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EAB Benefizkonzert Ukraine

24 February 2022 is a break in our history. There is war in Europe. The European Academy would like to express its solidarity with Ukraine by organising a benefit concert for Ukrainian artists. Art and culture are essential for international understanding, for a functioning democracy and for social cohesion. The independence of artistic positions and institutions from political, national and religious guidelines is a foundation of democracy. To convey this again and again is the declared aim of the statutes of the European Academy Berlin.

Together with the dokumentartheater berlin we cordially invite you to a benefit concert:


Since 2019, the dokumentartheater berlin has been cooperating with Kiev Studio 11 under the direction of Vlada Belosorenko. With great success, the joint ensemble presented the Requiem Babyn-Yar in Kiev and later in Berlin in September 2021. The 20 members of the Ukrainian group, are still in Ukraine, in different places of the country. They have decided to stay and defend their country. Here, we have collected their voices from the war. The ensemble of the dokumentartheater berlin and the musicians who were evacuated to Berlin will read these texts and give a concert with music excerpts from the Babyn-Yar Requiem as a benefit for Ukrainian artists threatened by war.

Performing artists:

Diana Yanushkevych: pianist, Oleg Yanushkevych: violin

Sascha Dialtchenko: opera singer, Iryna Lazer musician and singer of the group Mavka

Katharina Göbel: singer and actress, ensemble of the dokumentartheater berlin

Idea and director: Marina Schubarth


Please send an informal registration by e-mail to: p5@eab-berlin.eu


The donations from the benefit event will be passed on to those affected via the non-profit association dokumentartheater berlin.

Donation account: European Academy Berlin

Berliner Volksbank eG

IBAN: DE90 1009 0000 2112 1610 00


Password: Ukrainian artists


Diana and Oleg Yanushkevych came to Berlin from Kherson to discuss a new German-Ukrainian project "Resistance in the Nazi Era". Two days later, war broke out. One of the first cities to be affected was their hometown of Kherson.

Sasha Dialtchenko has just started singing in the Kiev National Opera. In May, she was to have performed in the opera Carmen.

Iryna Lazer lived north of Kiev, not far from Chernobyl. When Russian helicopters flew over her house, the young mother fled to western Ukraine.



Day 1: "I am standing in the garden now. Black helicopters are flying above me. Somewhere I hear gunshots. Bombs. I'm going to hide in the bathroom with my little daughter. We don't have a cellar or bunker here."

Day 2: "Air raid warning. They are bombing near Kiev. They are bombing the airport. I can't get into the bunker. My grandma can't make it to the bunker."

Day 3: "Our theatre has now become a collection point for medicine, clothes and for the military. The costume designers sew for the military. We actors inside take care of the logistics and pack everything. I have spoken to my family. We are staying in our city of Rivne. It's either death or freedom."

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