By Yelena Yurkyavichene
The National Library of Belarus photo exhibition has arrived at the Frantsisk Skorina state school in Lithuania, where teaching is conducted through the Belarusian language. Works by famous Belarusian photographers explore the unique architectural and socio-cultural site of the Belarusian capital.
The exhibition has already toured Warsaw and Riga and will go on to Tallinn, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, after Vilnius. “This is a good opportunity to show current social achievements in Belarus, with the National Library as an example,” notes the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Drazhin. “I believe that this socio-cultural centre is a unique site within the post-Soviet territory, allowing us to improve our education, expand our knowledge or research our own projects. I’m glad that close contacts have been set up between the National Library of Belarus and Martynas Maћvydas National Library of Lithuania. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, who visited the library during her recent trip to Minsk, praised it greatly as a powerful socio-cultural project.”
According to Mr. Drazhin, the Frantsisk Skorina school is the ideal venue for such an exhibition, since it boasts an obvious continuation of traditions and history. A monument stands at the school entrance, dedicated to the first printer from Polotsk, Frantsisk Skorina, who also printed books in Lithuania. The Frantsisk Skorina school is ranked among the top schools in the Lithuanian capital.
The exhibition will, no doubt, be attended by teachers, pupils and their parents, representatives of the Belarusian diaspora and school guests. The display, depicting the National Library of Belarus, showcases 25 works by famous Belarusian photographers: Anatoly Dribas, Loly Makedonsky, Victor Suglob, Sergey Plytkevich, Alexander Zhernosek and Valery Kharchenko.