The Russian Federation has willfully and maliciously violated existing international standards and agreements. Together with political and economic sanctions, as well as a ban to compete in sporting and other events, we call for sanctions to limit Russian state presence in the international cultural arena.
Russia’s political system is authoritarian, with many aspects wholly totalitarian, and often misuses Russian culture for state propaganda purposes. In the name of Ukraine and its partner countries which stand for humanitarian principles, peace, and world order, we issue the following demands:
1. Cancel all projects which involve the Russian Federation and projects supported with financing which has Russian ties.
2. Ban the operations of all Russian cultural centres located in partner countries.
3. Remove all Russian nationals from the supervisory boards of cultural alliances, cancel sponsorships, and withdraw organisational support.
4. Ban Russians from competing in international competitions (e.g., the Eurovision ban), participating in exhibitions, forums, and other cultural events, including:
a) contemporary art exhibitions and fairs, e.g., the Vienna Biennale, Art Basel, Documenta, etc.
b) the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, and other international film festivals.
c) the Salzburg Festival, Avignon Festival, Arena di Verona Festival, and other musical and theater festivals.
d) international book fairs, including the Frankfurt Book Fair, London Book Fair, etc.
5. Stop promoting Russian culture in the mass media.
6. Pull out of partnerships with all artists and entertainers who openly support the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his actions, as has already been exemplified by the Munich Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and other theatre companies.
We, the artists and cultural activists of Ukraine, highly value the stance taken by some Russian cultural influencers who have openly condemned the Russian aggression and military action against Ukraine. Art has always remained at the forefront of humanitarian values. We strongly believe that culture cannot be subservient to political propaganda, instead it should be utilised for developing critical thinking and promoting dialogue.
The Russian Federation is a rogue state. Russian culture is toxic! Don’t be an accomplice!
Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Informational Policy of Ukraine
Galyna Grygorenko, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Arts and Artistic Education
Volodymyr Sheiko, director of Ukrainian Institute
Oksana Lyniv, conductor
Pavlo Gudimov, curator, founder of Art center Ya Gallery
Marta Trotsyuk, founder of Gallery 101, Head of Gallerists Association
Kostyantyn Shumsky, gallerist
Olesya Domoradska, gallerist
Sergiy Savchenko, gallerist
Vlad Troitsky, director, founder of «GogolFest»
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, musician, «Okean Elzy»
Maks Yakover, founder of Big City Lab
Oleksiy Botvvinov, musician
Valentyn Vasyanovych, film director
Olga Plyska-Pasichnyk, opera singer
Andriy Bondarenko, opera singer
Andriy Kurkov, writer
Andriy Yurkevych, conductor
Irma Vitovska, actress
Natalia Vorozhbyt, film director
Natalya Pasichnyk, musician
Serhiy Zhadan, writer
Valentyn Sylvestrov, composer
Oleg Sentsov, film director
Nariman Aliyev, film director
Kateryna Gornostai, film director
Pavlo Makov, artist, represents Ukraine on Venice Biennale 2022
Tamara Trunova, theater director
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