Kaliady and Batlejka in London – Saturday, 22 December 2018

Batlejka in London. Photo: Kastus Lashkevich

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

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Купальле (Midsummer) Celebration Saturday 30 June 2018

kupalleThe Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to the traditional Kupalle (Midsummer) celebration in the garden of The Belarusian House, 52 Penn RoadLondon N7 9RE on 30 June 2018, 4pm-10pm.

Programme:

  • 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

Please assist us if possible by bringing along flower-crowns and wearing Belarusian costumes. The use of the Belarusian language will be encouraged!

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Joan Dzejka (1922-2018)

Joan photoThe Anglo Belarusian Society announces with sadness the passing of Joan Dzjeika on 19th January 2018.

Joan was one of the stalwarts of the Anglo-Belarusian Society, who almost always attended every session of the lecture series that were held in the 60s and 70s. Without her, there would not have been the marvellous food that she so generously supplied, and so there would have been no opportunity for the spirit of togetherness to flourish as it did after the lectures. In the 90s and into the 2000s, Joan was a quietly efficient treasurer of the Society.

Her husband Siarhiej, originally from Baranavichy in Belarus was always in attendance at lectures along with Joan. For several years he served on the Council of the Society.

Joan was born to Florence and Albert Duke on 8th August 1922 in Camberwell. She was the fourth of five children – Len, Ted, Patrick, then Joan and Gwen. Sadly, Joan was the last surviving sibling. The family were brought up in Camberwell at first and then later moved to Tottenham. Albert was a milkman with a traditional horse and cart. Continue reading

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March Belarusian events in London: lecture, conference, symposium, church service

AGM & Mother Language Day Celebration

TScreen Shot 2018-02-26 at 18.48.19he Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society will be held on Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 2.00 pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS).  All members and supporters are invited to attend.

At 3 pm it will be followed by Mother Language Day Celebration, which will feature a talk by Kristian Roncero Toledo: “Hunting for the gem of the marshes: experiences from fieldwork in Western Polesie” as well as activities for adults and children.

Read the full programme as well as the bio of Kristian here.

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The Third Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies

The conference will feature scholars of Belarusian studies from the United Kingdom, Belarus, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada and other countries. Continue reading

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AGM & Mother Language Day Celebration

Kristian BelarusAnnual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 2.00pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS).  All members and supporters are invited to attend.


Mother Language Day Celebration

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. Continue reading

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Choir Recital by The DL Singers

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 14.46.59The Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to a choir recital by The DL Singers in the beautiful setting of the award-winning Memorial Chapel of St Cyril of Turau at Marian House, Holden Avenue London N12 8HYS on Saturday 4 November 2017, 5pm. Continue reading

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Купальле (Midsummer) Celebration: 1 July 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 11.31.40The Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to the traditional Kupalle (Midsummer) celebration  in the garden of 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RE on Saturday 1 July 2017, 4pm-10pm.

Programme:

  • Dramatized readings from The Pinsk Gentry by V. Dunin-Marcinkievič (in Belarusian and English, translation by Vera Rich)
  • 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

Please assist us if possible by bringing along flower-crowns and wearing Belarusian costumes. The use of the Belarusian language will be encouraged! Continue reading

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