2nd March 2022,

IMPALA has joined the letter below initiated by the European Theatre organisation entitled “International cultural collaboration with Ukraine must be supported by world leaders” which is a message of solidarity with the people of Ukraine as well as with the people of Russia who oppose the war, and a call for support and funding. An accompanying petition is open for signatures here.    

International Cultural Collaboration with UKRAINE Must Be Supported By World Leaders 

National Governments, the European Commission and World Leaders Must Support European Cultural Organisations to Continue Collaboration with Ukraine At All Costs 

The European Cultural Community is united in condemning the horrifying invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We deplore in the most absolute terms the damage caused to a free country and express our unwavering solidarity with the people of Ukraine – our friends, our colleagues, our artistic and cultural partners. We also express our solidarity with those in Russia who oppose the war and the actions of Vladimir Putin. 

We are extremely concerned about the impact of the invasion on civil society. Over the past decade we have developed deep ties with counterpart organisations in Ukraine – supporting ongoing dialogue and artistic exchange, a thriving democracy, and long-term collaboration with future generations through flagship civil society initiatives such as the EU’s Eastern Partnership. 

This dialogue is essential to the promotion of peace in Ukraine. Ongoing international collaboration must be supported at all costs. 

We the undersigned urge national, European and global stakeholders to make funds and support measures available so that cultural and other civil society organisations can continue to actively support Ukrainian colleagues. Our organisations are ready to receive and host artists, to stage performances, to organise events, to inform and facilitate access to resources, to advocate for a peaceful solution. 

But we cannot do this alone. 

We stress that the European cultural sector is united and that you can count on us. We will not allow the aggression of one Head of State to destroy the peace and connections that have flourished and been nurtured in recent years. Let’s show that together we are committed to promoting dialogue, mutual respect, and artistic freedom. 

Sign the petition here.

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

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