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Rarities of the National History Museum  project in Minsk
The National History Museum invites Minsk residents and tourists to visit an outdoor exhibition to see the rarities from its holdings. An unusual exhibition about the Belarusian nation and its historical heritage will be arranged on the fence of Chelyuskintsev Park (Independence Avenue) in early June. Seventy photo-banners will show the rarities from different eras: coins, weapons, national costumes, religious objects, works of fine art, arts and crafts, books, precious metals, awards, musical instruments and many more. 
When: 2 June 2020 – 1 June 2021
Where: Fence of Chelyuskintsev Park, Independence Avenue, Minsk

Tadeusz Kosciuszko as an Artist
4 February marked the 275th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the national hero of Belarus, Poland and the United States. On this day, the Memorial Manor Museum in Merechevshchina in the town of Kossovo, the hometown of the outstanding military and political figure, rolled out a unique exhibition-project showing the creative side of the famous general. Despite the fact that Tadeusz Kosciuszko connected his life with the military, he continued to paint after the uprising of 1794. In America he gained fame as a portraitist.
When: 4 February – 31 March 
Where: Tadeusz Kosciuszko Memorial Manor Museum

Mikhail Filippovich exhibition at the National Art Museum
Belarusian artist Mikhail Filippovich, who created many of his works in the 1920s and 1930s, was a witness to the transitional epoch from the late 19th century to early 20th century rich in various artistic innovations. His works either fused or highlighted Art Nouveau, post-impressionism, futurism, suprematism, fauvism, expressionism, neo-realism, impressionism...  Many of his works have made the treasure trove of the Belarusian art. The exhibition for the 125th anniversary of the outstanding painter presents about 150 works: paintings, graphics, sculptures from Minsk museums and private collections, photos and publications. 
When: 4 February – 4 April
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus, 20 Lenina Street, Minsk

David Yakerson. Sculpture. Graphics expo in Minsk
The Vitebsk Regional Museum of Local History unveiled an exhibition to mark the 125th anniversary of the famous sculptor and graphic artist David Yakerson. David Yakerson studied at the Yehuda Peng School of Art that many famous artists, including Marc Chagall and Lazar Khidekel, attended. He is almost the only representative of sculptural suprematism, a member of the famous avant-garde group UNOVIS. 
When: 10 February – 4 April
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus, 20 Lenina Street, Minsk

The Island of Desires in the Belarusian State Circus
The Belarusian State Circus presents a new program in anticipation of spring: now spectators will be able to undertake a captivating journey to the Island of Desires. Producers of the new production are convinced that the circus ring is also a fairy-tale island where coveted dreams come true. The program will feature trapeze artists, equilibrists, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, as well as trained ponies and horses, funny ferrets and cheerful dogs. Apart from that, the exhibition Circus Rendezvous will be organized in the lobby in addition to an entertaining photo zone where anyone will be able to try on the role of a circus gymnast, a clown, and even a lion.
When: 20 February – 4 April
Where: The Belarusian State Circus, 32 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

Folding Fans exhibition in Vitebsk
The exhibition “The Thread Connecting Centuries” in the Vitebsk town hall is showcasing the unique exhibits of the 18th- 20th centuries - 47 hand fans from Mir Castle. Elegant accessories from Europe, Russia and China were made of various materials:  bone, mother-of-pearl, wood, tortoise shell, synthetic materials, and also paper, cardboard, fabric or lace. It is in the evolution of this accessory that we can trace back 200 years of fashion history and find reflections in embroidery, ladies' accessories, men's suit attributes from the collection of the Vitebsk Regional Museum.
When: 19 March - 21  May
Where: Vitebsk Regional Museum, 36 Lenin Street, Vitebsk

International Festival of Ancient and Contemporary Chamber Music in Polotsk
One of Belarus’ most established festivals will open with a concert of Honored Artist of Belarus Ksenia Pogorelaya and the Europe-Center chamber orchestra under the baton of Rail Sadykov. The program of the concert will span four centuries of classical music - from Bach to Jenkins. On 11 April, the concert in Saint Sophia Cathedral will feature pieces by Bach, Handel, Schubert performed by Moscow soloists - winners of international competitions Anastasia Bykova (organ) and Konstantin Limantsev (trumpet). 
When: 28 March – 5 May
Where: Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1 Zamkovaya Street, Polotsk

Pinocchio opera premiere at Bolshoi Theater
The Pinocchio opera is one of the most anticipated premieres of the Belarusian Bolshoi Theater. Since it was first staged in 2008, Gloria Bruni's masterpiece has already been performed in Naples, Parma, London and other European cities. The fairytale story will premiere on the Minsk stage during winter holidays. The production team include conductor Vladimir Ovodok, director Natalia Baranovskaya, and designer Lyubov Sidelnikova. Natalia Baranovskaya will debut in the capacity of director. According to her, “the story of the wooden puppet that became a real live boy is still relevant, because we all make mistakes, but fixing them helps us grow ...”
When: 3 April
Where: Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, 1 Parizhskoi Communy Square, Minsk

Minsk Spring music festival
For 36 years, the festival has brought together fans of classical music. The program of this year's edition includes 11 concerts featuring the best artists of the Belarusian State Philharmonic: a symphony orchestra, a choir, and renowned soloists – winners of international competitions. “The program of the festival features the world premiere of music by Russian composer Andrei Rubtsov on 13 April, a liturgy concert to mark the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster on 25 April, and the traditional concert of organ music on 27 April. And this is only a fraction of the program in the Big Concert Hall of the philharmonic. 
When: 3-27 April
Where: Belarusian State Philharmonic, 50 Nezavisimosti Avenue, Minsk

Frederic Chopin by the Sonorus music chapel
The Sonorus music chapel invites classical music lovers to celebrate the 210th anniversary of the ‘piano poet’ - the outstanding pianist, composer and teacher Frederic Chopin. The audience will hear two concerts that will be a mix of poetic sentiment of the youth, romantic freedom, refined style and rhythm of folk dances - mazurka and polonaise. The solo will be performed by pianist Andrei Ivanov, a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservaroty.
When: 6 April
Where: Upper City Concert Hall, 23a Svobody Square, Minsk

Jazz from New Orleans: Gregory Boyd Quartet in Minsk
Gregory Boyd is a renowned American singer songwriter hailing from New Orleans. He performs original hits written in the best traditions of African American jazz, funk, blues and soul, and the “good old” classics of American jazz.  “Spicy” and “vicious” performing manner, virtuoso vocal technique, and immense charisma – all this is about Gregory Boyd. His music is “soulful, life-affirming and melodiously wise”. His success is attributed to shocking lyrics and fearless innovation. Each Boyd concert is a communication with the audience and a call to become a co-author of his music, performing songs together.
When: 8 April
Where: Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, 50 Independence Avenue, Minsk

Neman Spring 2021 water tourism competition
The Neman Spring competition will open a new tourist season on the Augustow Canal, a unique hydraulic structure built in the 19th century, a famous artificial artery on the water map of Europe and one of the most beautiful tourist sights of Belarus. The program starts with kayaking and catamaran racing on the Slalom distance. On the second day, the participants will compete in the Team Race with Elements of Rescuing challenge. In addition to racing, visitors will be offered to watch films about water tourism and to attend a concert of original songs.
When: 9-11 April
Where: Augustow Canal, Nemnovo Tourist Center, Nemnovo village, Grodno Oblast

Denis Matsuev at the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus
One of the greatest pianists of our time, Denis Matsuev, will perform at the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus. He is called a genius, an innovator, a follower of the Russian piano school, a virtuoso reviving the era of the great Emil Gilels. He performed at the most prestigious stages in the world: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Festival Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, La Scala Theater in Milan... .
When: 18.30, 12 April 
Where: Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, 1 Paris Commune, Minsk

Why Have You Forsaken Me project at the National Art Museum
This experimental project is themed around the loneliness and suffering of Jesus Christ. It features religious artworks of the 17th – 19th centuries and works by Belarusian artists of the 20th century. All of them depict pain and crucifixion. For the first time, the exposition will cut across several styles, techniques and storylines. The exposition will take its place in four halls with minimalistic atmosphere. 
When: From 14 April
Where: National Art Museum of Belarus, 20 Lenina Street, Minsk

Jazz Legends: Duke Ellington tribute concert in Gomel
The wind orchestra of Gomel led by Maksim Rassokha will stage a unique concert within the framework of the Jazz Legends project. The orchestra will perform a new program celebrating American jazz legend Duke Ellington – a great composer, pianist, and leader of a world-famous jazz orchestra. The Gomel orchestra will perform the best pieces from the repertoire of the famous jazz orchestra: Caravan, C jam blues, In a Sentimental Mood, It don't mean a thing, Take the A train, Summertime… The concert will feature conductor and soloist Sergei Kalupakho (trumpet) and soloists Anna Kotlyarova and Stefania Khrushchova.
When: 18:30, 14 April
Where: Gomel Oblast Drama Theater, 1 Lenin Street, Gomel

The 6th edition of the international exhibition MOTOVELOEXPO will bring together fans of speed and extreme races and will kickstart the 2021 motorcycling season from the Iron Pride MC Belarus. The exhibition will showcase products and services for motorcycling, cycling, outdoor activities, and sport. Apart from the main expositions displaying the latest models of vehicles and accessories, visitors will be invited to a tuning show, street culture events, the ‘active zone’, and entertainments for children. The event will also include sports competitions, performances, live music, and surprises from the organizers.
When: 17-18 April
Where: Globus-Park shopping and entertainment center, agrotown of Shchomyslitsa, Minsk District

Minsk will play host to the largest vegan and ecology festival in Belarus. The festival is all about vegans’ lifestyle and diet. The nine-hour program of the fest will include a market selling healthy products, a food court serving vegan food, lectures and discussions, cooking master classes and tastings, upbeat music, and screenings of documentaries about the power of nature.
When: 12:00-21:00, 18 April
Where: Korpus cultural center, 9/8 Masherova Avenue, Minsk

Leisure 2021 tourism expo in Minsk
Belarus’ largest tourism expo Leisure 2021 invites its participants and visitors to meet with representatives of international tourism associations, Belarusian travel agencies, and regulatory bodies in the tourism sector, find new clients and partners, and learn about the latest trends of the industry within the framework of its business program. Leisure 2021 will feature B2B WORKSHOP "LEISURE & TRAVEL" for representatives of the tourism sector. Visitors to the forum will also get familiar with the most interesting travel destinations of Belarus.
When: 23-25 April
Where: BelExpo exhibition center, 14 Pobeditelei Avenue, Minsk

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