Come from Nesvizh

An old Nesvizh hosted guests on the third Day of Polish culture. Though, in the matter of fact, are they guests? Nesvizhane citizens from a cognominal association of Poles left this place many years ago and live in Poland, Germany, Canada and even Australia now. They still consider Belarus their small Motherland
An old Nesvizh hosted guests on the third Day of Polish culture. Though, in the matter of fact, are they guests? Nesvizhane citizens from a cognominal association of Poles left this place many years ago and live in Poland, Germany, Canada and even Australia now. They still consider Belarus their
small Motherland.
— Are there the second Slutsk gates anywhere in the world? Is there such a cathedral, such quiet cosy streets, such a white porch? There is no second Nesvizh in the world, and there will be any. It is always with us — in our hearts and in our dreams, — Mrs. Danuta Novakowska speaks Polish, but it is not a problem. Perhaps, it is connected with similarity of languages or her greatest love to her wonderful town simply finds response in the heart...
“Nesvizhane” have been coming here for many years already and each time they carry away a part of warmth from meetings with old and new friends. They watch the revival of the town with interest, as well as restoration of its historical sights and, as it turned out to be, they are aware of town plans. For example, they know about the idea to fix up a monument to the founder of the town — Nikolay Radzivill Sirotka, but the monument wasn’t fixed up. The chairman of Nesvizh regional executive committee Igor Makar explained, that this idea is alive, and the monument to the founder of the town in such a wonderful place is absolutely logical. As for now, unfortunately, the question on financing has not yet been solved.
— A unique spiritual atmosphere and a kind of succession of traditions formed in our region, — Igor Makar says. — Ethnic Poles are the second in size national group after Belarusian citizens. This is why it is impossible to call them national minority. A regional association of Poles works here actively, there is a House of a Pole in Nesvizh, which is going to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. “Nesvizhane” come to us each year, we call them just our Poles. On the whole, Nesvizh maintains close relations with Poland — we are sworn brothers of three Polish towns, we are not simply friends with their inhabitants, we cooperate with them in business issues.
“Union of Poles in Belarus” in Minsk region is the most numerous national and cultural public association. Its regional, town and rural departments were created in nine regions. There work creative teams, Polish language courses and courses of national traditions. Many Polish amateur talent groups are famous all over the country and abroad. For example, the children’s vocal and dance ensemble “Slonechko” and adult one “Traetskiya muzyki” from Borisov, and many others. According to the census, almost thirty thousand of Poles live in the region. The majority of them live in Stolbtsy, Volozhin and Nesvizh districts.

Olga Bersenjeva
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