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Mother Language Day – Saturday, 11 March

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:15

The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join our annual Mother Language Day celebration organised with the participation of the Belarusian Sunday School and 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, 11th March 2017 from 3pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS).


3-4pm – Children’s section. Short poems, stories, or just chat – whatever they would like to do to show off their Belarusian. All children are welcome to participate whether part of the Belarusian school or not and there will be small gifts for all who read.

4 pm – Adults’ section. 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!).

Refreshments will be provided throughout. Contributions of food and drink are very welcome.

Entry to the event is free for ABS Members and in order to help cover costs, non-members will be asked to contribute £5.

The Second Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies (25 February 2017)

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 10:01

UCL Institute of Education, the conference venue

On Saturday 25 February the Second Annual Conference on Belarusian Studies will take place at the University College London.

It is organised by the UCL School of Slavic and Eastern European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Belarusian Francis Skaryna Library and Museum.

The speakers from Belarus, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, the United States and other countries will come to London to present and discuss Belarus-related research. This full-day conference which will take place at the UCL close to Russell Square Station.

The panels will cover Skaryna’s work & legacy, problems of Belarusian national identity, foreign policy of Belarus & comparative politics, social & political movements, language and literature. Selected papers from the conference will be published in the Journal of Belarusian Studies

The main conference will be followed by the Annual Lecture on Belarusian Studies delivered by Dr Ales Susha, Deputy Director of the National Library of Belarus, Chairman of the International Association of Belarusian Language and Culture Specialists.

All those who are neither conference moderators nor speakers who wish to attend the conference must register online as guests. Guests will be encouraged to make a small donation of £5-10 to help offset the costs of the event.