On December 18th, the opening of the IV Conference of the International Humanitarian Project “Minsk Initiative” took place in the Library.
Over the three years of its existence, the Minsk Initiative has established itself as a productive platform for direct dialogue and joint efforts to preserve the common humanitarian space of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
Today the international project brought together in the “Belarusian diamond” representatives of the creative intellectuals, young writers and translators from the three Slavic countries in order to sum up the results and fill the new sense the triangular cooperation.
On the occasion of the Conference opening, the welcome speeches were made by Yuri Bondar, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and Alexander Karlyukevich, Minister of Information.
The significance of the project was emphasized by Mikhail Shvydkoy, the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation, Co-Chairman of the IFESCCO and Dmitry Stus, Director of the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko.
The guests were greeted by Roman Motulsky, Director of the National Library of Belarus. "It is very nice that “Minsk Initiative” is once again held at the National Library of Belarus. Besides, this year is very unusual for us cause it’s the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book-printing! This important event brings us back to those times when the first printer Francysk Skaryna published the first printed book in Cyrillic and titled it "Bible Ruska". There are still disputes about the language to which Skaryna translated his book. Therefore, while presenting the project on the facsimile reissue of the book heritage of Francysk Skaryna all over the world, we always talk about our common roots and common history, the director said.
Within the framework of the Conference there was a presentation of the second international literary almanac Terra Poetica. This almanac of young prose acquaints with the works of talented writers of three countries: Arina Gardey, Valeria Radun, Miroslav Layuk, Vladimir Sadovsky Elena Kissel and others. All this is about the search for love, respect and mutual understanding.
The National Library of Belarus presented a book exhibition Preserving the National Book Heritage, which the central exhibit was the facsimile edition The Book Heritage of Francysk Skaryna, as well as publications devoted to the life and work of the Belarusian educator. The forum participants visited also the international exhibition Francysk Skaryna and his epoch and got acquainted with valuable rarities and original editions of the famous humanist and enlightener.