Ukrainian official urges allies to ‘boycott’ Russian culture

A top Ukrainian official Oleksandr Tkachenko has called on the country’s allies to boycott Russian culture – and ban Russian composer Tchaikovsky from performing – until the “bloody invasion” is over.

Mr. Tkachenko said more than 800 cases of destruction of Ukrainian culture, including destroyed museums, liquidated and deleted libraries from Ukraine, have been recorded by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy since when the Russian invasion began on 24 February.

In an article for The Guardian, the culture minister said: “The boycott of Russian culture is an important step. We are not talking about canceling Tchaikovsky, but about suspending the performance of his works until Russia stops the bloody invasion.

“Ukrainian cultural venues did this with him and other Russian composers. We are calling on our allies to do the same.

“Currently, many theaters and cultural venues that previously refused to perform Russian music or collaborate with pro-war Russian artists have resumed relations. And Ukrainian culture has a lot to offer.

“Representatives of Ukrainian culture today see their mission as overcoming the violence and destruction caused by Russia. Denying representatives of Russian culture from supporting its dictatorship and blocking concerts by Russian artists who openly support its war of aggression are conscious steps that a mature democratic society needs to do.

“Along with economic and political sanctions, they will be necessary if we are to defeat the Russian totalitarian project.”

Several popular performances and events have been canceled due to the escalating conflict in Ukraine, including the Royal Opera House blocking a tour of the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet and performances by the Bolshoi Ballet. Russian State Ballet and Siberian State Ballet of Russia.


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The Kremlin was also stripped of the right to host the Champions League football final, the final being moved to Paris in May, while the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, which was supposed to be held in September, was also cancelled. cancel.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian art and culture has become more prominent since the invasion, with folk rap group Kalush Orchestra winning Eurovision 2022 with their song Stefania.

“We are rediscovering Ukrainian culture” through pain and tragedy, Mr. Tkachenko said.

He added: “Today, Ukrainian melodies and vocals resonate strongly on the most prestigious stages in the world – be it the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York or the Royal Opera House in New York. La Scala in Milan.

“Ukrainian opera singers are among the best in the world. Earlier this year, Liudmyla Monastyrska replaced Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who withdrew from the Met Opera after refusing to denounce (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, in the main section of Turandot.

“Our composers have created masterpieces, and our writers are not to be underestimated by their Russian colleagues. Ukrainian literature has deep roots and is still actively developing. Our decorative and fine arts have roots in Europe’s rich cultural history.” Ukrainian official urges allies to ‘boycott’ Russian culture

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