The European Commission has published a special call under the Creative Europe programme for Ukrainian artists worth € 5 million. The call supports artists outside their country, cultural organisations in Ukraine, and preparation for the post-war recovery of the Ukrainian cultural and creative sector. Three projects will be selected, each with support up to 2 million € for short term, one up to 1 Million € for mid term project goals for financing by consortia set up within countries associated to the Creative Europe programme. Ukrainian organisations will also contribute, giving grants to small-size initiatives implemented at grass root level. The call is open until 29 November 2022.
The platform, initiated and organised by the Kiev based dancer, choreographer and producer Victor Ruban, matches donations and requests for on site support for independent performing artists in Ukraine. Donations will provide emergency microgrants of 8000 UAH (aproximately 250€) to each Ukrainian artist (dance and theater) from independent scene staying in Ukraine. The site provides also useful links to other solidarity platforms inside and outside Ukraine. The initiative was presented by Victor Ruban at an ITI online meeting from ACAR and Theatre in Conflict Zones Network on June 11, 2022.
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.
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.”
According to the National Union of Theatre Artists of Ukraine, art director Oleksandr Knyha was arrested and taken away with unknown destination during searches of Russian military forces after the occupation of Kherson in the premises of the Kherson Theatre on May 23. Knyha is chairman of the Eurasian Theatre Association, president of the Melpomene Tavria International Theatre Festival and a member of the Kherson Regional Council. Knyha’s wife, Oksana, was also arrested.
Viktor Havrilyuk, artistic director of the Kherson Academic Regional Puppet Theatre was detained on March 22 during street demonstrations in Kherson. Bogdan Strutynskyi, Chairman of the National Union of Theatre Artists of Ukraine writes in his statement: “We call on the whole world’s theatre community to join in our demands to liberate Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Knyha. We need to make known the horrid acts of violence and repression unleashed by the Russian military against the Ukrainian culture figures and do everything possible and impossible to ensure their freedom. The world must be aware of these war crimes!” Sources report that Knyha was released late last night.