Calendar of Main Events

JANUARY 2017

December 25, 2016 - January 14, 2017 - Festive Christmas and New Year events
Venue: concert halls, stadiums, parks of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

January 4 - 7Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus A.G. Lukashenko
The tournament is held every year and is a kind of unofficial ice hockey world championship among amateur teams.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Chizhovka-Arena", 19 Tashkentskaya St
Contact Information: www.hockey.by, www.chizhovka-arena.org

January 7 - Christmas concert of baroque music
The concert program includes the works by great composers, "pearls" of the Baroque period.
Venue: Concert hall "Upper Town", 23a Svobody Sq
Contact Information: www.kvitki.by, www.ticketpro.by

FEBRUARY

February 9 - 11 - Musical project "Minsk Jazz -2017"
The musical project "Mіnsk Jazz" is a bright event in the cultural life of the capital. The festival program includes modern music and jazz bestsellers played by famous musicians.
Venue: F.E. Dzerzhinsky Club, 30 Komsomolskaya St
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by, www.orchestra.by

February 9 - 11
Freestyle European Cup
Freestyle attracts its participants and numerous spectators with its beauty and the risk which requires a great skill of the athlete.
Venue: Republican Olympic Winter Sports Training Centre "Raubichi"
Contact Information: www.rau.by

February 9 – 12 - International competition "Open Championship of the Republic of Belarus for Unarmed Self-defence for the prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus A.G. Lukashenko"
For athletes, this championship is a stepping stone to the heights of future victories. For the fans it is an unforgettable spectacle.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.sportclub.by, www.sportpalace.by

February 10 – 12 - Short-Track World Cup Series
The final stage of the Short-track World Cup -2016/17 will take place in Minsk. The competitors will have to demonstrate their skills and abilities to achieve victory.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.minskarena.by, www.ticketpro.by, www.kvitki.by

February 20 - Concert by "Europe Plus TV. HOT & TOP"
Minsk residents and guests of the capital will be able to visit a hot evening-party which will take place on the main site of Belarus. Here one will have an opportunity to hear the best hits of famous performers.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.minskarena.by, www.ticketpro.by, www.kvitki.by

February 20 – 26Shrovetide Festival
In all areas of the capital there will take place fairs, festive gatherings and concert programs with participation of amateur groups, harmonica and accordion players, competitions and games.
Venue: Sports, ethnographic, museum and mountain-skiing complexes, parks and squares of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

February 23 - Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus
It is a grand occasion for the worthy heirs of the generation of victors that protect peace and prosperity of the country today. It symbolizes patriotism, loyalty to military duty, and the continuation of the glorious history of martial traditions of our fathers and grandfathers.
Venue: Minsk concert halls, historical and cultural complex "Stalin Line", the Belarusian Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by, www.stalin-line.by

February - International boxing tournament in memory of the Hero of the Soviet Union V.I. Liventsev
Victor I. Liventsev is an Honored Worker of Physical Culture, Hero of the Soviet Union. The years of his work at the head of the Belarusian sports are called "Liventsev’s epoch".
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.sportpalace.by, www.boxingbelarus.by

February - March
- International tournament of Grand Prix category in wrestling for the prizes of the three-time Olympic champion, Honorary citizen of Minsk A.V. Medved
Alexander V. Medved is a man of legend. He is the first three-time Olympic champion for freestyle wrestling in the history of world sports; multiple world, European and the USSR champion; the winner of the special UNESCO prize "For Sports Nobility". He is also recognized as the best freestyle wrestler of the 20th century.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.wrestling.by

MARCH

March 10 – 12
- Minsk Spring Tango Festival 2017
The program includes pre- and after-party, day and night milongas and more.
Venue: Belarusian State Philharmonic, 50 Nezavisimosti Av
Contact Information: www.springtango.by

March 18
- Calling of the spring
Entertainments connected with seeing in the spring. Feeling the first breath of warm wind people used to go to the hills, to high swings so that with their songs they could welcome springtime and birds that carried warm wind. Be witnesses of the most lyrical, melodic and unique holiday dedicated to seeing in the coming spring.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life,the village of Ozertso, Minsk District.
Contact Information: www.etna.by

APRIL

April - International festival of short films "Cinema Perpetuum Mobile"
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile (abbreviated CPM) is an annual international festival of short films. CPM events are held in Minsk and other Belarusian towns, as well as outside the country.
Venue: Museum of the History of Belarusian Cinema, 4 Sverdlov St
Contact Information: www.filmfest.by

April 21 - 23 - International exhibition "Motoveloekspo" and "Belarus custom and tuning show" - 2017
The leading manufacturers will demonstrate the new items of the season, and experts will help all those who wish so to choose the best model of a bike, motorcycle, scooter and ATV.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.motoveloexpo.by

April - MayMass sporting event "Opening of mass cycling season 2017” "Minsk Carnival «VIVA Rover"
The event is organized in order to promote cycling and healthy way of life. The lovers of cycling participating in the event are offered to decorate their vehicles and to prepare a carnival costume. In addition, they need to register themselves.
Venue: The cycling starts near the monument "Minsk - Hero City"
Contact Information: www.minskcyclingclub.by

April 29 - May 1 - International Rally of Caravanners
The visitors to the Rally are expected to be offered a rich sports and entertainment program and exhibition at which they are going to present the main tourist sites of the country. They are also going to organize a round table the participants in which will be able to present their clubs of caravanners and discuss the prospects of automobile tourism.
Venue: the territory of Minsk-1 Airport, 38 Chkalov Street
Contact Information: www.caravaningclub.by, www.ucb.by

MAY

May 3 – 12 - Thai Boxing World Championship
The strongest fighters of the planet will gather in Minsk in May 2017. Athletes from more than 90 countries are going to participate in the Championship.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.vk.com/kickthai

May 9 - Festive events dedicated to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War (Victory Day)
On this day, there will be organized festive events with the participation of war veterans, a military parade and festive procession of people, sports events, and traditional fireworks.
Venue: squares and aVenues, concert halls, parks and public gardens of Minsk, historical and cultural complex "Stalin Line"
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by, www.stalin-line.by, www.minsktourism.by

May 9 - International Power Extreme Tournament "Minsk Strong Battle" dedicated to the celebration of Victory Day
Power Extreme is a sport in which athletes compete in unusual types of strength training. This kind of sport is becoming more and more popular. With every day it involves a growing number of athletes, attracts attention of a growing number of spectators.
Venue: the playground near the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.belstrong.by

May - Republican festival-fair of crafts "Vyasnovy buket" (Spring bouquet)
The visitors to the event have a unique opportunity to witness live creative processes and take a direct part in them, as well as to acquire new finished products from the masters.
Venue: Loschitsa Park, 10 Chizhevskih Passage
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

May - September - Summer music and the tourist season in the Upper Town
These days Minsk residents and guests will have an excellent opportunity to spend time in the historic center of the city in an interesting and informative way.
Venue: the territory of the Upper Town, Svobody Square
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

May 13 - 15 - International exhibition of vintage and classic cars "Retro Minsk 2017"
Visitors to the exhibition can see for themselves the vintage cars since the release of which has been more than 35 years – the revived real stories on 4 wheels, witnesses of different epochs and historical events.
Venue: the playground near the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.avtoamerika.by

May 18 – 22 - European Championship for Unarmed Self-defence
Unarmed Self-defence is a relatively new but quite popular and rapidly growing form of combat sports. The philosophy of unarmed self-defence is a philosophy of constant development, renovation, openness to all the best.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.sportclub.by

May - International Action "Night of Museums"
On this night, shrouded in an aura of romance and mystery, museums open their doors to visitors. There will be offered a memorable program that will plunge the city into a cultural insomnia.
Venue: Museums of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

May - International Competition in cycling "Grand Prix of Minsk"
"Grand Prix of Minsk" will gather in our capital the best racing cyclists from around the world.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.minskarena.by, www.minskcyclingclub.by

May 27 - 28 - The Age of Chivalry
The Age of Chivalry is a festival of medieval culture and traditions. It includes jousting tournaments, an archery tournament, music and dancing.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

JUNE

June 3 - Zyalionyya Svyatkі
Zyalionyya Svyatki is a ceremonial event with compulsory singing and dancing in a ring, accompanied with wreath weaving. At this time, they used to lead mermaids through the fields of rye so that they could favour a good harvest. According to popular legends mermaids come out of water and by the autumn they settle on the ground. Welcome to a unique rite "Seeing off a mermaid."
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

June 10 – 11 - European Judo Cup
With significant philosophical component, judo is based on three main principles: mutual help and understanding in order to achieve greater progress, the best use of the body and spirit, and to succumb to defeat.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.judo.by

June 16 - 17 - Open air Fest "Kupalskaye cola"
The festival is dedicated to the ancient national holiday – Kupalle in the traditions and rituals of which most clearly reveals the soul of the Belarusian people.
Venue: the out-of-town complex "Komarovo", the village of Urozhainaya, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.kupalskajekola.com, www.komarovovillage.by

June 17 - 18 - OPEN-air on Kupalle "Sviata Sontsa" (Holy Day of the Sun)
Like no other holiday Kupalle is covered with legends and myths in the rites of which ancient pagan and Christian traditions and beliefs of our ancestors are interwound. The traditions and rituals connected with Kupalle reveal the soul of the Belarusian people most vividly.
Venue: Museum complex "Dudutki", the village of Ptich, Pukhovichi District
Contact Information: www.dudutki.by, www.vk.com/sviata_sonca

June 24Kupalle (Midsummer Day)
This ancient rite is accompanied with singing and dancing in a ring, kindling a fire, abduction of Kupalinka, weaving wreaths and searching for "Paparats-kvetka" (fern flower)
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

JULY

July 3Day of Independence of the Republic of Belarus
Minsk squares and streets, parks and public gardens become Venues for entertainments and festivities, festivals and fairs, The squares, in parks, on the streets of Minsk is a holiday with the whole scope of festivals, fairs, attraction and amusements, concerts and sporting events, fireworks.
Venue: squares, streets and avenues, concert halls, parks and public gardens of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by, www.minsktourism.by

July 3 - International Power Extreme Tournament dedicated to Independence Day
Power extreme is becoming more and more popular. With every day it involves a growing number of athletes, attracts attention of a growing number of spectators. "Who is the strongest of all?" - That's the eternal question.
Venue: the playground near the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.belstrong.by

July - International competitions in cycling "Grand Prix of Minsk" and Minsk City Cup (highway)
Grand Prix of Minsk-2017 will bring together a truly stellar cast. The status of the competition is growing every year, and athletes with a worldwide reputation in the Minsk track are not uncommon.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.minskcyclingclub.com, www.minskarena.by

July 17 - 21 - European Championship in Modern Pentathlon
Modern pentathlon is called "true Olympic sport" in the first place, referring to its exclusive line to the ideals of Olympism.
To combine such diverse disciplines as shooting, fencing, swimming, jumping, and running in one type of sport was offered by the founder of the modern Olympic movement Pierre de Coubertin, who wrote that such a test like no other, "would be a decent test of moral qualities of man, his physical abilities and skills, and thus would give us an ideal, versatile athlete."
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.pentathlon.by

July 22 – 23
- International Festival "Our Grunwald"
During the whole Festival its participants and guests will enjoy a rich and colorful program that will include jousting hiking and horseback tournaments to be held in accordance with medieval canons, massive jousting battles - buhurts to be fought according to the rules of warfare used in medieval military action, tournaments of archers, alebarests and arbalests.
Venue: Museum complex "Dudutki", the village of Ptich, Pukhovichi District
Contact Information: www.dudutki.by

July 29 – 30Art-picnic Freaky Summer Party
An annual summer festival of positive smiles and active movements in the format of a cozy picnic with good friends.
Venue: Dreamland Park, 80 Orlovskaya St
Contact Information: www.artpicnic.by

AUGUST

August 12 - Zhytsen
Harvest Festival with a unique rite "Zavіvanne Barady" (Beard curling) accompanied with singing and dancing in a ring. Everyone will be able to try to mow and reap using a sickle. A real peasant fair of agricultural products will be held on this day.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

August 19 - Spasauka-Lasauka
Holiday Feast of apple juice during which each participant will be able to consecrate fruits and vegetables, as well as taking part in an interactive program of the festival.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

August 19 - 20 - the Festival "The Way of the Vikings 2017"
The program of the Festival includes: a camp of Vikings, a market of masters, interactive zones, etc.
Venue: country estate complex "History Park of Sula" the village of Sula, Stolbtsy District
Contact Information: www.parksula.by

August - Mirum Music Festival 2017
Mirum Music Festival means a cast of brilliant musicians, wonderful weather, food court, entertainments. In other words, it is what makes the summer of thousands of Belarusians and foreign guests quite unforgettable.
Venue: the museum "Castle Complex" Mir", the town of Mir, 2 Krasnoarmeyskaya St
Contact Information: www.mirummusicfestival.by

SEPTEMBER

September 9 - 10Minsk is 950
The celebration of the Day of Minsk is a significant cultural, spiritual, political and national event.
Venue: squares, streets and avenues, concert halls, parks and public gardens of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

September
International festival of the historical reconstruction "Mіnsk Starazhytny"
The festival is held with the aim of preserving and developing cultural and intellectual environment based on the domestic and European historical traditions.
Venue: the green area at the intersection of Pobediteley Av and Masherov Av
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by

September 9 Folk-fest "Kamyanіtsa"
Folk-fest "Kamyanitsa” is a traditional folk festival at which one can listen to the singing by the best Belarusian and foreign ethnographic folk-groups, buy products made by Belarusian craftsmen, taste dishes of the Belarusian cuisine.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

September - Brazilian-Belarusian Street-art Festival "Vulica Brasil" (Brazil street)
"Brazilian Street" is becoming more lively so that the Belarusian capital can be presented with still more colours..
Venue: streets of Minsk
Contact Information: www.vulica-brasil.by

Septemberthe Minsk half marathon "Minsk Polo Marathon"
"Minsk Polo Marathon" is a unique opportunity to see Minsk from an unusual side: when will one have another opportunity to warm up in the middle of the central aVenue?
Venue: The start will be given at the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.polomarathon.by

Septemberthe International Biathlon Festival "Race of legends - stars of biathlon for peace"
The festival will be held with the participation of Olympic champions from different countries that have already left their professional sports career for good.
Venue: Republican Olympic Winter Sports Training Center "Raubichi"
Contact Information: www.biathlon.by, www.biathlonclub.by

September
the International Power Extreme Tournament "MINSK OPEN CUP – 2017" dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Minsk
Power Extreme is becoming more and more popular, involving a growing number of athletes, attracting attention of a growing number of spectators.
Venue: the playground near the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.belstrong.by

September - International Boxing Tournament in memory of the Honorary Master of Sports of the USSR, Honored Coach of the Republic of Belarus V.V.Botvinnik
This tournament has become a kind of school of education of young generation of athletes and respect for the veterans of the sport and their great services to their country.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Chizhovka-Arena", 19 Tashkentskaya St
Contact Information: www.boxingbelarus.by

September - November
- International tournament "Open Championship of Minsk and Minsk karate pre-eminence "Sanker Cup 2017" within "Japanese Autumn in Belarus"
Sanker Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in karate (WKF) in Eastern Europe. Traditionally, the competition involves European and Asian teams.
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Minsk-Arena", 111 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.sanker.info

September
- H.O.G. Rally Minsk 2017: Closing of Harley-Davidson Motor Season
On the day of the event the capital will bring together bikers from different countries. A column of motor-cyclists will run through the streets of Minsk to the site where an extensive cultural and entertainment program will be offered to the guests and participants in the event.
Venue: the playground near the Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.hog.by

OCTOBER

OctoberYuri Bashmet International Festival
Yuri Bashmet International Festival is a unique project aimed at the preservation and enhancement of the cultural heritage of national and foreign authors and performers, arousing interest of young people for masterly performance.
Venue: Palace of the Republic (1-1 Octyabrskaya Sq) and Belarusian State Philharmonic (50 Nezavisimosti Av)
Contact Information: www.bashmet-festival.com, www.palace.by, www.philharmonic.by

October - International Forum of Theatrical Art "TEART"
The visitors to the Forum will be offered the best theater productions from around the world, enjoy brilliant playing of actors and learn the names of the most famous directors.
Venue: Minsk theaters
Contact Information: www.teart.by

NOVEMBER

November - Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad"
The Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad" is a diverse palette of cinematographic art for its participants and guests, an outstanding event in the cultural life of the capital and a professional competition which has rightly won international recognition.
Venue: cinemas of Minsk
Contact Information: www.listapad.com

November - International Ice Hockey Tournament among junior teams "Cup of the President's Sports Club"
Hockey combines the speed of reaction, excitement, tremendous amounts of adrenaline and talent, because to respond quickly on the ice in heavy uniform and, in spite of this, hold well on the blade of the skates - it is nothing like the talent. Come and support your favorite team!
Venue: Multifunctional cultural, sports and entertainment complex "Chizhovka-Arena" 19 Tashkentskaya St
Contact Information: www.sportclub.by

November - International Tournament in Greco-Roman Wrestling in memory of the Olympic Champion Oleg Karavayev
Oleg Karavayev became the first Belarusian Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling which used to be called classic wrestling. In 1960, in Rome at the XVII Summer Olympics, he won in the weight category up to 57 kg. In the same year Karavayev was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labour and the Medal for Distinction in Labour.
In addition to the Olympic title in the service record of the athlete there were championship titles which he won at two world championships, the Games of the peoples of the USSR as well as at seven tournaments of the Soviet Union in the individual and team competitions.
Venue: Palace of Sports, 4 Pobediteley Av
Contact Information: www.wrestling.by

November - International Professional Women's Tennis Tournament "Cup of Pavlov"
This international tournament has been one of the most important annual events in the sporting life of the capital for many years and it continues the glorious traditions of the Belarusian tennis, and shows the world new bright tennis stars.
Venue: Olympic Reserve Sports School of Tennis for Children and Youth "Smena", 15 Kozlov Lane
Contact Information: www.tennis.by

November 18 - Pіlіpauskіya vyachorkі
Pilipauskiya vyachorki is a feast of the autumn-winter period. It is confined to household work. The program includes master classes for spinning and youth game "Vyachorkі".
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

DECEMBER

December - Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum
The program of the Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum includes the best opera performances of famous theaters, as well as the premiere performances of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Venue: The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, 1 Parizhskaya Communa Square
Contact Information: www.bolshoibelarus.by

23 DecemberKalyady (Christmas)
Christmas used to rank first in the annual round of folk rituals and celebrations of the ancient Slavs. The program includes folk songs, dances, traditional music. Everyone will be able to taste ancient Belarusian dishes – kutiya (boiled rice with raisins and honey) and "Uzvar”.
Venue: Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, the village of Ozertso, Minsk District
Contact Information: www.etna.by

25 December
- Festive Christmas and New Year events
Mass events - traditional folk festivals, concerts, fireworks, matinees will be held throughout the city. The New Year and Christmas week begins with a festive procession of Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens, ceremonial lighting of the New Year’s tree in the center of Minsk - in Octyabrskaya Square.
Venue: concert halls, stadiums, parks of Minsk
Contact Information: www.guir.minsk.gov.by
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