20.04.2014 - ODG

Irina Bokova celebrates 60 years of Belarus UNESCO Membership


On 19 April, the Director-General continued the visit to Belarus on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the membership of Belarus in UNESCO.

Accompanied by the Minister of Culture, Mr Boris Svetlov, Irina Bokova had the opportunity to visit the Mir Castle Complex, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000.

This is an exceptional example of a Central European castle, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences (Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance) that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of this region.

Irina Bokova also visited the World Heritage site, the architectural, residential and cultural complex of the Radziwill Family in Nesvizh, which provides unique insight to the legacy of a family that helped to shape wider European history over centuries.

On this occasion, the Director-General visited the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she presented the UNESCO Five Continents Medal to the Theatre, in recognition of the Theatre’s outstanding contribution to the performing arts.

"Art is essential for building dialogue between people through respect, equality and dignity, and this is why the work of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre is so important," said Irina Bokova. "I congratulate you and wish you every success in moving forward."

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