We've got about thirty people in the team of the Belarusian Council for Culture and, in relation to our second anniversary, for the first time we are revealing those people behind the organization. As much as it is possible, of course. Alena Rydzieŭskaja
is responsible for the assistance direction in the Council. Maksim Žbankoŭ
is the head of the analytics team. Taćciana Pašavałava
is an organizational development and fundraising consultant. Elina Kałnibałockaja
is the head of the finance department and is the Resource Centre representative. Nastaśsia Marozava
works as a financial manager. Cimafiej Akudovič
is a project manager of "The Magistrates of Culture" and he's also one of our experts. Kaciaryna Ramančyk
is a supervisor of the “Cultural Code” hackathon as well as an expert. Mikola Bieńka
is the Belarusian Council for Culture representative in educational projects. Irena Kaciałovič
is a public affairs representative of the Belarusian Council for Culture as well as a project manager. Mikałaj Chalezin
is an expert of the Belarusian Council for Culture as well as Anžalika Krašeŭskaja who is our representative in the Coordination Council too. Volha Kasiančuk
is our SMM specialist. Siarhiej Budkin
is the Chief Executive Officer of the Belarusian Council for Culture. Aleś Čachoŭski
is the director for cultural diplomacy.
Over the past two years the Belarusian Council for Culture supported more than 130 cultural projects and organized residence for 37 people. About 275 thousand Euros was allocated on all that.
We may include the following supported projects in our hypothetical top 5: the poster exhibition “Hitlerkaputin” by Uładzimir Ceśler; 24-hour online marathon of the Belarusian language MOVA24
; the August theatre performance "What for?" dedicated to “the night of the murdered poets” of 1937; the art performance in Lodz “Belarusian Literature as a political prisoner”
devoted to prison art; a theatre project “Batleyka Chagalle”
by Alaksandr Ždanovič. We can not reveal lots of projects because of our "extremist" status.
We successfully held 18 charity auctions where we raised about 25 thousand Euros to support Belarusian political prisoners related to culture. The paintings were created specially for the auctions and even one exclusive copy of the book by Alhierd Bacharevič was released for the same reason. We organized about 30 fundraising campaigns for Belarusian artists and raised approximately 86 thousand Euros: almost 28 thousand Euros from that sum was raised exclusively for the imprisoned musicians of the music band Irdorath
. In total over two years the Council with the support of donors and partners contributed more than 130 thousand Euros to the repressed Belarusian artists.
It was the Council who lobbied the case of excluding Belteleradiocompany from the European broadcasting union and disqualifying Belarusian representatives from “Eurovision” in 2021. Together with Belarusian cinema experts we withdrew
FIAPF (English: International Federation of Film Producers Associations) accreditation of Minsk international film festival “Listapad”.
After the start of the full-scale war in Ukraine we were among the implementers of the informational advocacy campaign #BelarusWithUkraine
, which can be considered the history of documenting help, support and cooperation of Belarusians and Ukrainians.
We published more than 60 stories, above 20 live shows and a documentary mini-series in the project “The Artists of Victory”
– to support musicians, actors, painters and writers who, despite repression and terror, create the culture of new Belarus. Our “The analysis of culture”
is the expert review of deformation and transformation of the cultural field, diagnosing the situation and realizing the tendencies occurring at this very moment.
In September 2022 the Resource Centre of the Belarusian Council for Culture with the support of Imaguru Startup HUB Vilnius
organized the first hackathon of digital projects for Belarusian culture “The cultural code”
. We saw that the demand for developing digital projects connected with Belarusian culture exceeds the boundaries of a single event: dozens of ideas were registered for the hackathon.
Soon the Belarusian Council for Culture is going to announce the joint work with the European Commission and say what it means for Belarusian creators.
New Belarus is our joint art project!