Vitebsk Oblast is home to 969 cultural institutions and art education establishments employing 7,900 people.
More than 90,000 mass events, including 5 international festivals, 1 national and 26 regional festivals have been held in the region this year.
In 2016 the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee was named best regional administration in implementing the state cultural policy in the nationwide contest. Novopolotsk became the winner in the nomination "Best city of regional subordination". The title "Person of the Year of Culture of the Republic of Belarus” in the nomination “Folk decorative applied art” was bestowed upon to Marina Gushcha, an artisan from the town of Gorodok.
A new human health project was carried out in the region together with Vitebsk State Medical University. Headlined as Health of man is the result of interaction of medicine, culture and society or Ethno-Rehabilitation, the project was awarded the golden medal in the nomination “Socially responsible brand” in the Brand of the Year 2016 professional competition.
Vitebsk Oblast maintained cultural cooperation with 45 countries in 2016, with 41 countries in 2017.
Artistic groups from Vitebsk presented the national culture in 12 Russian regions and 7 foreign countries.
Thanks to the project “Traditional costume of Vitebsk Oblast”, experts and masters of the Vitebsk region reconstructed the traditional costumes of each district of Vitebsk Oblast. The project was awarded a grant of the Belarusian president. Work is currently underway to publish an album-catalogue.
The first international competition of drummers and majorettes was held within the framework of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk.
This year, for the first time in the history of the regional harvest festival Dazhynki, a competition of sheaves and loafs was held in all districts of Vitebsk Oblast.