Belarusian Canadian Alliance invites Belarusians from all over the world to join us for Heroes’ Day, a celebration dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Slutzak Uprising (1920-2020).
The Slutzak Uprising was an armed uprising of Slutsk residents against the Bolsheviks in November-December 1920. November 27, the day when the first Slutzak battles with the Bolsheviks began, is considered the beginning of the uprising and is celebrated in Belarus and abroad by Belarusians as the Day of Heroes.
Slutzak Uprising is a symbol of the determination of the Belarusian people to fight for a free and independent Belarus. It is the day of Remembrance of those who have laid down their lives in defense of their Motherland. It is the day to honor all our Heroes, past and present, including those who continue to carry the white-red-white standard today.
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Let’s celebrate our Heroes together
Ivonka Survila was elected chairman of the Belarusian Institute of Science and Art in Canada (BINIM) in 1974. In 1984, she was elected to the board of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, an organization that unites the interests of different ethnic groups living in Canada.
In 1989, together with other members of the Belarusian diaspora, Ms Survilla founded the Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus and acted as its Head until her election as Chairman of the BNR Council.
From 1997 onward – Chairman of the Council of the Belarusian People’s Republic.
Author of the book of memoirs “Road”.
Nina Stuzhynskaya is a Belarusian historian, winner of Francysk Bogushevich Prize of the Belarusian PEN Center (2001), candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor. Author of “Belarus the Rebellious: From the History of Armed Anti-Soviet Resistance: The 1920s. XX century”. The book is dedicated to little-studied and little-known events of the Belarusian resistance – the Slutzak Uprising, the activities of anti-Soviet guerrillas in the 1920s. Nina Stuzhynskaya found and used many previously unknown sources, including documents of the DPU, private letters, memoirs of veterans, all of which refute the myths of communist propaganda that the Belarusian people supported the Bolshevik regime.
Uladzimir Arlou – Belarusian novelist, poet, historian. Author of numerous books of prose, poetry, historical essays and essays. Author of scripts for scientific documentaries “Euphrosynya of Polotsk”, “Polotsk Labyrinths”, “Simeon of Polotsk” and others. Winner of numerous professional, state and international awards for literary activity. Author of “Names of Freedom”, 300 historical portraits of the heroes of Belarusian freedom movements of the XVIII-XXI centuries.
Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu is a Belarusian poet, prose writer, public and political figure, winner of a number of professional and state awards for literary activity. Nominated for the Nobel Prize (2011). Initiator and head of the public campaign “Tell the Truth”. Ryhor Baradulin, Henadz Buraukin, Henadz Hrushava and others became the founders of the “Tell the Truth” campaign together with Nyaklyaeu. Participated in the 2010 presidential election as a presidential candidate. In 2015, he founded the movement “For Statehood and Independence of Belarus.”
“Union” is a Belarusian men’s chamber choir. Created in 1990 in Minsk, since 1995 the choir was based at the Mogilev Philharmonic, since 2001 again in Minsk. Organizer, director and chief conductor is Pavel Gontsa. the Choir is distinguished by the original manner of concert performance of musical works. In the initial repertoire monastic melodies of 15-17 centuries, later – religious and secular works (more than 200 works from different epochs), including hymns, arrangements of national songs, spiritual music of composers of 16-20 centuries. (Vaclav of Shamotul, Tsipryan Bazylik, M. Ravensky, A. Rogachevsky, M. Shchaglov, M. Butoma) and modern authors (A. Litvinovsky, I. Matievsky, V. Kuznetsov) and others. The choir released the album “Belarusian Marches and Songs” (1998). Laureate and diploma winner of international competitions.
Andrei Hadanovich is a Belarusian poet, translator, writer and philologist. Winner of the Golden Apostrophe Award (2007). Winner of the Carlos Sherman Prize for the translation of poems by Charles Baudelaire (2017). Published author in magazines “Arche”, “Verbs”, the newspaper “Nasha Niva”. Author of the books of poems “Letters from under the blanket” (2002, in Ukrainian), “Old poems” (2003), “Letters from under the blanket” (2004), “Countrymen, or Belarusian limericks” (2005) , a collection of selected poetry “From Belarus with Love” (2005), “One hundred li100s on tut.by” (2006), “Święta Nowego Rocku” (Wrocław: Kolegium Europy Wschodniej, 2006), in Polish). The poems have been translated into Russian, Polish, English, Latvian, Lithuanian, German, Slovak and Ukrainian. Translates from French, Ukrainian and Polish.
Eduard Akulin – Belarusian poet, translator, bard, lead editor of the literary and art magazine “September”.
Laureate of the First National Festival of Belarusian Bard Song, Laureate of the Mikola Hanko International Prize, Laureate of the Clay Veles Literary Prize, Laureate of the Silver Flying Feather Literary Prize, Bulgaria.
Eduard is the author of the dramatic mystery “At Christmas” (1996); two song albums: “My Curve” (1995), “Like She and I” (2000); as well as CDs: “In the Beginning Was a Song” (2003), “Songs of the Golden Curve” (2008), “I Can’t Live Without Wings” (2012). Author of numerous translations from Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Bulgarian and German. Eduard Akulin’s poems have been translated into English, French, Italian, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Lithuanian, Latvian and German.
Lyavon Volsky is a Belarusian musician, writer, artist and presenter. The founder of “Dreams,” N.R.M. and Krambambulya. He also played and sang in the bands “New Sky” and “Zet”. Winner of the audience at the festival “Rock Step 1988”; laureate of the festival “Navapolatsk 1988”; Grand Prix, prize in the nomination “Best Keyboardist” at the festival “Three Colors 1990”; “Rock Crown” in the nominations “Song of the Year” (“Guerrilla”) – 1996, “Album of the Year” (“Folk Album”) – 1997, “Rock Crown 1997”, “Project of the Year” (“Holy Evening 2000”) – 1999, “Song of the Year” (“Balloon”) – 1999, “Music of the Year”, “Event of the Year” (project “I was born here”), “Best Lyrics”, “Song of the Year” (“Three Turtles”), “Album of the Year” (“Three Turtles”), “Rock Crown” – all 2000, “Performer of the Year” at the “Rock Coronation 2004-2005″, winner of the FreeMuse Award-2016  and USMA-2019 in the nomination ” The best lyrics ”. He was awarded the medal of the 100th anniversary of the BNR of the Council of the Belarusian People’s Republic.
Zmicier Vaicushkevich is a Belarusian singer and musician. Participated in the bands KRIWI and Palace. Now the leader of the band WZ-Orkiestra. Toy Store (2001) – songs about a shop selling animal toys, based on poems by Leanid Dranko-Maisyuk. Albums: Ballads (2002) – songs based on folk lyrics and partly folk music, Half of the Year (2003) – songs based on poems by Ales Kamotski, Locomotive of Love (2004) – songs based on poems by Ryhor Baradulin, Moon and Sun (2005) – songs based on Japanese poems translated into Belarusian, Tango with a Rose (2006) – songs based on poems by Vladimir Nyaklyaev, Unpublished (2006) – songs that did not get on previous CDs, little-known, Lullabies (2007) – a joint music project with the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, Liryka (2007) – songs based on poems by Gennady Buraukin, What is needed (2008), My friend the Angel (2009), Belarusian song (2010) – recording of a concert on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Karatkevich, Chara ( 2011), What’s on the Heart (2011), Vayachak (2012), Varanok (2013), Our Song (2015), Comet (2016), In Our Dreams (2017) – a report on 10 years of creative cooperation with Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu. I love (based on poems by V. Mayakovsky) (2018)