Hope St, L1 9BP
When bombs begin to fall, artists are forced to lay down their instruments. Renowned musician and guitarist Stas Kononov has stayed in the frontline city Kharkiv to volunteer. During intense shelling, he provides food and water for the 1000s of people in bomb shelters and living in the Kharkiv Metro station.
NEWS FROM NOWHERE
96 Bold St, L1 4HY
Journalism is not a crime but, as on many frontlines, the ability to record and report atrocity is a tenet of freedom. Crimean Tatar Lutfie Zudieva, gave birth to her fourth child as Crimea was occupied and annexed in 2014. An event that inspired her to become a writer and led to her arrest.
8 School Ln, L1 3BX
Artists and cultural organisations in Ukraine are on the frontline of preserving cultural heritage ensuring that when the bombing stops, they are able to rebuild their creative communities. Sitting in the Bluecoat Garden, in the shelter of Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, and the UK’s oldest
arts centre, listen to Oleksandra Osadcha from the Museum of Kharkiv School Of Photography,
as she tells how they rescued their archives out of Kharkiv, during intense shelling.
William Brown St, L3 8EW
Writing is a form of resistance. Throughout this tour, we include poems and testimony from Ukrainian writers. Here, in Liverpool’s cathedral of the written word, we hear from writer turned war crimes researcher Victoria Amelina who speaks about the murder of famous poet and children’s writer Volodymyr Vakulenko.
27 Old Haymarket, L1 6ER
The battle for equality has not stopped as bombs fall. From candle-lit memorials to cars covered in rainbow streamers, activists have found ways to shout about human rights. Here, at Lovelocks, one of Liverpool’s safe spaces, listen to renowned LGBTQ+ feminist activist Anna Sharyhina who describes the city performance interventions that she has created during the full- scale invasion.
MOORFIELDS TRAIN STATION
Entrance On Old Hall Street
KharkivMusicFest is an international classical musical event. On what would have been the first day of their festival in 2022, their musicians created a concert for the thousands of people living in Kharkiv Metro Station. Listen to Julia Nikolajevska from KharkivMusicFest as she tells of the “concerts between explosions”.
LIVERPOOL PARISH CHURCH
5 Old Churchyard, L2 8GW
Russia’s war on Ukraine has transformed the life of every individual in the country. By law, all physically-fit Ukrainian men aged 18-60 are potentially subject to conscription. Leaving their towns, cities and families they travel to Ukraine’s borders to fight. Some like Dmytro Kostyuminskyi, a theatre and filmmaker, have volunteered to become a soldier on the frontline. He sends us voice messages to speak about his experiences.