Leopolis Festival draws thousands to Ukraine’s premier jazz venue

LVIV – In the world of jazz, there are a number of summer festivals that stand out as the most prestigious venues for emerging artists as well as established superstars. For decades, Montreux in Switzerland; Newport, R.I.; and Monterey, Calif., have been recognized as meccas that attract the finest jazz talents from around the world. But unbeknownst to much of the Ukrainian diaspora, Lviv has established itself as an elite stop for jazz aficionados and performers alike.

Yara Arts Group’s “Virtual Forest Song” and the living forest performed virtually

NEW YORK – The production of Yara Arts Group’s “Virtual Forest Song” directed by Virlana Tkacz is not the first time she tackled an adaptation of Lesia Ukrainka’s classic play. It is, however, different from the previous productions of “Forest Song” by Yara Arts Group in that it took place on Zoom. This format is especially appropriate for the show. It emphasizes the connection between nature, humans and technology.

Music at The Institute holds concert featuring works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Baley

On March 14, the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York presented a midday concert titled Dream in Spring. With in-person attendance limited to only 25 people, this Music at The Institute (MATI) event was also professionally produced by OurConcertsLive for home streaming. The concert consisted of a major work by Robert Schumann, a seldom heard gem by Serhiy Prokofiev, and miniatures by Virko Baley.

Maria Sonevytsky wins prestigious Lockwood Award

BERKELEY, Calif. – At its annual convention in early November, the American Musicological Society awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award to Dr. Maria Sonevytsky for her book “Wild Music: Sound and Sovereignty in Ukraine,” published in October 2019 by Wesleyan University Press as part of its Music/Culture series.

The Lockwood Award “honors each year a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.” Dr. Sonevytsky is currently an assistant professor of music (ethnomusicology) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Heorhii Narbut: The making of a Ukrainian brand

CHICAGO – Ukraine’s country-messaging and country-branding is an important factor in the current environment of disinformation. One of the most effective methods to promote a nation’s positive reputation is through cultural diplomacy. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs established, respectively, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the Ukrainian Institute to increase this type of soft power that influences a country’s reputation.

Mark Andryczyk on Ukrainian literature’s perspective on the turbulence of history

Mark Andryczyk, Ph.D., manages the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, teaches courses on Ukrainian literature and translates Ukrainian books into English. He recently complied and edited an anthology of Ukrainian literature in translation, “The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology.” Being highly involved in presenting Ukrainian literature to the world, he shares his observations on this process, its achievement and perspectives.

“The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories” presents Ukrainian and Indigenous cultures

TORONTO – The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch (UMC OB) and the Native Canadian Center of Toronto (NCCT) present the opening of their first collaboration celebrating Ukrainian and Indigenous cultures and the relationships each shares with beadwork.

“The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories” showcases beautiful beadwork in Ukrainian and Indigenous artifacts to highlight the cultural importance of beadwork in many distinct communities that continue to thrive today. Inspired by the two-row wampum belt, the exhibition highlights each artifact in a parallel pathway to maintain cultural integrity, while offering a mutually respectful study of the differences and similarities in beadwork techniques and motifs.