Ukraine Day at Cheltenham Literature Festival

As part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture, the Cheltenham Literary Festival will host Ukraine Day – a series of events designed by the Cheltenham Book Festival in cooperation with the Book Arsenal (Kyiv).

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07 - 16 October 2022
Cheltenham UK

Ukraine Day at Cheltenham Literature Festival

As part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture, the Cheltenham Literary Festival will host Ukraine Day – a series of events designed by the Cheltenham Book Festival in cooperation with the Book Arsenal (Kyiv).

Ukraine Day will take place on October 11, presenting five events that will strengthen the voice of the Ukrainian literary scene. Among the Ukraine Day events, one may attend a conversation with Oksana Zabuzhko, an art workshop by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv, a musical and poetic performance by Hryhoriy Semenchuk, Lyuba Yakymchuk, and Yuriy Gurzhy, as well as a conversation with Natalya Vorozhbyt and a discussion by Lyuba Yakymchuk and Olesya Khromeychuk.

More about the Ukraine Day:

  • Oksana Zabuzhko: My Longest Book Tour – 12-1pm
    Oksana Zabuzhko was on a book tour in Poland when she learned that Russian missiles had struck her home city of Kyiv. In conversation with Rosie Goldsmith, she offers unprecedented insights into a moment which may define the future of Europe.

    Oksana Zabuzhko is a prize-winning Ukrainian author and public intellectual.

  • When War Comes to Your Home – 2-3pm
    When war arrives in your city, destroying your home, scattering your loved ones, and drafting your relatives and friends to fight, what do you do? Lyuba Yakimchuk and Olesya Khromeychuk will offer their answers to these questions in conversation with Georgina Godwin.

    Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, playwright, and scriptwriter. Lyuba is the author of several full-length poetry collections. Her poems have been translated into more than twenty languages.
    Olesya Khromeychuk is an author, historian, and researcher of Central and Eastern Europe. She is the Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.

  • Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv: Create a Canvas – 4.15-5.15pm
    War has come to the idyllic town of Rondo. Can three gentle but brave friends stop War’s destruction and save their beloved home? Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv created How War Changed Rondo as a tribute to peace, resistance and hope. Join them for a short storytelling session followed by an art workshop where you’ll help create a canvas inspired by themes from the book.

    Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv (Studio Agrafka)
    , a husband-and-wife creative duo from Ukraine, are book authors, designers and illustrators, members of PEN Ukraine.

  • Songs of Love and Hate – 7-8pm
    “This machine kills fascists” was written on the guitar of Woody Guthrie, an American folk singer from the 1950s. “These songs kill Russian fascists (rushists?)” could be a subtitle of this project, developed and produced in 2022 between Ukraine, Germany and Austria. Joining forces with a Berlin-based musician and producer Yuriy Gurzhy to create a brutal soundtrack of this year are Ukrainian poets Grigory Semenchuk (and his hip hop alter ego BRAT) and Lyuba Yakimchuk as well as musician and writer Irena Karpa.

    Curated by Oksana Shchur.
    Grigory Semenchuk
    is a poet, musician, and culture manager. He is the author of three poetry books, and a member of musical projects “BRAT”, “LANDSCHAFT” and “DRUMTYATR”.
    Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, playwright, and scriptwriter. Lyuba is the author of several full-length poetry collections. Her poems have been translated into more than twenty languages.
    Irena Karpa is a writer, scriptwriter, and author of numerous books. She is a singer and frontwoman of the QARPA band. Karpa is a curator of literary and art projects.
    Yuriy Gurzhy is a musician, producer, composer, and DJ. He is the frontman of the band RotFront.

  • Ukraine on Screen – 8.30-11pm
    Guest Curator Clarisse Loughery is joined by Ukrainian filmmaker Natalka Vorozhbyt for an introductory conversation ahead of the first UK screening of the producer’s cut of her award-winning film Bad Roads (2020).

    Natalka Vorozhbyt is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and curator of
    theatre and social projects. Natalka Vorozhbyt is the winner of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize (2022)
    for her play Bad Roads, and the Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Prize for her
    contribution to cinematography (2021).

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