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7 років тому був гарний літній день, ми погодилися на «і в горі, і в радості», про горе особливо не пояснювали, і у нас була здебільшого радість, і дуже багато її. Що б не було попереду, мати таку любов - це зброя ♥️ In the radiation of the city sun I am in love with you, it is my only grace.
Last night we went to see @dakhabrakha in The Hague. No better reminder why we want to make Ukrainian voices heard. Nothing like live music to make me feel alive. The first time I saw them was in 2007. I had just moved to Kyiv, first year at uni, this was my first cultural event in a big city. I never knew Ukrainian music could sound like this: deeply rooted in folk traditions but with today’s beats, with experiments in every song. Now their music takes on a new meaning. Just look at the visuals: these are songs of longing for the home that will never be as it was, about the sky full of birds that turns into a sky full of planes. Songs about all the brave and all the fallen. Songs about rebirth. Maybe also the songs we’ll play when we throw a party for the world when we win the war.
Back from a rollercoaster. Highs as high as the French Alps, seeing the mountains for the first time in a long time, pride for pulling off an insane amount of work with some of the best people, all the prep paying off and everything working through a snowstorm. Laughing so hard you lose your voice. Music, so much music. The lows are not in these pictures. The lows are behind the closed doors of hotel rooms; the lows are under a hood pulled down on a plane. The lows hit different at 2300 meters above sea level where everything could not be further away from the second world I live in. Where bombs explode and then telegram channels explode. Where no news could be both good news and bad news. I loved seeing all the happy people on the slopes and the dance floors. I hated being reminded again how much russia is taking away from my people every minute of every day. For the first time in my life I got scared of the fireworks.
Last week we made Ukrainian voices heard at the #UkrainianFreedomStage in Amsterdam. More than 20 artists came together to perform, some for the first time since the war started. The 4-hour rally slash concert was put together in a week through a combination of sheer motivation, passion, pride in Ukrainian music and desire to share it with the world. I admire the vision and grit of @anastasiia.vaganova and the huge help of everyone who came to our aid. It might feel like the coverage of the war is winding down. But the war isn’t. My favorite artists are still wearing bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos. Air raid sirens sound for 4-5 hours a day. So we keep going forward with purpose. We aim to connect communities in the Netherlands which are so generously hosting our people with the depth of the Ukrainian culture. We want to show the different sides of it, the versatility, the uniqueness but also the unity, the values it’s based on - the values we share with Europe and the ones we are fighting for. 📸 Arkadiy Mitnik, Olha Movchan
Swipe for some top tunes 🎼💙💛I’ve been following this amazing talented group of people yesterday and I can wait for you to hear them! Dam Square, 13:00-17:00, a few surprises in store, Eurovision lovers I am winking at you 🌻
#UkrainianFreedomStage is a project aimed at supporting Ukraine by providing a platform for Ukrainian voices. On April 10th we are planning a peace rally in Amsterdam, on the Dam Square, spreading awareness about the devastating war in Ukraine. As part of the rally is a performance by the top musicians of the jazz and pop scene. 20 Ukrainian musicians who are now living all around Europe will come to Amsterdam to gather on one stage for the first time, to break the silence, to fill it with music and Ukrainian voices. It is also an opportunity for the Ukrainian and Dutch communities to come together, to pay respects to the victims of the war and to have a healing musical experience together. The rally is supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands, as well as by the Ukrainians in the Netherlands Foundation. All proceeds will go to humanitarian relief for Ukraine, particularly to support the Okhmadyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv. Thanks to our tech partner - Business communications agency Agnum www.agnum.online, and our audio partner JBL for making the Ukrainian Freedom Stage possible. Ukrainian Freedom Stage, неділя 10 квітня, 13:00, Амстердам, площа Дам #UkrainianFreedomStage - це проект, створений, щоб надати майданчик для українських виконавців. 10 квітня ми плануємо демонстрацію в Амстердамі, на площі Дам, спрямовану на поширення інформації про війну в Україні. Частиною демонстрації буде виступ українських представників джазової та поп-сцени. 20 українських музикантів, які зараз перебувають у різних куточках Європи, зберуться в Амстердамі, вперше на одній сцені, щоб заповнити жахливу тишу війни музикою та українськими голосами. Це також можливість для української і нідерландської громад зібратися разом, вшанувати пам’ять жертв війни у рамках спільного заходу. Демонстрація відбувається за підтримки Посольства України в Нідерландах та Фундації “Українці в Нідерландах”. Дякуємо нашому технчному партнеру - агентству бізнес-комунікацій Agnum www.agnum.online
Sometimes my European friends are asking “But why is russia fighting this war against Ukraine? And how crazy is putin? And surely not all russians are bad?” A mistake they are making here - a mistake I myself was also making for a long time - is trying to understand them using the methods of rational thinking. Trying to establish cause and effect. Geopolitical reasons. I say it now with all the love in my heart: you won’t get it. I run in the beautiful Frankendael park in Amsterdam, with it’s little blooming plots of land and cute garden houses. The same park has little stairs for the ducks to get into and out of the canal. Ukraine isn’t exactly there yet. But years ago we set out on this course: to become, metaphorically speaking, a country with the little stairs for the ducks to get in and out. To live better. To travel more. To show our culture to the world and to appreciate the culture of others. Yes also to have more things. But most importantly to have basic human dignity guaranteed as the right. To assert our well deserved place in Europe with all that it stands for. When russian soldiers call their wives, girlfriends or mothers, their calls are often intercepted. The soldiers brag about their looting, blenders, carpets, laptops and new balance sneakers. They ask for their kids’ shoe sizes, as if shopping online. They talk about other stuff too, when they call their friends. Words that make my skin crawl. Rape. Murder. Kid safari which is something you don’t even want to type. Some of them are surprised that Ukrainian villages have paved roads. Flowers by the cute little houses. Streetlights. This gap between us isn’t the border, it’s the mindset. What I’m trying to say is: don’t try to understand them, like you wouldn’t try to understand a psychopath. With some exceptions, and I personally know some, it’s is a nation of destroyers or those who allow it to happen. Don’t try to dig into the mysterious russian soul. It is a void. One day maybe I will find better words for it. For now this will have to do: people who build stairs for the ducks will never understand those that send postcards from the genocide.
This is Nadiya. On the balcony of her student dorm in Donetsk. Nadiya travelled 2500 km from Kazakhstan where she grew up, to a city where she didn’t know anyone, to study applied math. A few years later Nadiya would go to a small Ukrainian town to work, programming huge industrial computers. She would meet a young handsome Ukrainian guy with a Cossack mustache. She would have two Ukrainian kids. She would change her Soviet passport into a Ukrainian one without a doubt. She would learn Ukrainian when she would go into public service, always slightly anxious about her pronunciation, but actually speaking much better than some Ukrainian presidents. Years later the country next door will come to ‘liberate” people like her. Years later her sisters and cousins living in russia and Kazakhstan would try to tell her “the truth” about what’s going on in her country. Years later she would be texting her daughter things like “good morning, it was a quiet night, only one siren”. Nadiya is my mom. Nadiya is Ukrainian by choice. Nadiya means Hope. I hope to always have Hope.
For our fifth wedding anniversary @twlvcantonas made me a one of a kind present. It was also almost five years that we lived outside of Ukraine. So he asked his talented friend @slavikltd to design and make a unique pendant - Ukrainian trident, with a 💚. I wore it on special occasions but now I wear it every day. My lucky charm, my protection from evil, the symbol of my religion. Now you can have one, too. Get one and Slavik will donate all proceeds to Come Back Alive, the foundation that helps the Ukrainian heroes fight for our freedom. Link in bio 🇺🇦🌻
We got incredibly lucky buying our first apartment in Amsterdam. Now I know why - it’s so that we have enough walls to hang pictures of the people we love and enough beds to host the people we love. І достатньо дверей, щоб їх відкривати тим, хто каже «доброго вечора, ми з України» 💙💛
Today our first shipment of medical goods and defensive gear has left Amsterdam. Also some kind words for the people that are now risking their lives for our safety and way of life. There are many ways to join the cause. I made a highlight with 🇺🇦🌻 where I will be collecting links and resources. And you can always ask me directly. I am forever grateful to all of you standing side by side with us now, you are all honorary Ukrainians to me now. #stoprussi̇anaggressi̇on
Ukrainians are redefining privilege these days. Privilege is being able to wake up and read a text from your family that it was a quiet night. Privilege is being able to go the streets of your adopted city and protest. Privilege is having a small Ukrainian crowd around you so that wherever you show up, it’s a rally. Privilege is talking to your MPs and media about the help that Ukraine needs, the help that would protect all Europe. Use this privilege if you have it. Find a rally in your city and join. Share credible news. Donate money and time. Netherlands: today we are in The Hague, Ministry of Defense in Kalvermarkt, 1pm onwards. Today and tomorrow there will be people in the Dam as well. You don’t have to be Ukrainian to join, but you become an honorary one. #StopRussianAggression #StandWithUkraine
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