About the Idea
The idea of a new vision of culture as a driving force for social change in many ways made the cultural centre DIM Master Klass hold festivals and marathons dedicated to important historical dates and figures. The initiative of a large circle of progressive creative people (artists, musicians, writers, lecturers, and indifferent conscious citizens, many of the best representatives of the public and political community of Ukraine) was taken by us and the Art Forum became a separate interdisciplinary artistic and discussion platform, the new festival form.
About the Objective
Our objective was to unite not-indifferent people around a common vision of Ukraine's future. An important component of the Art Forums was also raising funds for the pressing needs of society.
Each time the Art Forum focused on specific issues that became the basis for artistic embodiments of Ukrainian cultural figures.
2014: the first Art Forum of the Kyiv Community had to respond to the challenges voiced by the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. The main project purpose was the consolidation of society, discussion of the not-indifferent people of Kyiv about the common vision of the native city's future, and formation of the communities that are able to self-organize, influence the situation and dramatically change it.
2015: "I Remember. The Winter that Lasts" as a reminder of the anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity was dedicated to the commemoration of the tragic Maidan events.
2016: "The House We Live in" was a kind of actualization of the issue of Home, personal space, and state border, as well as the concept of Home for each individual and the common home as a city, country, planet, and the Universe.
The Art Forum envisaged combining exhibition, concert, theatre, literature, and cinema programmes with educational events and a broad discussion of cultural and public issues.
Charity was an important component of the Art Forums. The money raised during the Art Forums made it possible to:
• Purchase surgical equipment for Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 18;
• Evacuate 115 people from the ATO area with the help of volunteers;
• Assist the needs of war victims in Eastern Ukraine.
About the Programme and Personalia
During the existence of the Art Forum, more than 200 Ukrainian and foreign cultural figures, politicians, businessmen, and public figures have presented their projects.