Sunday was quite spring-like and even hot. While the Market Square was filled with supporters of the Defense Committee for Democracy, Lviv Street was crowded with guests and tourists. The Lviv Club “Under Klepsydra” hosted the children’s programme with the participation of Taras and Maryana Prokhasko, the DagaDana band and their numerous ‘little’ audience. Ukrainian blacksmiths were forging magic coins and other marvelous things; Lviv Street visitors savored coffee, strudels, chocolate and halva.
In the afternoon, Vlodko Kaufman conducted his curatorial excursions within the Ukrainian Cross-Section exhibition. The Polish audience shows great interest to Ukrainian contemporary art, and all six floors of the building in 25 Market Sq. are always crowded with visitors. The journalists, preparing a video coverage of the exhibition and the Lviv Month events, commented, ‘…such presentation of visual art in general helps to understand better all that is happening in Ukraine over the past two years, and it creates a truly broad panorama of contemporary Ukrainian culture’.
In the evening, the Lviv Month event presented one of the main highlights of the project - the LETTERS FROM UKRAINE Polish-Ukrainian anthology. The book was published especially for the LM; the editor-in-chief of the Polish version is Bohdan Zadura, compiler – Grigory Semenchuk, the preface was written by Yuri Andrukhovych. The presentation was a full house; Mr. Zadura described in detail the book’s creation process, shared his observations on Ukrainian poetry in historical comparison, and even read a text from the book. The meeting was moderated by Jadwiga Skowron. The audience was proposed to buy the anthology in support of Oleg Sentsov’s family.
Then, the Lviv Club became a witness of the emotional and intellectual explosion: Olesya Zdorovetska presented her author's vocals&zither programme based on Ukrainian poetry, as well as her just recently recorded CD.
Meanwhile, the NEW HORIZONS Cinema Art House (sold out) presented the Living Fire film by young Ukrainian filmmaker Ostap Kostyuk (film is already the winner of many prestigious international festivals). The screening was preceded by HYCZ Orkestr performance, creating a proper atmosphere of the Hutsul Carpathians.
Overall, the first Lviv Month weekend’s statistics is very consolatory: more than 5000 visitors of the UKRAINIAN Cross-Section exhibition; thousands of visitors of the Lviv Street projects; full houses at the New Horizons cinema and at the Lviv Club. Follow our diary on the website and Youtube, visit Lviv Month in Wroclaw event, inviteyour friends from abroad. The most interesting is afore!