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The Cultural Forum “DONKULT”

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The Cultural Forum “DONKULT” held by our initiative in Kyiv Museum “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine” from  October 28 to  November 11, 2014,  produced a great public response. The Forum held 83 art events in such fields as: fine art, literature, music, theatre, cinema program, lectures and discussions, fashion, children’s workshops.

The admission to all the events was free.

Within two weeks the Forum was attended by 15 000 visitors.


The objectives of the “DONKULT” National Forum are:

  • to create a positive image of the Eastern Ukraine;
  • to demonstrate strong intellectual and cultural potential of this region;
  • to disclose historical and artistic depths of Donbass;
  • to draw public attention to the protection and support of the cultural institutions in the region, as well as of museums and private collections.

Besides making audience aware of the artworks, the goal of the organizers was to create on the Forum basis a communication platform to discuss issues related to the functioning of the cultural sphere of the region, to understanding the humanitarian causes and consequences of events that take place in the eastern Ukraine, and to identification of the strategies and methods to counteract them by means of culture.

The initiative of the Forum conducting was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Department of Culture of Kyiv

Our main financial sponsor was the Swiss Cooperation Office under the Embassy of Switzerland, having financed all sound and lighting equipment of the Forum.

Also, financial and technical support was provided by:

Нewlett Packard, Whirpool, Leroy Merlin, LoraShenArtHuss Found of Cultural Initiatives,«Slava Frolova – Group» Fund of Development and Support of Young Art of Ukraine, restaurant La Piazza, the companies Orion Catering, Creative RentPRevent group.

Humanitarian partners of the Forum were:

“Master Class” Education and Culture House, Institut Francais d’Ukraine,  the “Antiques” and “New Time” journals, “GogolFest”, “Ducat” gallery, “YA Gallery”,

“Dom Mehanizatora” Art residence (Donetsk), website «МіТЄЦ», DOCUDAYS.UA festival, the Bereznytski’s private collection, “Open Archive” foundation, “Uho” Foundation, “Art-Donbas” Art and Exhibition Center (Donetsk), “Music Salon” restoration workshop.

The support was essential  in the preparation of such long and rich program of The Cultural Forum “DONKULT“.

The opening of the Forum was attended by the First Lady of Ukraine Maryna Poroshenko, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyschuk, Director of Swiss bureau of cooperation in Ukraine Guido Bertrand and numerous artists, museum employees, gallery owners, art critics and art lovers.

To arrange multicultural Forum the organizers attracted leading specialists and newsmakers from different spheres of culture:
Oksana Barshynova, Dmytro Golets, Lyubov Morozova, Iryna Slavinska, Olga Papash, Nadia Parfan,  Maria Lanko, Lizaveta Herman, Zoya Zvynyatskivska.

The group supervisors  who worked on “DDONKULT” proved their proficiency  as organizers  and promoters of the events in the media and social networks.

Volunteers who helped in organizing and conducting the Forum, were students of the Art History and Theory Faculty of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Their supervisor, an art historian Olga Balashova, together with her students helped to create explications to the exposition, informational and journalistic materials etc.

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