Russia's war against Ukraine not only causes enormous human suffering, it is also specifically directed against the country's culture. Ukraine's historical and cultural identity should be erased in order to destroy social cohesion and resilience.
That is why historical buildings, monuments and excavation sites are being attacked, libraries and archives are being destroyed, art treasures are being stolen and relocated to unknown locations - the damage and losses to Ukrainian and European cultural heritage are already immeasurable. Protecting cultural property in international solidarity contributes to resistance against the aggressor.
People in Ukraine, especially employees of affected cultural institutions, often strive to protect their endangered cultural heritage under life-threatening conditions. They are supported by a network of initiatives at home and abroad.
The Ukraine Art Aid Center, which is supported by significant federal funds from the Foreign Office, plays an important role in this. Since March, it has supported more than 600 Ukrainian cultural institutions with donations in kind and enabled numerous projects for the protection of cultural property on site.
The event highlights the support provided to date in the area of cultural property protection for Ukraine and at the same time focuses on the current situation, which shows that aid is still necessary. At the same time, perspectives for the period after the war should be discussed.
Moderation: Gemma Pörzgen, freelance journalist, Berlin
Discussions will be held with simultaneous translation in German and Ukrainian.
Entry from 5:30 p.m. | Start 6:00 p.m
Stefan Rössel, Commissioner for Foreign Cultural Policy, Federal Foreign Office
Ingo Mix, head of the art and cultural promotion department at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media
- Johannes Nathan, for all members of the steering group of the Ukraine Art Aid Center: Olena Balun, Kilian Heck, Klaus Hillmann, Matthias Müller
- Lukas Augustin, German-Ukrainian Society for Economics and Science
- Beate Störtkuhl, Federal Institute for Culture and History of Eastern Europe
Keynote speech Saving the Ukrainian cultural heritage
A desperate act of strength – and how we can be helped (in Ukrainian, with simultaneous translation)
Iryna Nikiforova, volunteer coordinator of the Ukraine Art Aid Center in Kyiv
How can we create lasting prospects for the protection of cultural property in Ukraine?
- Olena Balun, member of the Steering Group of the Ukraine Art Aid Center
- Anastasia Bondar, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine (connected)
- Jörg Haspel, President of the German National Committee of ICOMOS a. D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for Monument Protection
- Mykola Kushnir, director of the Chernivtsi Museum of Jewish History and Culture of Bukovina
Afterwards: opportunity for exchange
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Protection of cultural property during war | Solidarity for the cultural identity of Ukraine
- Federal Institute for Culture and History of Eastern Europe (BKGE)
- Ukraine Art Aid Center (UAAC)
- German-Ukrainian Society for Business and Science (DUG)
In collaboration with: Hamburger Bahnhof – National Gallery of the Present
Ukrainian Institute in Germany
Funded by: Federal Foreign Office
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