The Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to the traditional Kupalle (Midsummer) celebration in the garden of the Belarusian House, 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RE
- Making flower crowns, the Witch and decorating the Kupalle wheel
(donations of flowers by 3pm will be greatly appreciated)
- Games and songs – Kupalinka – Jumping over the fire
- With a guest appearance and performance from the well-known musician and singer Zmicier Vajciushkevich. We are very lucky this year to have Zmicier back with us in London for Kupalle!
Shirin Akiner (1942-2019) came to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of London University in 1965 as one of several ‘mature’ students as they were quaintly known at that time. As I was only in my second year of teaching and more or less the same age as these students I became friendly with several of them. Shirin was a brilliant student, recently widowed with a small child, Metin, after her husband had been killed in a car crash.
She was born to a Pakistani diplomat and Welsh mother, but brought up in a British school and spoke and wrote impeccable English. I got to know Shirin quite early on, as we shared an interest in classical music, although this is a serious understatement in her case, as she had studied the fiddle in Moscow and Amsterdam under the outstanding Soviet violinist David Oistrakh; I believe that after the tragedy of her husband’s death she never played the violin again. She remarried in the 1970s a scholarly businessman, David Mitchell, and moved from Willesden to Chelsea, and became known in non-academic life as Shirin Akiner Mitchell. Continue reading
The 4th Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century will take place 29-30 March 2019 at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and at Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum in London.
To view a provisional programme of this year’s conference, please click here. The annual London conference on Belarusian Studies will follow three main conference panels.
This year, the Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies will be delivered at 6 pm on 29 March 2019 by Anaïs Marin (France), Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Belarus. The topic of the lecture is Belarusian nationalism in the 2010s, a case of anti-colonialism? Origins, features and outcomes of ongoing ‘Soft Belarusianisation.’
A wine reception sponsored by the Anglo-Belarusian Society will follow the event.
Prior registration is essential. To register for the event please click here.
The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join a celebration of its 65th Anniversary, organised with the participation of the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain.
On Saturday, 16 March 2019 an Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will be held at 2pm at 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RR and will be followed by the special guest appearance of a well-known musician and singer Zmicier Vaiciushkevich.
The concert will start at 3:30 pm and will be followed by refreshments. Continue reading
The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join our annual Mother Language Day celebration organised with the participation of the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.
The event was inaugurated by the late Vera Rich to mark UNESCO Mother Language Day and involves poetry reading in all languages particularly Belarusian and English.
The celebration takes place on Saturday, 23rd February 2019 at 3 pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS). Continue reading
Batlejka in London. Photo: Kastus Lashkevich
All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the traditional Kaliady (Christmas) celebration organised by the Anglo-Belarusian Society on Saturday 20 December 2014, 2pm at St Cyril’s Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY).
There will be the traditional, well-loved Batlejka (Belarusian Christmas puppet show) led by Paval Šaǔcoǔ. This will be followed by a short theatrical Nativity play with participation of the children attending St Cyril’s Sunday School.
Saint Nicholas will be giving out presents, so please, if you are coming with children, make sure to have a present prepared for each child and hand it over to Paval before the performance. Continue reading