Since Russia’s full scale invasion in 2022, Ukrainian cultural heritage has faced immediate threats and risks. From Odessa to Kiev, and Lviv to Kharkiv, attacks on Ukrainian heritage – both physical monuments and cultural identity – have been wide-reaching: targeted attacks within historic cities, the destruction of cultural sites, massive displacement of Ukrainian people, and the kidnapping of Ukrainian children to forcibly make them “Russian.” World Monuments Fund (WMF)’s Ukrainian Heritage Response was created to confront this assault on Ukrainian heritage, and the Arts Arena is pleased to partner with WMF to explore this critical issue.
Kateryna Goncharova, WMF’s specialist on the ground in Ukraine, will travel to Paris expressly to detail for us the initiatives being taken to protect heritage and conduct damage assessment, as well as the impact of these initiatives on local communities. She will be introduced by Mathilde Augé, Executive Director of WMF France, and then be in conversation with Arts Arena Founder and Artistic Director Margery Arent Safir.
Ukrainian violinists Kateryna Khudiakova and Hanna Voievodkina will perform after the conversation. We are grateful to Anna Stavychenko, who was Executive Director of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra at the time of the Russian invasion, and Columbia Global Centers | Paris for making the musicians available for this concert. A coupe de champagne will follow.
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