From November 7 to November 10, 2019, the senior lecturer of the Department of Humanities Valiantsina Vasilieuna Panezha held a number of events as part of the agreement signed between the Belarusian-Russian University, Novosibirsk State Technical University and Novosibirsk Center of Belarusian culture.
On November 7, a seminar devoted to the Belarusian language was held in Novosibirsk Center for Belarusian Culture. The seminar was attended by the staff members of the Center; heads of musical groups of Chulym and Kochenyovo districts who promote Belarusian songs, traditions and customs; representatives of the Belarusian community of Novosibirsk and all those who are fascinated by the Belarusian language and the culture of Belarusians. The participants of the seminar carried out various activities with great enthusiasm and interest, recited poetry, solved puzzles and did several exercises to improve their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. V.V. Panezha presented her project ‘Distant Small Motherland’ devoted to the cooperation among the Belarusian-Russian University, Novosibirsk State Technical University and Novosibirsk Center of Belarusian culture. On November 8, V. V. Panezha held a seminar entitled ‘Culture of Belarusian Speech in the Context of Slavic Languages and Cultures’ for the third-year students at the Department of Philology of Novosibirsk State Technical University. The topic for the seminar was chosen together with Svetlana Vladimirovna Rusanova, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Philology.
On November 10, the Interregional Festival ‘Visiting Lyavonikha’ took place in the town of Bolotnoye. The Festival was attended by the teachers of the Department of Humanities of the Belarusian-Russian University V.V. Panezha, N. U. Muradzian and A.V. Sharapava. They visited an exhibition featuring handicraft items, took part in master classes in traditional crafts of Belarus. Besides, they were invited to join the jury of the Belarusian Traditional Doll Competition.
Every nation has its own rich culture and traditions accumulated over centuries, its unique identity. It is very important to preserve these cultural and traditional values when living away from your Motherland. Novosibirsk Center of Belarusian culture is not just an ethnic community; it is an ‘island’ which has united exceptionally talented and creative people. Living away from their country of origin, they have maintained ties with their Motherland, have preserved their cultural heritage. They are doing a lot for to promote the Belarusian language and traditions. And it is not just a hobby; it is a matter of urgent necessity. The good news is that their efforts attract younger generation, their children and grandchildren.
The younger generation will proudly continue to preserve their culture and keep their traditions alive.