Belarus: Blacklisted musicians play abroad

Today a number of prominent Belarusian musicians face serious difficulties when they want to perform for the Belarusian public. Playing concerts in neighbouring countries is one of their solutions.

Liapis in Vilnius. Photo:

Liapis in Vilnius

Giving concerts in Belarus has become more difficult for many artists. The Belarusian authorities consider them a threat to the regime. In their songs, some bands criticise the current political and economic system in Belarus. They often express the thoughts and feelings of a whole generation and put into words what remains unsaid in the controlled media.

According to some sources, almost 60 Belarusian and international artists find themselves on an unofficial ‘black list’ that is regularly circulated to all state media. Those whose name are on this list cannot perform in public or appear in the media.

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