Cultural Diplomacy or Art which unites
Ukraine is part of Europe, though not a member of the European Union. For political, economic and cultural reasons, it seeks closer ties with its western neighbours. Opera Europa has responded to that need by accepting its capital city Kyiv’s offer to host our spring conference between 18 and 20 May, precisely one week after its hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. Seldom has opera been so close to popular culture!
It will not be the first occasion when an Opera Europa conference has taken place outside the EU. Our successful autumn 2012 conference took place in Moscow, with performances and sessions across five different theatres.That proved an historic occasion and helped build lasting professional relationships.
In Kyiv, we shall restrict ourselves to two theatres: National Opera of Ukraine, with its mighty tradition as one of the
three leading theatres of the former Soviet Union, alongside Moscow’s Bolshoi and Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatres; and the slightly younger Kyiv National Operetta Theatre. Both companies maintain substantial ensembles, and together offer a rich diet of opera and ballet, operetta and musicals for a vibrant city with four million inhabitants.
As devotees of international singing competitions know, Ukraine offers a rich source of vocal talent, some of which will be on display at the conference. We have invited a leading Ukrainian conductor and director of international renown to join our debate, because we view these three days as an unprecedented opportunity to share expertise and experience to our mutual benefit. We are confident that visitors to Kyiv this May will discover unexpected treasures, as well as enjoying the warmth of Ukraine’s legendary hospitality. Visiting Kyiv is a simple matter, with a choice of direct flights, good-value hotels negotiated by our hosts, and no requirements for an entry visa. As further encouragement, we offer conference registration for only 100€ to additional participants from each member company. Now is the time when Ukraine needs the friendship of other European nations, and when your presence may make a genuine contribution to cultural diplomacy.
The conference starts on Thursday afternoon to allow delegates to travel to Kyiv that morning. Our hosts are arranging a bus service to transfer from Borispol airport to the city centre, and an early dinner is being offered before that evening’s performance. Friday will be spent at the National Opera House with a full programme of parallel sessions related to building international networks together with several sessions on specialist topics. Saturday returns to the Operetta Theatre for a choice of sessions covering several current aspects of artistic and business management, plus singer auditions and a lively concluding debate.
Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theatre
53/3, Velyka Vasylkivska St.
National Opera of Ukraine
50, Volodymyrska St.
Conference registration includes participation at all sessions and social events, as well as a ticket to each of the three performances on the programme. Additional seats are available for purchase.
■ first participant €300
■ additional participants €100
■ first participant €500
■ additional participants €200
Youth (under 30) €100
After 28/04 prices will increase by €50
Visas to visit Kyiv are not necessary for most countries but please be sure to check before you travel.
Most foreign flights land at Borispol International Airport (www.kbp.kiev.ua), located 40 km East from Kyiv.
Buses will be provided from the airport at 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00.
Sky Bus (www.skybus.kiev.ua ) offers a service from Borispol Airport to Kyiv. The bus will take you via ‘Kharkivska’ metro station to the Main Railway station ‘Pivdenny’. Bus stops are located outside terminals B, D and F. The journey takes approximately one hour. Tickets cost about 3€.
You can also reach the city centre by taxi. The journey takes less than one hour and should cost you around 20€.
12, Hospitalna Str.
Tel. +380 44 256 3 256 / Fax +380 44 256 32 53
€90 single / €100 double (breakfast included)
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Booking Code: Opera
Rates valid until 26/04/2017
ibis Kiev City Center Hotel
25 Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd
Tel.: +380 44 591 2222 / Fax: +380 44 591 2200
€68 single or double (breakfast is €7)
Booking Code: Company ID (client code): SCP654014
Access Code: KI715UA827
Rates valid until 26/04/2017
The local currency is the Ukrainian hryvnia.
At time of print, 100UAH=3,5€