Mother Language Day – Saturday, 11 March

movaThe Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to join our annual Mother Language Day celebration organised with the participation of the Belarusian Sunday School and 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, 11th March 2017 from 3pm at the Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre (Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HS). Continue reading

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The Second Annual London Conference on Belarusian Studies (25 February 2017)

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education, the conference venue

On Saturday 25 February the Second Annual Conference on Belarusian Studies will take place at the University College London.

It is organised by the UCL School of Slavic and Eastern European Studies, the Ostrogorski Centre and the Belarusian Francis Skaryna Library and Museum.

The speakers from Belarus, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, the United States and other countries will come to London to present and discuss Belarus-related research. This full-day conference which will take place at the UCL close to Russell Square Station.

The panels will cover Skaryna’s work & legacy, problems of Belarusian national identity, foreign policy of Belarus & comparative politics, social & political movements, language and literature. Selected papers from the conference will be published in the Journal of Belarusian StudiesContinue reading

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ABS Annual Meeting 2017


All members and friends of the Belarusian community in Britain are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Anglo-Belarusian Society on Saturday, 4 February 2017, 2.00pm at St Cyril’s Belarusian Religious and Cultural Centre, Marian House, Holden Avenue, London N12 8HY.

The meeting’s agenda is available here here.


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HE Lubomir Rehak: ‘Belarus in a European context’

lubomir-rehakThe Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to a talk by the Slovak Ambassador to the United Kingdom HE Lubomir Rehak ‘Belarus in a European context’.

For several yearsMr Rehak  worked in Belarus as a diplomat and is fluent in Belarusian.

The event will take place at the Slovak Embassy at 11 am on Saturday 19 November and will be followed by a reception.

Address: 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4QY

For security reasons only those registered for the event will be allowed into the Embassy building. To register, please complete this form no later than on Friday, 18 November.

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Kupalle (Midsummer) Celebration: Saturday 25 June 2016, 4pm-10pm

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 07.27.18The Anglo-Belarusian Society invites its members and friends to the traditional Kupalle (Midsummer) celebration on Saturday 25 June 2016, 4pm – 10pm in the garden of Belarusian House, 52 Penn Road, London N7 9RE.


  • For the first time in London: a unique opportunity to hear literary presentations by two of the most prominent Belarusian poets Uladzimier Niakliajeŭ and Andrej Chadanovič
  • Traditional Kupalle 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.

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Symposium to mark Arnold McMillin’s 75th birthday

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 18.55.16A symposium is being held in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London (UCL), to mark the 75th birthday of Professor Arnold McMillin.

The event is generously supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Association of Belarusians in Great Britain, the Anglo-Belarusian Society, the Belarusian Catholic Mission and the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum in London. Continue reading

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The Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies: Explaining Lukashenka’s Survival

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 09.42.09UCL SSEES and the Ostrogorski Centre present the second Annual London Lecture on Belarusian Studies followed by a reception sponsored by the Anglo-Belarusian Society.

The lecture will start at Masaryk Senior Common Room, UCL, 16 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BW at 6 pm on 24 March 2016 and will be delivered by Professor Andrew Wilson.

Andrew Wilson is Professor in Ukrainian Studies at University College London. Professor Wilson was born in Cumberland, England, in 1961. He got his first First degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (first class) from Oxford University in 1984, followed by PhD from the London School of Economics in 1993.  Continue reading

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