Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Gomel art festival to draw some 2,000 participants

Around 2,000 people are expected to take part in the international art festival Gomel Fest which will take place in Gomel on 14-16 November, coordinator of the festival and head of Festivali.

European Games - European Art project to combine exhibition, education programs

MINSK, 11 March (BelTA) –The Belarusian National Center for Contemporary Art has designed a unique concept of the international exhibition project “European Games - European Art” which will combine exhibition and education programs, head of the center Sergei Krishtapovich said at a press conference on 11 March, BelTA has learned.

Belarus-Russia Union State funding for social sphere 16% up over last five years

MOSCOW, 18 February (BelTA) – The amount of money the Union State of Belarus and Russia spends on social sphere has gone up by 16% over the last five years.

Plans to publish Belarusian folk tales in Serbian in Belgrade

Belarusian folk tales will be published in Serbian translation in Belgrade.

The agreement was reached on the sidelines of the 63rd International Belgrade Book Fair, which took place in the capital city of Serbia on 21-28 October, BelTA has learned.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006