Earlier international Nordic-Belarus rainbow events have been attacked by police,
thrown out of their venues (forcing delegates to hold seminars in the streets and
city parks of Minsk) and last year cancelled after the dicatorial regime threatened
to expel any visiting rainbow foreigners and Belarussian neo Nazis promised to
wipe out homosexuality itself from the country.
To prevent the isolation of our Belarus colleagues .
and to discuss the situation for rainbow activists in Estonia & Latvia
Nordic Homo Council (member of the ILGA)
Tupilak (Nordic organization of lesbian & gay cultural workers)
Nordic Rainbow Humanists
ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)
Information Secretariat -- Stockholm
invite you to a Nordic event in Stockholm in the spirit of our
International Moonbow Human Rights & Homo Festivals
(taking place for the last 5 years on both sides of the Baltic Sea.)
Preliminary Program: Exile in Stockholm
Friday, September 23, 2005
9.30-10.00 Press briefing with organizers, visiting colleagues from
Belarus,Estonia & Latvia (Studio 5 Radio House)
10.00-12.00 Present LGBT situation in Belarus (Belarus Rainbow Amnesty)
Situation in Estonia (Mea Culpa) & in Latvia
Would-be bans, bomb threats, neo nazi violence, tear gas, eggs,
homophobic clergy, mayors and mass media.
(same as above)
13.00-14.00 Working lunch: Homophobia & Mass Media in Belarus,
Mass media: support or condemnation in Estonia, Latvia
Study visits to Belarus, Estonian & Latvian sections of Radio Sweden
International (the only public service radio broadcasting in Belarussian!)
15.00-16.00 International Support for Rainbow colleagues in Belarus?
from Helsinki Human Rights Committees, Amnesty International, World
Humanists, IDAHO: International Day Against Homophobia, United
Against Racism, ILGA, etc.
A stage of the 9th ILGCN World Homo Culture Conference
in Minsk, 2006 .? How would this complement the stages in
Moscow (May), Jerusalem (World Pride) August 6-12) and Istanbul
Note: limited space! Swedish Helsinki Committee office
18.00 21.00 Tupilak Voodoo vs. Homophobia in Belarus: Solidarity
concert for & with Belarus (art, photography, music, songs,
and poetry from Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and the Nordic area).
(Café Galleri Aguéli Blektornsgränd 9 T-ban Mariatorget)
Drawing of the Belarus Vodka lottery (fund-raising for visiting activists travel costs)
Festival in Exile for Belarus
Saturday, September 24, 2005
12.00 13.00 AIDS & Homophobia in Belarus, Eastern Europe (Aguéli)
13.30 14.30 Working Lunch: Rainbow/Moonbow Culture vs.
Homophobia & Silence in Belarus
(Hermans Garden Café)
(Fjällgatan 23 T-ban Slussen)
15.00 16.00 A joint Nordic policy of support for Rainbow Belarus..?
(Nordic Council, Nordic LGBT groups, etc.)
1st Belarus LGBT documentary film: They Still Smile Irina Sislova
(Norden i Fokus Nordic Council information office Hantverkargatan 33)
20.00-22.00 Inspiration Evening on Runmarö: brain-storming, discussion,
music, poetry in the moonlight by the campfire on an archipelago island.
(Music & Art Studio Fröbis - Styrsvik)
(Note: Limited overnight accommodation. Taxi boat service to the mainland).
Note: All events open to the public (space sometimes limited).
No entrance fees.