Chaliezin Mikalaj

Position

Art director

Alternative spelling

Kholezin Nikolai

Organization

Belarusian Free Theatre

Career

Chaliezin worked as a journalist for the Imia and Naša Svaboda newspapers, was deputy editor of the Naviny newspaper, and an organising committee member of the Charter”97 civil initiative.
He was the founder and artistic director of the VITA NOVA Centre for Contemporary Art.

In 2005 Chaliezin and his wife Natalia Kaliada founded the Free Theatre, which has since gained popularity in Belarus and abroad.

Between 1999 and 2008, he was arrested four times in Belarus for political reasons. In 2002 he was sentenced to a short term in prison. In 2011 he illegally left Belarus and now lives in London.

Position held since

2005

Year of birth

1964

Region of birth

Minsk
Belarus

Sector

Society

Region

Abroad

Links

Мікалай Халезін

Tags

art
Opposition
Media
Diaspora