Immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture at Chelsea Theatre on Sunday 26 February. Experience traditional music, art exhibitions, dance, cuisine, embroidery workshops, documentary screening + Q&A, and a unique VR experience, all inspired by Ukrainian arts.
The end of February 2023 marks a year since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and a year of defiance. We are therefore celebrating the art and culture which has given Ukrainians additional strength to resist the occupation.
WE RESTART and British Ukrainian Aid have joined forces with Chelsea Theatre to bring this wonderful event to life.
The event is free of charge and will run from 1pm till 7pm. British Ukrainian Aid will be there to welcome donations to supply humanitarian and medical aid to the victims of the war.
Booking can be made via Eventbrite:
Chef Nadia Borys and Tetiana Kozytska, among top 10 Ukrainian Master Chefs will surprise you with delicious traditional food.
The programme includes: Maria Prymachenko: Emroiderers' stories by Nisia Jedrychowska; an exhibition of artwork by the Ukrainian war veterans.; a group show of works by Ukrainian artists from Kyiv.
Discover the bandura, the instrument that best embodies the voice and soul of Ukraine and enjoy the music by Anna Demianchuk a multi-awarded pianist and one of the most promising Ukraininan artist.
Screening and Q&A with British film maker Phil Strongman. Kyiv Unbroken is the first feature length documentary to cover the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 and the artistic shockwaves that have followed it
Join Nisia Jedrychowska and learn the art of embroidery. The workshop is free of charge but places are limited, so make sure you reserve your spot!
Diffusion - Communication by Khrystyna Khmil is a VR experince which allows the participants to explore the unknown as well as the internal mechanisms of the character in a VR world
The event will take place at Chelsea Theatre on the 26th of February 2023 from 1pm to 7pm.
The event is free of charge, but booking is highly recommended. You can reserve a general admission ticket through our Eventbrite page:
If you wish to attend a workshop or a masterclass, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Theatre:
7 World's End Place, King's Road London SW1O 0DR
Maria Prymachenko: Embroiderers' stories by Nisia Jedrychowska
The restaurant will be open from 1pm to 3pm
Ukraininan Food Masterclass at 3pm and at 4pm (limited availability, booking required)
From 1pm till 7pm
3pm Embroidery workshop (limited availability, booking required)
3pm Flower Crowns workshop (kids activity - no booking required)
The Diffusion Communication project by Khrystyna Khmil is 1 to 1 experience (no booking required).
"Through the leaves to the roots" brings together a group of artists who work in dialogue around childhood memories. Artists: Khrystyna Khmil, Lada Verbina, Anastasiia Protsenko, Tamara Turliun.
2pm Documentary: Kyiv Unbroken by Phil Strongman (limited availability, booking required)
3:30pm Q&A with Phil Strongman
4pm Dance perfomance with Anastasiia Artiushok
Artworks from Ukrainian war veterans
From 4:30pm till 7pm
Moisei Restaurant https://www.facebook.com/moiseirestaurant will provide the most delicious Ukrainian treats (available from 1pm to 3pm).
Moisei Chef Nadia Borys, who is among top 10 on the Ukrainian MasterChef, will run a workshop on how to cook BORSHCH. When living in Ukraine, Nadia used to cook for two hundred seminarians and priests at the theological seminary every day. She worked as a chef in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine and at a number of cities across Europe.
Ukrainian Chef Tetiana Kozytska, whose amazing cooking is revered by all her colleagues at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Holland Park, the HQ of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain London Branch (AUGB London Branch) https://www.facebook.com/augblondonwill run a workshop where she’ll share her recipe for HOLUBTSI, a traditional Ukrainian dish - stuffed cabbage rolls filled with a mixture of seasoned ground beef or pork, rice, and onions.
Ukrainian food MasterClass will run at 3pm and at 4pm. Book your place here
A stunning tapestry composed of 100 panels based on paintings by the renowned Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko, hand-embroidered by displaced Ukrainian women under the artistic direction of London-based Polish designer, Nisia Jedrychowska.
The ambitious 4 metre long tapestry is a beautiful example of the power of individual efforts united by a common goal - the project took nine months to complete and involved over 150 people (75 embroiderers, a similar number of sponsors and a handful of helpers) across seven countries.
It is impossible not to smile when looking at these wildly vibrant images featuring fantastic beasts and fairy-tale countryside scenes. Maria Prymachenko believed that the purpose of her art was to bring joy to people and this tapestry undoubtedly achieves that. However, Nisia’s project is more than a visually exceptional collection of pretty little pictures - it is also emotionally impactful, as it presents the emotional stories of the embroiderers' lived experience alongside the work they created. These are the stories of pain, loss, sadness, but also hope, unity and inspiration.
The embroideries were crafted by women who had recently lived through the trauma of leaving their homes under Russian attacks, being separated from their loved ones and sometimes barely surviving. They often worked on their embroideries in very challenging circumstances in temporary accommodation. Some of them found real solace and salvation in this work and produced true masterpieces that leave everyone in awe of their talent and dedication.
This work is a powerful testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit, or, as Maria Prymachenko would say, a sign of the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
Nisia Jedrychowska will run an embroidery workshop at 3pm. The workshop is free of charge but places are limited.
British-Ukrainian Aid has been sponsoring an Art Therapy and Social Rehabilitation course over a number of years since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia started in 2014. It took place at the "Prolisok" resort centre in Volyn region near Kovel in western Ukraine and was run in partnership with the charity's long-term partner, a non-profit in Ukraine "Zigrii Dushu" coordinated by Anna Lysakova and Elena Batynskaya.
Bandura Trio Zhayvir (Lark) was formed by Nataliya and Taras Stepanyak, and Khrystyna Skrypka in 1991, in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk in their native Ukraine, as a family trio. Over the years they successfully performed and toured throughout Ukraine and abroad. The trio have been passionate about promoting the sound of the Ukrainian instrument BANDURA through their performances worldwide.
Bandura Musical Instrument
The bandura is the instrument that best embodies the voice and soul of Ukraine, and is considered by many to be the national instrument of Ukraine. From a musical perspective, the bandura unifies acoustic principles of both the lute and the harp. This produces a sound that is emphatic and gentle, resembling that of a harpsichord, but with a wide range of dynamics and tonal control.
The bandura’s development closely reflects the history of the Ukrainian nation, dating back hundreds of centuries. Historically, the bandura was developed from kobza and played by blind minstrels who travelled from village to village singing epic ballads and historical songs, the singers were known as kobzars. It has 32-55 strings. Over centuries, the bandura has remained remarkably stable for the past 300 years both in its appearance and sound.
London based Ukrainian musicians are showcasing the best of the Ukrainian rich musical culture and tradition.
Bandura Trio Zhayvir (Lark)
Anna Demianchuk (piano)
Vasyl Grynkiv (violin)
Marian Styslavskiy (vocal)
Yaroslav Shpyrka (vocal, accordion)
Leonid Hrychany (vocal)
Luke Stepanyak (violin)
Anna Demianchuk was born in Chernihiv (Ukraine) in a family of musicians. She started playing piano in early childhood. After graduating from the Chernihiv Revutskyi Music College, she entered the National Academy of Music named after Tchaikovsky, where Anna received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. After being forced to leave Ukraine due the full-scale invasion, she was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In September 2023, Anna will join the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to continue her studies in the United Kingdom. The pianist has recorded a solo album "Concert number one" (2021). Her competition successes include First Prize in the "Young Adult" category at the Singapore International Piano Competition, Second Second Prize at the Carles & Sofia Piano Competition and Third Prize MEDICI International Music Competition.
Strongman is an award-winning British film-maker and author. This is the first feature length documentary to cover the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 and the artistic shockwaves that have followed it (which continue to this day) - all in the midst of a country at war. Strongman will host a Q&A after the screening.
PHIL STRONGMAN has worked in design, communication, film and books. His Ukrainian documentaries KYIV UNBROKEN and INTERVIEW WITH A DEADMAN have won awards internationally while his ANARCHY! McLAREN WESTWOOD GANG film was broadcast nationwide on Sky Arts in 2017. His books still in print include FEAR & LOATHING IN UKRAINE, METAL BOX, COCAINE, PRETTY VACANT and JOHN LENNON: LIFE TIMES & ASSASSINATION.
Anastasiia Artiushok is a choreographer and creative director with 8 years of experience in the dance industry. She was working with show ballet, professional dance crews, Ukrainian stars and tv shows and also was a creative director and choreographer of the biggest dance centre in Eastern Europe "Dance Centre Myway!". She loves to be a storyteller with her art and talk through dance
About the performance: a storytelling through the dance about people we've lost, people who are far from us, about people you can't hug anymore because of the war. It's a way to say goodbye and keep the memory of loved ones. This is about expressing through dance Ukrainians' everyday feelings.
The exhibition "Through the leaves to the roots" brings together a group of artists who work in dialogue around childhood memories.
Through memories, we draw a line in time that resonates on the same wave, penetrates with the ray of history into the leaves and all the way to the roots.
Looking into our hometowns, fields, houses, bazaars, where our personality formation took place.
We study the fruits that our ancestors grew. Let's look, taste, if you want, together with you, notice how ripe they are, unlike the ones we are planting now.
They are permeated with something native, saturated with memories like a sponge with water, and the smell, taste it.!!
Curious about what will grow from our crops?
When exactly will they ripen?
Khrystyna Khmil is an Ukrainian artist. Born in 1992 in the village of Hvizd, in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. She was living in Kyiv when the war started and had to flee.
She studied Paintings at the Shevchenko College of Fine Arts. She is a 2019 magna cum laude graduate in Painting and Composition with Mykola Storozhenko at the National Academy of Arts and Architecture. Her artistic research focuses on themes such as the study of personal identity, connections and communication, human freedom and stereotypes, using different mediums including graphic design, digital art, AR and VR technology. During her stay in Ukraine, she actively participated in collective and individual projects and her work was shown in several exhibitions, including "Habitat. Manifesto 2020" at Lavra Cathedral Art Gallery (Kyiv), "Who am I today" (Kyiv), Sansara: III Ukrainian Contemporary Women & Art Fest (Kyiv), to name a few.
She has been awarded by WE RESTART the Secret Art Fund which includes a residency at The Muse Gallery in London. She is currently working on “Diffusion-Communication”, a project that aims to explore the human perspective on the interconnections between various manifestations of life.
Lada Verbina was born in 1999 in Kyiv. In 2022, she graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, where she studied Monumental and Formal Art. In her works, she uses different media, such as drawings, paintings, collage and photos. In her artistic practice, she often uses materials from Stara Huta, her grandmother’s village in the Khmelnytskyi region, where she spent most of the time in researching Ukrainian archetypes and art forms. She lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Anastasiia Protsenko's artistic vision cannot escape the real world, even if it strives to do so. Abstract art does not guarantee that we do not create associations with the real material world, because imagination helps us to see real images even in one place on the wall. For Anastasiia, abstraction is a way of rethinking natural images, this time through sculpture. The solar eclipse and the shining sun, the blowing of the wind and the shivering of leaves: these are the main motifs of her works. These subtle nuances, hardly noticed by modern man, are part of an original haiku, which writes in the spatial dimension. His works represent the changing image of nature frozen in space and time, realised in pieces of metal. Anastasiia assembles her sculptures using production 'debris' and metal spatters left behind after casting, remnants of 20th century industrialisation.
Tamara Turliun was born in 1995 in the village of Pavlivka, in the region of Cherkasy. In 2016, she graduated from DTAC (Dnipropetrovsk Theater and Art College), where she studied at the Department of Fine Arts with Antonyuk L.O. and Pakhomova O.A. In 2019 she graduated from NAOMA (National Academy of Arts and Architecture) and studied at the Department of Painting in the studio of monumental art Kozhekova O. V. In 2021, she graduated from KAMA 2021 branch "Artist". She is the co-founder of the independent space Depot12_59 and of “Kein Kaffee, keine Blumen, kein Fisch, kein Fleisch”.
Diffusion - Communication by Khrystyna Khmil is a VR experience which allows the participants to explore the unknown as well as the internal mechanisms of the character in a VR world, and the interaction of their conscious and subconscious minds. Khrystyna invites us to question why we are taking certain actions and decisions. Feel, find, accept and live consciously in this world. Most importantly, Khrystyna wants to ask ourselves: who are we?