The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) opens its cultural emergency relief fund to individuals, collectives and organisations from all sectors and civil society at large to support European cultural initiatives with grants ranging from 5.000 € to 40.000 € in the following three areas:
disinformation, misinformation, propaganda filter bubbles, fake news, ongoing war ‘infodemic’ by supporting independent, alternative, and trusted European (digital) media;
providing and nourishing safe cultural spaces for individuals fleeing their homes and looking for shelter in exile or in Ukraine;
counteracting forces of fragmentation through artistic and cultural expressions that provide hope to withstand the harsh realities of war and to act for a peaceful future of Ukraine and Europe.
Individuals and research institutions from Germany offer researchers threatened by the war in Ukraine to work at their institute. The Alexander von Humboldt foundation in cooperation with the Philip Schwartz Initiative, a part of the Scholars at Risk Network has launched a list with contacts and offer information which are frequently updated.
ITI Germany and the German Theatre and Orchestra Association have launched an online platform with pop up offers of support for refugees from the war in Ukraine. City and state theatres from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are offering theatre jobs, rehearsal rooms, residencies and guest performance opportunities. The offer details are in English, the site is in Englisch, Ukrainian and Russian. The offers are searchable and sortable by category and can be shared directly via social media channels and eMail.
The Russian Association of Theater Critics (ATK) addressed the Union of Theater Workers of Russia and personally Alexander Kalyagin with a letter in support of the TEATR. magazine, whose activities were suspended for an indefinit period. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, TEATR. had kept (up to and including March 3, 2022) an online chronicle listing effects and reactions to the war in culture. Editor in Chief Marina Davydova already left Russia almost five weeks ago after publishing via Facebook an TEATR. online a statement against the Russian invasion of the Ukraine: “We consider Ukraine an independent and autonomous country, …We do not want Russia to become a rogue state. We want the bloodshed to stop immediately.” ATK reminds that “Magazine TEATR. is one of the very few specialized journals left in the country where there is still room for professional criticism and academic theater studies…The journal invites, in addition to theater critics, prominent scientists, thinkers and publicists to cooperate, and thus enters the theater into a wider circle of humanitarian thought, and articles not only about Russian, but also about foreign events and personalities create an important field of international context.”
Ahead of schedule, on March 28, the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow granted the petition of Kirill Serebrennikov to cancel the probation and early removal of the conviction. The petition was sent by Serebrennikov’s lawyers, Dmitry Kharitonov and Elena Oreshnikova, on the grounds that half of the probation period prescribed for their ward expired on December 26, 2021, and the punishment in the form of paying a fine of 800,000 rubles was executed voluntarily and in full , as well as payment of compensation for damage to the Ministry of Culture in the amount of 128,974,690 rubles.
For many countries in Europe, World Theater Day 2022, which celebrates the theater arts and their unifying power, is marked by the war in Ukraine. There, theatres are becoming shelters for the inhabitants of their cities, being shelled and reduced to rubble. Millions of civilians are fleeing Russia’s military, which has also unleashed terror against dissidents in its own country. As a social media campaign (#WorldTheatreDay2022) of ITI Germany and Deutscher Bühnenverein, association of German theatres and orchestras, the Ukrainian author Natalia Vorozhbyt gives her message to the World Theatre Day 2022 in front of the picture of the destroyed theatre of Mariupol, Ukraine. The Video will be played in all German theatres on March 27.
“Today, the 60th World Theatre Day, is marked by destruction and terror. With Russia’s war against Ukraine, we are experiencing an escalating spiral of violence with unforeseeable consequences for us all. Our solidarity is with the victims of the war and it is with all those who rebel against it” (Yvonne Büdenhölzer, President ITI Germany).
In their Statement for Peace and a Constructive Dialogue the President and the Secretary General of the ITI refer to the Preamble of the UNESCO Constitution of 1945: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed” and affirm that “Our purpose is to overcome divisions, and to keep the lines of communication wide open between all peoples of the world.”