Past Program

Nov 25, 2014

Culture and Conflicts: The Case of Ukraine

Session Summary

Culture needs to be "mainstreamed" into peacebuilding activities - this was the leading recommendation from a meeting of culture and conflict resolution experts held in Brussels in November 2014.

The one-day seminar entitled Culture and Conflicts: The Case of Ukraine was a follow-on event from the Salzburg Global session Conflict Transformation through Culture: Peacebuilding and the Arts and a collaboration between Salzburg Global Seminar, More Europe and hosts, the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The seminar was supported by the EU and its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), with a view to providing a better understanding of the culture-conflict nexus through the lens of the conflict in Ukraine. The goals of the gathering were to discuss ways in which culture can contribute to or mitigate conflict and to formulate recommendations for policy-makers.


The following six cultural operators were invited to share their work and experience with the EEAS staff:

  • Anya Medvedeva, Communications Director, IZOLYATSIA, Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Elena Tupyseva, Director and Co-Founder, TsEKh, Moscow, Russia
  • Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn, Founder, Theater for Dialogue, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oksana Forostyna, Executive Editor, Krytyka; Journalist & Writer, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Tina Ellen Lee, Artistic Director, Opera Circus, Dorset, UK
  • Yaroslav Minkin, Founder, Stan Art Group; Poet, cultural innovator and civil activist, Lugansk, Ukraine