On December 8, the Russian House in Brussels hosted a festive evening, “Interweaving of Cultures: Russia and Belarus.”

«We live in different states, but it is still the common spiritual, moral and cultural foundations that unite our present and, undoubtedly, the future» – said Ambassador of the Russian Federation Alexander Avrelevich Tokovinin, opening the evening.

Charge d’Affaires of Belarus Ekaterina Vladimirovna Shatokhina noted in her welcoming speech that the cultures of the two states are closely intertwined, since for several centuries the Belarusian and Russian peoples have been forming the cultural code of the region side by side. complementing and enriching each other.

The concert was attended by Russian and Belarusian musicians: Diana Kokaeva (piano), Elena Fedorova (vocals), David Makhmudov (violin), Liliya Umnova (violin), Timur Sergeenya (piano) and Oksana Shpizeke (cymbals), who performed works by P.I. Tchaikovsky, S.V. Rachmaninov, S.S. Prokofieva, A.S. Dargomyzhsky and other authors.

Throughout the evening, visitors were able to get acquainted with the gastronomic traditions of the two countries. A fascinating master class organized by the Belarusian Embassy was dedicated to the traditional Belarusian dish “draniki”, and Russian cuisine was presented by everyone’s favorite baked potatoes with mushrooms and other fillings.

The history of the peoples of Russia and Belarus is inextricably linked with each other. We are united by common statehood, Slavic roots, military exploits, a common faith and rich cultural traditions.