Within the Day of Wroclaw event, included into the 14th Flugery Lvova International Ethno Jazz Festival programme, the organises hold the presentation of just recently finished Lviv Month in Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 major project. The Lviv Month curators and organises shared their impressions on the event, described the integral parts of its programme, and presented perspectives.

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During the results’ presentation, Rafal Kozinski (Lviv Month in Wroclaw coordinator, TransKultura  Foundation) reported on the emotions aroused by Ukrainian art, presented in Wroclaw, ‘The project has gained unusual popularity - Lviv April has gathered about 100,000 visitors, including Poles, Ukrainians, guests from the European Union and Russia. That fact promotes us to think on the possibility to invite the EU to the other side of Schengen - to Lviv and further on to Ukraine, in order to celebrate the European Capital of Culture here as well. It is our long-term goal’.

The Lviv Month in Wroclaw ECOC 2016 project has proved that borders do not matter for art and culture. On the sidelines of the presentation, the main topics of discussions were future plans and perspectives.

Grigory Semenchuk told about the work on future projects, ‘The Polish and English translations of the Letters From Ukraine anthology of Ukrainian poetry are ready; currently we are negotiating with commercial publishing houses  to issue them. It looks like, that in the nearest future we’ll have Czech and Spanish translations. Besides, the Polish-Slovak-Ukrainian-Czech Month of Authors’  Readings is around the corner’.

Soon, the Ukrainian Cross-Section reCREATION exhibition will be demonstrated in  the cities of Kyiv, Lviv and Lublin. In autumn, the Lviv Forum of Publishers will host the presentation of Polish contemporary literature, prepared within the ECOC Wroclaw 2016 event. And in December, we are anticipating the new Jazz Without Borders music project,  which will unite two major festivals:  Jazz nad Odrą (Wroclaw) and Jazz Bez (Lviv).

The Lviv Month in Wroclaw project is considered to be one of the most large-scale  presentations of Ukrainian contemporary cultural life in Europe. During April and within the European Capital of Culture 2016 event  in Wroclaw, there were presented mighty cultural components: contemporary Ukrainian arts and  films, performances and new media art,  music and literature projects, literature meetings and  discussions, residence for cultural managers and special programme for children.

‘It so has happened in Lviv,  that for the last few days some people are  waking  up with the Flugery Lvova Fest,  some people visit  other cultural actions. Today I had the opportunity to be present at an  interesting event –  meeting with Lubomyr Husar. Where he said a very important  thesis, ‘The bigger effect is born when you neither give nor take, but when you share with someone else, when you are creating a common new reality together’

I’m grateful to our Polish colleagues, I thank our Lviv colleagues, Ukrainian colleagues, artists for they have managed to create such cool, high-quality new reality’, said Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Lviv City Mayor for Development at the presentation of the Lviv Month in Wroclaw ECOC 12016 results.


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