NUrope XIII, Kiev and Lviv (II)

art, recent work, time-out

Kiev; a city of 4 million inhabitants, seemingly planned and built by giants. Boulevards and large open squares, immense residential blocks along the highways, the majestic river spanned by huge bridges and a mass of gold-plated onion-cupola churches.
The Nomadic University’s thirteenth session opened here, yesterday morning – an ongoing happening, where seriousness intertwines with jouissance and sheer absurdity at times.
Gathered from six or seven different countries, we are meeting with all kinds of actors in art and culture: the theatre people who reconnect to a tradition erased by Stalin, the courageous young art activists, the slightly older international art scene professionals… the social psychologist who – arriving on motorbike from Moscow – makes the diagnosis of contemporary Ukraine while having tea and jam on the verandah of Mikhail Bulgakov… the Conseillère de Cooperation et d’Action Culturelle of the French embassy who gives us a foreigner’s view – très au courant – on what’s on… and not to forget, with Mykola the opera singer…
(to be continued)

Bulgakov family house, salon on first floor – no photographing allowed, but I tell you the verandah was an even better place to hang out.

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