Boycott Russia: How art reversed the war in Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked global outrage and condemnation, with many world leaders announcing sanctions in response.

While most of the official government sanctions in the UK, US and elsewhere are economic, the war has also sparked a backlash in the art world.

Below is a breakdown of some of the preliminary cultural sanctions that have been announced in response to violence in Ukraine…

In the theatrical world, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera said it would stop collaborating with performers and companies that support or are supported by Vladimir Putin.

In a statement released on Sunday (February 27), the Met Opera’s general manager Peter Gelb said the new policy would be in place “until the invasion and killing cease, order restored and alternative measures taken”.

According to New York TimesThe new policy will likely mean the Met’s partnership with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow is coming to an end. The two companies have a five-year agreement regarding a co-production, with some joint shows for next season already scheduled.

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, 68, was fired by his management company on the same day due to his relationship with Putin.

Munich-based Marcus Felsner has represented the famous conductor since 2020. In a statement, he said: “Amid the criminal war waged by the Russian regime against the democratic nation and Ukraine’s independence, as well as against the entire European open society, we were unable, and clearly unwelcome, to defend the interests of Maestro Gergiev. “

Last week, London’s Royal Opera House also announced that it would abandon plans for a Bolshoi residence this summer.

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Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra 2016

(Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images for BMW & London Symphony Orchestra)

The Russian state of Siberian Ballet has also canceled some of its scheduled UK tour dates, because of the Ukraine crisis.

Promotion agency Raymond Gubbay Limited has announced that the tour has been canceled “due to the shocking circumstances currently unfolding in Ukraine”.

The Ukrainian Film Academy has called for an international boycott of Russian cinema. In an appeal to global film organizations and professionals, the organization has called on international film festivals to ban Russian films from their lists and ask producers to end all dealings with businesses. industry related to the Russian Federation.

Eurovision Song Contest has announced that Russia will be banned from performing at the 2022 competition.

“The decision reflects the concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s competition would cause confusion,” the European Broadcasting Union said. said in a statement.

This decision has created something of a contrast, with the organizers of the previous ceremony having been met with a series of criticisms for claiming that they had no plans to prevent Russia from participating, despite being televised. Ukraine’s public image urged.

Individual music artists have also boycotted shows in Russia, including Green Day, who announced on Instagram on Sunday that they would be canceling a concert that had been scheduled in Moscow.

It is with heavy hearts that, in light of current events, we feel the need to cancel our upcoming concert in Moscow at Spartak Stadium, they wrote.

“We are aware that this moment is not about rock concerts in the stadium, it is so much more than that. But we also know that rock and roll is forever, and we feel confident that there will be a time and place for us to return in the future. Refunds are available at time of purchase. Keep safe.”

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

(Beautiful pictures)

Other musical acts including AJR and Oxxxymiron have also canceled their shows in Russia.

“We are sad to announce that we will be canceling our upcoming concert in Russia,” AJR wrote in a tweet on Friday (February 25). “Thank you to our Russian fans who protest against their country’s gratuitous and criminal behavior. Our hearts are with the Ukrainian people. At this point, the best you can do is share the CORRECT information. ”

Russian rapper Oxxxymiron added that he couldn’t “perform while Russian rockets fell on Ukraine”.

“[I am] postponed my 6 big gigs in Moscow and St Petersburg indefinitely,” he said in a video.

Follow the latest updates on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/russia-ukraine-sanctions-arts-theatre-b2024886.html Boycott Russia: How art reversed the war in Ukraine

Tom Vazquez

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