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Belarusian NOA contributed to national festival of culture and sport “Vytoki”

The Belarusian Olympic Academy co-organized the festival Vytoki, which took place across Belarus with the final celebration in the capital Minsk.

The festival covered an extensive cultural and educational programme with exhibitions, seminars, a singing competition and a children’s drawing competition, as well as a unique organ concert.

The central event was the Olympic quest, where the children could test their strength in various sports, complete tasks and win prizes. The Belarusian Olympic Academy developed trivia questions, competitions and crosswords to help children and their parents expand their knowledge of the Olympic Movement and Belarusian Olympic history.

Within the framework of the festival, the Belarusian Olympic Academy also organised a workshop on how the Olympic movement can contribute to value orientations and national identity among children. The workshop was aimed at teaching staff and directors of pre-schools and secondary schools and over 200 attended. The participants shared their experiences in organising Olympic education activities and reflected on how to integrate Olympic education into pedagogical practices.

An evening gala with well-known Belarusian artists formed the final chord of the festival. In total, seven Belarusian cities hosted the festival from May to August 2021.

The organisers of the Vytoki Festival included the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, the Trade Union Federation of Belarus, the companies Arthaos and BelBrandAudit, and regional Executive Committees.