Yakub Kolas

Yakub Kolas (also Jakub Kołas, Belarusian: Яку́б Ко́лас, November 3 [O.S. October 22] 1882 – August 13, 1956), real name Kanstancin Mickievič (Міцке́віч Канстанці́н Міха́йлавіч) was a Belarusian writer, People's Poet of the Byelorussian SSR (1926), and member (1928) and vice-president (from 1929) of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences.

In his works, Yakub Kolas was known for his sympathy towards the ordinary Belarusian peasantry. This was evident in his pen name 'Kolas', meaning 'ear of grain' in Belarusian. He wrote collections of poems Songs of Captivity (1908) and Songs of Grief (Belarusian: Песьні-жальбы, 1910), poems A New Land (Belarusian: Новая зямля, 1923) and Simon the Musician (Belarusian: Сымон-музыка, 1925), stories, and plays. His poem The Fisherman's Hut (Belarusian: Рыбакова хата, 1947) is about the fight after unification of Belarus with the Soviet state. His trilogy At a Crossroads (1954) is about the pre-Revolutionary life of the Belarusian peasantry and the democratic intelligentsia. He was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1946 and 1949. In honor of Yakub Kolas, a square and a street in the center of Minsk bear his name.

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Yakub Kolas Monument in Minsk
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Yakub Kolas in office
BornKanstantsin Mihaylavich Mitskievich
November 3 [O.S. October 22] 1882
Akinchytsy, now part of Stoŭbtsy, Belarus
DiedAugust 13, 1956
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
OccupationPoet and writer

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He has become an internationally recognizable presence in the American contemporary dance scene. Noted for his visual wizardry and sonic imagination, he has been describe as “he came to resemble a martyr” (New York Times). As Director of VD his work has been seen at Central Park Summer Stage, Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston, and The Kumble Theater for the Performance Arts and the International Dance Theater in Lublin, Poland, and Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden and The Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre in Vitebsk, Russia. Recently, he choreographed Marley - the first original musical based on both the life and music of Bob Marley. “Germaul Barnes is saluted for the great choreography” (Broadway World). Barnes also works extensively in opera, television and films directing and choreographing productions for the South African composer Bongani Ndodana, Time Warren Cable, Alvin Ailey/Fordham, DanceImmersions, Joffery Ballet Jazz & Contemporary Intensive, Burt Sugar/Danz, UNCG, Finding Her Light, Pile On! and Fall to Rise, among others.

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He as taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditski Denis Dance Camp, Dance Immersions, National Theater of Ghana, Lublin International Dance Festival, Joffery Ballet Jazz & Contemporary Intensive, Restorations Plaza Youth Arts Academy and Dance Olympus.

Barnes is a member of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE and serve as an Advisory Board Member and curator for the Thelma Hill Performance Arts Center. He currently holds the post as Associate Artistic Director of ChoreoQuest Project. He has received Arts International Grant to support his anthropology study in Ghana, West Africa and The Phoenix Art Commission Award. One of his highest personal achievement is working closely with Katherine Dunham and Eleo Pomare.

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including his choreography and performance in the 60x60 project's 60x60 Dance at the World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium.

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Mickevičius or Mickiewicz is a Lithuanian (Mickevičius), Belarusian (Міцкевіч), and Polish (Mickiewicz) family name.

The surname may refer to:

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Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius (1882–1954), writer

Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas (1880–1935), communist activist

Konstancija Mickevičiūtė - mother of Algirdas Julien Greimas

Yakub Kolas (real name Kanstancin Mickievič) - Belarusian writer


Mickievič (Belarusian: Міцкевіч) is a gender-neutral Belarusian-language surname. It is derived from the Orthodox given name Mićko/Mićka (Belarusian: Міцько/Міцька), a diminutive of Dzmitryj (Belarusian: Дзмітрый).

Other forms: Belarusian (Old Łacinka), Polish: Mickiewicz; Lithuanianized: Mickevičius, Belarusian, Russian: Mitskevich (transliteration from Cyrillic alphabet).

Notable people with the surname include:

Barys Mickievič, Belarusian literary critic

Danila Mickievič, Belarusian cultural worker, chemist. Son of Yakub Kolas

Iniesa Mickievič, Belarusian journalist.

Kanstancin Mickievič, birth name of Yakub Kolas

Mikalaj Mickievič, Belarusian actor, director

Mikalaj Mickievič, Belarusian chemist

Michaś Mickievič, Belarusian scientist. The younger son of Yakub Kolas.

Michaś Mickievič, Belarusian public and cultural figure. Younger brother of Yakub Kolas

Uladzimir Mickievič, Belarusian party and state leaders

Nikolai Yeremenko Sr.

Nikolai Nikolaevich Yeremenko Sr. (Belarusian: Мікалай Мікалаевіч Яроменка (старэйшы); (Russian: Никола́й Никола́евич Ерёменко-ста́рший) was a Belarusian Soviet film and theater actor. People's Artist of the USSR (1989).

Member of the Great Patriotic War. He managed to survive in a Nazi concentration camp.After graduating in 1948, the studio theater of the Yakub Kolas Belarusian Drama Theater in Vitebsk, he became a theater actor (1948-1959). Since 1959 - an actor of Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre.

He began acting in films in 1960.

His son was also an actor, Nikolai Yeremenko Jr. (1949-2001).

Ploshcha Yakuba Kolasa (Minsk Metro)

Ploshcha Yakuba Kolasa (Belarusian: Плошча Якуба Коласа; Russian: Площадь Якуба Коласа) is a Minsk Metro station. Opened on June 24, 1984.

Station was named after Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas.

Tsimafei Dranchuk

Tsimafei Dranchuk (Belarusian: Цімафей Дранчук) is the leader of the unregistered Belarusian prisoners' rights organization Over Barrier.In 1996-1997 he studied at the Belarus humanitarian lyceum at BHECC (later National lyceum named after Yakub Kolas). In 1998, as an external student he finished high school №33, and in 1999 began studying journalism at the Belarusian state university. He was expelled in 2001 from the university for political activity.

From 1996 to 2000 Tsimafei was engaged in communicative maintenance of the newspaper Belavezhskaya Pushcha, and in 1997-1998 worked as the press-secretary for the city trade union of businessmen "Sadruzhnasc". As well till 2000 he was among most active members of the youth organization Malady Front". Tsimafey was the editor of the unregistered newsletter of Malady Front Moladzevy Vesnik ("Youth news"). In 1999 he actively participated in the alternative presidential elections organized by the opposition as press-secretary for Michael Chigir.

In 2000-2001 he became chairman of the youth organization Maladzezhnaja Salidarnasc ("Youth solidarity"), and from 2001 till 2004 coordinated work of the "Zubr" movement in Minsk.Since 2004 Tsimafey became the activist of Andrey Klimov’s movement, he was one of organizers of the "Revolution!" on March 25, 2005. Cooperated with PI "Partnership".

In 2005 Tsimafey has entered the European humanitarian university liquidated by the Belarusian authorities and re-open in Vilnius, on faculty of international law.

On February 21, 2006 he was arrested and placed in investigator isolator of KGB together with Enira Branitskaja, Mikalay Astrejka and Aliaxandar Shalajka. He was accused in violation of article 193 part 2 of the Criminal Code. Amnesty International designated him a prisoner of conscience.On December 26, 2006 he was released from Correctional Facility-1 in Minsk.On May 22, 2007, Dranchuk, together with political prisoner Dzmitry Kasperovich and other public activists, declared the creation of the BCPPR "Above the barrier".


Yakub or Yaqub (Arabic: يعقوب‎‎, translit. Yaʿqūb, also transliterated in other ways, including Yaqoob, Yaqoub, Yaqub, and Yakup) is a male given name. It is the Arabic version of Jacob and James. The Arabic form Ya'qūb may be direct from the Hebrew or indirect through Syriac. The name was in use in pre-Islamic Arabia and is a common given name in Arab, Turkish, and Muslim societies. It is also used as a surname.

Yakub Kolas Square

The Yakub Kolas Square (Belarusian: Плошча Якуба Коласа - Plošča Jakuba Kolasa) is a square in Pershamayski District of Minsk, is located on crossing of Independence Avenue, Yakub Kolas street and Vera Khoruzhaya street. The square was named in honour of the folk poet and one of the founders of the classic Belarusian literature - Yakub Kolas. The sculptures of Yakub Kolas and figures from his poems form the architectural centerpiece of the square. Lush greenery and fountains make this square an attractive landmark on a hot summer day for nearby workers, shoppers and city tourists.

City underground station of the Moskovskaya line exits to the square, nearby tram stop, bus and trolley stop. Clay tiles in national style lay the vestibule of the station.

Several central streets join at the square including Yakub Kolas Street, Red street, Golden Hill, Very Choruzhey Street and Moulyavin Boulevard. Belarusian State University of Physical Culture faces the square from the east.

Minsk Production Amalgamation for Computers and Minsk Print Works face the square from the North. The towers of both buildings form a "gate" together with Very Choruzhey street similar in style to the Stalinist towers on Station Square facing Minsk Railway Station. Restaurant "At Crossroads" with its characteristic red face brick overlooks the square from the West. The National Philharmonic is located to the south of the square and surrounded with dwellings, department store "TSUM" and supermarket "Stolichny". The architects succeeded to make it a convenient City center for residents, workers, shoppers, tourists and art lovers.

Yanka Maur

Yanka Maur (Belarusian: Я́нка Маўр; Latvian: Janka Maurs; Russian: Я́нка Мавр; Yanka Mavr), (May 11, 1883 – August 3, 1971) was a famous Belarusian writer. Yanka Maur was actually his pseudonym, while his real name was Ivan Mikhailavich Fiodarau (Belarusian: Іва́н Міха́йлавіч Фёдараў). His son, Fiodar Fiodaraŭ, was a famous Belarusian physicist.

He was born in Liepāja, Courland and grew up in the Belarusian village Lebianishki, which is now in Lithuania. He graduated from vocational school in Kaunas, then entered a pedagogical school in 1899, but was thrown out for being a member of an underground revolutionary club. Nevertheless in 1903 he passed all the exams as a non-resident student and became a high school teacher. In 1906 took part in the underground meeting of the Belarusian teachers, organized by the famous Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas. After that he was arrested and could not work as a teacher anymore. He could teach again only in 1911, becoming a geography and history teacher in a private school in Minsk.

He was working in many different literary genres: satirical, historical, literature for kids. He is credited with starting the science fiction tradition in the modern Belarusian literature.

His biggest novel is Amok, but his best-selling and perhaps most known book was Palesse Robinsons. Besides writing, he also translated stories into Belarusian from many foreign authors, including Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, and others.

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