Belarusian ballet to be seen across 26 French cities

National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre tour expected to become highlight of Days of Belarusian Culture in France, launching in Lyon

National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre tour expected to become highlight of Days of Belarusian Culture in France, launching in Lyon

Productions of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty are scheduled from March through until May, to be performed across 26 French cities. Among them are Paris, Bordeaux, Brest, Limoges, Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg and Toulouse. More than 100,000 tickets are being sold, with invitations extended to representatives of French ministries, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, local authorities and employees of French public organisations (those promoting Belarusian-French relations and international co-operation with Belarus).

The Days of Belarusian Culture in France will also feature events to mark the 250th anniversary since the birth of prominent composer Michal Kleofas Oginski, with concerts at UNESCO’s Headquarters and at other cultural venues around Paris. Exhibitions describing the life and creative work of the composer are additionally planned.

In May, Belarus will present a national booth at the Cannes Film Festival, focusing on the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Great Patriotic War Victory. The Days of Belarusian Cinema will take place in Paris and Strasbourg, screening Brest Fortress, The Apostles’ Footprints, and Tufelki (Shoes). Meanwhile, 15 Belarusian artists and sculptors will display works at the Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Paris.

By Olga Varopaeva
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