Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

The development of bilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere is an important part of Belarusian-Czech relations. Traditionally active ties are maintained between the two countries in the field of culture, education, in the scientific and technical sphere, through the sports federations and organizations.

In the field of culture, an agreement was reached on the priority development of applied cooperation between the structural organizations of the ministries of culture of the two countries (museums, theaters, galleries, etc.) the sides are implementing numerous joint projects.

There are memorandums on cooperation between the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, the National Theater in Brno, and the State Opera in Prague, an agreement on cooperation between the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Academy of Arts in Prague.

Czech performers take part in gala concerts and competitions within the framework of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. Young representatives of the Czech Republic also take part in youth and children's variety and music competitions held in Belarus.

In 2016 a greeting message was sent to the participants and guests of the festival “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” on behalf of the President of Czechia Mr. M.Zeman.

Films of the Czech Republic are presented annually at the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”. In addition representatives of the Czech Republic take part in the jury of the competition of films for children and youth audiences “Listapadzik”.

Partnerships in the field of international exchange of documents link the National Library of Belarus with the National Library of the Czech Republic, the Slavic Library at the National Library of the Czech Republic, and the Masaryk University in Brno. In 2009 the National Library of Belarus joined the project Manuscriptorium initiated by the National Library of the Czech Republic.

In 2016 the Czech side handed over to the National Library of Belarus photocopies in high resolution suitable for manufacturing facsimile reproductions of the Books of Jesus Sirachov and the Book of Judges published in Prague by F.Skorina.

In 2017 together with the National Library of Belarus and the National Library of the Czech Republic the project “Francysk Skaryna — Belarusian and East Slavic printing pioneer” timed to the 500th anniversary of the first East Slavic printed book published by the Belarusian first printer was implemented.

Within the framework of the project along with other events, electronic copies of Skorina's publications in the archives of the libraries of the two countries were exchanged, followed by their inclusion in a single collection of surviving copies of books and manuscripts by F. Skorina.

The development of the cooperation of Belarusian universities continues with the leading educational institutions of the Czech Republic: Charles University in Prague; High School of Economics (Prague); Prague Technical University; Ostrava University; University Usti nad Labem; West Moravian University (Třebíč).

On the Belarusian side traditionally display their activity Belarusian State University (Minsk), Belarusian State Economic University (BSEU) (Minsk), Gomel State University named after F. Skorina, Belarusian State University of Transport (Gomel); Brest State Pedagogical University, etc.

Positively, cooperation in the sphere of education is also affected by the expansion of regional cooperation. So, in September 2016 in the city of Rakovnik (Central-Czech region — a partner of the Grodno region), the Cooperation Agreement was signed between the “Grodno College of Business and Law” and the Masaryk Academy of Business.

In 2021, young artists from Belarus (Drobitko Violetta, Vodneva Victoria, Kostenko Anastasia) were awarded at the 49th International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2021 on the theme “ROBOT and Artificial Intelligence”. 21 participants from our country were honoured with an Honorary Mention, and 16 Belarusian schools and art studios were also awarded.

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