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Christmas Charity Book Ball

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On 12 December, the National Library of Belarus hosted the Christmas Charity Book Ball and an auction of books which was organized by the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.

The charity events were held as part of the traditional New Year’s action "Our Children".

Ball was opened by the speech of First Deputy Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus Liliya Ananich in which she had thanked all those who had come on behalf of the Ministry of Information for the response and participation in the auction. "The idea to organize a gala charity book ball appeared in the Year of Book. We sure that the book does good, and on New Year’s eve it works wonders. Last year, all the money which had been gathered at that auction was given to the Gorodishche orphanage," she said.

After the ceremonial speeches people saw the main element of any ball – a waltz that was performed by guest artists.

43 lots were placed on auction. It should be noted that as at the end there were sold by auction 44 lots. The last one was unexpectedly offered by one of the participants of the auction who was the author of this item entitled Russkaya Atlantida (Russian Atlantis)." This item added to the charity auction two million six hundred thousand rubles. In general, the participants gave the children more than 50 million rubles.

At the auction there were presented rare editions, books with author’s autographs, audio books as well as some unique books that are not commercially available. Thus, among the lots there were a facsimile (Barkolabov Chronicle), an edition about Euphrosyne of Polotsk, books about the Great Patriotic War Nikogda ne zabudem (Never Forget), Nasha pobeda (Our Victory), Belarus –Moskva (Belarus – Moscow), author’s editions of Nikolai Cherginets, Vladimir Prokoptsov, Tamara Lisitskaya, editions published by the Publishing House of the Belarusian Exarchate, the Belarusian Encyclopedia named after P. Brovka, the publishing house Four Quarters.

The participants were amused by songs of sisters Alena and Ninel Karpovich, Eduard Martynyuk, a legendary Belarusian vocal ensemble Chisty Golos as well as by performances of young actors of the Variety Arts Center named after V. Mulyavin under the direction of S. Statsenko.



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