Country plunges into holiday

Meetings, concerts and gatherings including veterans have been held countrywide, while new sites are launching in time for the holiday. In Minsk, the major events to mark Independence Day began on June 29th, when the capital hosted the Republican Track-and-Field Competition. Belarusian sports stars took part, including Darya Domracheva, Yulia Nesterenko and Alexandra Gerasimenya. Meanwhile, the Devoted to You — Belarus! charity race enabled many to raise funds for the construction of a new children’s hospice. 
By Alexander Pimenov

The Palace of the Republic hosted a festive concert divided into several thematic sections, featuring the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre and various dance groups. Those from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria and Venezuela arrived to take part. State Flag Square in Pobediteley Avenue (located between the BelEXPO Exhibition Centre and the Palace of Independence) hosted the Be Beautiful, Belarus! musical TV show for young people on July 2nd. A silent drill platoon performed Our Flag and closed celebrations with an artillery salvo. The G. Tsitovich National Academic Folk Choir, the Belarusian TV and Radio Company’s Academic Choir, Belarus’ State Chamber Choir and a children’s choir comprised of members of Minsk art schools provided entertainment. 

Independence Day in Minsk began with a parade by Minsk’s garrison, as well as youngsters and athletes, while the Flourish, My Belarus gala-concert was organised in the evening, close by the Minsk — Hero-City Monument.
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