An international conference titled "Books in the formation of the intellectual culture of the nation" is taking place in Brest, on September 10–12. The event is dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of Brest and granting the status of the 2019 Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth.
The organizers are the Brest City Executive Committee and the Library Assembly of Eurasia (BLA) with the support of the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation.
The director of the National Library of Belarus, Roman Motulsky, takes part in the conference.
On September 11, Roman Motulsky made a report on the activities of the National Library, its mission, tasks and joint projects to promote the books and cultural heritage of Belarus. The director spoke about the unique “book treasures,” including the facsimile edition of the Brest Bible (1563), published by the National Library of Belarus together with Segment Publishing House and with the support of Belneftestrakh Insurance Company.
The original Brest Bible was published in the Brest Printing House on the orders and with the money of the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Prince Nicholas the "Black" Radziwill. The book is a testimonial of the glory, power and the richest cultural tradition of Brest, so the project is timed to the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the city. The facsimile edition weighs 15 kg and has about 1,500 pages; this is the largest book in the history of the national book-publishing. The size, paper, handwritten inscriptions and notes, bookmark and other features of the original have been recreated with absolute accuracy.
Also on September 11, a retreat of the Library Assembly of Eurasia was held. The meeting was attended by the heads and representatives of the libraries members of the BAE: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The moderator of the meeting was the BAE Vice President, Roman Motulsky.
The directors and leading experts of the largest libraries of the Commonwealth of Independent States discussed the preparation of a model recommendation on the issue of a mandatory copy of a printed publication in electronic form, as well as a number of initiatives dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.
During the meeting, the director of the National Library of Belarus donated to the representatives of the libraries of the Commonwealth a facsimile reproduction of the world’s first book titled Bukvar, or the Primer (Russian: Букварь) (1618).
On September 12, participants in the international conference will get acquainted with the history of Brest Hero City, visit the Brest Fortress, the Berestye Museum, the city history museum, the museum of saved art values and the museum of railway equipment.
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