• Ukraine: Belarusian singer denied entry due to Crimea concert

    Belarusian singer Max Korzh was denied entry into Ukraine on 17 February 2016 where he was due to go on his five-city tour in the country in early March, reported BBC Ukraine on 26 February 2016. While organisers said the tour would be postponed until later in the year, press secretary for Ukraine’s security service […]
  • Sweden: Freemuse Award ceremony 2016 in the Eurovision Village

    Two Freemuse Award winners shared the stage when Lavon Volski received the 2016 Freemuse Award in Stockholm on 8 May 2016. The event took place on stage in Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården – which currently has been transformed into the ‘Eurovision Village’. “Belarus has a winner, but…” Stockholm city hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the world’s […]
  • Sweden: Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision village

    A week before the Eurovision final, Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision Village. Unfortunately he is banned in his home country! On Sunday 8 May, Lavon Volski will receive the Freemuse Award 2016 for his assiduous and fearless fight for freedom of musical expression in Belarus. The award will be presented at the large […]
  • Belarus: Lavon Volski is a free man in an unfree country

    Since the beginning of the 1980s, the Belarusian rock musician Lavon Volski has been one of the most influential cultural personalities in his country fighting for freedom of artistic expression. In May 2016, he is being honoured with the Freemuse Award 2016. By Ingo Petz For more than 30 years now, Lavon Volski has been creating rock and […]
  • Freemuse Award Winner 2016 is Lavon Volski

    Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. His songs are anthems of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Thus Volski since many years has been on the regime’s infamous “black list” of artists never played on national radio and banned from performing. The […]
  • Belarus: Banned musician surprises Minsk metro travellers

    Lavon Volski, one of the most famous rock artists in Belarus, made a surprise performance in the metro of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on 14 September 2015. Lavon Volski is banned from performing in Belarus. But returning from a performance in United Kingdom where Lavon Volski teamed up with Freemuse, Ramy Essam, Deeyah and […]
  • Belarus: Soccer fans detained for singing song deriding Russian president

    A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has imprisoned eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to police, 41 fans were detained after the Belarus versus Ukraine European Championship qualifier match in the Belarusian city of Borisov on 9 October 2014. Eyewitness accounts in Belarusian papers […]
  • Freemuse to United Nations: Belarus should explain censorship

    In a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Freemuse argues that Belarus is failing to abide by its international commitments to fully protect the fundamental artistic freedoms of its citizens. “Belarus should take active steps publicly to document and explain its censorship policy – not least its communications with media […]
  • Belarus: Minsk authorities banned Amaroka band concert

    Officials have refused to issue a touring certificate for a concert of Amaroka. The musicians were explained that their art could be treated as war or extremism propaganda and pose a threat to national security. Head of the Department of Culture of the Minsk City Executive Committee, Vitalina Rudzikava, has officially prohibited a concert by […]
  • Belarus: Outspoken musicians endangered

    In May 2014, the Icehockey World Championships will begin in Belarus, and the government of Alyaksandr Lukashenka will do its best to ensure that fans and tourists experience Belarus as a “normal” European country. Lavon Volski is a musicians who wants to “rock” that facade of normality. With his new album he has decided to […]
  • 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. 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 […]
  • Belarus: Cultural censorship as state policy | Index

    Keeping tight control over every sphere of social life is the general policy of the Belarusian authorities. This is true not only about politics, economy or media; arts and culture face censorship as well. Zmitser Yanenka reports from Belarus. Zmitser Yanenka’s article contains a section about music, one about film and one about threatre. The […]
  • Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council

    On 3 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, Freemuse made its first oral statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Commenting on the newly launched UN report on artistic freedom and creativity, Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov said: “The problems faced by artists are well described. Your analysis of the negative effects on […]
  • Belarus: ‘Hidden Truths’ report appendix – song lyrics

    FREEMUSE REPORT APPENDIX ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Hidden Truths’ song lyrics English translation of the lyrics of the seven songs which are published as an online appendix to Freemuse’s report on music censorship in Belarus 1. De Shifer:  ‘Chas Priyshov’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 2. Partyzanskaja Shkola:  ‘Nie!’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 3. Kasia Kamotskaya:  ‘Maja Kraina’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 4. Krama:  ‘Homielski Vals’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 5. Chyrvonym pa Belamu:  ‘Nie Zadaju’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 6. Neuro Dubel:  ‘Belarus […]
  • Belarus: ‘Hidden Truths’ report appendix – audio and video

    FREEMUSE REPORT APPENDIX ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Hidden Truths’ songs Listen to examples of banned and blacklisted music from Belarus. The bands and most of the songs are mentioned in Freemuse’s report on music censorship in Belarus. For information about the artists, click on [info] or see below on this page. 1. De Shifer:  ‘Chas Priyshov’    [Info]  [Lyrics] 2. Partyzanskaja Shkola: […]
  • Belarus: Fear of ban of rock band’s album launch

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Fear of ban of rock band’s album launch The popular Belarusian rock band Krama doubts if they will receive permission from authorities for the launch of their new album ‘Krama’, but the musicians are defiant to play. The concert is scheduled to take place on 30 May 2007 at the Night Star night […]
  • Belarus: Trial of pro-opposition singer-songwriter

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Trial of pro-opposition singer-songwriter Pro-opposition singers Igor Simbiryov and Dzmitryy Bartosik were arrested during an open-air performance near Minsk on 6 May 2012, the Belarusian news agency Belapan reported on 7 May 2012. According to opposition activist Yuryy Hanchar, policemen brought the musicians and some spectators to a police station in the […]
  • Belarus: Concerts cancelled with short notice

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Concerts cancelled with short notice A concert with Zmicier Vajcjushkevych (also spelled: Vaitsyushkevich) at the café Mistral in Minsk was cancelled just three hours before it was supposed to have started in the evening of 22 November 2011. The music portal Tuzina Hits quoted the singer as saying: “Again it was a call […]
  • Belarus: Blacklisted band holds three ‘exile concerts’ in Lithuania

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Three ‘exile concerts’ sold out A blacklisted rock band from Belarus, Krambambulya, which was refused permission to perform in Minsk decided instead to move their concert location to neighbouring Lithuania. Belarusians who travel to the concert obtain a free visa, and an impressive number of tickets are already sold. Thousands of Belarusians will […]
  • Belarus: Longing for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Longing for change At the end of the concert, the audience shouted “Zhyvie Belarus!” (Long live Belarus!), which is the cry of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Since 1994 the country has been governed by president Aleksandr Lukashenko who suppresses freedom of opinion and expression and who has […]
  • Lavon Volski

    LAVON VOLSKI(Belarus) ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse interview with musician Lavon Volski, guitarist and vocalist of the group Krambambulya Interview by Ingo Petz. Filmed and edited by Matvei Saburov The Belarusian singer and musician Lavon Volski gave an exclusive interview to Freemuse about the current repressions of the Belarusian regime against the independent music scene in the country which since 1994 has […]
  • Belarus: Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president Singer Sergej Michalok is reportedly going to be sued by a Belarusian prosecutor for his remarks against president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, wrote Ingo Petz in an article for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 31 October 2011. In mid-October a Minsk prosecutor announced that […]
  • Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’ A governmental Council for Morality in Belarus has declared the German hard rock band Rammstein a threat to the state. They questioned an upcoming concert in Minsk, saying letting it go on would be a ‘costly mistake’ for the country. Belarus’ Council for Morality stated that […]
  • Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song State-controlled Belarusian Radio is reported to have banned a 25-year-old song titled ‘Peremen’ (‘Change’) by the rebellious Soviet rock musician Viktor Tsoi after the song has been adopted as a kind of revolutionary anthem by the growing youth protest movement. The lyrics of the song […]
  • Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published Belarusian, Russian and British bands, among them NRM, Neuro Dubel, and the pop-duo Pet Shop Boys, and many other artists, have been put on a “blacklist” of artists banned in Belarus state media, according to bloggers who published a scanning of the list. A list […]
  • СКРЫТАЯ ПРАВДА Belarus report

    ОТЧЕТ FREEMUSE ##PagePublishedLong## ОТЧЕТ FREEMUSE ##PagePublishedLong## СКРЫТАЯ ПРАВДАМузыка, политика и цензура в Беларуси Лукашенкоавторы: Lemez Lovas, Maya MedichОпубликовано агентством FreeMuse Редактор: Marie KorpeFreemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127. 88 pages. СКРЫТАЯ ПРАВДА – Русский языкPurchase printed version (English only) СКРЫТАЯ ПРАВДАМузыка, политика и цензура в Беларуси Лукашенкоавторы: Lemez Lovas, Maya MedichОпубликовано агентством FreeMuse Редактор: Marie KorpeFreemuse, Copenhagen, […]
  • Belarus & Ukraine: Musicians and fans stopped on their way to festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus & Ukraine:Musicians and fans stopped on their way to festivalOn 22 September 2007, the rock festival “The Right to Be Free” took place in Lutsk in Ukraine, very close to the Belarusian border. The arrangement went fine – until two busses with about 100 people from Minsk going to the festival were […]
  • Belarus: Musicians removed from 2004-blacklist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Musicians removed from reputed blacklist After a meeting between musicians and officials in Minsk on 21 November 2007, the musicians who were blacklisted in 2004 are now again allowed to perform live and to be played on air in the radio, since that day – but… on one condition: the bands should not play at events organised by the […]
  • Belarus: Bans cultivate opposition, says musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:“Bans cultivate opposition”, says musician  In a three year period, musician Ljavon Volski and his rock band N.R.M. – The Independent Republic of Dream – were deprived of the possibility to give concerts and blacklisted in national radio and tv. In an interview he was asked if it is true that bans stimulate […]
  • Freedom of musical expression in Belarus – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 23 January 2007 Lemez Lovas and Maya Medich‘Hidden Truths – Music, Politics and Censorship in Lukashenko’s Belarus’Report no. 7 Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   88 pages. Read the reportPurchase printed versionTranslation of the report into Russian language:СКРЫТАЯ ПРАВДА – Русский язык ‘Hidden Truths – Music, Politics and Censorship in Lukashenko’s Belarus’ In its latest report […]
  • Maya Medich & Lemez Lovas: Music censorship in Belarus

    MAYA MEDICH & LEMEZ LOVAS(United Kingdom) ##PagePublishedLong## Maya Medich and Lemez Lovas are authors of the Freemuse report about music censorship in Belarus which was published in November 2006, entitled ‘Hidden Truths’. This video is a five-minutes excerpt of their one-hour presentation launching the report, explaining the mechanisms of censorship in Belarus. The presentation took […]
  • Belarus election: Protest against music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Protest against music censorship The presidential election in Belarus is met with protests against the Belarusian hardliner censorship policy Not only are national media totally controlled by the Belarusian government, musicians and other artists are heavily censored in Belarus. The signers of a proclamation demand the immediate abolition of all boycotts and […]
  • Belarus election: Blacklisted bands play in Poland

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus election: Blacklisted bands play in Poland On 12 March, 2006, Warsawians experienced a four-hour concert with well-known Belarusian musicians whose creative works are banned in BelarusBy Maya Medich It is election week in Belarus and the streets are filled with campaign posters supporting the democratic opposition to president Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s rule. Not in Belarus, […]
  • Belarus: CD with blacklisted Belarusian rock music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: CD with blacklisted Belarusian music From Germany comes the first album compilation published outside Belarus presenting Belarusian rock music: ‘Belarusian Red Book – Music of Belarus’. Most of the bands on the CD have been blacklisted or censored in their home country The production of the CD was initiated by Ingo Petz […]
  • Belarus: Interview with Belarusian singer Lavon Volski from NRM

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: A concert is a cry for freedom Interview with Belarusian singer Lavon Volski. He is the lead singer in the rock and punk band N.R.M. – the Independent Republic of the Dreams – which is based in Minsk.Interview by Ingo Petz While tv pictures of the demonstration in Minsk against the presidency […]
  • Repression against musicians of Belarus

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Repression against musicians of BelarusOpen letter from Belarusian musicians concerning political pressure being placed on musicians who allegedly oppose President Aleksandr Lukashenko. “OPEN LETTER from Belarusian musicians We, musicians of Belarus, feel it necessary to express our concern about the pressure we have already been experiencing for almost two months since July 21, […]
  • Belarus limits foreign music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus limits foreign musicEurope’s ”last” dictator Aleksandr Lukasjenko has ordered that FM radio stations in Belarus, Europe’s most repressive state, from now on can only play 20 pct. foreign music. Lukasjenko thus join policy hands with Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who’s government in 2001 enacted a law that made it compulsory for DJ’s […]
  • Press release: ‘Hidden Truths’ Belarus report in Russian translation

    PRESS RELEASE “Hidden Truths” in Russian translation For the first time, a report “Hidden Truths” published by Freemuse is translated into Russian. In the report Freemuse turns its attention to Belarus, where freedoms of information and expression have become the unrelenting victims in an increasingly destructive battle for political control.В своём последнем отчёте о музыке […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 20 August 2007 Marie Korpe (ed.)MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED – 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music & Censorship, Istanbul 25-26. November 2006Report no. 8Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   75 pages. Read the reportThe printed version of the report is unfortunately out of stock. MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED INTRODUCTIONBy Ole Reitov Listening to many […]
  • Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP VIDEO INTERVIEWSfrom the conference in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006 Fadal Dey – singer from Côte d’Ivoire Grup Yorum – music group from Turkey Jason Carter – British guitarist about Saudi Arabia Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher about China Mario Masvidal – professor from […]
  • Speakers of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS Andy Fuller (Australia)Andy Fuller was born in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Master of Arts in 2004 at University of Melbourne. His thesis studied the politically subversive literature of […]
  • Programme of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Photos | Video interviews |   3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship   CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Latest update on 16 November 2006  SATURDAY 25 NOV   10:00 – 10:30 — OPENING CEREMONY —   MUSICAL WELCOME Mahsa Vahdat & Marjan Vahdat, Singers, Iran   WELCOME […]
  • UNESCO-study in support of freedom of musical expression

    A new study carried out for UNESCO by the International Music Council underlines the importance of freedom of musical expression while listing examples of suppression and censorship of music in numerous countries around the world The study entitled ‘The Protection And Promotion Of Musical Diversity’ is intended to reveal the situation of musical diversity in […]
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