Chernobyl 35 years Commemoration 24th April 15:00pm with special guests Svetlana Alexievich and prominent Belarusian physicists

FILE – A 1986 file photo of an aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine showing damage from an explosion and fire in reactor four on April 26, 1986 that sent large amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. (AP Photo/Volodymyr Repik, File)

Dear Members and Friends,

Please join us for a commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Special guests of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will include:

Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, 2015

 

 

 

Stanislau Shushkevich, the first head of independent state of Belarus in 1991-1994, Corresponding member of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, Doctor in Physics and Mathematics.

Dr Valery Huracheuski, physicist, former Head of Department of Science, former Head of Science, State Committee on Chernobyl, Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.

Dr Vadim Zelenkov, physicist, formerly with International Sakharov Institute of Radioecology, Minsk, now Belarus State University.

Q&A session will follow. Join Zoom Meeting

Time: 24th April , 03:00 PM London

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99

Condolence message

The Council of the Anglo-Belarusian Society on behalf of its membership sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty the Queen on the sad loss of her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, being a member of the Greek branch of the Oldenburg Dynasty, was connected to the lands which are now Belarus through his bloodline. The warm feelings and interest which he had for the people and culture of Belarus were greatly appreciated, and will be sadly missed by our membership.
Anglo-Belarusian Society
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103rd Anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Belarusian Democratic Republic

ASSOCIATION OF BELARUSIANS IN GREAT BRITAIN

is pleased to invite members of the Anglo-Belarusian Society and all friends  to join a celebratory meeting to mark  the 103rd anniversary of the proclamation of Independence of the Belarusian Democratic Republic (25 March 1918) on Saturday 27 March 2021 at 14:00 hrs due to the legal restrictions on meeting currently in force  – as a Zoom meeting as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85453327467…

English summary interpreting of the proceedings will be provided

ABGB Council

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Mother Language Day celebration and AGM

On Saturday, 27 February 2021 an Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will be held at 2pm online via Zoom.

The Anglo-Belarusian Society then cordially invites its members and friends to the Mother Language Day celebration with poetry readings and special guest appearances. Our annual Mother Language Day celebration will be organised with the participation of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum and Association of Belarusians in Great Britain.

The event was inaugurated by the late Vera Rich to mark UNESCO Mother Language Day and involves poetry reading in all languages particularly Belarusian and English.

Read your favourite poem – works of modern poets or old favourites of your choice in Belarusian, English, Scots, Catalan, Finnish etc (no need to learn by heart!). Children are very welcome to participate.

The readings will start at 3 pm on Zoom and will be followed by virtual refreshments and chat.

The suggested minimum donation for ABS members – £5, for non-members – £10

If you wish to join or pay your annual ABS subscription, please read more how to do it here.

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2020 Kaliady and Batlejka in London (Christmas celebration)

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All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the traditional Kaliady celebration organised by the Anglo-Belarusian Society on Thursday 31st December 2020, 12noon via Zoom.

There will be the traditional, well-loved Batlejka (Belarusian Christmas puppet show)  performed by Paval Šaǔcoǔ and his troupe performing online. There will also be festive folk songs for Friends and Families to sing along too.

Dress code: Kaliady folk costume.

There is opportunity to create your own Vycinanka or Bethlehem Star star prior the performance.

Kalyady

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Forthcoming events involving ABS (save the dates)

  • Round Table on Belarus Hosted by LSESU European Society, 26th November, 6pm
  • ЗБВБ: Стагодзьдзе Слуцкага збройнага чыну, 28 лістапада а 14:00
  • Laying Flowers: Daily in London
  • The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Digital Season concert (a tribute to the people of Belarus), 4 December.
  • 2020 Kaliady and Batlejka in London 31.12 2020 12 noon
Read more by following this link.
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Annual Report of the Chairman of the Anglo-Belarusian Society for 2019

In 2019 the Society held an Annual General Meeting, celebrated our traditional annual events such as Mother Language Day, Kupallie, Kaliady and Batliejka. The Society also took part in the Fourth Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies, commemorated 10th anniversary of the death of Vera Rich and participated in a charity event to raise funds for Belarusian children in need of medical help.

The Annual General Meeting took place on 16th March 2019 to commemorate 65th anniversary of the Society which was founded exactly on the same day in 1954. Memories of the Society’s activities and achievements were shared by Jim Dingley who served as a chairman of the Society for many previous years, Arnold McMillin, Alan Flowers and others. We reported our events of 2018, elected the Society’s officials and looked forward to the events being prepared for 2020. The Meeting was followed by a concert given by our guest, the well known Belarusian poet and musician Zmicer Vajcjushkevich. Continue reading

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