September 4-5, in the state of New Jersey were two 29th meeting of the Belarusians in North America.
Meetings of the Belarusians of North America held every two years in the first weekend of September in conjunction Belarusian-American association (BASE) and the Canadian Association of Belarusians of 1952. Usually the guests are attended by representatives of the Belarusian communities of other countries.
The program included a solemn academy on important anniversaries sympoziyumy on current topics, concerts, exhibitions, art products, view of Belarusian films.
Today's meeting was held simultaneously in two places. Home BASE council has arranged a celebration at the Belarusian-American Center in South River, and the New York and New Zherziyski BASE departments held their meeting at 25 kilometers from savtryverskay — at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.
"Split" main celebration of the North American Belarusians due to the fact that some members of the New York and New Zherziyskaga BASE departments did not recognize the results of the congress BASE 2009y, where the chairman of the Central Organization Department, was elected Vyachka Stankiewicz, and they cite violations of the statute BASE.
Main topic of discussion at the meetings this week — the role of the Belarusian diaspora in the struggle to free Belarus yesterday, today and tomorrow. Was immortalized and important anniversary date — the centenary birthday Larissa Heniyush.
In one of the discussion groups attended Congressman from New Jersey Frank Ploen. At a meeting in South River was present chairman of the BNR Ivonka Survila.
During the two days of meetings were held fairs crafts, books and souvenirs, a volleyball tournament, exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs. A special stand was dedicated to the activities of the Center for Belarusian Studies in Kansas.
In concert, the trio played Valentina, Ales and Olga Kazakov, Sergei Sokolov Voyush, curator of Jewish music traditions of the Belarusian Dmitry Slyapovich, singer Irina Mozyleva and Light Litvinov. On the evenings of dance party meetings trio played Kazakov and family ensemble Dyameshchykav.
In the Hall of the Belarusian-American Center (South River)
Came to the meeting Congressman Frank Ploen (fifth from left) (New Brunswick)
With a fiery speech was the patriarch of the Belarusian diaspora in the United States Anton Shukeloyts (New Brunswick)
Ian Zaprudnik and Vytautas was boiling (South River)
With a trio of family Kazakov made klezmerskay tradition revived Belarusian Dmitry Slyapovich (New Brunswick)
Sergei Sokolov Voyush sang songs familiar to all (New Brunswick)
Opera performs at a concert singer Irina Mozyleva (South River)
Not all waited for the end of a long day of meetings (South River)