In the last year, our actors have experienced torture and imprisonment just for doing what they love: theatre. In order to ensure their safety they have fled their homes, leaving family and loved ones behind. This is an unimaginable reality for many of us in the UK, yet it is the truth for Belarus.
We urgently appeal to you on behalf of our company who have lost their homes, but are willing to fight through all artistic means to get them back. We ask for your help, in our fight with dictatorship and helping our actors find a safe temporary home.
Your donation is crucial to the future of the company and our fight for democracy and human rights, now more than ever. No matter the size, your donation can help us survive.
Together we can preserve democracy.
Please give what you can and #StandWithBelarus.
“One of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet” The New York Times
For the past fifteen years, Belarus Free Theatre has pioneered a global model of activism that unites artistic, geopolitical, environmental and human rights concerns, using theatre to build a movement for democracy, human rights and artistic freedoms.
Founded in 2005 in Minsk under Europe's last surviving dictatorship, and banned by its own government on political grounds, BFT’s leadership and permanent ensemble are uniquely equipped with first-hand experience of the myriad threats facing democracy today.
Co-founding Artistic Directors, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, lead on high-level political advocacy and investigative journalism from the UK whilst BFT’s 12-strong permanent ensemble deliver citizen-facing work around cultural resistance through performances, campaigns and education programmes on the ground in Minsk.
We had hoped to share more details with you about BFT's campaigns, upcoming productions and our remarkable and indefatigable permanent ensemble but cannot do so at the current time without putting those in Minsk in greater danger.
You can support our brave artivists and educators here. Particularly at the current time, your donations are a lifeline for BFT.
We will be announcing workshops held in the UK and online so please check our Education section.