One of the largest cultural events in Ukraine was postponed to May 26-30, 2021. Due to the emergency situation in Europe and the world due to the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier, the Mystetskyi Arsenal announced the transfer of the X International Book Arsenal Festival to later dates this year – in August.
“We are responsible for all our obligations to partners, participants, guests, and visitors of the Book Arsenal. Our team has invested a lot of time and effort in analyzing all the risks of the coming months, and it is now clear that in the uncertainty of the world due to the pandemic, holding a large-scale international event this year is too risky. Moreover, the event, which attracts tens of thousands of guests, visitors and involves active communication. So we made a very difficult, but, in our opinion, the most appropriate decision – to postpone the X Book Arsenal to next year, “- says the director of the Mystetskyi Arsenal Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta.
“The Book Arsenal has always been special because of the atmosphere that you, our participants and visitors, our volunteers and partners, always create with us, the team. And we are devastated that we will not be able to see you in the walls of the Arsenal this year. But we are already waiting for the year 2021. And we will make every effort to preserve the best achievements of the curatorial team, and we also hope to preserve its composition for next year, “said the coordinator of the Book Arsenal Yulia Kozlovets.
Previously, the X International Book Arsenal Festival was scheduled for May 20-24, 2020. The theme of this year’s festival is “optimistic skeptics”, its curator was a literary critic Rostislav Semkiv. In addition to him, the curatorial team included writer Serhiy Zhadan, literary managers Oksana Khmelyovska, Tanya Rodionova, Yulia Kozlovets, and Oksana Shchur, musicologist Lyubov Morozova, art manager Olga Zhuk, writer and radio producer Iryna Slavinska, and modern art curator Solomiya Savchuk.
The Book Arsenal is an international event that annually gathers more than 100 foreign guests, more than 200 publishers and cultural institutions, more than 55,000 visitors.