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.

Sozhsky Khorovod festival brings together dancers from three continents
Dancers from three continents have gathered in the Belarusian city of Gomel to participate in the 8th international choreography festival Sozhsky Khorovod (Sozh Round Dance) that will take place from 16 to 18 September, BelTA learned from the Department for Ideology, Culture and Youth Affairs.
Renewed expositions, autumn quest at Belarus’ Art Museum in September
One of the long-awaited cultural events on the first autumn days is the traditional campaign September Night at the National Art Museum.
Gomel Oblast to host Slavonic Literature Dozhinki 2-4 September
The 10th international festival Slavonic Literature Dozhinki will take place in Gomel Oblast on 2-4 September, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee.
Over 900 artists gather for Beraginya folk festival in Belarus

Over 900 artists will take part in the 9th edition of the nationwide folk art festival Beraginya which is to kick off in Oktyabrsky District, Gomel Oblast on 23 June, BelTA learnt from the Oktyabsky District Executive Committee.

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