At this time, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is creating a huge humanitarian crisis, with victims among civilians and the military. In the context of these events, the cultural heritage in Ukraine, as a carrier of people’s identity and memory, is also under threat. Historic centers, museums and cultural institutions are being targeted, damaged and destroyed, while artists, scholars and cultural workers are deeply affected by these terrible acts.
Civil society organizations can and must help Ukraine in this difficult moment, by supporting initiatives for the protection of sites, museums, cultural infrastructure, and colleagues in the field and by planning for future activities of peace and reconciliation, restoration, reconstruction and the recovery of cultural life.
This meeting intends to provide an opportunity to highlight these chains of support, and to provide a collaborative exchange between civil society organizations and institutions/initiatives in Ukraine, to discuss concrete ways of providing short and medium-term support in their efforts to preserve the heritage and culture in Ukraine.
The meeting also aims to raise awareness in solidarity with Ukrainian society, to promote crowdfunding campaigns such as initiatives launched by Europa Nostra and Global Heritage Fund and to highlight any other cultural and natural heritage initiatives in support of the response to this crisis. We invite you to join us and participate in the chat.
This event is a joint initiative of OurWorldHeritage, Europa Nostra and Global Heritage Fund.