David Gilmour, Pussy Riot, Boombox, Brutto, Kim Cattrall, Neil Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Viktoria Modesta, Kenwyn House and Jeremy Irons.
Staging a Revolution: I’m with the Banned is the flagship event in Belarus Free Theatre’s tenth anniversary celebrations, bringing together a unique line-up of musicians and performers to stand up for artistic freedom of expression and against injustice. Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe, and the Belarusian people are not free.
I’m with the Banned will unite artists who live in political freedom with banned bands from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, playing on the same bill for the first time. They will perform under a banner designed by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who continues to live under house arrest in Beijing. These artists have all endured extensive intimidation campaigns; they have been systematically persecuted for speaking out in defence of freedom. Now they take centre stage together.
For full 10th anniversary programme please see: http://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/staging-a-revolution
Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour will perform with banned Belarusian musicians.
Russian punk activists Pussy Riot whose unapologetically provocative guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral propelled these charismatic campaigners to the world’s attention.
Punk-rockers Brutto, formed by Sergey Mikhalok, the former front man of a Belarusian rock group Lyapis Trubetskoj who were banned in Belarus after he signed an open letter of protest against the imprisonment of Lukashenko’s opponents in 2010. Mikhalok now lives in political exile in Ukraine.
Also taking to the stage - Ukrainian supergroup Boombox, who fronted the Maidan demonstrations in Kiev with Okean Elzy and Ruslana. They are now banned from performing in Russia because of their pro-freedom stance.
Friends of Belarus Free Theatre including Kim Cattrall, Neil Tennant and Juliet Stevenson will read extracts from BFT plays and testimonies live on the night. More names to follow.