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SlovoNovo forum of Free Culture

The organizers of the SlovoNovo forum of Free Culture held at ANU Museum, even in the preparation phase of the project, planned to send part of the proceeds from ticket sales to help Ukraine. At the end of the forum it was decided to send all the funds collected to Ukraine, and thanks to personal contributions of NADAV founder Leonid Nevzlin and Slovo Novo founder Marat Guelman we were able to significantly increase the amount of aid.  

The money was transferred to the American non-profit West Support Foundation, which bought and delivered 10,000 food packages to residents of bombed-out Kharkiv.

We thank the guests who bought tickets to the forum events and the attendees who performed without honoraria.

The SlovoNovo Free Culture Forum was held in Israel on May 16-20. Appearing in Montenegro in 2018, the forum was held for the first time in an itinerant format: the co-organizer and main venue of SlovoNovo was Tel Aviv’s ANU Museum of the Jewish People sponsored by the NADAV Foundation.

The forum was planned before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the original program was completely changed, adding events with Ukrainian artists and writers, and discussions on the possibilities of dialogue between national cultures in the context of today’s events. 

Boris Grebenshchikov, Andrey Makarevich, Andrey Orlov (Orlusha), Dmitry Krymov, Mikhail Shishkin, Leonid Parfenov, Marina Maximilian, Psoy Korolenko, Vitaly Mansky, Mikhail Fishman, Mikhail Schatz, Veniamin Smekhov, Yury Volodarsky, Irina Shikhman, Ilia Akselrod, Semyon Faibisovich and many others took part in round tables, literature & poetry presentations, tours and concerts. The film screening program was presented by the ArtDocFest International Documentary Film Festival.

Photo: Yael Ilyinsky, Alexander Khanin