News | 23.08.2016

I International Literary Festival Kaptaruny

August, 20-21 2016 in Kaptaruny art village The First International Open-Air Literary Festival «Kaptaruny» was held. The topic of the forum is literature as a dimension for dialogue. 

Contemporary society embraces a wide range of identities and their coexistence is recently becoming more and more complicated, it divides people, leads to conflicts and disputes, even within the same country. Is it possible to find forms and ways of co-existence of different identities? Can they become a reason for a dialogue on what can bring them together, instead of erecting a border between people and communities? We believe that culture is a base to build a certain constructive dialogue among us. During the festival we would like to focus not on what divides us, but on what we have in common and what can become that space where the coexistence of different identities could be possible.

Among the festival events there were panel debates, readings, books presentations, musical performances by Andrei Varsoba (Port Mone, Agata), Volha Hapeyeva&Aortha and Gesamtkunstwerk feat. VJ Solar Olga group. The event on FB

Participants: Dmytro Bilyj, Oleksandr Irvaniec, Alevtyna Kakhidze, Oleksij Chupa, Lubov Yakymchuk (Ukraine), Ingo Petz (Germany), Valancin Akudovič, Natalka Babina, Ihar Babkou, Yuras Barysievič, Alhierd Bacharevič, Alexey Bratachkin, Volha Hapeyeva, Ales Harbul, Iryna Herasimovich, Paval Kasciukievič, Artur Klinau, Olga Shparaga, Andrei Khadanovich, Yulya Tsimafeyeva (Belarus).

The photo report is HERE.



A Cross-cultural Conflict: Literature Beyond War?
Particapants: Valancin Akudovič, Oleksandr Irvaniec, Paval Kasciukievič, Lubov Yakymchuk.
Moderator Andrei Khadanovich.

Can writers remain free from global geopolitical processes? When taking their stand do they really make a choice and who then becomes their enemy?

Contemporary Ukrain Litarature Presentation
Particapants: Dmytro Bilyj, Oleksandr Irvaniec, Oleksij Chupa, Lubov Yakymchuk.
Moderators Andrei Khadanovich, Yulya Tsimafeyeva.

Gender Cliche: Musculine Identity in Literature
Participants: Alhierd Bacharevič, Iryna Herasimovich, Yulya Tsimafeyeva, Oleksij Chupa.
Moderator Tania Arcimovič.

In recent years, the topic of women’s presence in art, including literature, is becoming incresingly felt in the cultural field in Belarus. Historical conditions are researched (for example, why there were no female-writers), names are shed light on, specific features are outlined and negative connotations associated with the issue of «female» in art are removed. However, masculine identity in art actually rests undiscussed, meanwhile it also has its own set of clichés and stereotypes. Which clichés are imposed on male authors? Are male writers aware of them and in which way do they try to get rid of them?

To Understand Ukraine: the Year of the Ukrainian Literature in «Lohvinau» Bookshop
Moderator Ihar Babkou.

In January 2016 «Lohvinau» Bookshop launched a public campaign «To Understand Ukraine.» For a year the bookshop has been hosting a number of events: the presentations of Ukrainian books and almanac issues, Ukrainian writers’ visits, Ukrainian films screenings. The basic idea of the Year of the Ukrainian Literature was in attempting to give an asymmetric response to the hatred and war machines fucntioning and in offering Ukrainian high culture as a guide for the Belarusian society into the situation of understanding of what happens in Ukraine.

Ales Harbul. Gray Boulders’ Treasure. The Mythology of Lyntupy Region

Lokis God, pagan temples and boulders, remarkable traditions which have been observed till our times, the first railway to the West — this is a hardly complete list of what Lyntupy Region is famous for. This is a place of ancient cultures crossroads that peacefully exist and communicated here side by side. What can this «Belarusian Switzerland» tell you more about itself?


Europe: New Nationalism
Moderator Alexey Bratachkin.
Particapants: Valancin Akudovič, Natalka Babina, Dmytro Bilyj, Ingo Petz.

Can we speak about «a post-national Europe» today, or to a larger extent we deal with a return to «small, tribal states» (Zygmunt Bauman)? Identity politics in Eastern Europe: how reversible is the right turn and the return to the «homogenous» national identity? Who is «a foreigner» for new nationalisms nowadays? Nationalism representations in culture: how can artists, writers and cultural activists critically address the issue of «the nation and nationalism» without offending anyone?

What and How Fears Speak and Keep Silence of?
Moderator Iryna Herasimovich.
Particapants: Volha Hapeyeva, Artur Klinau, Ingo Petz.

Our fears determine the way we are no less (if not more) than our preferences. How does literature mirror this fact? What texts do fears underlie? And for the same reason what remains unsaid? Does literature help authors and readers to face their own fears? Or maybe it just hides them too far out of reach? Based on these and other questions, we are going to talk to the authors who know it from their personal experience how it feels like — to give a voice to their own fears and those of others. Scientific research says that fear and interest are reinforced in the organism by the same chemical processes, that is the only possibility to get rid of fear is to transform it into interest. Shall we try then?

Ihar Prakapovich. The Educational Complex «The Magic Region of Pastauščyna»

«The Magic Region of Pastauščyna» is an educational complex that comprises a reader, a workbook with questions and quizzes «Check your Knowledge of Pastauščyna» and 35 presentations of natural and historical features of of Pastavy region.

The Ukraininan Literature Assosiation in the Belarusian Writers’ Union and Belarusian-Ukraininan almanac «Sprava» as an Attempt of the Cross-cultural Dialogue
Moderator Natalka Babina.

The Ukraininan Literature Assosiation in the Belarusian Writers’ Union was founded in 2014. Its chairperson is the writer Natalka Babina. The central objectives of the Association include enhancing Ukranian-Belarussian cooperation in literature, supporting Belarussian writers who live in Belarus and write in the Ukranian language (or dialects) and Belarussian writers who live in Ukraine and write in Belarussian, etc. The almanac «Sprava» is published at the Association — a collection of the writings made by such authors as well as their translations (the almanac’s editor is Ales Navarych). The almanac has both paper and electronic versions.

In the course of the discussion we would like to reflect on the potential of the almanac «Sprava» for the international Belarussian-Ukranian dialogue: Ukranian-speaking writers in Belarus, Belarussian-speaking writers in Ukraine, literature in dialects as a part of common European tendencies.

Final discussion
A Dialogue: Literature as a Space for Consolidation
Moderator Olga Shparaga.

What similarities and differences do intercultural conflicts in Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and other countries have? Can we find forms and ways which can prevent the differences from forming boundaries we will not be able to overcome, how can we transform these differences into a space where the coexistence of different identities and communities will be possible?


Literary Performance
Alevtina Kakhidze. Calls from Zhdanauka Cemetery

The performance is based on the author’s telephone conversations with her mother in the period of time when the only area covered with mobile connection in her city (Zhdanauka, Donetsk region) was the cemetery … Whereas in all the nearby territoried shooting would never stop — the fighting between the National troops and the armed forces of the self-proclaimed DNR went on.

Alevtina Kakhidze, «If this had happened before the war, I would see in it a powerful artistic metaphor: the only connection with the outside world in Zhdanauka is from the cemetery! But not then — in the August of 2014 I was holding my phone tight so as not to miss a call from her — a call from Zhdanauka cemetery!»

Andrei Varsoba’s Music Set

Andrei Varsoba is an musician, composer, teacher. He works with various techniques and conceptions of contemporary music tradition. He is a leader of «Port Mone» group (Belarus), a participant and composer in such projects as «Rozdilovi» (Ukraine), «AGATA» (Belarus), «Chmeleva project» (Port Mone/DakhaBrakha) (Ukraine), the author of music for numerous films, animations, theatrical plays and performances.

Exaltation Gesamtkunstwerk feat. VJ Solar Olga
Literary Show «Informative Body»

This multimedia project’s leitmotif is the sculptor as a performer, the performer as a sculpture. The literary show «Informative Body» is a crazy cocktail of different types and genres of art, in relationship to which words crumble into small glittering sparks. During this performance, we dissect the brain and let the steam come out of our heads.

A poetic-musical performance of Volha Hapeyeva and Aortha

Poems of a prominent Belarusian poet Volha Hapeyeva with music from Aortha, which formed the basis of a joint album «Dzien’-Dzien’» (Day-Day), create a unique atmosphere, combining the sounds of the city and natural elements with the poetry.

Aortha is interested in work with urban sounds: he makes collages from the urban sound recordings and then processes them using numerous effects creating pieces of cities’ spirits. Aortha also makes music/sound for theatre, and collaborates with poets.


Alevtina Kakhidze is creating of Ukrainian Independence Garden.