Minsk to host Christmas Orthodox festival 9-10 January

Natalya Mihailova | 06 January 2015
MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian Christmas Orthodox festival of batleika and puppet theaters Nyabyosy will be held at the Sunday school of Saint Elisabeth Convent in Minsk on 9-10 January, BelTA learned from the organizers of the event.
Minsk to host Christmas Orthodox festival 9-10 January

The festival will take place as part of the Christmas celebrations. Partaking in the contest will be eleven teams, including the professional theater studio Faith. Hope. Love at the Sunday school of the Church of the Icon f the Mother of God Vsetsaritsa (Lida), the Minsk Oblast Puppet Theater Batleika (Molodechno), the Batleika Family Theater (Minsk), etc.

The jury will determine winners in the following nominations: the best artistic execution, the best presentation of the spiritual and moral value of the theater production. The jury includes cleric of Saint Elisabeth Convent Archpriest Sergei Khrapitsky, actress of the Belarusian State Puppet Theater Yana Ageyenko, costume designer Tatyana Lisovenko, theater historian and correspondent of Kultura Newspaper Nadezhda Buntsevich, theater historian Yekaterina Yeremina.

The program of the festival includes specialized round tables, creative master classes, Christmas music performances. Organizers of the event will hold a charity campaign for children from orphanages and boarding schools.

The Belarusian Orthodox festival aims to revive and promote Belarusian traditional batleika and puppet theaters, create art groups at Orthodox churches, educational and cultural institutions, facilitate professional communication and exchange of experience between creative teams.

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