The April 30-day marathon of Ukrainian culture in Wroclaw was launched very successfully, and it has caused numerous feedbacks just from the start. During the first day the Ukrainian Cross-Section exhibition was attended by more than 1,200 visitors; the concerts and literary meetings were full houses, and the Lviv Street project has attracted numerous guests.
The Lviv Month was opened by an official press conference on the 1st of April in the morning, featuring Artem Zozulya, Director of the Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Wroclaw, Oleh Mandiuk, Consul General of Ukraine in Krakow, Vasyl Pavluk, Consul General of Ukraine in Lublin, Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Lviv City Mayor for Development, Rafal Kozinski, coordinator of the Lviv Month in Wroclaw, and Jan Wais, Deputy Director, Foreign Relations Office, Municipality of Wroclaw. The press conference was moderated by Taras Voznyak. The LM programmes were represented by their curators, including Grigory Semenchuk, Kateryna Slipchenko, Evgeniya Nesterovych, Vlodko Kaufman, and Pavlo Makow, famous Ukrainian artist and participant of the Ukrainian Cross-Section exhibition.
The first event of the Lviv Month symbolically became the discussion Does the Past of a City Have Its Future? (cycle CITIES’ DIALOGUE) with the participation of Taras Voznyak, Karol Modzelewski, Edwin Bendyk. The foreword was made by Zoryana Rybchynska, curator of the discussion programme. The topic of the discussion has proved to be so interesting, that it was debated by the audience and participants fora long time after its end.
The opening ceremony of the Ukrainian Cross-Section exhibition was attended by Krzysztof Maj, General Director of the ECC 2016, WojciechAdamski, Vice President of Wroclaw, Andrii Deshchytsia, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Poland, and hundreds of visitors from Wroclaw and Lviv.
All six floors of the ancient building in the heart of Wroclaw (from the basement up to the roof) hosted the major exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art, represented both by the already well-known abroad and yet unknown even in Ukraine names. The opening ceremony also included the presentation of Ukrainian performance programme. The enchanted audience for almost an hour looked on the Kostiantyn Zorkin’s performance, his ‘ritual’ actions and operations with specially created for the project tools. The performance has resulted in the installation, exhibited in the basement, as an independent artifact that captures the attention of observers for a long time.
The presentation of the Lviv Month music programme has actually happened on 31 March within a pre-party with the participation of incomparable Lemko Bluegrass Band, the party lasted till late night. And the 1st of April was solemnly and joyfully started with the concert of HYCZ Orkestr (now famous, probably, for all Wroclaw citizens). They entertained the audience till the time, allowed by strict Polish law, and then about five hours more in acoustic variant. Lviv Club “UNDER KLEPSYDRA” said ‘Good night!’ to its visitors only on the dawn. To get together again in the morning, in the sunny Lviv Street..