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Support Belarus Free Theatre

9 June 2011

Belarus Free Theatre

Support Belarus Free Theatre

When: Friday, 17 June 11am – 1pm
Equity Council Room, Guild House

Belarus Free Theatre was set up in 2005 to protest against extreme government censorship of the arts. In Belarus going to the theatre can be a crime. Audience members have been arrested for attending performances, actors have been subject to death threats and intimidation and many have been imprisoned. Members of the company cannot now return to the country following their efforts to raise awareness in other countries, including the UK. It is hard to believe that this is happening in a country on the edge of Europe.

Equity’s International Committee for Artists Freedom is working with BFT to raise awareness about the plight of performers in Belarus. Back in March 2011 Equity members protested alongside BFT, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey outside the offices of Grayling PR and the Houses of Parliament in London.

On Friday 17 June Equity’s International Committee for Artists Freedom will be hosting a morning reception for Natalia Kaliada from Belarus Free Threatre. Natalia is a passionate and outspoken critic of the regime and will be talking to our members in advance of the launch of a new postcard campaign taking place on 19 June in aid of BFT activists.

All Equity members are invited to come along. Space is limited – so to take part in this event please email Louise McMullan

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