‘Mayday 2022 – Ukraine Alarm!’

9 May'22
- 17:00

The key moment to take a closer look at Europe

The brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine has once again brought the war to the borders of the European Union. May 9, Europe Day, is therefore this year primarily a day of solidarity with Ukraine. On Europe Day, Bozar traditionally organises lectures and debates concerning the state of the European Union under the title "Mayday". For the 2022 edition, journalists and academics from across Europe, but especially from Ukraine, will clarify the conflict. Artists and cultural workers will reflect upon the role which they can play when the guns speak. Dissident Russian voices who have been persecuted in their own country by President Putin's regime will also be featured. 


5pm - 5:15pm | Introduction
A poetic introduction by Haska Shyyan (UA). She will explain in a conversation with Karl van den Broeck (BE, Bozar) why it is important that Europeans no longer look at Ukraine with a Russian gaze.

5:15pm - 5:45pm | Mayday Magazine#3 | Presentation
​​​​​​​Karl van den Broeck (BE, Bozar) will interview Teresa O'Connell (GB, Are We Europe), the editor-in-chief of Mayday Magazine, devoted entirely to the war in Ukraine. He will also talk to Ekaterina Martynova (RUS), who featured in the magazine.

6pm - 6:45pm | Art at War | Interview
Pieter Vermeulen
(BE) will discuss with the invited guests the role European cultural organisations and initiatives play in protecting Ukrainian artists and place it in a broader framework. How can we support artists at risk? What can art at war? The invited guests include: Marita Muukkonen (FI), Ivor A Stodolsky (FI/FR), Kristina Solomoukha (UA), Marie le Goux (FR)

7pm - 7:45pm | Today | Immersive performance by Queer Studio
Director, activist, founder of Queer Studio, Viktoria Naraxsa will present a performance based on letters from Ukrainian refugees to their loved ones. Together with the letters, video installations by Ukrainian performer, director and actress Yuliia Savchenko and Pussy Riot member, director and screen writer Anna Kuzminykh will play a central role.

8pm - 8:45pm | Meet the Historian: Andrii Portnov
Andrii Portnov
(UA) is Professor for the "Entangled History of Ukraine" at the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt (Oder), DE). The bulk of his publications are devoted to intellectual history, the writing of history, genocide and memory studies in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. He will be interviewed by Vojtěch Boháč (CZ), a Czech journalist who lived in Russia for a long time and was a reporter in the war zone in Ukraine.

9pm - 10pm | Meet the Director: Sergei Loznitsa 
Sergei Loznitsa (UA) is a welcome guest at Bozar. He explores the subjects of historical memory, propaganda, war traumas and their impact on the society at large. He will be interviewed by Aude Merlin (BE, ULB). The interview will be done in Russian with a translation to English by Daria Bocharnikova (BE, Bozar)

Practical information


Hall M

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


  • English

At the start of the war Bozar chose to suspend cultural projects financed by the Russian state, but at the same time we stress that it is essential to keep the doors of our institutions open to all international artists who share the European values of freedom of expression, free movement, mutual respect and the rule of law, regardless of their origin and citizenship. It is in this spirit that we are organising Mayday 2022.

•    The venue will be open continuously, so you can choose between the debates and interviews. But you can also stay all evening.
•    Mayday Magazine is on sale for 15 euros.


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