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FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL "AUGŠDAUGAVA 2011"

This weekend on 28th and 29th of May the International Folk Arts Festival “Augšdaugava 2011” is organized by Daugavpils County Council. The aim of event is to promote the outstanding nature, traditions and cultural heritage of Daugavpils County, tourism and crafts development, creative activity of county population, as well as to strengthen cross-border cooperation.

Participants from the following municipalities will take part in the festival: Zarasai and Rokiškis districts (Lithuania), Braslav district (Belarus), Lomža district (Poland), Municipality of Bad Doberan (Germany), Municipality of San’t Angelo in Vado (Italy).

28th of May
From 19:00 – dance groups’ performance at Vabole parish Park
At 22:00 – Open Air Party – group “Brothers Optimists”

29th of May
From 11:00 – events at Nature Park “Daugavas loki” (Naujene parish, Slutiški village). In the programme: public worships, creative workshops, crafts fair, concerts of international partners and Daugavpils groups, dances and games, sunflower garden planting, exhibitions, sports activities, horse riding and entertainment for children.

Source: www.dnd.lv



EU DELEGATION TO BELARUS ANNOUNCES CONTEST

On the occasion of Europe Day, the European Union Delegation to Belarus announces its annual contest for journalists who cover relations and cooperation between the EU and Belarus.

The Delegation seeks to support and promote reporting that is well-researched, based on critical thinking, forward-looking, socially responsible, and made in the spirit of good citizenship.

The Delegation invites journalists from Belarusian print, broadcasting, and online media, as well as bloggers ("citizen journalists"), to submit news reporting, commentary, editorials, investigations, feature stories, etc. published between 1 January 2011 and 15 October 2011 that convey information and analysis on EU-Belarus relations, assistance, and cooperation.

The announcement of the results and the award ceremony will take place at the end of 2011.


For more information, please visit:

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/belarus/press_corner/services_journalists/journalist_competition_be.htm


LITHUANIA HOSTS 7TH BELARUSIAN-LITHUANIAN ECONOMIC FORUM

 
The 7th Belarusian-Lithuanian Economic Forum started in the town of Druskininkai on 12 May. It  is discussing the prospects of cooperation in investment, transit, energy, engineering, bio-energy, logistics etc.
 
Lithuania is aimed at becoming the main service provider for Belarus in transport, comminication and logistics in the Baltic Sea region. It has the necessary infrastructure and capacities for that purpose, and as well can provide to Belarus its valuable experience in development of information technology and information society.
 
The representatives of ministries and heads of major companies of Lithuania and Belarus take part in the work of Belarusian-Lithuanian Economic Forum.
More information: BELTA

THIS SUMMER NEW PASSENGER TRAIN STARTS: RIGA-MINSK

On the 1st of June 2011 Latvian Railways in cooperation with Belarusian Railways launches new passenger train between Riga and Minsk.

The train will stop at the following stations: Krustpils, Daugavpils, Indra, Bigosovo, Verhnedvinsk, Polock, Krulevsczina, Molodeczno. Upon arrival at the destination station in Minsk passengers will be able to travel to the Black Sea resorts – Anapa, Adler, Odessa, - as well as to various European cities: Berlin, Prague, Kiev and Warsaw.

The train will depart from Minsk at 20:07 and arrive in Riga on the following day at 08:00, while it will depart Riga at 19:00 and arrive in Minsk on the following day at 07:30 offering passengers convenient connections to further destinations. The train will operate every day during the summer from June 1st to August 31st, and after summer period from Riga and Minsk – on Saturdays and Sundays.

Source: Latvian Ministry of Transport


LITHUANIA AND BELARUS WANT TO ORGANISE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOGETHER
 
On the 12th of May 2011, the Lithuanian Basketball Federation has announced that Lithuania and Belarus have submitted an application to the European Branch of the International Basketbal Federation („FIBA Europe“) to hold the European women basketball championship together in 2015.
 
 

FIRST LATVIAN-BELARUSIAN DICTIONARY PRESENTED
 
The Latvian Ambassador to Belarus, Mr. Mikhail Popkov, presented the first Latvian-Belarusian and Belarusian-Latvian dictionary during exhibition “Mass Media in Belarus” in Minsk. Representatives of the Ministry of Information of Belarus and the Academy of Sciences, leaders and activists of Latvian-Belarusian Union, as well as other interested persons participated in the event.
 
The Ambassador emphasized in his speech that publishing of this dictionary is not only significant event but at the same time the good example of successful cooperation of different institutions and commercial structures of both countries. This work was started by Dr. of Philology Mirdza Ābola (1923 – 2007). Her handwriting processing, preparation and completion of the book was done by Language and Literature Institute of Belarusian Academy of Sciences. While the dictionary was published in Latvia.
 
The dictionary contains approximately 40 thousand words, which reflect the traditional, socio-political, popular vocabulary with some technical terminology of the contemporary Latvian and Belarusian literary language. Dictionary belongs to so-called “author type” dictionary. It differs from bilingually translated dictionaries by the authors’ specific approach, such as lexical selection. It will help everyone who uses and who has not lost the interest in Latgalian language, as this dictionary can be an excellent source of information to understand the impact of the Belarusian language on Latgale dialects, as well as to understand the meaning of some Latgalian words that have remained outside official dictionaries.
 
Source: Diena.lv

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