On January 24, 2018 in the Palace of Mukams of the State Cultural Center the solemn ceremony of opening Days of culture of the Republic of Belarus in Turkmenistan was held. This action is timed to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.
A representative delegation of artists and workers of culture of Belarus arrived in Ashgabat to hold a creative forum. Heads and workers of culture, students of higher educational institutions of the capital, officers of the diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan, representatives of the media, residents of the capital took part in the opening ceremony of the Days.
On behalf of the guests, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Yatsko welcomed the great importance of the current action in strengthening the friendly ties between the two fraternal peoples and in their spiritual mutual enrichment.
Then, the Turkmen side received a certificate on donating to the State Library of Turkmenistan a facsimile edition of the Book Heritage of Francis Skaryna, the preparation of which was timed to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian and East Slavic printing. The 22-volume collection includes works that introduce the valuable layer of Belarusian history and culture.
At the end of the solemn part, a concert of Belarusian popular artists and bands took place. The dance of the State Academic Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Belarus under the direction of Valentin Dudkevich opened the concert program. Wisdom and originality of folk art reflected the compositions of the folklore group "Kupalinka" under the direction of People's Artist of the Republic of Belarus Elena Telkova. The people of Turkmenistan warmly welcomed the People's Artist of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Yarmolenko, artistic director of the ensemble Syabry. The concert ended with a concert inviting to visit Belarus.
Within the framework of the Days of Culture, a photo exhibition of the Belarusian Telegraph Agency "Belarus-2017" was opened in the foyer of the Mukams Palace. In its exposition there are more than forty works of BELTA correspondents who captured the modern life of the country in its various aspects: important political events of the past year, achievements in industry, social and tourist spheres. Individual photographs reflect milestones in the development of Turkmen-Belarusian relations.
On January 25, the State Library of the State Cultural Center will host a meeting of representatives of the creative workshop of the two countries. Displays of Belarusian feature films will be held at the Ashgabat cinema center. The guests have prepared a rich program of acquaintance with the Turkmen capital and its sights, the historical and cultural heritage of our people.