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National Library of Belarus at the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

National Library of Belarus at the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
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On November 15–17, the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum takes place in the Russian Federation, during which the director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky takes part.

The forum has been held annually since 2012 and was recognized as a world-class cultural event. As one of the most reputable events the forum gathered thousands of cultural experts from around the world this year. Stars of the theater, opera and ballet, outstanding directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of government and business, the academic community met to discuss a wide range of issues of the development of culture and art.

The main event of the section "Literature and Reading" – a plenary session "Reading in the digital age" – was held on November 15 in the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. Roman Motulsky took part in the discussion with his foreign colleagues of the important issues of transforming the reading process into the digital age, the development of electronic book projects, enhancing the role of books and reading in the digital space.

On the same day the director of the National Library of Belarus acted as moderator at the "Information. Society. Development: International Relations of Libraries" symposium, the opening of which took place in the Main Building of the National Library of Russia. Roman Motulsky shared with foreign colleagues the experience of international cooperation of our library in preserving historical and cultural heritage on the example of a project on the facsimile edition of the first Belarusian "Primer" (1618).


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