6 July 2021
Culture knows no boundaries. Imagination knows no boundaries. The need for expression and freedom of creativity should not be limited in any way. Walls built by fear, aggression and terror separate people from themselves and from others. There is no summer behind the walls.
29 June 2021
“You Take a Deep Breath, and There Is No Air.” Belarusian Culture During Socio-political Crisis: Issue 38
What helps us not to give up? Our land and everything good and strong that we’ve inherited. Solidarity and unwavering commitment to building a better life here, at home. You look back and see the burned land behind, but we’re saving our Belarus, preserving the pieces of it inside us, so one day we will put them together to build the whole again.
21 June 2021
“Once again we will put ourselves together, spread our shoulders, raise our heads and take another step forward. After all, every action and every step is a step into the future. The better future of our country and each of us." Aksana Kołb, Editor in Chief of Novy Čas
15 June 2021
“What’s Been Taken From Us, We’ll Get Back”. Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis: Issue 36
As a metaphor for last week, we should take a quote from a letter from Alaksandr Reznik, political prisoner, “I recently saw dandelions when we were out for a walk. They have grown through the concrete, on a tiny piece of soil…”
8 June 2021
“You Can't Imprison History in Akrestsina.” Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis: Issue 35
No matter where we are and what’s happening to us, we are the trees of Belarus…
1 June 2021
“One lives just for themselves and their children, and it’s ok, but another is guided by some bigger ideals. It will be horrifying if we build a prison for ourselves and our children with our own hands,” Alaksandr Ždanovič.
25 May 2021
“We Stand on the Shoulders of Heroes…” Issue 33 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
The week under a dark cloud of tough events. It’s getting harder and harder to find words to talk about them.
18 May 2021
“Each of Us Can Make a Small Step.” Issue 32 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
“In May, we are all a post-memory radio. An echo of what happened not to us,” culturologist and writer Maksim Žbankoŭ says in the new issue of his Shocking Cult show. But every day we echo the memory of what actually happened to us: sometimes it’s a whisper, but more often – it’s roaring and clashing.”
11 May 2021
“The Trial Will Be Slow and Dull. No Need to Send Me Care Packages.” Issue 31 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
"The history of war was replaced by the history of victory," this quote from the book The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II” by Svetlana Alexievich very aptly describes the ideological reality in which we’ve been existing for decades. The staged burning of a village, four thousand red and green balloons, veterans who are forced to attend the parade, but stripped of the single-time payments before Victory Day… We are waiting for a real victory day – it will be the victory of light and love.
4 May 2021
“We all look for our people” … Issue 30 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
"Every day in Belarus we have a growing the number of "protest "songs and political prisoners, the number of sanctions and convicts under politiccal articles, the number of poems written and plays staged and the number of people disappointed in the possibility of change."