NEWS ARCHIVE: AUGUST 2009

August 28, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Chinese delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council arrives in Minsk for a two-day visit

Sergey Gusachenko reports: Two hours after the landing, the Chinese delegation is due to meet Belarus Prime Minister Sergey Sidorsky. For Belarus, China is a critical trade partner. The main purpose of the visit is to discuss trade and economic cooperation. Over 6 months, Belarus and China have traded to the tune of half a billion dollars. Belarus set up a fairly large commodity distribution network in China with representative offices of BelAZ, MTZ, GomSelMach, Integral and BelarusBank. Also the Chinese delegation will visit socio-cultural infrastructure sites of Minsk, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, and Brest Fortress Memorial Complex.
August 26, 2009 Website "Charter'97" The publicist Valeriy Dranchuk was "deported" from Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The guards of the National Park has ordered to the publicist to be moved from the Park's hotel and to leave the administrative center located in the village of Kamenyuki.

The famous publicist and ecologist Valeriy Dranchuk has arrived that to render informational assistance for the participants of the open-air painting "600-Bialowieza", "Radio Liberty" informs.

The open-air painting is devoted to the 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The Artists Union and the administration of the Brest region are the organizers of the open-air painting. The ecologist had accreditation of the Artists Union for the work.

Valeriy Dranchuk has set out the village of Kamenyuki to photograph Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Coming back he was stopped by the Park's guard and was ordered to leave the National Park.

"The painters have got it as a shock. They think that they work in the paradise place", Valeriy Dranchuk has told.

Let's remind that the critical comment by Valeriy Dranchuk about the course of reconstruction of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has appeared in independent mass-medias last week.

"Belovezhskaya Pushcha "gets dressed" in stone bricks and it is doing it very active. All that can be covered becomes covered. The catering is for the situation when the people will come here not to go on soft small paths and to listen to silence but to visit a restaurant and to hunt, the publicist has declared. - The law on national parks focuses, first of all, on didactics, conservation and educational activity. All things what I saw in Belovezhskaya Pushcha testify that there will be a diamond library of number two there".
August 25, 2009 Website "The Regional Newspaper" For the 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A book exhibition will be opened in the central regional library for the 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha next week

It will be organized in the reading-room. The deputy director of the central regional library Natalia Ocharetova has informed that the mini-exhibition devoted to this date worked since the New Year holidays. However, right now, close to the 600th "birthday" of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the employees of the library have decided to show more books and albums from the library stock. The visitors of the exhibition after the registration can take the favourite literature.

Nadezhda STANKEVICH
August 21, 2009 Website "Virtual Brest" A 600-page photo-album about Belovezhskaya Pushcha will soon be published

A 600-page photo-album devoted to Belovezhskaya Pushcha will soon be published in the publishing house "The P.Browka's Belarusian Encyclopedia".

The quantity of pages is symbolical because the album will be issued by the 600th anniversary since the establishment of the reserved status in the National Park. The publishers promise that this illustrated edition about Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be the most complete and with the texts in Russian, Belarusian and English.

In addition to the modern photographs, historical photo-materials, information, and legend, verses and songs will be in the book. The edition can become both a solid gift and an original guidebook to the Pushcha's history, as well as a souvenir for the tourists. However, the weight of this "souvenir" will make 4.5 kg.
August 21, 2009 Website "Photobelta.by" Photo-news: The international open-air painting is holding in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The Belarusian painter Nikolai Kupava draws the Pushcha's landscapes

Photo by BELTA
August 21, 2009 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 155 Belovezhskaya Pushcha to step on painting canvas

The international open-air painting "2009-Bialowieza" is holding in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". 15 painters from all regions of Belarus, Minsk capital and from neighbouring Poland have gathered in this unique area. Belarusian Robert Lanbarskiy, the honoured worker of arts (from the Belarusian city of Gomel) and Pole Lukasz Lewandowski are among the painters. All painters plan to create the whole gallery of pictures about the unique beauty the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's land. The open-air painting is devoted to the 600th anniversary since establishment of the reserved status in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Alexei Sorokin, Lukasz Lewandowski and Alexander Grishkevich during the open-air painting are on the photo (from left to right).

August 20, 2009 Website "BELTA" Ten nations to attend Belovezhskaya Pushcha anniversary celebrations in Belarus

Delegations of more than ten countries will come to Belarus to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the reserve status of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park on 17-19 September, BelTA learned from the information and public relations service of the Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

About 300,000 tourists visit this unique wildlife sanctuary every year. The national park took part in the international New7Wonders of Nature Contest organized by New7Wonders Foundation, the Swiss non-profit organization, and made it to TOP 77 out 440 nominees.

This fact was emphasized at a regular session of the organizing committee of charge of the preparation for celebration events. Nikolai Domashkevich, the Chairman of the committee and the Presidents Chief of Staff, thanked everybody, who contributed to the preservation of this unique spot of wild nature. More than Br70 million has been used to establish the House of Environmental Education with a museum, not to be found in any other country, a comfortable hotel and the other infrastructural facilities in the park.

The 600th anniversary of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is celebrated during the year declared as the Year of Native Land in Belarus, and this makes the preparation for the event even more special, said Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Bambiza.

The highlight the celebration events will be a grand concert with the participation of about 500 singers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania. Alexandra Pakhmutova and Nikloai Dobronravov, the authors of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha popular song, will be also among the participants of the concert.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha is one of the worlds oldest natural reserves. In 1992 UNESCO included it in the World Heritage List. The national park was awarded the status of a biosphere reserve in 1993 and a special diploma of the Council of Europe in 1997. A photo exhibition timed to the 600th anniversary of the reserve status of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park was held in the central office of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in June 2009.
August 15, 2009 Website "Saint Nickolai's Orthodox Parish in Bialowieza" The Polish-Belarusian pilgrimage to the sacred Mountain Grabarka photo-reporting the day first

Today, after the grand solemn Liturgy, a group of the pilgrims has started the way. They are going to cross the state border between Poland and Belarus at the village of Grudki. The next stage is expected in the morning next day as now we are presenting you a short photo-reporting from the events of the first day. Take pleasure in viewing.

The pictures by Renata and Marek Korcz

See 36 photos at the original web-resource here
And also read (in Polish) about arrival of the pilgrims including Belarusians to the Mountain Grabarka at the original web-resource here
August 13, 2009 Website "BELTA" Painters to transfer beauty of Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the picture canvases

The international open-air painting "2009-Bialowieza" will hold in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" from August 16 to August 27, the BELTA reporter was informed from the Information and Public Communications Service of the Property Management Directorate of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The open-air painting is devoted to the 600th anniversary since establishment of the reserved status in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Property Management Directorate of the President has supported the initiative of the Belarusian Artists' Union to organize the international open-air painting "2009-Bialowieza".

15 painters from all regions of the country, Minsk capital and from neighbouring Poland will create in this unique European corner. Belarusian Robert Lanbarskiy, the honoured worker of arts (from the Belarusian city of Gomel) and Pole Lukasz Lewandowski are among the painters. The artists plan to create the whole gallery of pictures about the unique beauty of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's land.

After the end of the open-air painting the artists will present one picture to the Museum of Nature of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and also to the Brest Regional Museum. Besides, exhibitions "2009-Bialowieza" will hold in Minsk and Brest.