Belarusian protest leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Rada of Culture have declared a Week of Belarusian Culture on July 5-11.
“The regime has never understood or been interested in real Belarusian culture. So now, together with the Belarusian Council of Culture, we propose to change that. We declare July 7 as the International Day of Belarusian Culture. Yanka Kupala, Yan Chachot and Marc Chagall, our countrymen known far beyond the country’s borders, were born on this day. Belarusians have also celebrated Kupallye at night from 6 to 7 July – a holiday of love and freedom, a holiday that unites the Belarusians in different parts of the world,” said Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
Since “Belarus’ culture is too ramified to fit in one day,” the whole week of the Belarusian culture was announced from July 5 to 11.
Residents of Belarus and representatives of Belarusian diasporas worldwide are encouraged this week to read Yanka Kupala’s poem “And who goes there?” in the language of their country of residence and publish a post with such #StandwithBelarus and #by_culture.
You are also encouraged to arrange a Kupallye in your city or locality, sing Belarusian songs together, or organize an exhibition, music concert, or theater performance with local Belarusians.