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THE CULTURE OF UKRAINE


Dr Rosamund Bartlett


Thursday 9th June 2022



The Culture of Ukraine


Whatever the future brings, there is no doubting the feeling that the Ukrainian nation is being reborn. But what do we really know about this country, the second-largest in Europe, which has struggled to be free for hundreds of years?  This lecture tells the Ukrainian story through the history of the shared culture which binds its proud people together. We will explore the sacred art and architecture of Kyiv, and its vital links to the Byzantine Empire, and consider the distinctive characters of two very different cities, Odesa and Lviv. We will also look at the rich folk culture of Ukraine's rural heartland, beginning with its music and the secret codes embedded in its ancient folk embroidery tradition, which have exerted a surprising impact on modern painting and contemporary haute couture.  Last but not least, this lecture promises to unravel the mysteries of wild cossack dancing and the myriad recipes for borshch.


Rosamund Bartlett is an acknowledged authority on the culture of Russia and its neighbouring colonies who has been travelling to Ukraine for over thirty years.  She is a biographer of Russia's greatest anti-war activist Tolstoy, and her annotated translation of Anna Karenina was published to acclaim by Oxford University Press in 2014.  She is also a biographer and translator of Chekhov, who had a Ukrainian grandmother, and grew up close to the border near the Black Sea.  Her edition of Chekhov's letters for Penguin Classics includes many written from his dacha in Sumy.  In 2008 she launched a campaign to rescue Chekhov's house in the Crimea, and remains a Trustee of the Anton Chekhov Foundation, a UK-registered charity.


http://rosamundbartlett.com

http://antonchekhovfoundation.org


 

This concludes the series of lectures organised by The Arts Society Taunton Evening.

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The Arts Society Taunton Evening


****Please note this is a change to the advertised lecture "The Painting Secrets of Freud and Bacon"****

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