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Projects

"Turnir"

An idea of „Turnir” as a sporting and relaxation event appeared to exist at the end of the 80’s in a group of young activists closely linked with The Belarusian Students Association (BSA). Those days, its annual editions were the only effective attempt to integrate the Belarusian youth. It was a great opportunity to get together high school and university students from Białystok, Lublin and Warszawa. Common games, rock and folk performances at the stage were an excellent chance to promote the organisation and to attract more young, active and promising people to the movement. In some way, this kind of events accelerated the process of creating the Belarusian Youth Association (BYA) . Unfortunately, the third edition of the entertainment appeared to be the last.

This is why we came to a decision to restore the idea of „Turnir”. In 1997 the BYA managed to organize successfully the first event of the same kind. The participants’ enthusiasm and entirely positive attitude towards this activities only confirmed the usefulness of our efforts. A variety of different competitions like: computer games, graffiti, fashion, music, sport and dance guaranteed a lot of fun for everyone who was present. The members of the Belarusian organisations students and even teachers were put to the test. The jury consisted of honourable and respectable members of our society: Leon Tarasewicz – a well-known artist and an academic teacher, Jerzy Chmielewski – the editor of the monthly magazine „Czasopis” and Jerzy Leszczyński – a journalist for the Polish Radio in Białystok.

"Ściana"

The „Ściana” hiking is another form of activity. The name of the project means „a wall”. The word accurately describes the areas to the east of Białystok near the Polish-Belarusian frontier where a settlement is mainly composed of the Belarusian people. The place is under-invested and largely neglected but is appreciated for its ethnic and cultural richness. This is a contact point for so many different cultures, religions and nations. Many of the people who were born here left and settled in more convenient places like Białystok. Their children and grandchildren do have the opportunity to return to where their real roots are. They can explore and cultivate the rural culture, tradition, architecture, folks’ believes and language. To some extent it is an attempt to escape from noisy and polluted cities.

"Kupalle"

Since the beginning of the 70’s the local Belarusian folk music was performed during village concerts mainly by older people living in the country. The quality of their performance has differed, but usually was far from perfection. This situation inspired us to present to the public, a unique kind of the music having its roots in pagan (ancient and medieval) times. The need to show something of a high quality resulted in a creation of a new festival called „Kupalle”. It was organised at the beginning of July during one evening. That is how „Kupalle” has found its place on the cultural map of Podlasie region. Undoubtedly, it was created as a kind of response to the monotonous and no longer attractive folk events organised mainly in the rural areas by the Belarusian Cultural and Social Association. In the four-year history of „Kupalle” the festival developed from an elite, cultural experiment into a remarkable concert, attracting large audience. The character of the concerts has been changed in some way. Besides groups performing archaic folk like Lićwiny (BY), Tyniewiczanki, Aleś Łoś and Chwiodor Kaszkurowicz there are also present folk groups – Kriwi (BY), Czeremszyna, Trojca (BY) and rock band – Kasia Kamockaya with Novaye Nieba, legendary Ulis and NRM.

"Słonko dla wszystkich – Zahlanie sonca i u nasza vakonca"

The aim of the project called „Sun for all” is to collect and store information about Belarusians in Poland and Belarusians in general. Gathered materials in Polish, Belarusian and English are supposed to provide access to detailed and accurate information and disseminate the richness of Belarusian national culture. The Belarusian national minority in Poland is quite numerous, especially in Podlasie region, where there are a considerable percentage of inhabitants. Unfortunately, the knowledge about Belarusians is limited; its lack causes stereotypes and prejudice. Our project has been introduced to create a dialog between Belarusians and other nations, and to develop national awareness among Belarusians as well.

"Zimowyja Muzycznyja Sustreczy"

Another important and meaningful cultural event is „Winter Musical Meeting” organised annually in December. An idea of the concerts is to raise a possibility for different musical styles and cultures (Belarusian, Polish and Jewish) to meet in one place. The place of the meeting has been chosen deliberately in Białystok, where there are people of many different nations and religions living together. In the capital of our region such concerts are rarely organised. Our intention is to change the situation.