27 April 2021
“Millions Will Grow out of a Single Free Mind”. Issue 29 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
There are things that art can’t do. It can’t release political prisoners, force the regime to stop violence against Belarusians and hold fair elections. But what art can, though, is not let people get used to the injustice, because we can’t afford calming down and reconciling.
20 April 2021
“One Day, There’ll be No Such News Anymore”… In the Meantime, Here Is Issue 28 of Digest about Belarusian Culture during Socio-political Crisis
A storm of rain and wind brought bad news, but suddenly there are women walking under white-red-white umbrellas, and a street musician plays a protest song, artists create paintings – ironic and touching, professional musicians organize online gigs and write songs, performances about the day are staged, drawings fly to us from behind bars, wise people lift our spirits with important words… And we live, and so does Belarus.
13 April 2021
“They’ve realized culture is the biggest challenge.” Review of the News of Belarusian Culture over the Week, Issue 27
“We wanted to do this [kind of a non-violent revolution] without bloodshed. It was an idealistic plan." Svetlana Alexievich
6 April 2021
Relentless repression leaves its mark on each of us, sometimes we only have enough energy left to believe, other times – for action or asking for support. Our strength is in creativity and solidarity.
30 March 2021
“I lived, I laughed and sang a lot, despite being beaten up and having no hope.” Cultural Resistance in Belarus, Issue 25
In her last word in court, Volha Kalackaja cited a poem by Margaret Atwood – and it speaks for itself. "We had no voice we had no name we had no choice we had one face one face the same we took the blame it was not fair"
23 March 2021
It seems that the regime has either set a goal to destroy Belarusian culture, or the people with whose hands this has been done do not understand the tragedy of the situation. Still, we must stay strong, we must be stronger than ignorance and cruelty of those in power.
16 March 2021
There are poems that have been relevant for us for hundreds of years, there is news that breaks our hearts, and an understanding that we must keep going so that the poems about our struggle for freedom remain in the past and our hearts can finally be filled with joy.
9 March 2021
Come out to see the spring! – together with the Belarusian culture in all its life-affirming power. Issue 22
When the attacks fall down on us, one after another, – we say “us”, because every unjust sentence, every dismissal for one’s political stance, every closed cultural space – is personal, we might first freeze, but then quickly recover from the shock and rush to defend ourselves, our people, our culture, our country. And we will defend them at all costs.
2 March 2021
It’s been the seventh month of the Belarusian people’s battle for their right to be heard and respected in their own country. Along with the other spheres of life, culture resists, and its power is that it creates rather than destroys. We all want to return to our theaters, publish books and read them in the squares, play music in the yards, do exhibitions, tell the truth – with no fear of repression. This aspiration is our guiding star.
23 February 2021
'Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of the people Who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums There is a life about to start When tomorrow comes'. (From “Les Misérables”)