The Ukrainian Cultural Festival is organized by Razom, Yara Arts, Ukrainian Institute of America, Shevchenko Scientific Society and Bowery Poetry Club and will take place November 7th through November 15th in New York.

Over ten days in November, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Ukrainian poetry and prose and check out the best in contemporary Ukrainian cinema. 

Meet writers Andriy Kurkov, Oksana Lutsyshyna, Olena Stiazhkina and poets Iya Kiva, Alex Averbuch and Lyudmyla and Boris Khersonskys. Watch “Pamfir” and other contemporary films.

Below is the schedule of events. Please check in often for changes and ticket information.



Presented by Razom

The most ambitious Ukrainian action movie to date, the drama, directed by Oles Sanin, tells the story of Oleksa Dovbush, one of the leaders of Ukrainian resistance known as ‘Opryshky’ which opposed Polish and Austrian administrations. The resistance movement had been active from 16th to 19th centuries. Released in Ukraine in August 2023 the movie became a box office sensation even when the movie showings are interrupted by air raids.


Presented by Razom

ANGELIKA FILM CENTER, 18 W. Houston St. New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Tickets: HERE


BOWERY POETRY CLUB, 308 Bowery, NYC, 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 cash at the door

How Fire Descends: NY Poets & Artists Respond to Ukrainian Poetry

Presented by Bowery Poetry Club & Yara Arts Group

Presented by Bowery Poetry Club & Yara Arts Group

NY Poets & Artists Respond to Ukrainian Poetry featuring Ukrainian poet Iya Kiva. 

Translators Amelia Glazer, Olena Jennings, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps; and poets: Pichchenda Bao, Bob Holman; Yara Arts Group and Bushwick Book Club react to Serhiy Zhadan’s new book “How Fire Descends”


Shevchenko Scientific Society, 63 4th Ave, 7:00 pm

Registration: HERE

Of Rage and Longing: poetry by Alex Averbuch

Presented by Shevchenko Scientific Society

Poetry in Ukrainian with English translation. Moderation by Oleh Kotsyuba

Translations read by Sashko Krapivkin.

Alex Averbuch will read from his latest book Zhydivsky korol (The Jewish King, a 2023 finalist for the Shevchenko National Prize), as well as from his upcoming collection, Of Rage and Longing, and answer questions from the audience. Averbuch’s poetry deals with interwoven Jewish-Ukrainian relations through the prism of his family history and Ukraine’s multiethnic past and present. The book features poeticized documentary materials related to the Second World War: letters by Ukrainian Ostarbeiters sent to their relatives in Ukraine, interwoven with letters by Jewish Holocaust survivors who returned to devastated villages in Ukraine in search of their murdered relatives, as well as poems about the Russo-Ukrainian war currently taking place in his home region of Luhans’k. Unsettling but ultimately liberatory de-specifications of ethnos, language, and sexuality relieve trigger-points in Ukraine’s history through the confessional intimacy of family, shame, pleasure, and the reconciliation of self and other.


6:30PM in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union

Tickets: HERE

A BIT OF BRAVERY: shorts program

Presented by Cooper Union and Razom

The screening, which is 82 minutes long, will present the following movies: 


Call me anytime, I’m not leaving home (documentary), Liturgy of Antitank Obstacles (documentary),  Sunflower Field (animation), Golden Leggings / ГКЧП (narrative),  I Didn’t Want to Make a War Film (documentary), – Diaper Cake (narrative)


Event will be introduced with a performance of Lesya Verba (bandura musician)

Screening is followed by Q&A with creators. 




Tickets: HERE


In English

Presented by Ukrainian Institute of America, Razom & Yara Arts Group

Memorial reading of poetry by Victoria Amelina and other destroyed poets 1923-2023

Yara Arts Group performs the third act of “Radio 477”! by Serhiy Zhadan, accompanied by composer Anthony Coleman


THE QUAD CINEMA, 34 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Time: 6:30 pm

Tickets: HERE


Presented by Razom

Pamfir is a 2022 Ukrainian fictional feature film directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, which premiered on May 22, 2022, at the 75th Festival de Cannes.

“Savagely cinematic, charged with feral energy and exploring a story that dances between muddy realism and a mythic, quasi-magical abandon, Pamfir would be impressive even if it hadn’t been made in Ukraine on the cusp of conflict.” Guardian


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 455 Fifth Avenue, NY 6:30 PM

Registration: HERE

The New Ukrainian Novel: Kurkov, Lutsyshyna, Stiazkina 

Presented by New York Public Library and Razom

Join some of Ukraine’s most prolific and distinguished writers – Olena Stiazhkina, Oksana Lutsyshyna and Andrey Kurkov – for this evening celebrating the riJch literary culture of Ukraine. The authors will discuss their latest works, which illuminate Ukraine’s diverse society and deal with the legacy of Soviet and Post-Soviet rule, as well as the present situation in the country.


Shevchenko Scientific Society,  63 4th Ave, 7:00 pm

Tickets: HERE

Today is a Different War: Poetry of Boris and Lyudmyla Khersonsky

Presented by Shevchenko Scientific Society and Razom

Poetry in Russian and in Ukrainian with English translation. Conversation is in English. Moderated by Marie Howe, the State Poet for f NY.

Boris Khersonsky and Lyudmyla Khersonsky write poetry that speaks to the crisis of our times. Widely regarded as one of Ukraine’s most prominent rusophone poets, Boris Khersonsky was born in Chernivtsi and spent most of his time in Odesa, where he practices psychiatry. Born in Tiraspol, Moldova, Lyudmyla Khersonska is an award winning poet. Her first collection in English came out recently in Arrowsmith. Boris and Lyudmila’s joint collection “The Country Where Everyone’s Name is Fear” came out in Lost Horse Press in 2022.


Bortkiewicz piano works

presented by #PlayUkrainianMusic

Faust Harrison Pianos, 207 W 58th st, 7:00 pm


Tickets: HERE

Please join us for an evening celebrating Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952), a brilliant Ukrainian composer and pianist, whose deeply lyrical and expressive piano music will take center stage.



Crimean Sketches op. 8

Three Pieces op. 24.

1001 Nights op. 37.

Performers: Alexander Chaplinskiy, Pavlo Gintov and Anna Shelest


Sergei Bortkiewicz was born and grew up in Kharkiv, a birthplace of Ukrainian Romanticism and one of the country’s most significant cultural centers. A true romantic, he often drew inspiration from literature and nature, and in spite of him facing incredible hardships, his music never wavered in its pursuit of beauty.

We are dedicating this program to the people of Kharkiv and their courageous stand in the face of the blatant russian aggression. All funds raised from this concert will go to Razom for Ukraine toward their relief work in the Kharkiv region.



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