april 2016

Welcome to Ukraine, nowadays

ornament-03Why in April?

April 2016is an especial period betweenCatholic(27March)and Orthodox(1 May) Easter. In that time of reconciliation and newborn beliefs, a modern, young and interesting Ukraine, represented by the city of Lviv, will be presented in Central Europe.

Why Lviv?

The ties between Lviv and Wroclaw are of some peculiar nature because they are profoundly based on dramatic history of the twentieth century.  At the end of World War II in 1945 Poland's geographic centre of gravity was shifted towards the west.Needless to say, it was followed by population transfers. Many immigrants from the eastern territories, among them Lviv  professoriate and artists were settled in Wroclaw.  Thus, Lviv intellectual heritage, a sort of ‘genius loci’ of the city, was rooted in Wroclaw.

Lviv Month in Wroclaw Intentions

It’s for the first time in the history of the European Capital of Culture programme, when its participant becomes a city from outside the European Union. In April Lviv will become a bridge between Europe and the whole Ukraine.

By means of culture and direct communication between people we’d like to demonstrate Ukraine – a young one, interesting and vibrant. The Lviv Month project aims not only to present contemporary Ukraine, but also to initiate and enhance the intercultural synergies between our countries, as well as to create a common space for understanding similarities and differences between residents of Ukraine, Poland and the EU.

ornament-04While the Lviv Month preparation stage, we treated Lviv to be a sort of a camera lens, through which we can look deep into the whole country; a city through which we were able to communicate with  culture and art of Ukraine  in its various and numerous dimensions.

The Lviv Month in Wroclaw will be participated by about a 300 Ukrainian artists, poets, writers, film directors, musicians, curators, artists, performers, culture managers, philosophers and intellectuals. The diverse and rich 30-day art programme, deliberately thought out and compiled in cooperation with famous Ukrainian curators, will present concerts, discussions, literary meetings, master classes, workshops, exhibitions, performances, educational entertainments for children and film screenings.

Besides, the ‘literature agenda’ includes also the latest Ukrainian poetry, inspired by the Revolution of Dignity and compiled into the Letters from Ukraine anthology.  Not to forget the scheduled discussions and debates on urgent issues in Ukraine and the EU.  In April the LVIV CLUB “Under Klepsydra”  (2 Przejście Garncarskie Street) is ‘honoured’ to be the heart & core of the Lviv Month in Wroclaw event, i.e. its  life-rhythm will be based on live concerts and literary actions. The venue will host meetings with Ukrainian poets and intellectuals, jazz concerts, ethno bands performances, presentations of literature- music- visual art experimental projects. The Lviv Street project (a pedestrian zone located in the middle of the Wroclaw Market Square) will be open, free and eager to attract visitors to join traditional & contemporary handcrafts (and the renowned ‘Lviv cup of coffee’, of course).

The Wroclaw New Horizons Art House Cinema will host film screenings of the latest and best trends in the Ukrainian cinematography, including both documentaries and movies. To the accompaniment of meetings with screenwriters, film directors and actors. Cinematography is one of the simplest  languages to reach understanding. Our film programme is an attempt   to create a sort of Ukrainian Cinema Guideline for our European brothers-sisters, in order to cognize and  understand Ukraine (and to fall in love with it).

The Lviv Month in Wroclaw event will be inaugurated by the 3rd Cross-Section Triennial of Contemporary Ukrainian Art. The Triennial will feature more than 50  Ukrainian artists and over two hundred works from all over Ukraine.

Narbut_ArtThe Lviv Month in Wroclaw event’s printed materials (posters, flyers, etc.) are inspired by the works of Heorhiy Narbut and Vasyl Yermylov, the world renowned Ukrainian avant-garde artists. Their deeply root-based works have influenced many Ukrainian artists; the motifs were implemented in various cultural spheres and became recognisable and popular all over the world.

Unfortunately, the 1930s in Ukraine were not only the period of flourishing avant-garde art. That was the time of Soviet genocide. The list of “vanished” names from the world culture history is unbelievable. In the early 20th, Mykhailo Boychuk (really unique Ukrainian monumentalist) debated in Paris with Diego Rivera and Alfaro Siqueiros on the art issues. Till the late 20th, both Rivera and Siqueiros became the world-recognised artists. Mykhailo Boychuk, his wife and his students were killed on the 13th of July 1937. Just in the 21st century Ukraine is ready to regain all forgotten names.

Those triangles are inside us, Ukrainians. Currently, they are very sharp, they are penetrating almost all Ukrainian social spheres. The 30th February 2013 events in Ukraine have resulted in the acute sense of justice, almost idealism.

We do not want to avoid sharp corners & triangles. We want them to become the basis for lightweight and high constructions.

Welcome to Ukraine, nowadays


Enter is free
| discussions | CITIES’ DIALOGUE
| for children | POZYTYWKA UA


LVIV CLUB UNDER KLEPSYDRA / Klub Proza, Przejście Garncarskie 2, Wrocław / | music, literature, discussions |
Stary Klasztor Music Pub / Purkyniego 1, Wrocław / | music |
Kino Nowe Horyzonty / Kazimierza Wielkiego 19a-21, Wrocław / | cinema |
Lviv Street / Przejście Garncarskie, Wrocław / | styles and tastes |
Kamienica / Rynek 25, Wrocław / | visual arts |