Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Maryja Kalesnikava

The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz awards an honorary doctorate to the musician and political activist Maryja Kalesnikava.

Maryja Kalesnikava is one of the leading figures of the Belarusian opposition. She was sentenced to eleven years in prison after the 2020 presidential election and has been in a penal colony since September 2021—repeatedly in solitary confinement. Amnesty International lists her as a political prisoner, and the European Parliament has also regularly called for her unconditional release.

Maryja Kalesnikava studied early and contemporary music in Stuttgart and lived in Germany for twelve years, working as a flutist and cultural manager. In particular, she was associated with the ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart and worked for InterAKT, an initiative that connects artists from different disciplines for joint projects.

7.10., 15:00

MUMUTH (György-Ligeti-Hall), House of Music and Music Theater (KUG)
Lichtenfelsgasse 14
8010 Graz  ♿

To attend the event, please register by emailing ehrendoktorat [​at​] kug.ac.at.

6.10., 15:30
Aliaksei Paluyan
Film screening
Followed by a talk with the director
Mehlplatz 2
8010 Graz
Free admission
Registration: bdr [​at​] kug.ac.at