MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – The National Library is a repository of cultural and historical heritage of the Belarusian people, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the solemn event to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Library of Belarus on 3 November, BelTA has learned.
The 100th anniversary of the foundation of the National Library of Belarus was included in the UNESCO list of anniversaries in 2022-2023. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Culture Ministry and the National Library.
Vladimir Makei chairs the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO. He spoke highly of the efforts of the National Library to promote international humanitarian cooperation.
The foreign minister emphasized the unique character of the National Library of Belarus. He noted that it is a repository of knowledge, cultural and historical heritage of the Belarusian people. The diplomat pointed out that it is symbolic that the library's anniversary events took place in the Year of Historical Memory.
Vladimir Makei presented diplomas of the National Commission for UNESCO to employees of the National Library for their services to the preservation of the Belarusian cultural and documentary heritage.
Belarus' Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich and Deputy Director General of the National Library Viktor Pshibytko also delivered a welcoming speech.
The event was attended by diplomats, members of the National Commission for UNESCO, representatives of the creative intelligentsia.
Participants of the events could also see the exhibition “The National Library of Belarus: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” that featured archive photographs and artworks by famous Belarusian photographers.
A team of teachers from the Belarusian State Academy of Music performed at the event.