Talk: Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the new Ukraine

The event will be in English and will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute London. A copy of a special issue of “The Odessa Review” will be available for sale at the price of £6. For many centuries, Ukrainians and Jews lived together on the same land. The history of their cohabitation has had many…

Julia Secklehner | 07/06/2018

Ukraine: One Year to Presidential Elections: How to Rescue the Achievements of the Revolution of Dignity? Talk with Serhiy Leshchenko

Ukraine is at the crossroads: geopolitical, value-based and generational. Four after following the revolution of Kyiv’s Maidan, it boasts a list of achievements and a litany of failures. The discussion if the glass is half-full or half-empty, rages on. With just one year to go to the presidential elections, Ukraine stands up to new challenges:…

Julia Secklehner | 28/05/2018
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Event Review: Ukrainian 1930s avant-garde taking the stage in London – meet the team behind ‘Maklena’ and become part of the story!

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Armed secret police were everywhere during the dress rehearsal for Maklena Grasa – in the dressing rooms with the actors, in the wings and members of the notorious Cheka were crammed into every seat of the theatre. Written by Mykola Kulish in 1932, MaklenaGrasa was seen as a deviation of Ukrainian culture by the Ukrainian Politburo.…

Alison Miller | 25/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Long Goodbye’ (1971) by Kira Muratova

This tender story of a mother overbearing love for her son and his attempts to escape her stifling embrace remains a little-known masterpiece by Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova.  The inability of mother and son to communicate and the mother’s increasingly hysterical struggle for emotional dignity so outraged the censors on its release, that like many…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

Concert: Bloom Twins

After a busy 2016 and 2017 supporting Duran Duran on their world arena tour, the Ukrainian electropop group Bloom Twins are back with their dark pop. The girls have recently released their new single with video ‘Talk To Me’ with love from Disorder Mag, 1883 Mag, Distract TV, EQ Music and Get In Her Ears. For the last four years,…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

Literature/Theatre Event: Ukrainian 1930s avant-garde taking the stage in London. Meet the team behind ‘Maklena’ and become part of the story

Night Train Theatre Company is producing Maklena Grasa by Ukrainian playwright Mykola Kulish, translated into English for the first time by Maria Montague. Maklena Grasa was Kulish’s final major work before he was executed during the Stalinist purges, which swept across Ukraine in the late 1930s. The play was performed only five times in 1933 before it was banned by the Soviet…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

EUROVISION PARTY 2018: ALL ABOARD!

Programme: – Live broadcast of the Eurovision Grand Final on a cinema-size screen – Wine & delicious Ukrainian canapés & Portuguese culinary delights – A welcome drink of the peppery Ukrainian vodka ‘Horilka’!!! – Epic Eurovision party:  music / DJ / dance floor – Raffle tickets with to-die-for prizes – Best Eurovision party costume competition:…

Julia Secklehner | 12/05/2018

Harp Music for a Spring Evening

Suggested donation: £20, (Children under 13 free). Including reception after the concert with canapés and wine Tickets may be reserved by email: allasirenkoconcerts@gmail.com or text: 07736735270 Tickets may be collected at the door before the concert Alla Sirenko presents prize winners and postgraduates from the Guildhall School of Music – Harp department: Lise Vandersmissen, Manon Browning,…

Julia Secklehner | 05/05/2018

Talk: Rimma Zyubina

Rimma Zyubina will talk about her recent leading role in the film “The Nest of the Turtledove” (2016) where she played Daryna, a Ukrainian woman returning home after several years of working illegally in Italy. The talk will explore a wide range of complex issues around immigration and gender, as well as the ways migration…

Julia Secklehner | 22/04/2018