Culture News Society, 10/11/2017

German Weeks in Kharkiv Start Today

German Weeks in Kharkiv will be taking place on November 10–24. The events’ organizer is Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with the office in Dnipro. Exhibitions and a mural opening, children’s art and students’ projects contests are among the activities.

Having already become traditional, German Weeks in Kharkiv are dedicated to 25th anniversary of the Ukrainian-German diplomatic relations. Kharkiv-Nurnberg twinning relationships have been lasting a little longer – for 27 years. To mark these occasions, artists will paint a new mural on 28 Pushkinska St. Its opening is scheduled on November 13.

“We are waiting for artists, historians, and the city’s German community. But I’m sure the events will be interesting to all Kharkivities. The mural is not just a decoration. It aims to become a symbol and the city’s myth. People should discuss it and reflect on it,” considers the project’s curator Darya Khrysanfova.

The same day, Here I Stand — Martin Luther, Reformation and its Consequences Cultural and Educational Exhibition will be opened. The venue is the Art Gallery named after Henryk Siemiradzky located in the Karazin Kharkiv National University.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the beginning of Reformation. The exposition tells about different aspects of life: economy, science, the influence of the state and the church on people’s lives and Martin Luther’s personality, in particular. Books and archive material on Reformation will complement the exposition. The exhibition will work for a week.

The Heritage of Reformation International Scientific Conference will take place at the Historical Faculty of the University on November 20. The organizers welcome historians, scholars, and students.

The contest for teams Creative Kharkiv 2.0: Youth Ideas for Growth is another event to take place within German Weeks. The teams will present projects in the area of creative economy for Kharkiv and its region. Participants will have to demonstrate their foreign language skills as well. According to one of the conditions, they must fill the grant application in English.

Moreover, the contestants will be able to learn more at lectures and workshops on cultural project management. In total, 34 applications were submitted, 10 of them made it to the final, which will be held in Studio 42 hub on November 15. The winning team will receive €3,000 for the implementation of its project.

According to German Consul General Wolfgang Mösinger, the contest aims not only to fund interesting initiatives but to find young people who are going to make a city a better place to live.

Last year’s winner was Teddy Bear Doctors project where Kharkiv National Medical University students dealt with kids’ fears of hospitals and doctors. Its initiator, Christina Potikhenska, manages another project within the Weeks of Germany.

International Forum on Multidisciplinary Approach for Working with Children with Special Needs “Learning to Live Together” will take place on November 16. Its main goal is to help children with special needs and create a communicational platform to unite stakeholders on the state, regional, and community levels. Parents of such children, professional communities’ representatives, local and self-government authorities, as well as volunteers, will attend the event.

Finally, “Let’s Live Together and Change the World” children’s art contest will be held. Its final will take place during “Learning to Live Together” forum.

Kharkiv pupils will show their drawings on Kharkiv-Nuremberg: 27 Years Together theme at Nuremberg House on November 10–24. The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Vgorode