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Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century: 4th Conference and Annual Lecture

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:44

The 4th Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century will take place 29-30 March 2019 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and at Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum in London.

To view a provisional programme of this year’s conference, please click here. The annual London conference on Belarusian Studies will follow three main conference panels.

This year, the Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies will be delivered at 6 pm on 29 March 2019 by Anaïs Marin (France), Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus. The topic of the lecture is Belarusian nationalism in the 2010s, a case of anti-colonialism? Origins, features and outcomes of ongoing ‘Soft Belarusianisation.’

A wine reception sponsored by the Anglo-Belarusian Society will follow the event.

Prior registration is essential. To register for the event please click here.

65th Anniversary of the ANglo-Belarusian Society Celebration and Concert of Zmicier Vaiciushkevich

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 07:28

The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join a celebration of its 65th Anniversary, organised with the participation of the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain.

On Saturday, 16 March 2019 an Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will be held at 2pm at 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RR and will be followed by the special guest appearance of a well-known musician and singer Zmicier Vaiciushkevich.

The concert will start at 3:30 pm and will be followed by refreshments. 
The suggested minimum donation for ABS members – £5, for non-members – £10 (cash only).

More information and updates on Facebook.

Mother Language Day Celebration 2019 with Uladzimir Arlou

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:08

The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join our annual Mother Language Day celebration organised with the participation of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.

The event was inaugurated by the late Vera Rich to mark UNESCO Mother Language Day and involves poetry reading in all languages particularly Belarusian and English.

The celebration takes place on Saturday, 23rd February 2019 at 3 pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS).

Read your favourite poem – works of modern poets or old favourites of your choice in Belarusian, English, Scots etc (no need to learn by heart!). Children are very welcome to participate.

Prominent Belarusian writer/poet Uladzimir Arlou and poetess Valiantsina Aksak will be awarding prizes for the top three poetry readings.

At 4 pm it will be followed by a presentation of the English edition of Uladzimir Arlou’s richly illustrated book “The Grand Duchy of Lithuania” translated by Jim Dingley.

Both the author and the translator will be present to discuss the book and to answer your questions.

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.


Kaliady and Batlejka in London – Saturday, 22 December 2018

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:35

Batlejka in London. Photo: Kastus Lashkevich

All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the traditional Kaliady (Christmas) celebration organised by the Anglo-Belarusian Society on Saturday 20 December 2014, 2pm at St Cyril’s Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY).

There will be the traditional, well-loved Batlejka (Belarusian Christmas puppet show) led by Paval Šaǔcoǔ. This will be followed by a short theatrical Nativity play with participation of the children attending St Cyril’s Sunday School.

Saint Nicholas will be giving out presents, so please, if you are coming with children, make sure to have a present prepared for each child and hand it over to Paval before the performance.

All willing will have an opportunity to sing Belarusian and English carols.

There is no charge for this event; a collection will be made to cover expenses and for the benefit of the Anglo-Belarusian Society and St Cyril’s Sunday School.

All offers of traditional seasonal food and drink – both Belarusian and English – will be gratefully received.

Please note that the venue is Marian House, on the corner of Holden Avenue and Holden Road (across the road from 39 Holden Rd). Nearest tube station: Woodside Park (Northern Line).