On April 23rd to April 30th, to support all the initiatives postponed due to the global pandemic, Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic film festival will host a series of online events #zzyalive on the festival’s official Facebook page.


In April Northern Lights announced postponing the main program till autumn, when mass events are estimated to become a reality again. However, in order not to lose each other, Northern Lights invite you to join the live streams on the festival’s official Facebook page from April 23rd to April 30th. The format is dialogues on burning issues with filmmakers, cultural managers and social activists, both from Belarus and from abroad. 


The first event to take place on April 14th was a dialogue with one of the 5th Northern Lights’ visuals creators, photographer Diana Biruk. That way, the festival crew has decided to proceed with the format of the cosy conversation. “LISTEN AND HEAR” is the festival’s slogan for the year 2020. Besides the literal meaning, it has to do with concern for our friends, our audience. This is why we urge you to stay at home and follow the fascinating events Northern Lights has to offer on the festival’s official Facebook page


Scheduled events: 


Thursday, April 23rd, 11:00 a.m. UTC +3 

Breakfast with cultural managers Olga Mzhelskaya and Iryna Lukashenka 


We will discuss the state of Belarusian cultural institutions during a crisis and speak about the future of culture after the pandemic, as well as about the cultural initiatives supporting project “ArtProezdnoy”.


Friday, April 24th, 3:00 p.m. UTC +3 

Anton Radniakou, The Center for New Ideas director. 

“Again about the future. What awaits Belarus and the world after the pandemic?”


What kind of clothes will people wear after the crisis? Will people take fewer flights and will they consume more locally produced goods? Is the pandemic a threat to globalization? And many other curious questions. 


Saturday, April 25th, 7:00 p.m. UTC +3 

Darya Zhuk, film producer  

“A talk by the water with Darya Zhuk. Listen and hear”


A talk on the projects in progress, on why and how she would like to tell women’s stories. A talk on feminist optics, or how Darya Zhuk became a feminist. 


Sunday, April 26th, 1:00 p.m. UTC +3 

Dovilė Butnoriūtė, Head of Film promotion, Lithuanian Film Centre 

“Lockdown for film people. Lithuanian experience” 

This talk will be held in English.


Monday, April 27th, 3:00 p.m. UTC +3 

Kanstantsin Varabey, The Workshop of Social Cinema manager 

“Did COVID-19 make an influence on the cinema in Belarus? Or “no industry, no problem” - is it true?” 


Tuesday, April 28th, 3:00 p.m. UTC +3 

Sveta Hatalskaya, co-founder of March, babe! initiative group, 

whose goal is passing an anti-domestic violence law

“Situational activism as a new phenomenon in Belarus” 


Wednesday, April 29th, 11:00 a.m. UTC +3 

Morning coffee with the Ambassadors. 

Ole T. Horpestad, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ukraine and Belarus 

Christina Johannesson, the Swedish Ambassador to Belarus 


We will share the lockdown and quarantine experiences in Nordic countries, speak on the influence the pandemic had on the embassies’ work and will contemplate on the situation in future. 


Thursday, April 30th, 9:00 p.m. UTC +3 

#zzyalive online closing party * Special Northern Lights anti-COVID mixtape  

Remember the fascinating Norwegian documentary “Northern Disco Lights” we showed in 2018? 

Aslamin will share the Nordic vibe with us in their set. 

Translated from Belarusian by: Marharyta Trubnikava


Main supporters: Nordisk KulturFond (Denmark), Nordic Council of Ministers Office (Denmark). 


Co-organizers: Norwegian Embassy in Kiev, Danish Cultural Institute in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Current Time TV, The unitary enterprise Kinovideoprokat of the Minsk City Executive Committee – KinoMinska, Volia Films production company. 


General partners: Finnish Liaison Office in Belarus, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Belarus, Embassy of Estonia in Belarus, Embassy of Lithuania in Belarus,  Embassy of Latvia in Belarus,  Icelandic Film Centre, Finnish Film Foundation, Estonian Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Centre of Latvia, B2B DOC - Baltic to Black Sea Documentary Network.


Partners: DoubleTree by Hilton Minsk Hotel, official distributor of Mazda in Belarus, Taxi 5, art-group «Sinie Gory», FirstRental rental house, “Svobody 4” bar, “Zerno” coffee shop, Moonlightroom.by, DataHata.by, Blockbuster.by, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.


Media partners: BYCARD, CityDog, mvradio.by, 34mag.net, Belarus 3 and Belarus 24 TV channels, AfishaTUT.by, TheVillage, Kyky.org


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