Evacuated theaters from Kharkov and Mariupol performed in Kropyvnytskyi
At 52- m theater festival under the slogan “Muses are not silent” were evacuated and invited teams.
In Kropyvnytskyi, the 52nd September Gems Theater Festival took place, in which evacuated theaters from Kharkov and Mariupol, as well as invited groups from Chernihiv, Vinnitsa, Kyiv, performed.
Due to the full-scale Russian invasion, the event was held under the slogan “Muses are not silent.” The festival was held without announcements and posters, and tickets were not sold at the box office.
The festival was opened by the performance of the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater from Mariupol “The Cry of the Nation”, which told about the life and fate of the dissident poet Vasily Stus, tortured by the Soviet regime .
It is known that on the day when an air bomb was dropped on the Drama Theater, as a result of which at least thousands of people died, the actors who took the stage of the Kropyvnytsky Theater on September 20 sought refuge in it.
As part of the event, a joint project of the Kharkiv State Academic Ukrainian Drama Theater and the Vinnitsa Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater based on the drama by Sergei Zhadan, which tells the story of two brothers, was also presented, which took place in the summer of 2014 in Donetsk.
It is noted that the organizers doubted whether to hold the festival this year, as security and funding were in the foreground. However, the patrons decided to support participation in the festival of theaters from other cities.
“Supporting Ukrainian culture is about supporting the Ukrainian spirit and preserving our identity. When Russians destroy our cities, it is important to fight for what makes us Ukrainians – our cultural code, which they will never be able to destroy,” said Oksana Gulyaeva, director of the Dovgih Motherland Fund “We Can Together” thousand”, Chernihiv Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater. T.G. Shevchenko with the play “The Taming of the Shrew”, Kirovograd Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater. M.L. Kropyvnytsky with the production of “The Price of Life” and the folk choreographic ensemble “Rassvet” with the performance-requiem “Shadow of Spring”.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine opposes any cultural dialogue with the aggressor.