Jamala's victory at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest reminded Ukraine's political class of the critical role arts and culture play in foreign relations and their unique ability to promote national interests. Ukrainian culture holds tremendous potential to counteract what many perceive as a growing “Ukraine fatigue” in the West. The speakers will discuss how to develop Ukraine's “soft power” in light of existing economic constraints and informational challenges.
The panel will be followed by a reception celebrating the exhibition of Victor Sydorenko's photos, statues, and video works. The invitation and registration for the reception will come separately.
H.E. Hanna Hopko, Member of parliament and head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Victor Sydorenko, Artist; Director, Modern Art Research Institute, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine
Kateryna Smagliy, Director, Kennan Institute in Ukraine