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.

National Center for Contemporary Arts to promote Belarusian culture abroad

The National Center for Contemporary Arts of Belarus will promote the Belarusian culture both inside the country and abroad, director of the center Natalia Sharangovich told reporters.

Listapad 2015 to open to strains of jazz on 6 November

The opening ceremony of the 22nd Minsk International Film Festival Listapad will take place at the Moskva cinema house on 6 November, BelTA learnt from the organizers of the forum.

18 countries apply for Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition

Applications for the participation in the second edition of the Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition have been received from 278 singers of 18 countries, BelTA learnt from the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, the organizer of the competition.

Young talents from Belarus, Russia attending workshops in Moscow

Young talents from Belarus and Russia are taking part in workshops organized at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, BelTA learned from the Permanent Committee of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006