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Invitation: Starkes Meer - widerstand auf der Krym. Strong sea - resistance on the Crimea.

Link to the event - here.

The Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe project group of the Federal Agency for Civic Education [Projektgruppe Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung] cordially invites you to the event "Starkes Meer - widerstand auf der Krym". [Strong Sea. Resistance on the Crimea], which will take place on April 20, 2024 from 16:00 - 22:00 at the Berlin State Library.

The conference organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education takes the ten-year occupation of the Crimea by Russia as an opportunity to shed light on the political, cultural and social environments on the peninsula. The focus is on the historical and current situation of its inhabitants, in particular the Crimean Tatars, emancipation and participation efforts as well as resistance to the Russian occupation.

As guests we welcome Tamila Tasheva, the Crimea representative of the Ukrainian President, Rory Finnin, Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge and the legendary Crimean Tatars human rights activist and politician Mustafa Dzhemilev.

The evening will be complemented by cultural interventions. Texts and music illuminate Ukrainian world. With her current novel "Hinter Perekop liegt Land" [Behing Perekop lies land], author Anastasia Levkova takes us on a journey through the Crimea, revealing the peninsula's diverse cultural identities and their mutual influences. Emil Asadov characterizes modern Ukrainian music with his multicultural sounds. Odessa, the music corps of the Ukrainian armed forces and the free theater are just some of the stops on his musical search for a homeland that has disappeared with its voices in occupation and war.

In a nutshell:

„Starkes Meer – Widerstand auf der Krym“ [Strong Sea - Resistance on the Crimea] in German and Ukrainian (with simultaneous translation)

Location: Berlin State Library, Wilhelm von Humboldt Hall, Unter den Linden 8, 10117 Berlin

Time: April 20, 2024, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Free registration:


16:00 - 16:15 Welcome words and music by Emil Asadov

16:15 - 17:45 "Dissidence on the Krym".

Rory Finnin in debate with Mustafa Dzhemilev,

17:45 - 18:00 Musical intervention by Emil Asadov

18:00 - 18:30 Opening

18:30 - 20:00 "Geysers of Light. Forgotten polyphony and political exile"

Disscusion with Tamila Tasheva, Wilfried Jilge

and Anna Andrievska

Moderation: Kateryna Stetsevych

20:00 - 21:00 "Hinter Perekop liegt Land" [Behind Perekop lies land].

Reading and discussion with Anastasia Levkova

Moderation: Claudia Dathe

From 21:00 Music and get together

We look forward to welcoming you to the Berlin State Library!

Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Yours sincerely,

Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe Project Group of the Federal Agency for Civic Education [die Projektgruppe Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa in der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung].

 ©bpb/Uliana Bychenkova

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