Ukrainian Riwaq Artistic Space

Updated: May 26

be brave today, and rebuild together for the future


Location: Hove seafront, https://brightonfestival.org/explore-the-venues/the-riwaq-5352/

The Ukrainian community in Brighton and Hove and neighbouring cities will engage with Brighton Festival visitors in creative activities about Ukraine and Ukrainians in all their courage, diversity, and beauty. It is a welcoming, artistic and relaxed space to spend time with Ukrainians and those interested in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Living Library at Brighton Festival Riwaq

Saturday 7th May

1 pm to 3 pm

Living Library is like an ordinary library, except books are people. Come to meet several Ukraine-themed Living Books and be brave to talk about: history, culture, and language in Ukraine; the ongoing war; hosting Ukrainian refugees; journeys of the refugees and how they are settling in and other themes.


Ukrainian Living Library at Brighton Festival Riwaq

Friday 13th May

2 pm to 5 pm

Living Library is like an ordinary library, except books are people. Come to meet Ukraine-themed Living Books and be brave to talk about: history, culture and language in Ukraine; ongoing war; hosting Ukrainian refugees; journeys of the refugees and how they are settling in and other themes.

Disclaimer: Ukrainian Living Library builds on the tools developed by Alliance for Public Health in Ukraine, a partner of Frontline AIDS based in Brighton.



Ukrainian sunflowers: air dry polymer clay workshops

Friday 13th May

11am to 1pm; and 2pm to 4pm

The workshops are run by Irma Latsanych, the Worthing-based Ukrainian artist. She is a Certified Instructor at the DECO Clay Craft Academy and runs Irma’s craft studio in Worthing. Since the start of the war, she has been working with elderly Ukrainian refugees helping them to do arts and settle in Worthing.

The workshop includes an informal conversation about the meanings of different flowers and flower crowns (known as a ‘vynok’) in Ukrainian culture. The sunflowers created during the workshop will complete the creation of the Ukrainian Riwaq artwork ‘Remembering the past – walking towards the future’. Irma is creating this artwork for the Ukrainian Riwaq Artistic Space. The Ukrainian community in Brighton and Hove will present the Mayor of Brighton & Hove with this artwork to thank the people of Brighton and Hove for hosting Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

You will learn how to work with air-dry polymer clay, mix colours, and, most importantly, create a sunflower by yourself. ClayCraft used during the workshop is a magical material that can make you feel like a real artist creating magnificent life-like flowers. Invented in Japan over 35 years ago, it became the first air dry clay that allows anyone to make flowers and figures. All materials and tools are included in the workshop.

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