Batleika: A Tale of the Belarusian Soul

Batleika Theatre is one of the earliest types of the Belarusian popular art. The traditions of the medieval theatre are being revived and make people happy again. Heart 2 Heart Festival is no exception: Batleika Theatre has been a firmly established part of its programme for several years now. Batleika

Charity Fairs: Ministry of Good Deeds

Heart 2 Heart Festival aims to reveal how the Orthodox Church interacts with the contemporary society in numerous ways, which serves to prove that the Orthodox faith is experiencing a revival. We do our best to show the diversity and beauty of the Orthodox culture. Unique products of the workshops

Hearty Meetings in the Belarusian Hut

How do you introduce country to a foreign audience? Where do you start? Perhaps, you should start by telling your listeners about the traditional way of life of your people, how they managed their household, their daily lifestyle, and their traditional crafts. Heart 2 Heart Festival invites its guests to

How an Icon Is Born?

There was a meeting with Hieromonk Luke from Xenophontos Monastery (Holy Mount Athos) in St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk on May 25, 2018. Hieromonk Luke is an icon painter and a jeweller. He taught a brief practical lesson on painting icons with tempera.   The process of painting an icon

White Linen and Red Threads

A show of national Belarusian costume has become an integral part of the cultural programme of the Heart 2 Heart Festival. It is followed by a show of modern items made in the sewing workshops of St Elisabeth Convent. A traditional folk costume reveals a lot about the life of its

The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent

The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent has become an integral part of the Heart 2 Heart Festival programme. The charitable concerts of the Monastic Choir are well-known and loved in many countries across Europe. They evoke engagement even with those who are taking their first steps into the Church. We know

The Good Mission in the British Isles

The residents of London and Dublin enjoyed the beauty of the Orthodox faith and its rich cultural and spiritual heritage in the spring of 2017. The Heart 2 Heart Orthodox Festival was held in London on May 4 – 7 and in Dublin on May 11 – 14 with the

Serving God by Serving People

Lay and monastic sisters have worked hand in hand in the Sisterhood of St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk for over two decades. Following in the footsteps of their heavenly patroness and with the blessing of the Very Rev Andrew Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent, the sisters carry

Ascension of the Lord: A Valediction That Forbids Mourning

Today, forty days after the Easter, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord. As promised, the Lord walked with his disciples on earth for forty days after his Resurrection. He reinforced their faith and bolstered their hope in the coming Kingdom of Heaven. Forty days later, the Lord

Lots of Joy You Will Enjoy

Meeting guests with sweets, delicious pastry, and herbal tea has become a good tradition of the Heart 2 Heart Festival. All products in the phyto café of St Elisabeth Convent are not just tasty but also natural and healthy. You can indulge in candied fruit, marshmallows, Turkish delight and other

Encountering the Word

Thanks to the Heart 2 Heart Festival, colourful and educational books published by the Publishing House of St Elisabeth Convent (Minsk) have found new readers in many countries across Europe. The Publishing House of St Elisabeth Convent is one of the largest Christian publishers in Belarus. It publishes Christian books in

The Show That Brings Your Childhood Back

One-Person Music Show The Little Prince based on the eponymous novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will be demonstrated within the frameworks Heart 2 Heart Festival in London on July 6 and 7 this year. “All adults used to be children but few of them remember it,” “You are forever responsible for