DASH ARTS Presents: The Bear Next Door: Living with Russia as your Neighbour, 20-04-2016

March 28, 2016 • Cultural, Past Events • Views: 818


Wednesday, April 20, 19:30


Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,, E1 6LA London, United Kingdom


Free. Email molly@dasharts.org.uk to reserve your place.

25 years after the end of the Soviet Union, how does Russia look from over the garden fence? Another probing Dash Cafe asks the hard and human questions about post Soviet regional politics. Artists from Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucusus and Central Asia discuss the good, the bad and the ugly in their homeland’s relationship with Russia.

smallExpect a lively conversation accompanied by the usual Dash Cafe cocktail of live music, a good drink, a late dance, and some tunes from across the region by DJ Sepina.

The evening begins with a set by London-based Belarusian troubadour Sasha Ilyukevich followed by a discussion hosted by Dash Co-Artistic director Tim Supple. Our guests include, alongside Sasha Ilyukevich, Romany dancer Saeeda Kasym from Kyrgyzstan, actor/director David Papava from Georgia, and Lubov Mikhailova, founder of the Ukrainian arts space IZOLYATSIA in Donetsk.

izolyatsia-logo-bigThe Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives was founded in 2010 by businesswoman Lyubov Mikhailova and was housed in (and named after) a Soviet-era insulation plant in Donetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine. In 2014 it was attacked by armed militants of so-called Donstsk People’s Republic (DPR) who were “demanding the appropriation of the site and its buildings for the benefit of the DPR and its activities.” Read more about the attack here.

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