A live festive performance by famous Belarusian rock musician Lyavon Volski and his band was webcasted by Belsat on March, 25.
When Minsk authorities authorised a concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Belarus’ nationhood proclamation, many Belarusians expected that Volski would be a headliner. However, the musician had earlier signed a contract for performing in the Bialystok Philarmonic on Freedom Day.
“The organisers and I considered many options including that of my going to Minsk by helicopter, but there is no international airport in Bialystok. And I would not have enough time to get to Minsk from Warsaw or Hrodna. That is why we have opted for the performance over telebrodge,” Volski explained.
In late February, Minsk authorities allowed to hold a Freedom Day concert and a rally next to the Opera and Ballet Theatre, but banned the applicants from marching. However, several politicians submitted another application for holding a march on the occasion at Minsk city executive committee, but failed to give any approval.
March 25, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). It came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate. For many years, Lukashenka regime has been slamming and even persecuting those who pay the tribute to the BNR.