Mayday! Europe at war!

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Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine has once again brought the war to the borders of the European Union. This year, 9 May, Europe Day, will therefore be above all a day of solidarity with Ukraine. On the occasion of Europe Day, Bozar traditionally organizes conferences and debates on the state of the European Union under the name Mayday. During the 2022 edition, journalists and academics from all over Europe, but especially from Ukraine, will comment on the conflict. Artists and culture workers will reflect on the role they can play when guns speak. Russian dissenting voices suppressed by President Putin's regime in their own country will also be heard.


5 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Introduction
A poetic introduction by Haska Shyyan (UA). In a conversation with Karl van den Broeck (BE, Bozar) she will explain why it is important that Europeans no longer look at Ukraine with a Russian eye.

5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Mayday Magazine#3 | Presentation
​​​​​​Karl van den Broeck (BE, Bozar) interviews Teresa O'Connell (UK, Are We Europe), the editor of this issue of Mayday Magazine, entirely devoted to the war in Ukraine. He also speaks with Ekaterina Martynova (RUS) featured in the magazine.

6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Art at War | Interview
Pieter Vermeulen (BE) is an art critic, art curator, lecturer and editor for HART. He will discuss with the other guests the role that European cultural organizations and initiatives play in protecting Ukrainian artists and place it in a broader context. How can we support artists at risk? What can art do in times of war? Guests include: Marita Muukkonen (FI), Ivor A Stodolsky (FI/FR), Kristina Solomoukha (UA), Marie le Goux (FR)

7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Today | Immersive performance by Queer Studio
During Mayday 2022, director, activist and founder of Queer Studio, Viktoria Naraxsa (RUS), will present a performance in which letters from Ukrainian refugees and their relatives as well as video installations by Ukrainian performer, director and actress Yuliia Savchenko (UA), and Pussy Riot member, director and screenwriter Anna Kuzminykh (RUS), will also play a central role.

8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. | Meet the Historian: Andrii Portnov
Andrii Portnov (UA) is Professor of Entangled History of Ukraine at European University Viadrina (Frankfurt an der Oder, DE). Most of his publications are devoted to intellectual history, historiography, genocide studies and memory in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. He is interviewed by Vojtěch Boháč (CZ), a Czech journalist who has lived in Russia for a long time and reported from the war zone in Ukraine.

9pm - 10pm | Meet the Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Sergei Loznitsa (UA) is a valued guest at Bozar. It explores the topics of historical memory, propaganda, war trauma and their impact on society in general.
He will be interviewed by Aude Merlin (BE, ULB). The interview will be conducted in Russian with an English translation by Daria Bocharnikova (BE, Bozar).