Every year in Belarus there are dozens of unforgettable festivals for every taste: for connoisseurs of medieval culture, for fans of comics, and for avid rockers. We compiled our list of the most interesting events, which you not to miss in 2018. Let’s Go!
You can find more information about particular festivals on their websites, but take into account that most of them only have a Russian version.
What: festival of geek-culture
Where: Gomel, st. Irininskaya, 16
When: March 31, 2018
www.ft-fest.su (only in Russian)
FreeTime Fest is one of the largest festivals of geek-culture in the country. Here you can find everything that geeks like: the best representatives of cosplay, a costume show, funny fan performances with favorite anime characters and games, live performances, dance performances and much more.
In addition, in the foyer you can play table and console games, buy themed souvenirs at the fair, dedicated to cult comic books, cartoons and games and vote for the cosplayer contestant you liked. Well, after the festival you can walk to the center of the city and enjoy the sights of Gomel.
Viva Rovar! (Viva Ровар!)
What: Minsk cycling festival
Annually in the center of Minsk there is a grand cycling event that resembles a real parade! The festival is absolutely free, anyone can participate in it. It is enough to have a serviceable bicycle and a unique suit (which, by the way, many participants make by their own hands).
It is equally interesting for everyone: from youth to married couples. For toddlers there is a separate children’s area where you can leave your child under supervision. The festival organizes the largest cycling club in Minsk. Fun can be continued until late at night if you build an additional route past all the sights of Minsk. On a bicycle you can overcome tens of kilometers, admiring the capital.
What: the festival of youth culture
Where: Minsk, st. Chkalov, 7 (Palace of Culture and Sports of Railway Workers)
When: May 12, 2018
www.webcon.by (only in Russian)
WEBcon is the place where the best cosplay representatives from all over the world gather! Here you can’t only get a lot of impressions, but also to find new friends. Comics, fantasy, anime and computer games – that’s what unites the participants and spectators of this festival.
Here you can participate in interesting master classes, play games, buy souvenirs with your favorite characters, watch live performances.
The Battle of Four Epochs (Бітва чатырох эпох)
What: the festival of military historical reconstruction
Where: Minsk region, Litvensky village, Sula village, 14 (Park-museum of interactive history “Sula”)
When: May 19-20, 2018
Historically, several most significant epochs, each with its own peculiarities and culture, were represented on the territory of Belarus. The organizers of the festival decided to unite the whole history of Belarus and reproduce the main historical events in the 21st century! An unforgettable mixture of cultures and impressions!
The festival attracts the best artisans of the country to demonstrate weapons, household items and clothing. Everything is hand made. Also artisans arrange master classes, thanks to which you can make a clay pitcher or learn how to shoot a bow.
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The Holiday of the Sun (Свята Сонца)
What: an international folk rock festival
Where: Ptich village, Pukhovichi district (Museum complex of ancient crafts and technologies of Dudutki)
When: June 16-17, 2018
www.svyata-sontsa.by (also has an English version)
This festival will be to the liking of all lovers of folk culture. Here music and traditions are woven into one whole, forming an indescribable atmosphere. Every year, the organizers invite the best folk bands of the CIS to the festival, and in the end they stage a spectacular fire show.
Spectators dance and sing, drink traditional mead and sbiten, weave wreaths and even participate in theatrical performances.
What: one more international folk-rock festival
Where: not confirmed
When: June 23-25, 2018
After “The Holiday of the Sun” you can go to another folk-festival of the country – “Kupalskae Kola”. The format of the festival is slightly different. There are a lot of bikers, heavy music and beer here. But this does not mean that there will be less impressions.
Everyone gathers at the festival: from students to old mens in leather jackets. In addition to a variety of music and delicious drinks, there are open areas for outdoor activities and sports, a fair of antiques and a city of masters where you can try yourself in blacksmithing, pottery, straw and weaving.
What: car festival
Where: Grodno, a playground near Jubilee Lake
When: July 21, 2018
Every year in Grodno, the SunDay festival takes place, which features rare cars from around the world. The organizers took care of the comfort, turning the usual exhibition of cars into a comfortable festival. At your disposal is delicious food, playgrounds, entertainment areas for every taste and a large parking lot.
Within the framework of the festival, sports games and the Miss SunDay contest will be held. The merry atmosphere of the holiday will last all day and night, and then you can arrange a walk through the main sights of Grodno, at the same time getting to know the history of the city.
Our Grunwald (Наш Грунвальд)
What: the international festival of medieval culture and music
Where: Ptich village, Pukhovichi district (Museum complex of ancient crafts and technologies of Dudutki)
When: July 21-22, 2018
www.nashgrunwald.by (only Russian version)
“Our Grunwald” annually arranges a theatrical reconstruction of the main historical events, and does so on such a scale that the event can be called the largest of its kind. Representatives from not only Belarus, but also from neighboring European countries take part in the reconstruction, so the festival literally unites the world.
In addition to theatrical historical battles, you can watch and listen to the best folk, rock and metal bands here. Traditionally, the festival presents a sea of entertainment, food is served in authentic earthenware, young ladies are walking around in historical outfits, and children can not take their eyes off the knightly armor.
FSP Freaky Summer Party
What: a unique art-picnic
Where: Minsk, st. Orlovskaya, 80 (amusement park «Dreamland»).
When: July 28-29, 2018
fspfestival.com (has an English version)
The festival “FSP Freaky Summer Party” is an event that unites all innovators and progressive youth. “FSP Freaky Summer Party” can be called a Belarusian analogue of the “Picnic Afisha”, here sounds topical progressive music, sells delicious street food, art installations of modern artists are installed.
Master classes and theater performances are also held. There is a separate children’s area.
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What: the air festival
Where: Barovaya airfield
When: July 29-30, 2018
This is a large-scale event devoted to aviation sports. Professional pilots will show tricks on real planes and helicopters, will compete for the title of the best.
All interested persons can personally touch real aircraft and even sit in the cockpit of the pilot. Pilots tell you why each of the hundreds of buttons on the helicopter panel is needed. Here whole families come with pleasure and take a lot of funny photos.
What: the annual music festival of beer and delicious food
Where: Loshitsa Park
When: August 11
One of the most popular festivals dedicated to music and beer. The organizer of the event is the brewing company “Alivaria”, so the quality of the foam drinks is at an altitude. The festival took the best from its colleagues and created a truly comfortable place to relax, with great musicians, quality sound, a varied program and delicious food.
Viva Braslav Open Air
What: open-air festival of electronic music
Where: Braslov, on the shore of Drivyaty lake
When: August 3-4
www.vivabraslav.by (has an English version)
The largest open-air festival of modern electronic music! Every year the best music makers from all over the world come here to rock the crowd of many thousands.
Also at the festival is the contest “Miss Viva Braslav”, and the result depends on your decision. In addition to beautiful girls and amazing music the audience will be impressed by the light show.
Rock for Bobrov (Рок за Бобров)
What: open-air rock festival
Where: Borovaya airfield (Borovaya village)
When: August 4
www.rock.bobrov.by (only in Russian)
“Rock for Bobrov” is the largest rock festival in Belarus, which gathers people not only from neighboring cities of Belarus, but also from all over the world. During its ten-year history, the festival scene hosted the best representatives of Russian rock and alternative music.
In addition to amazing music, you can taste delicious food and good beer, find new friends, which contributes to the atmosphere of the festival.
Mensk Staryzhytny (Менск Старажытны)
What: the military-historical festival
Where: Minsk (to be confirmed)
When: September 8-9, 2018
www.minsk-starazhytny.by (only in Russian and Belarusian)
Local historical festival, incorporating the best from larger events like “The Holiday of the Sun”. Here, historical battles and folk music were successfully combined. In addition to recreating significant historical events, the festival hosts noble knight tournaments, horse shows and master classes by the country’s best artisans.
What: the largest beer festival
Where: Lida (not confirmed)
When: September (not confirmed)
www.lidbeer.by (only in Belarusian)
Lidbeer is a large-scale beer festival that takes place annually in the city of Lida near the walls of the famous Lida Castle. Centuries-old traditions of brewing, combined with popular rock music, are gather at the festival by thousands of spectators from all over the world.
The festival is divided into several zones, where everyone can have fun. Music lovers will be able to dance in the zone of the stage, and fans of beer can taste the best beers and enjoy snacks away from loud guitars.
Even for children there is a separate zone where they will be able to participate in contests and find new friends. And after the festival you can go to with big company or a friendly family on an excursion to the Lida Castle.
UNICON Convention & GameExpo Minsk
What: the festival of youth giq culture
Where: Minsk district, a. Shchomyslitsa, 3 km from MKAD (the shopping center “Globus Park”)
When: November 2-4, 2018
www.unicon.by (only in Russian)
UNICON Convention & GameExpo Minsk is an interactive exhibition-festival, entirely dedicated to console and computer games. Here there are presentations of new games and game projects, visitors can learn about innovations in the field of modern technologies, participate in cyber sport events, win in contests.
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