24.04. 13:05 Uhr Solidarische Praktiken: Voices from Belarus

Christine Fischer (Director ECLAT, Intendant Music of the Centuries)
Keynote lecture, followed by discussion and Q&A
Moderation: Wolfram Sander, Saskia Ottis
Language: German

Echoes – Voices from Belarus are artistic statements on the current situation in Belarus. The festival ECLAT for new music in Stuttgart invited Belarusian artists and activists to produce short videos in cooperation with international musicians, which draw attention to the human rights violations in Belarus and give voice to the resistance and the will for change of the Belarusians by artistic means. The result is a platform of reverence, solidarity and motivation to the democracy movements and all political prisoners. The project is dedicated to human rights activist and musician Maria Kalesnikava, who has been part of the ECLAT Festival team since 2018. She has been imprisoned in Minsk since September 2020 and has become one of the most influential opposition leaders in Belarus.

Christine Fischer, artistic director of the ECLAT Festival, will speak about the project Echoes – Voices from Belarus in a keynote address followed by talks, thus also formulating a claim for the current music and theater scene: the urgency of institutional solidarizations and positioning.

Christine Fischer is artistic director of Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, manager of the Neue Vocalsolisten and artistic director of the New Music Festival ECLAT. In 1985, while still a music student, she took over the management of Musik der Jahrhunderte and has since made a significant contribution to the development of the institution. Together with musicians and organizers from the Stuttgart region, she founded Netzwerk Süd in 2007 as part of Netzwerk Neue Musik, and in 2012 she initiated “Netzwerk Neue Musik Baden-Württemberg e.V.” together with colleagues.

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