It was third such an event in Poland, which attracts thousands of people supporting free Belarus. In 2006 the show was organised to support the Belarusian opposition before the presidential election. A year later Poles demonstrated their solidarity with their eastern neighbours on 25 March, the unofficial Belarusian Freedom Day , when the Belarusian democratic opposition organizes peaceful demonstrations in country's capital Minsk, usually crushed by Aleksandr Lukashenko's regime and resulting in arrests.
This years concert was organized under the slogan: "The native language of Belarusians - it is Belarusian". The organizers wanted to draw attention to the problem of neglecting the Belorusian language: closing down Belorusian newspapers, schools, omnipresence of the Russian language on the streets as well as in the public institutions. The event was accompanied by fundraising to support a Lyceum named after Jakub Kołas, the last school in Minsk teaching its curriculum in Belarussian.
At the end of the concert representatives of Tibet were invited to the scene and expressed solidarity of Belarus and Poland. The organizers hope the concert, broadcasted live to Belarus, was held in Warsaw for the last time. They are planning to stage the next show in Minsk.
Photos: Tomasz Kaczor