Ukraine's cultural renaissance: how to keep it going? 27 January 2021, 6.30pm GMT

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 27 January, 6.30pm GMT
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Over the last seven years, Ukraine has seen a revival in the cultural sphere. Numerous theatre productions, exhibitions, urban regeneration projects and other cultural activity appeared in the middle of the political turmoil of the protests and then the war in the Donbas, and, often, in response to these turbulent events.

The webinar will discuss the transformation of Ukraine's cultural policy and the transformative role of culture in Ukraine. It will discuss the role of western cultural institutions as well as civil society.



Marina Pesenti (Ukrainian Institute London)

Marina Pesenti is originally from Kyiv. She is a graduate of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics. Marina spent 10 years with the BBC World Service in London, producing and presenting programmes. She was a winner of BBC World Service Documentary Bursary Award and produced documentaries for the English and Ukrainian desks. Marina has conducted research for think tanks, such as Legatum Institute in London and Kennan Institute in Kyiv. She was Director of Ukrainian Investment Summit in London with Adam Smith Conferences and freelanced for Bell Pottinger, a UK-based PR consultancy. Marina was Director of the Ukrainian Institute in 2015-2020. Marina is the author of ‘Cultural Revival and Social Transformation in Ukraine’, Chatham House (2020).

Moderator: Kateryna Botanova (CULTURESCAPES)

Kateryna Botanova is a cultural critic, journalist, curator and policy analyst. Before joining CULTURESCAPES, she was director of CSM/Foundation Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv (2010-2015) and founder and editor-in-chief of the online journal on contemporary art and culture KORYDOR. She curated numerous projects, consulted and did research for a variety of European cultural institutions and programs, including Eastern Partnership Cultural Program, EUNIC etc. As cultural critic and essayist she contributes to numerous Ukrainian media, as well as internationals ones — Eurozine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, OpenDemocracy etc. She is a member of PEN-Ukraine.


Event image — The 2018 premiere of the opera ‘Gaz’ by Nova Opera, a contemporary take on the 1930s avant garde theatre production by Les Kurbas, at Mystetskyi Arsenal. Photo Evgeniy Maloletka.