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Open Meeting: Artists in War

In this newsletter we…

  • Invite you to the next Open Meeting which is about initiatives to help Ukrainian artists 

  • Tell you more about the activity Artists in War and the organisation Jam Factory Art Center from Lviv

“…it is in these times of deepest crisis for the country that art and culture are most needed to reflect on human conditions in a reality dominated by violence and pain. We need the hands and the voices of artists to express in a profound and lasting way what happens in our minds and souls today” - from

Invitation to the Open Meeting

with Jam Factory Art Center, Lviv, Ukraine 

and international artists, festival organizers and producers about the activity Artists in War


April 12th, 2022. h 11:00 - 12:30 CET

Go to the (Zoom) meeting

ARTISTS in WAR is a response to the escalation of the war in Ukraine by Jam Factory Art Center to support Ukrainian artists and to find ways to share their thoughts and feelings of life during wartime. Artists in war also encourages artists to return  to artistic work and become voices of a society  living through the most devastating times.

Bozhena Pelenska, director of Jam Factory Art Center,  will explain the plans of Artists in War and the organisation's need for support. We at AREA have invited other artists and organisers to reflect with us on how we can support the actions of Jam Factory Art Center.

We have the following guests:

  • Bozhena Pelenska and Mariia Shvets (Jam Factory, Lviv)

  • Lucy Neal (writer/ creator)

  • Kris Nelson (LIFT/ UK)

  • Jens Frimann Hansen (Helsingør theater & festival Passage /DK)

  • Catherine Paskell (Dirty Protest/ Wales)

  • Leif Persson (Teater Dos/ Sveden)

  • Henk Keizer (the Artists Close by/ DK)

About Jam Factory Art Center

Jam Factory Art Center was established in 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine and has been doing art projects in Ukraine and across Europe, working with visual arts, theatre and music. Jam Factory Art Center’s vision since its beginning, was to open a revitalized space in a post industrial building in Lviv. This space was due to open in August 2022.

From their website:

“Because of the terrible full-scale Russian invasion in Ukraine, the plan to open the Art Center in August 2022 has been shattered. But our will to pursue our goal is and will remain alive.
Now we work in an emergency mode to meet the needs of our country at war. Our halls and basements have become distribution centers for humanitarian aid and are giving shelter to refugees and civilians from the neighborhood. Individually, the members of our team are volunteers and providing security for our own families and friends.
As an art institution, our special concern remains the cultural sector which we consider to be our country’s major soft power. 
In response to the ongoing full-scale war against our country, we are launching the “Artists in War” program to support the communities of independent art and culture in Ukraine”

Learn more about Jam Factory Art Center and Artists in War
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“They tried to bury us, they did not know we were seeds”  

From the words of Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos, adopted more recently by activists in support of 43 students who  disappeared in Iguala, Mexico in 2013.

“In such divided times, we believe that the role of story is to remind us there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s just ‘us’

Actor Riz Ahmed 

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