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Culture Shock – Belarus

Écrit par sur 18 novembre 2019

Culture Shock is a new series that we have launched on Euradio. Each week we take one European country and put it under the spotlight, looking at its musical and cultural outputs. Each day there are two instalments of the show; one looking at music, and the other at culture. This week we headed East and found ourselves in Belarus!

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To introduce us to the country that Belarus is today, Bella took us back in time to discover its rich and diverse history.

Katherine explains which European musical instruments are said to have been created in Belarus.

Come and discover the importance of potatoes in Belarusian cuisine!

Belarusian mainstream music has changed a lot over the years, Katherine tells us about the influence of the Soviet Union on popular culture.

Belarus is one of very few countries whose official language is actually a minority language. Bella tells us about how Belarusian became an endangered language.

Rock music in the Soviet Union was banned for decades, so how did the rock music scene in Belarus come about?

Bella tells us about the diverse religions which make up the population of Belarus!

Electronic is still seen as a relatively modern genre of music – Katherine explains why Belarusian electronic music is even more modern!

Did you know that the world famous artist Marc Chagall was born in Belarus? Learn more about him and the Belarusian art scene right here!

Although the Soviet Union was closed off from Western culture and influences for most of the 20th century, civilians went to extreme measures to get their hands on modern music…

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Thank you for joining us on our visit to Belarus! Make sure to come along next week as we discover the Mediterranean island of Malta!

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