Alexander Morozov, the head of the Slavonic studies department of the art history, ethnography, and folklore institute of the National Academy of Sciences, told reporters. The decision was taken by the UNESCO’s folk song commission.
According to the source, applications to host the conference had been filed by Belarus, the Netherlands, and England. Belarus’ application turned out to be the most interesting one. “If our application had been turned down, Belarus would be able to host such a conference in 2011 at the earliest,” said Alexander Morozov.
Directors of research institutes, leading folklorists, ethnologists and literature experts traditionally take part in this international conference under the auspices of UNESCO.
In July 2009 representatives of Romania, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, the U.S., Australia, Japan and several other countries are expected to come to Belarus.