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1 September 2019 → The First Social City Festival IBB JubiläumsFest Was Held in Minsk

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the IBB JubiläumsFest Festival was held at the Johannes Rau Minsk International Educational Centre, the "Minsk-Novosti" Aagency correspondent reports.

28 years ago, it was decided to create an international educational centre. For 3 years, they managed to build a unique building which is original in its architecture and interesting in its functional purpose. Thus, on September 4, 1994, with the participation of representatives of authorities and public associations from Germany and Belarus, the Centre was opened. Implementing various educational programs, over the past 25 years the Centre has become a kind of bridge between Belarus and Germany, as well as an important dialogue platform between the East and the West.

At the official opening of the Festival, Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Artem Tsuran made a welcoming speech:

"Today is the birthday, so first of all I would like to congratulate our colleagues and partners on the day the Centre was created ...  We would like this universal platform for dialogue to remain free and open, so that it can be possible to discuss the problems that we are having.  And of course, on behalf of the whole city, I want to thank the Centre’s employees for their  work on implementing individual programs aimed at socializing and developing our society, as well as for their help to  those who especially need it. Happy holiday and new success in achieving your goals!"

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belarus Manfred Huterer joined in the congratulations:

"To speak today on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Educational Centre is a great honour for me. I look forward to working with you. Even with a cursory glance, one feels that today is truly a birthday. The bright bouquet of initiatives presented today demonstrates the close ties of the city of Minsk with IBB."

As a sign of the Belarusian-German friendship, not far from the Educational Centre, the participants in the event planted a ginkgo tree. Also, in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Center, a 25-kilogram cake had been cooked to treat everyone who attended the Festival.

In addition, more than 50 educational events at 8 venues awaited the guests of the Festival on which they held a master class on stories on Instagram, discussions on various topics, film screenings, educational master classes from the Belarusian Red Cross Society, the Deaf Society, and express courses in German. Also, everyone could attend a lecture on the history of techno.

Handmade lovers were also satisfied, because the social market worked at the Festival. There one could buy postcards and souvenirs from the "Art Idea" creative workshop, knitted toys from the historical workshop named after L. Levin, and eco-bags from the social and environmental project "Dobraya Avoska".

Participants in the event could also look into the charity service, where they collected adult and children's clothes, stationery.

By the way, parents came with children of different ages, since there were many zones at the Festival. For the guys, they held a master class on drawing in the style of Suprematism (a combination of multi-coloured geometric shapes of different sizes - Note.aut.), as well as on making cookies.

Throughout the Festival, its guests were cheered up by Belarusian DJs Smok and Dj Plavsky.

Photo by the the organizers of the event and Sergey Pozhoga

News provided by Agency "Minsk-Novosti"


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