Forthcoming Events (Save the Dates)

27-29 March 2014 – conference ‘Kastus Kalinoŭski and the Nation-building Process in Belarus’; 29 March 2014 – celebration of Independence Day; 17 May 2014 - ABS 60th Anniversary Celebration with HM Ambassador to Belarus Bruce Bucknell. 21 June 2014 – Kupalle (Midsummer) Celebration in London.

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Conference ‘Kastus Kalinoŭski and the Nation-building Process in Belarus’: Invitation and Programme

Kalin_Kast-lust-szerAssociation of Belarusians in Great Britain and Anglo-Belarusian Society have much pleasure in inviting to attend Conference ‘Kastus Kalinoŭski and the Nation-building Process in Belarus’ in London on 27-29 March 2014.

The conference will mark the 150th anniversary of Kalinoŭski’s execution in Vilnius in March 1864 and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Anglo-Belarusian Society.

The event will feature over fifteen speakers and moderators from Belarus, United Kingdom, Poland and Lithuania.

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Mother Language Day Celebration – 8 March 2014

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The Anglo-Belarusian Society is happy to invite its members and friends to the annual Mother Language Day celebration.

The event will mark the UNESCO Mother Language Day - all languages are welcome and particularly Belarusian and English.

The celebration will start on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 2 pm at the Belarusian House in Islington (Belarusian House, 52 Penn Road, N7 9RE).

Adults and children will be asked to read their favourite poems in Belarusian, English or another language (no need to learn it by heart!). There will be prizes (the £50 Alexander Lutsko Prize* and smaller prizes for children) for the best reading.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the proceedings – contributions of food and drink will be very welcome. This is a great occasion for a friendly get-together.

Participants will be asked to donate towards the costs of the event (suggested donation £5 for a member of ABS, £7 for a non-member, children go free).

Please confirm your participation by completing the form.

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AGM of Anglo-Belarusian Society & Presentation of Fr Siarhei Surynovich

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The Anglo-Belarusian Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 1 February 2014.

It will start at 3 pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY).

After the business part of the meeting, at about 4pm, there will be a 30-min. presentation by Fr Siarhei Surynovich, “Bible Translations into Belarusian in XX Century”, followed by discussion.

Fr Surynovich is a Catholic priest at the Church of The Holy Trinity in Druja in Northern Belarus and a well-known researcher of the Bible. Translation will be provided.

A wine & cheese reception will follow the meeting. All members and friends of the Anglo-Belarusian Society are invited.

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Kaliady and Batlejka in London – 21 December 2013

Batlejka in London. Photo: Kastus Lashkevich

Batlejka in London. Photo: Kastus Lashkevich

All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the traditional Kaliady (Christmas) celebration organised by Anglo-Belarusian Society on Saturday 21 December 2013, 2pm at St Cyril’s Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY).

There will be the traditional, well-loved Batlejka (Belarusian Christmas puppet show) given by Paval Šaǔcoǔ and Saša Biełavokaja.

Saint Nicholas will be giving out presents, so please, if you are coming with children, make sure to have a present prepared for each child and hand it over to Paval before the performance.

All willing will have an opportunity to sing Belarusian and English carols.

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Meeting with the Writer, Painter and Publisher Źmicier Višnioŭ

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Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to a meeting with the writer, painter and publisher Źmicier Višnioŭ on Saturday 28 September at 4pm in the premises of the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain, 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RE (nearest tube station: Caledonian Road on the Piccadilly Line).

Mr Višnioŭ will present and talk about his latest novel Zamak pabudavany z krapivy (Castle built of nettles) and the plans of his publishing firm ‘Halijafy’.

Višnioŭ’s startling entry into the Belarusian literary scene in the mid-1990s was as a member of the avant-garde movement ‘Bum-Bam-Lit’, a group that set out deliberately to break with the established canons of Belarusian literature.

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Academic Conference ‘Kastus Kalinouski and the Process of Nation-Building in Belarus’

kalinouskiThe Anglo-Belarusian Society and the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain welcome submissions for an academic conference entitled ‘Kastus Kalinouski and the Process of Nation-Building in Belarus’, to take place in London on 28-29 March, 2014.

The primary goal of the conference is to examine the historical and political implications of the January 1863 uprising for nation-building in Belarus. The conference aims to constitute a forum for exchange between scholars of various disciplines.

The organisers invite the submission of abstracts of proposed papers aimed at improving an interdisciplinary understanding of the figure of Kastus Kalinouski and his impact on Belarusian national discourse. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Belarusian Studies in English and Belarusian.

The abstracts – no longer than 1,000 words in English or Belarusian – should be sent by 31 October 2013 at the latest to Karalina Matskievich at the following email address: mail@absociety.org.uk.

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