Ukrainian artists and the cultural world have joined the civil resistance to the Russian aggressor by pursuing their work in spite of the war. The National Philharmonic orchestra keeps playing on despite power cuts. Painters, writers, dancers, filmmakers or playwrights work tirelessly, helping with their art to support the collective resistance and to depict the war crimes against their fellow citizens in various forms. All the more so as the war is clearly aimed at destroying Ukrainian culture in all its forms, since the aggressor denies the existence of a distinct Ukrainian history, culture and identity.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), with the collaboration of Museums for Ukraine and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, have organized this conversation with distinguished Ukrainian artists.

The event is broadcast live in English on CIDOB's YouTube channel and in Spanish on FES Madrid's YouTube channel.


Opening remarks
Luise Rürup, Director, FES Spain and Portugal.
Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Founder, Museums for Ukraine.


Konstantin Akinsha, Art Historian; Curator of In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s. Zoya Laktionova, Filmmaker, Mariupol. Anna Stavychenko, Mission Head of the Philharmonie de Paris project to support Ukrainian musicians.

Chair: André Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam.


Closing remarks
Felix Hett, Director, FES Ukraine and Moldova.