Concert of Krama Banned

2007 2007-05-15T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


The concert-presentation of a new album of Krama which had been planned for 30 May in Night Star club in Minsk is banned. The European Radio has been informed about that by the band’s administrator Pavel Kashyryn. As said by him, the club administration had to deny the premises after a telephone call from an upper instance. Pavel believes that it was a call from ideology department of Minsk city executive committee.

Last week Pavel Kashyryn had a meeting with the head of culture department of Minsk city executive committee Viktar Kurash. It was another attempt to get a one-time license for holding a concert of Krama. Kashyryn was denied license. The reason for that was that, according to ideology officials of Minsk city executive committee, musicians and works of Krama have a ‘low artistic level’. On the same evening a phone call with apologies from the club was received.

On Monday, 15 May Pavel Kashyryn wrote another application for one-time license for holding Krama concert. Krama is on the list of “prohibited” rock groups in Belarus for taking part in concerts and meetings organized by the democratic forces of the country.