“Last Dawn”. Music saves lives

The opening of the musical project "The Last Dawn", whose members advocate for an end to the practice of the death penalty in Belarus will take place on 5 October on the live air of the web portal tut.by ad the internet editions naviny.by and "Nasha Niva". The live air will started at 7 p.m.

The details of the presentation were described to naviny.by the project coordinator, journalist Siarhei Budkin.

“The spectators will see not just a concert. We planned the presentation of the “The Dawn” is intended to be a combination of various kinds of art – apart from music and singing you can see a sand show and various video installations,” said Mr. Budkin.

According to the journalist, the presentation of the project “The Last Dawn” will became the implementation of a large-scale music project with the participation of a great number of musicians: “There will be a full orchestra of musicians, there will be violins, cellos and a great number of other instruments. A TV-version of the concert will be shot, which later will be issued on DVD”.

Budkin hopes that the project will find an answer in the hearts of the listeners: “Naturally, one of the aims of the project is to again touch the daily issue of the existence of the death penalty. We want to make the people think about it by showing the problem with the assistance of artistic means. If we just speak about the death penalty, there is one impression, but the music can awake completely different feelings.”

Liavon Volski will sing about crucifixion, Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich – about gibbet

The topics, addressed by the participants of “The Last Dawn” have been announced: Liavon Volski will sing about crucifixion, Aliaksandr Pamidorau – about the gas chamber, Hanna Khitryk – about guillotine, Ales Dzianisau addressed the topic of shooting, Nasta Shpakouskaya – the electric chair, Viktar Rudenka – poisoning, and Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich – gibbet.

Hanna Khitryk and Nasta Shpakouskaya are convinced that the questions of birth and death are outside human responsibility. Viktar Rudenka adds another accent: “If we are trying to promote a society without violence and murders, we must refuse from them at all levels. Even lawful death
penalty is a murder, which serves as a negative example for the society.”

Aliaksandr Pamidorau, Zmitser Vaitsiushkevich and Ales Dzianisau think that verdics can be erroneous, as it happened in the well-known cases of Mikhasevich, Chykatsila and others.
The matter is that an innocent person can die because of one bad man. Any of us. This is the main thing for me,” says Aliaksandr Pamidorau.

Liavon Volski believes that even the most malignant criminal must have the right to
realize the gravity of the offense and repent. "I decided to participate in the project "The Last Dawn" because I consider the topic of the death penalty to be relevant to our patriarchal territory,” said the musician in a commentary for naviny.by. “The topic was proposed to me by the organizers of the project."

Being asked how the project can affect the existence of the death penalty in Belarus, Volski answered: “Probably, it won't influence the existence of the death penalty, but can influence the public opinion, as far as our compatriots are quite bloodthirsty and a considerable part of them deamand an obligatory punishment of a criminal, even if there is at least a small possibility of their innocence. Of course, if investigators have a plan for the disclosure of crimes and violent methods of investigation, people sometimes confess to what they have never committed, just to put an end to humilitation and torture."

The project “The Last Dawn” is dated to the World Day against the Death Penalty, marked on 10 October. Since 1997, Europe is de facto a space free from the death penalty. The only exception is Belarus.

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