MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) - An exhibition to mark Day of People's Unity has opened at the Palace of Independence of Belarus, BelTA has learned.
An exhibition of arts and crafts of cultural institutions of Minsk and all Belarusian regions has opened in the Hall of Official Ceremonies. The Belt of Unity thematic platform has showcased traditional art culture of Belarus. These are numerous products of folk crafts, including pottery, vine weaving, woven national clothing with embroidery, batleika, iconography and many more.
Each item on display is unique and reflects the historical and cultural heritage of the region where it was made. The idea of the exhibition is to transform traditional types of folk arts and crafts into modern ones.
Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich emphasized that without the past there is no future. “We are united by a great history. Each cultural worker makes his or her contribution so that the achievements, which our state is proud of, could be presented to all citizens of our country. We are proud that the Belt of Unity exhibition opens today in this wonderful place, the Palace of Independence,” the minister said.
He stressed that artisans glorify the history of the country. The work of each region has its own distinctive features. “We see that this work is necessitated by our people, very important to them. Of course, we do out best to support crafts financially. Although today we can see that crafts can make money. Every exhibition is a trade show,” Anatoly Markevich said stressing that folk crafts have recently become popular, including among young people, and these products are in high demand.
The exhibition gives the opportunity to touch the heritage of the Belarusian people, their roots, the culture minister said at the opening ceremony.
According to Chairman of the public association Belarusian Union of Artists Gleb Otchik, art unites people and regions of the country. He called the exhibition very expressive and vivid. He also expressed hope that it would be the first step towards a museum of arts and crafts in Belarus.
Chairwoman of the Special Presidential Fund for the Support of Talented Youth, Rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Music Ekaterina Dulova said that the Belt of Unity means everything that connects people who cherish their land and culture. “It unites traditions that cannot be overestimated. It is a special source of pride that our exhibition is accompanied by music. We hear the Belarusian folk instruments, the culture that was born from the depths of folk art. I mean the professional culture when our instruments are able to perform a very complicated score. I am proud that some of our talented young people are doing it today. Songs and folk dances are the soul of the people,” she said.