International Cultural Collaboration with UKRAINE Must Be Supported By World Leaders

SIGN THE OPEN LETTER: European artists and cultural organisations are urging world leaders to support civil society so that we can continue active collaboration with Ukraine

28 February 2022
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National Governments, the European Commission and World Leaders Must Support European Cultural Organisations to Continue Collaboration with Ukraine at All Costs

The European Cultural Community is united in condemning the horrifying invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We deplore in the most absolute terms the damage caused to a free country and express our unwavering solidarity with the people of Ukraine – our friends, our colleagues, our artistic and cultural partners. We also express our solidarity with those in Russia who oppose the war and the actions of Vladimir Putin.

We are extremely concerned about the impact of the invasion on civil society. Over the past decade we have developed deep ties with counterpart organisations in Ukraine -- supporting ongoing dialogue and artistic exchange, a thriving democracy, and long-term collaboration with future generations through flagship civil society initiatives such as the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

This dialogue is essential to the promotion of peace in Ukraine. Ongoing international collaboration must be supported at all costs.

We the undersigned urge national, European and global stakeholders to make funds and support measures available so that cultural and other civil society organisations can continue to actively support Ukrainian colleagues. Our organisations are ready to receive and host artists, to stage performances, to organise events, to inform and facilitate access to resources, to advocate for a peaceful solution.

But we cannot do this alone.

We stress that the European cultural sector is united and that you can count on us. We will not allow the aggression of one Head of State to destroy the peace and connections that have flourished and been nurtured in recent years. Let’s show that together we are committed to promoting dialogue, mutual respect, and artistic freedom.

Initial signing organisations include:

  • European Theatre Convention (ETC)
  • Opera Europa
  • Culture Action Europe
  • PEARLE*-Live Performance Europe
  • E:UTSA - Europe: Union of Theatre Schools and Academies
  • mitos21
  • ASSITEJ - The International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People
  • On the Move
  • European Music Council
  • ITI - International Theatre Institute German Centre
  • Circostrada Network - ARTCENA
  • European Festival Association
  • European Association of Independent Performing Arts 
  • Europe Jazz Network
  • Live DMA
  • European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  • European Dancehouse Network
  • The European Association of Conservatoires (AEC)



Find out more about the ways ETC has been supporting the theatres and artists of Ukraine since the invasion here.

International Cultural Collaboration with UKRAINE Must Be Supported By World Leaders

Download the open letter to National Governments, the European Commission and World Leaders with the names of signing organisations, which continously grows and includes now national and individual cultural organisations


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