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MCIP considers any collaboration between Ukrainian and russian artists unacceptable

06.07.2022, 11:50

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy considers any joint activity or collaboration between Ukrainian and russian artists unacceptable at a time when the russian armed forces are shelling Ukrainian cities.

This is stated in the Ministry's response to Ukrinform's request for information.

"MCIP considers it unacceptable for Ukrainian artists to carry out any joint activity and any collaboration with artists who are citizens of the aggressor state, as well as for artists and musicians to perform any works by russian composers at a time when the russian armed forces are shelling Ukrainian cities," the Ministry said.

The department reminded that it has repeatedly appealed to the heads of cultural institutions and subjects of cultural activity with a request to take all possible measures to prevent joint participation of Ukrainian artists and artists who are russian citizens in concerts and cultural or artistic events in Ukraine and abroad. This will contribute to counteracting russian propaganda aimed at destroying the integrity of Ukraine as a united state and serve to consolidate the Ukrainian society.

Moreover, in order to prevent joint activities and cultural dialogue with artists from the russian federation, the department posted an official appeal on its website. "It is worth stressing that MCIP's posted official position is only an official generalization of the patriotic, anti-russian stance taken by Ukrainian society regarding cultural cooperation with citizens of the russian federation," the Ministry emphasized.

In addition, back in April, the MCIP leadership held an online meeting with the Ministers of culture, education, and sports of Europe, during which they once again emphasized russia's crimes against Ukraine and called for complete informational and cultural isolation of the russian federation from the world.

As the news agency reminds, the other day German Minister for Culture and Media Claudia Roth said that she considers it wrong to boycott russian culture.

In June, CEO of Milan's La Scala Opera Dominique Meyer announced that the theater opened the new season with Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov." Ukrainian soloists will sing there alongside russian ones. In addition, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake" and Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" will be included in Milan Opera's ballet season.

Even earlier, Chief Executive Officer of PEN America Suzanne Nossel expressed her opinion that a boycott of russian culture will not help Ukraine.

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