Belarusian culture days in Estonia
Belarusian culture days in Estonia take place from 8 to 13 February 2013. The central events of the programme are the guest performances of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in the Estonian National Opera. The audience is treated to the ballets Spartacus (8 February 2013), Thamar and Scheherazade (9 February 2013) as well as the operas Prince Igor (10 February 2013) and Madama Butterfly (12–13 February 2013).
Another exceptional page from the rich Belarusian culture is shown to Estonian audiences in the form of a photo exhibit concentrating on modern Belarus. The photos, which originate from the collection of the Belarusian Museum of Modern Art, are displayed in the building of the Estonian National Opera. A total of 25 pieces by five authors are exhibited. The authors include renowned Belarusian photography artists – rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts M. Borozna, K. Kenigberg – but also the young photographers P. Ležanskaja, J. Pevnev and S. Torbik. The subject of their photographs is the memorial to Belarusian architecture, the streets of Minsk. But the viewers do not see it as advertising that targets tourists – Belarus emerges as a mysterious and modern land, full of the magic of bright colours and the delicate beauty of nature at the same time, a land inhabited by creative and intelligent people.
Estonian audiences are also given the opportunity to get to know a wonderful Belarusian group whose creative creed is the rebirth of Belarus and the promotion of Belarusian folk music – the folk group Kupalinka. Kupalinka gives two performances: on 8 February at 5 PM in the Culture Centre Rugodiv in Narva and on 9 February at 5 PM in the Russian Cultural Centre in Tallinn. Entrance to the concert is free of charge.