HeForShe Arts Week 2021 in Ukraine: quarantine measures, online formats, decentralization of artistic events

Despite the global pandemic HeForShe Arts Week in Ukraine was bigger than ever!

For the fourth time, Ukraine hosted HeForShe Arts Week – an art marathon that brings together museums, galleries, cinemas and other art institutions around the themes of gender equality and human rights. Women's leadership and outstanding Ukrainian women artists became the focus of the HeForShe Arts Week 2021, and the slogan was Inner fire to inspire.

Art Week started on March 8 with a 3D mapping on the monument to Princess Olga in Kyiv. Simultaneously with the projection, in support of the HeForShe movement, the National Opera in Kyiv, Dmytro Yavornytsky National Historical Museum in Dnipro and the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Lviv were illuminated in magenta color. The illumination of outstanding buildings with the brand color of the HeForShe movement has already become a good and recognizable tradition.

In addition to the light installations, a giant magenta ribbon with 150 names of prominent Ukrainian female artists – from the past to the present – was installed on the columns of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in Kyiv.

This year's HeForShe Arts Week art marathon included 29 partner activities, among them film screenings, exhibitions, installations, discussions, book presentations, an interactive game and much more.

The expansion of the events map made the Arts Week 2021 special: Lviv, Chernivtsi, Dnipro, Sievierodonetsk, Zhytomyr, Soledar, Odesa and Kharkiv have joined the marathon with their activities.

"As a part of HeForShe Arts Week, we organized a lecture dedicated to the Ukrainian women artists. It was important for us to hold this event within HeForShe Arts Week and become a part of the large project that unites regions on a cultural map. As an institution working outside the capital, we appreciate the opportunity to be involved in interregional projects, monitor the work of colleagues from other institutions and organize important events ourselves," - Iryna Polikarchuk, director and program curator of the ArtSvit gallery (Dnipro).

During the quarantine, partners’ events became more interactive, and the variety of formats increased. Art lovers could visit the exhibitions "Hidden" in "The Naked Room" gallery and "Czech Heroines" from the Czech Center in Chernivtsi, Kyiv and Zhytomyr. Broad audiences had the opportunity to join the online discussions about motherhood from the PinchukArtCentre, watch films from the British Council or the DocuClub network of cinema clubs, and also take part in the interactive art game “60. Lost Treasures” from the Ukrainian Institute.

“Participation at the HeForShe Art Week 2021 was natural for us - last year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the Czech Republic, our wonderful international exhibition “Czech Heroines” was created, and we were delighted to present it as a part of the HeForShe movement in Ukraine. It's a pity that the quarantine limited the possibility of the offline meetings, but the online discussion on our page also gathered its listeners and viewers, we mentioned many outstanding women - Czechs and Ukrainians, and we are grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to contribute to the generous program HeForShe Art Week 2021", - Evgeniya Nesterovych, program coordinator of the Czech Center.


Information about all the events and Woman in Arts Award 2021 can be found on the dedicated website: https://heforsheukraine.info/artsweek2021/

UN entities involved in this initiative
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women