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Culture matters: Second film about artists during the war presented to the public

In August, Ukraїner – the multimedia Ukrainian studies project – presented the film ‘Culture in Time of War. The North’. This is the second in a series of four films created as part of the European Union’s communication campaign, ‘Together, We Create. Together, We Preserve’. The campaign is dedicated to the activities of artists and their projects in these difficult times.

‘Culture in Time of War. The North’ juxtaposes artists’ personal stories with reflections on the meaning and mission of culture in times of full-scale Russian invasion. It is about how representatives of different genres try to rethink the events of the war, Ukraine, and the Ukrainians in it.

In particular, musicians Anton Slepakov and Andriy Sokolov created the project ‘War chatting’ [Ukrainian – warнякання], in which Anton describes his emotions, feelings and sensations verbally and Andriy sets them to music. The result is a performance which they are touring Ukraine with (pictured).

If artists have something to say during the war, they should not be silent,” says Anton Slepakov.

The members of the Babylon’13 Film Association, founded during the Revolution of Dignity, worked as aerial reconnaissance at the beginning of the war, and are now returning to their usual documentary work. One of their key projects is a film adaptation of the literary works of the Ukrainian defenders – ‘Gluttonous War‘.

A documentary seems to reflect reality, but in fact, it builds this reality, it is a form of influence on the future,” says Volodymyr Tykhyi, the director, screenwriter, producer and co-founder of Babylon’13. “After a while, documentaries become the main thing that proves the existence of this past.”

Artist Volodymyr Manzhos began his career as a graffiti artist, then moved on to murals. Later, he moved on to other genres of fine art, but the war brought about adjustments.

I now work very selectively with murals. It is no longer my main activity,” says the artist. “But after the war started, I think it has been an excellent way to draw attention to what is happening in Ukraine.”

The film also tells the story of the Khanenko Museum in Kyiv. It is empty, and its collections have been evacuated, but are not in storage. They have been lent to museums in other countries.

The more we talk with western audiences about ourselves through culture and art, the more HIMARS and patriots arrive in Ukraine,” says Yulia Vaganova, the Museum Director. “For some, the link is not obvious, but it is a simple one. Because voters in western countries can only support the actions of their politicians if they understand who we are.”

More information:

Film ‘Culture in Time of War. The North’

Together, We Create. Together, We Preserve‘ campaign on the EU4Ukraine website

Energy-saving campaign

New participants in the lamp exchange programme

In August, the list of institutions eligible to participate in the all-Ukrainian programme to replace incandescent lamps with energy-saving LED lamps was expanded. The Ukrainian government and the European Union jointly run the programme.

Before the latest ‘expansion’, only individuals and educational and medical institutions could exchange lamps free of charge. Now, new categories are eligible to take advantage of this exchange programme, namely:

  • cultural institutions (municipal and state-owned);
  • social protection institutions and specialised support services for victims of domestic and gender-based violence (municipal and state-owned);
  • physical education and sports facilities (municipal);
  • entities providing services for the management of residential buildings or associations of owners of residential buildings.

The following calculation is used for the exchange:

  • Three lamps per 10 square metres for the premises of social security institutions, reading rooms, book depositaries and archive storages of libraries and archives, cultural institutions, the housing stock of the apartment building manager, housing associations;
  • Two lamps per 10 square metres for common areas of social security institutions, physical education and sports institutions, housing administrations, housing associations.

“The European Union supported Ukraine’s call and immediately provided all possible assistance to the country’s energy system. As we approach the next autumn and winter season, we continue to support Ukraine and mobilise the necessary assistance, building on last winter’s experience,” says Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. “It is important to act early – so we encourage you to continue to take advantage of the LED light bulb exchange programme. Every modern light bulb that replaces an old one is a relief for the energy system. It means warmth and light in Ukrainian homes, schools and hospitals.”

As in the previous phase, new participants in the programme must submit a request for bulb exchange via the Diia portal. To do so, complete the following steps:

  • Log in to the Diia portal using the legal entity’s QES.
  • Check the details of your organisation.
  • In the ‘Services’ section, select ‘Light Bulb Exchange’, and fill in the request form.
  • Indicate the area in the calculator. Once you see the available limit, select the number and type of lamps.
  • Tick the box to indicate that you agree to hand over the same number of incandescent bulbs.
  • Input the address of your organisation.
  • Check and confirm the data in the generated request form.
  • Confirm your request with the legal entity’s QES.

The programme aims to replace 50 million old energy-intensive incandescent lamps with modern LED lamps. More than 20 million bulbs have been replaced since the programme was launched on 30 January 2023. This will save significant amounts of electricity. It will also reduce the strain on the Ukrainian power grid as it suffers from Russian attacks.

More information:

Bringing Light Together‘ campaign on the EU4Ukraine website


Helping internally displaced persons (IDPs)

From dancing to volunteering: How the SOS Women Programme helps IDPs to recover

“Five minutes into the class, I found myself smiling like a child. Unexpectedly for me, dance turned out to be the place where I could forget about sadness and anxiety for a while. It allows me to restore my resources and return to work with renewed vigour.”

This is how Tatyana Ogloblina from Kharkiv describes her feelings about oriental dance. She now lives in Kamianets- Podilskyi and takes part in the SOS Women IDP Support Programme. The programme is run by local charity, SOS: Civil Defence Headquarters, with support from the EU and the International Renaissance Foundation.

Women’s support projects usually focus on psychological training. But our survey showed that this is not suitable for everyone,” says Hanna Dubovska, the Programme Curator. “In Ukraine, the practice of consulting psychologists is not very common. People are often shy and believe that they can cope on their own. So, we developed a whole system of different activities that help improve mental health and socialisation.”

These activities include badminton and strength training classes, oriental dance classes, and master classes in mandala weaving, drawing, and wool painting. Excursions, joint visits to events, and literary and film meetings are also organised for the women. They can choose to take part in volunteering activities, such as teaching classes and giving lectures to club members and children from the frontline and deoccupied territories who are undergoing psychological rehabilitation as part of the ‘Children of War’ project.

Psychologist Svitlana Onyshchuk spends a lot of time with the programme’s participants.

I told the ladies that we have survived for so long, which shows that our strength and resilience are huge; we nurture them in ourselves, and we can withstand a lot,” says Svitlana after one of the sessions. “We drew a tree of our resilience – it had branches of sadness, confusion, tiredness, but it also had hope and dreams. The tree turned out to be powerful, with a beautiful trunk and strong roots.”

From 5 to 20 IDP women attend each event, often with their children.

Sometimes there are up to seven events a week, and organising so many is difficult. But it’s an individual approach, taking care of women with different interests and needs,” says Anna Dubovska. “Their happy eyes and sincere words of gratitude are the best indicators of the effectiveness of this approach to the psychological rehabilitation and socialisation of women directly affected by the war.”

More information:

SOS Women IDP Support Programme

Project of the EU and the International Renaissance Foundation ‘‘European Renaissance of Ukraine

Photo by SOS: Civil Defence Headquarters


Holidays in Uzhhorod – Safe and exciting

Painting eco-bags, making clay pendants and medallions, sewing soft felt toys, painting on glass, excursions to ancient Transcarpathian castles, visiting the Uzhhorod Botanical Garden, a trip to Lake Salva…

All of this was in store for the children that participated in the ‘Safe Holidays with New Friends’ programme. The programme was run in June and August by the Uzhhorod-based NGO Ecosphere, with a grant from the EU-funded ‘Civic Society for Democratisation’ project.

The organisers held 10 classes, reaching around 500 children in total – Uzhhorod schoolchildren and IDPs.

Six classes held in Uzhhorod libraries included games, workshops, and quizzes on environmental topics, such as ways to reduce waste, sort and recycle rubbish, the functioning of forest ecosystems, and bird life in urban areas. Afterwards, the children went to a botanical garden, park or river to continue learning about nature.

Four days were dedicated to excursions.

I came to Uzhhorod because it’s safer and more beautiful here,” says 7-year-old Kyiv resident Artem. “I didn’t know before where the rubbish is buried. Then I found out that it is buried in the suburbs, which is bad for the environment. It is important to recycle waste – it is the most environmentally friendly way.”

I made my own eco-bag with a map of Ukraine on it. This is my way of protecting my country. It’s convenient to carry food and clothes in these reusable eco-bags, and you don’t have to buy new ones,” says Anastasia, a 12-year-old from Uzhhorod.

Ecosphere is an environmental organisation. Their work with children was the first sector to be developed after the organisation was established in 1999.

The programme aims to integrate IDP children into the environment where they have been forced to move, and to provide them with interesting leisure activities during the holidays,” says Kateryna Stankevych-Koval, the organisation’s Executive Director, about Safe Holidays. “It is also about involving them in a circle of peers from Uzhhorod, involving the children in city life, and broadening their horizons. To ‘immerse’ them in the culture and nature of Zakarpattia through trips to medieval castles and interesting excursions to the region’s nature parks.”

The children learned the importance of caring for the environment through team eco-games, quests and workshops.

Each workshop had a purpose,” says Kateryna. “For example, we painted cloth bags to emphasise the importance of using eco-bags or shopper bags instead of plastic bags when they shop. We made jewellery out of clay to explain that products made from natural materials are safer for the environment than anything made of plastic.”

It is worth noting that at least half of the children who took part in Safe Holidays last year took part in a similar programme called ‘Green Holidays’, also funded by the European Union.

More information:

Safe Holidays with New Friends‘ programme

NGO Ecosphere on Facebook

Photo by NGO Ecosphere

Administrative services

A small suitcase with a lot of possibilities

A laptop, a portable printer, a handheld scanner, an ID card reader, a video camera, a modem with mobile internet, and a Wi-Fi router – 30 suitcases containing these items were delivered in August to Administrative Service Centres (ASCs) in remote and affected communities in seven regions of Ukraine. From now on, these ASCs can provide the Mobile Administrator Service more efficiently.

These mobile kits were procured and delivered by UNDP Ukraine as part of the EU-funded ‘EU4Recovery – Empowering Communities in Ukraine’ project. The equipment will facilitate faster access to services for people with reduced mobility and simplify the work of ASC staff.

We have provided home care services before, but without a mobile kit like this. Relatives or neighbours of people who could not come to the ASC in person because of age, illness or disability would come to the ASC for them. They would write an application asking to come to the office to receive a particular service,” says Svitlana Andrukh, Head of the ASC Department at Trostianets City Council. “Before making a home visit, we always asked caregivers to bring the documents for a preliminary check. If everything was in order, we would make a home visit. There we filled in an application and did the necessary procedures at the ASC. Then, we would go back to the applicant and provide the service ourselves. With the mobile kit, this process is greatly reduced. The administrator only has to go once to provide the service.”».

The first client served by the ASC with a mobile kit was a bedridden, seriously ill 85-year-old woman in one of the village districts.

The Koryukivka community in the Chernihiv region is now actively using the new opportunities presented by the mobile administrator – especially as it covers 66 settlements.

The community has a big area. Yes, there is a network of village districts that provide administrative services, but some villages are far away and difficult to reach, even for the head of village councils,” says Ivan Vashchenko, Head of the Koryukivka District State Administration. “Having a ‘mobile administrator’ brings administrative services much closer to these people.

Thanks to this suitcase, state registration of property rights and state land cadastre services have become available not only in the central settlement, but also in remote settlements,” adds Svitlana Oliynyk, Head of the Koryukivka ASC, describing the first weeks of using the equipment. “Today, we had our second visit to Rybinske village council – three residents received the service at home. People are taking advantage of this opportunity and are very happy.


‘School Reconstruction Project’ completes first wave of school repairs

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Eight secondary schools in Kyiv, Chernihiv and Kharkiv regions were repaired between July and September as part of the EU-funded ‘School Reconstruction Project’, implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). All the schools had previously been damaged during the hostilities.

In particular, the Suzirya Lyceum in Vyshhorod came under heavy Russian shelling on 23 November 2022, causing significant damage and casualties.

Eight windows were destroyed by the blast. It was so strong that it even bent the metal evacuation doors,” recalls Yana Bashlak, the Headmistress of the Lyceum. “Two other windows were shattered. Two doors were also damaged – an inner door in the assembly hall and a door between blocks connecting the corridors. The windows were covered with plywood because it was already cold, and then we waited for repairs. Then the project came and the local authorities handed the work over to it.”».

The Lyceum needs premises suitable for learning, as it focuses on full-time education.

Another institution the project supports is Lyceum No. 4 in Lozova, Kharkiv region. The building was damaged by shelling in May 2022.

A missile hit the nearby House of Culture, and the blast wave completely smashed the huge windows and frames in our gym,” says Viktoria Shalimova, the Lyceum Director. “We managed to repair them somehow, covering them with foil and boards so that they wouldn’t leak and we could spend the winter there. Glass was also broken in the corridors of the second and third floors and in the wooden windows of the swimming pool.

The School Reconstruction Project has delivered 12 window systems to the Lyceum, with a total area of around 115 square metres. More than 70 buildings will be repaired under the project.

Eight of the renovated schools belong to the so-called ‘first wave’, which had relatively little damage,” explains Ivan Vynnychenko, Deputy Project Manager. “This allowed the project to quickly assess the condition of the buildings and carry out the necessary work. In the near future, repairs will begin on 23 second-wave facilities that have suffered more serious damage. In addition to replacing windows and doors, we will be looking to repair floors, roofs and heating systems.

The School Reconstruction Project (EUR 20 million) is part of the European Commission’s initiative to support and rebuild Ukraine’s education system (EUR 100 million).

More information:

Press Release

Video about the Project

Photo by UNOPS

Higher education

Ukrainian universities set record for Erasmus+ participation

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20 projects involving 58 universities and other educational institutions from Ukraine have been selected for funding under the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of capacity building in higher education.

This is a new record for Ukrainian universities – there were 13 Ukrainian projects last year. Ukraine is among the top eight countries participating in the programme in this component.

Svitlana Shytikova, Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine, notes that this may be the result of greater attention being paid to Ukrainian higher education institutions and, at the same time, an increase in their capacity to take advantage of Erasmus+ opportunities.

In addition, the funds previously allocated by the programme budget to Russia have now been redirected to cooperation with Ukraine. This is an expression of solidarity that also contributes to an increase in the number of projects with Ukrainian participants,” adds Svitlana.

The 20 projects selected this year aim to modernise educational programmes in many areas, including energy efficiency, political science, foreign languages, ecology, and digital transformation.

6 Ukrainian universities are project coordinators. In particular, the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) will lead the project ‘Socially Oriented Learning in Higher Education for the Restoration of Ukraine’. In addition to UCU, the consortium includes Dnipro Polytechnic University, Sumy State University, and three universities from Italy, Germany and Belgium. The project also has eight associate partners, including Ukrainian state and local authorities.

We want to understand how we can be useful to communities through the disciplines currently studied at the university and the methodology of socially oriented learning, as well as through identifying community needs – especially at such a difficult time for Ukraine,” says Sofia Opatska, UCU Vice-Rector for Strategic Development..

Socially oriented learning is a world-renowned, innovative educational approach to increase the civic engagement of students and teachers and create positive social change in the process of learning. For several years, UCU has been implementing this methodology in its educational process, cooperating with foreign and Ukrainian partners, and organising international events.

What will be new for the UCU, however, is the role of the Consortium Coordinator in the Erasmus+ programme.

We are not afraid of the Coordinator’s role. Firstly, we have often been the organiser of projects funded by other donors,” says Sofia Opatska. “Secondly, we have good partners that we have known and worked with, not just since preparing the application for the Erasmus+ programme. And when we prepared the project, we discussed it thoroughly, and everyone had a pre-determined role. So, everything should be fine.

More information:

Erasmus+ National Office website



A tender for media support services for the EU Delegation to Ukraine is underway. The contractor’s tasks will include implementing measures to ensure comprehensive coverage of EU issues by regional Ukrainian media, monitoring the EU’s presence in the Ukrainian media, working with social networks, etc.

Deadline: 13 September 2023

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Registration for the training session on ‘Reconstruction & European Integration: What Journalists Need to Know to Influence Community Development’ is open. Participants will learn about the procedures and key aspects of preparing for EU accession, regional policies of European integration, and the peculiarities of searching and using sociological data on European integration. The training will take place in Kyiv on 23–24 September.

Deadline: 11 September 2023



The ‘EU4Business’ programme, funded by the European Union and the German government, will provide grants to 50 small businesses affected by the full-scale invasion that are willing to develop their business in the supply of essential goods. The grants will be up to EUR 10,000 (or UAH 400,000).

Deadline: 10 September 2023

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The EU4Business programme, in partnership with the Kyiv School of Economics, invites you to the ‘Cluster Management Training Course’. The training is intended for cluster managers.

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The ‘Climate Innovation Vouchers’ call for proposals is accepting applications from Ukrainian small and medium- sized enterprises for grants. Ukrainian entrepreneurs can receive up to EUR 50,000 for developing or implementing climate technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Deadline: 30 September 2023

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The Izolyatsia Foundation is open for proposals under the ‘ZMINA: Rebuilding Programme – First Wave of National Subgrants’. Representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (visual arts, performing arts, cinema, literature, urban cultural planning, etc.) are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 7 September 2023

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‘Zapravka’, a joint initiative of the House of Europe project, the Ukrainian Institute and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, has produced the first Ukrainian-language guide to organising art residencies. The guide was launched on 30 August. The publication covers theoretical and practical aspects of the fundraising process, working with the team and residents, communication aspects, and reporting.

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