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.

Minsk to host Yuri Bashmet music festival on 6-20 October

The 13th Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival will take place in Minsk on 6-20 October, the organizers told BelTA.

The festival will gather the best musicians. Yuri Bashmet is expected to traditionally perform during the opening ceremony with one of the crews he conducts. The organizers are busy preparing a world premiere for a concert featuring an alto, a fortepiano, and an orchestra. It will be performed by the People’s Artist of the USSR and Russia Yuri Bashmet and the prominent Belarusian pianist Rostislav Krimer.

The Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival is organized in line with the corresponding resolution of Belarus’ Council of Ministers with assistance of the Culture Ministry and the Minsk City Executive Committee.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006