Belarusian rock acts play live show at US ambassador's residence outside Minsk

Sixteen Belarusian rock acts played a live show at the US ambassador's residence in Raubichi...

Sixteen Belarusian rock acts played a live show at the US ambassador's residence in Raubichi, a village some 15 kilometers north of Minsk, on Tuesday.

The concert featured, among others, the bands Krama, Neuro Dubel, N.R.M., Palats, Suzorye, Ulis, and singer Zmitser Voityushkevich.

The organizers of the show named the project Ambasovishcha, a blend of "ambasada," which means embassy in Belarusian, and "Basoviszcza," an annual Belarusian rock music festival held in Poland.

Each of the acts played short sets including two or three songs. Attending were journalists, diplomats and Belarusian public figures.

"I came to Belarus not long ago, that's why I'm only getting acquainted with Belarusian history and culture," Jonathan Moore, the US charge d'affaires, said in his speech at the concert. The diplomat said he knew that many of the acts had been banned from playing concerts in Belarus.

Mr. Moore was speaking in Belarusian.

Dali were voted the best band of the concert. Representatives of the embassy presented the rockers with a gift and Yevgeny Bonch-Osmolovsky, head of the 8 Kanal TV channel, promised the band free assistance in promotion.

The organizers plan to hold rock festivals at the US ambassador's residence annually. //BelaPAN