From 2021, July 7 has been declared the International Day of Belarusian Culture. On this day, many Belarusians celebrate the traditional holiday Kupalle. Famous Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala and world-famous artist Marc Chagall were born on this day. One day is not enough to shed light on Belarusian culture, so the International Week of Belarusian Culture was announced, which took place from 5 to 11 July this year and in which the Belarusian diaspora in Brazil, as well as Brazilians who sympathize with the Belarusian people, took an active part.
In Brazil, the week started with the live broadcast “What do you know about Belarusian culture?” with representatives of the People’s Embassy of Belarus in Brazil and Brazilian researchers of Belarus, on the YouTube channel Filtro de Barro.
One of the highlights of the week was the presentation of the Brazilian version of the traditional Belaruisian song “Kupalinka” , recorded under the direction of Cris Miguel and Danilo Tomic by the vocal group Casa Passarinho and the vocal-percussion group Bhramari, as well as guest musician Rubem Rocha (recorder).
Commenting on the dedication, Cris Miguel told the Brazilian parable about the hummingbird and the fire:
“There was a fire in the forest. The hummingbird took some drops and pour those drops into the fire. She was asked: What are you doing? You will never end a fire with two drops? Hummingbird replied: “But I do what I can, I make my contribution.”
Cris Miguel adds: “This is how we make our contribution, sending sincere hugs and rays of support to Belarusian people with this Brazilian Kupalinka.”
Another touching musical gift is a Brazilian cover of “Rising Arrows” , perhaps, the most famous composition of the legendary Belarusian metal band Gods Tower, recorded by musicians Roberto Índio (vocal) and Ícaro Artur (bass) from the band Inner Call, especially for the Week of Belarusian Culture 2021.
The video is dedicated to the countless people who have fought for freedom worldwide, especially to Gods Tower frontman Lesley Knife, who was cowardly arrested for criticizing a Belarusian politician and sentenced to three years of forced labor in a penal colony.
The presentation of the cover took place on Sunday, July 11, during a conversation on a live stream on Instagram with the bands’ frontmen Lesley Knife (Gods Tower) and Roberto Índio (Inner Call). The musicians discussed the current state of the metal scene in Brazil and Belarus and answered questions from listeners.
Brazilian writer Luiz Leal dedicated to Belarusian people an acrostic in English:
For the birthday of the outstanding Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala, people all over the world, including Brazil, read his poem “And who goes there?”, translated into more than a hundred languages , including Portuguese.
It should be noted that the Belarusian-Brazilian community started this flash mob last year by organizing a collective reading of the poem in Belarusian and in Portuguese .
This year Brazil participated to the project Versolution (Вершалюцыя) with a poliglot version. Also the poem was performed by a translator and researcher of Russian literature Andrea Zeppini and a poliglot architector Thiago Nascimento.
Also for the Week of Belarusian Culture, another poem by Yanka Kupala “Who are you?” (1908) was translated into Portuguese and performed by Volha and Paterson Franco:
Brazilian artists, some of whom visited Belarus and took part in the festival “Vulica Brasil“, also dedicated their works to Belarusian people. The mural “Liberty” (“Свабода”), by a Brazilian artist Hyper (@hyperaton), appeared in Belo Horizonte, a twin city of Minsk:
And here is the art by Tinho (@tinho23sp), from São Paulo “Eis-me aqui”, oil, canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2021:
And here are Speto’s works for Belarus(@speto):
On the magic night of the Kupalle holiday, a Brazilian artist Marthinha Böker-Tôrres has found a fern-flower and gave it to the Belarusian people with the wish of freedom, happiness and miracles:
Marthinha Böker-Tôrres has Ph.D. in Botanics (UFBA, 2014), so now we can say with confidence that the existence of fern-flowers, in which Belarusians believe for many centuries, is scientifically proven ;-).
A Brazilian linguist and Belarusian language student Andrea Giglio Roca dedicated to Belarusians this angel, made in traditional Belarusian art technic of vytsinanka, and these tender words:
The Brazilian art community Urban Sketchers Brasil has organized a special meeting, dedicated to Belarus. The artists learned about the main aspects of Belarusian culture and architecture, as well virtually visited some of Belarusian places and drew those that found the most interesting.