On Saturday, September 3, Minsk celebrated its 949th birthday. As usual, the main celebration unfolded in the Upper Town and near the Palace of Sports.
Historical atmosphere was created near the Town Hall where actors dressed as Belarusian gentry of the past centuries staged a ball.
A monument to two prominent art figures – composer Stanisław Moniuszko and writer Vincent Dunin-Marcinkievič – was inaugurated on Svabody Square. The sculpture is located not far from the house where Moniuszko used to live.
A fashion show of young designers took place in one of the streets of the historical centre. This part of the city was actually one big stage for street musicians who played there all day long.
The square near the Palace of Sports was traditionally turned into a big fair.
An unusual competition was organized there. The contest “The strongest fireman and rescuer” gathered brave guys from Belarus, Russia and Lithuania.
The City Day ended at 22.00 with spectacular fireworks.