Freedom Day is a holiday in Belarus celebrated on 25 March to commemorate the declaration of independence by the Belarusian Democratic Republic. It not recognized by the current government, but remembered by Belarusian society, in particular by the independent democratic opposition.
The international action #LightForBelarus was initiated in Poland by the National Cultural Centre, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to demonstrate solidarity and support for our eastern neighbours. The Belarusians have been loudly struggling for democratic rights and freedoms since August 2020. The first edition of the project took place on September 12 and 13, 2020. Following that, the familiar colour scheme (national colours of Belarus) was displayed on over 170 public facilities in Poland.
Also today, we encourage all parties concerned to actively participate in this symbolic and collective token of solidarity with Belarusians - #LightForBelarus.
On this day, Lublin will join the international campaign by displaying the Belarusian flag – white-red-white - a symbol of sovereignty of the country. In recent years, it has also been a trademark during ongoing political demonstrations and protests against the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko .
The colours of the flag can be spotted in Lublin on March, 25:
- Arena Lublin Stadium - the exterior facade lighting in the colours of the Belarusian flag;
- The Old Theatre - the exterior facade lighting in the colours of the Belarusian flag from 12-8 p.m and displaying the white-red-white flag on the screen in the theatre window;
- "Bronowice" District Culture House - displaying posters using the colors of the historical white - red - white flag of Belarus in the institution and its branches. Additionally, information posting in social media on joining the campaign #LightForBelarus #FreeBelarus #BelarusIndependenceDay;
- Workshops of Culture - materials sharing related to the subject of Belarus on the following websites:
Additionally, a major initiative called Art Residence – Belarus has been launched in Lublin in cooperation with the City of Lublin, the Open Culture Foundation and the Centre for Culture in Lublin.
The project of convalescent residences for persecuted Belarusians, initiated by the Lublin Open Culture Foundation, has been supported by numerous cultural institutions resulting in a nationwide campaign. Other cultural institutions from all over Poland quickly responded to the appeal and joined this initiative by creating an informal support network. The support includes, among others, providing accommodation facilities, granting free admission to events, providing space for rehearsals and meetings, and assistance with covering the living costs.
Currently - to a different range - the declaration of joining the network has been expressed by:
- Centrum Kultury w Lublinie
- Biennale Warszawa
- PEN Centrum (PEN Club) - Mińsk
- Fundacja Pogranicze – Sejny
- Instytut Kultury Miejskiej - Gdańsk
- Centrum Kultury Zamek w Poznaniu
- Galeria Miejska Arsenał w Poznaniu
- Teatr Ósmego Dnia - Poznań
- Stowarzyszenie Młodych Twórców - "Ku Teatrowi" - Poznań.