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Choir Recital by The DL Singers

Anglo-Belarusian Society - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:48

The Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to a choir recital by The DL Singers in the beautiful setting of the award-winning Memorial Chapel of St Cyril of Turau at Marian House, Holden Avenue London N12 8HYS on Saturday 4 November 2017, 5pm.

Programme:

Eastern Church songs: 

Otche Nash                              Anton Arensky

Dostoino Yest                          Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Bogoroditsye Dyevo              Sergei Rachmaninov

Western Church songs:

Ave Verum Corpus                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cantique de Jean Racine        Gabriel Fauré

Panis Angelicus                       Cesar Franck

Ave Maria                                Igor Stravinsky

Songs from Guy Picarda’s collection:

 My Heritage                                 poem by Janka Kupala, trans. Vera Rich

Dear Fields of Home                   poem by Jakub Kolas, trans. Guy Picarda

The White Rider                           poem by Maksim Bahdanovič, trans. Vera Rich

Venus Has Risen                          poem by Maksim Bahdanovič, trans. Vera Rich

 

Finale

Locus Iste                                     Anton Bruckner

Refreshments will be served. There will be a collection to cover expenses

(£7 for members, £9 for non-members).

Arms deals, Ostrogorski Forum videos, economic forecasts - Ostrogorski Centre digest

Belarusdigest - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:10
Ostrogorski Forum 2017

In July, analysts at the Ostrogorski Centre discussed arms deals between Belarus and Russia, developments in Belarusian-Ukrainian relations and the smear campaign against Svetlana Alexievich in the Russian media.

We also uploaded video recordings of the Ostrogorski Forum 2017 – a conference on Belarus-EU relations, security, and identity that took place in Minsk in June.

The Belarus Policy database was updated with several economic papers, as well as analyses on human rights and education.

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Why is the West afraid of the West-2017 exercises?

Belarusdigest - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:30
Lukashenka with a Kalashnikov rifle. Source: solnzepodobny.livejournal.com

On 21 July 2017, Alexander Lukashenka visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. After the meeting, Poroshenko stated that he had received guarantees of security and that Ukraine would never be threatened from Belarusian territory.

However, the very same day, Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak voiced a different view: 'Ukraine and the world have a common vision of the possible prospects of the exercises of the Russian Armed Forces. The forthcoming West-2017 exercises are extremely large; they can be used to launch an aggression not only against Ukraine, but against any other country in Europe that shares a common border with Russia.'

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The Belarusian authorities learn to appreciate their country’s statehood

Belarusdigest - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:53
Lukashenka in the national T-shirt 'Vyshyvanka'. Source: svaboda.org

On 1 July, on the eve of Belarus's official Independence day, Alexander Lukashenka highlighted the connection between Belarusians and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This was the first official statement to allude to the historical roots of a sovereign and independent Belarusian state.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the Belarusian authorities have started employing rhetoric which differs starkly from the usual official nationhood discourse. The Belarusian authorities continue balancing between the West and Russia while simultaneously trying to mitigate confrontation with the opposition within the country.

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Belarusians at Home and in the World: “In Solidarity We Trust”

Belarusdigest - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 14:22
Celebration of the Belarusian midsummer holiday Kupalle in Canada, 2017. Photo: Maxim Zinchuk

On 15 – 16 July 2017, Minsk hosted the VII Congress of the Belarusians of the World, gathering over 300 participants. This year's event was remarkably diverse, featuring Belarusian foreign minister Uladzimir Makei and even the former detainees in the White Legion case.

Belarusian Foreign Ministry started displaying interest to the diaspora Belarusians relatively recently. It still struggles to find effective tools to engage the diaspora, as the latter remains critical and distrustful towards the official political regime.

At the same time, young generation of Belarusian expats appears to be emerging as a new dynamic force, extensively using social networks to improve communication and organisation. In March 2017, diaspora activists from all over the world launched a solidarity campaign BY_Help in response to the state brutality during peaceful spring demonstrations.

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