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

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

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

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

A Special Garden for Special Children

A special sensory garden for special children is being launched in the Boarding Home for Children with Special Needs with the support of St Elisabeth Convent. This is what Andrey Zhdanovich, the principal of this facility, told us, “The garden will be divided in five parts, each of which will

Heart-Warmed Clay

Original ceramic products made using relief decoration, overglaze painting, decals, or painted with gold are well known to the guests of the Heart 2 Heart Festival. All masterpieces created in the Ceramic Workshop of St Elisabeth Convent can be called exclusive and unique hands down. The Ceramic Workshop of St Elisabeth

Scriptorium: A Place for Copying Manuscripts

We announce a new island on the Festival map, called the Scriptorium. It is a place where you can learn Old Slavonic calligraphy and practise reading old manuscripts. You will be able to learn how writing and literacy emerged in the Slavic lands, read inscriptions on ancient icons, and understand

London Meets the Heart 2 Heart Festival

The Heart 2 Heart Charitable Festival comes to Great Britain again. You can expect an exciting cultural programme, workshop sessions, monastery treats, and, most importantly, good summertime mood and the joy of Christian encounters. St Elisabeth Convent (Minsk, Belarus) has organised several such events in Britain and Ireland already. Last spring,

New Year, New Festival

The new festival year has begun. Our team can’t wait to meet our friends again. Right now, we are preparing many small and large events. We would like to make our Festival a feast for everyone. Let’s begin by describing the news and the surprising discoveries that you can expect