spartacus ballet by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater, We Are Belarusians theater and dance program by the Belarusian State Choreographic Ensemble Khoroshki and a concert by the Tsitovich National Academic Folk Choir of the Republic Belarus.

Thanks to online broadcasts on leading Chinese media (CCTV, Tencent, Youku and others), the audience in China will be able to get to know traditional Belarusian culture and see concerts of the best creative teams of Belarus.

The Days of Culture of Belarus and China are one of the important areas of bilateral cooperation. They took place in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

On 20 January 2022, Belarus and China marked the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Over this time the bilateral relations have turned into trust-based all-round strategic partnership. Today, the two countries are consistently moving towards ‘iron brotherhood' and ‘all-weather partnership'.

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