For the past two years, a popular show on RFE/RL's Belarusian Service (known locally as Radio Svaboda) has been signing off with an original song composed by a local troubadour. So far, about 100 musicians - including Radio Svaboda Director Alexander Lukashuk - have had their songs featured on a daily program called "Night Liberty."
What we've been doing every night for the past two years - giving new artists a chance to feature their work - is nothing short of phenomenal.
Last week, Minsk's prestigious Palace of Arts hosted a special live performance of many of these songs, 50 of which are currently available on a new compilation DVD called "Bards on Liberty." [Read more in Belarusian]
Lukashuk, who performed one of his songs, called the project "a fantastic reaffirmation of the strength of the Belarusian language, culture, and future."
"People have been writing and singing their own songs in Belarus for decades," he said. "But what we've been doing every night for the past two years - giving new artists a chance to feature their work - is nothing short of phenomenal."
"Bards on Liberty" is Radio Svaboda's fourth multimedia production. The previous three were devoted to the works of renowned Belarusian writer Vasil Bykau.