Connect with us
Finance Digest is a leading online platform for finance and business news, providing insights on banking, finance, technology, investing,trading, insurance, fintech, and more. The platform covers a diverse range of topics, including banking, insurance, investment, wealth management, fintech, and regulatory issues. The website publishes news, press releases, opinion and advertorials on various financial organizations, products and services which are commissioned from various Companies, Organizations, PR agencies, Bloggers etc. These commissioned articles are commercial in nature. This is not to be considered as financial advice and should be considered only for information purposes. It does not reflect the views or opinion of our website and is not to be considered an endorsement or a recommendation. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any information provided with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek Professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. We link to various third-party websites, affiliate sales networks, and to our advertising partners websites. When you view or click on certain links available on our articles, our partners may compensate us for displaying the content to you or make a purchase or fill a form. This will not incur any additional charges to you. To make things simpler for you to identity or distinguish advertised or sponsored articles or links, you may consider all articles or links hosted on our site as a commercial article placement. We will not be responsible for any loss you may suffer as a result of any omission or inaccuracy on the website.


Kyiv Symphony’s European tour marks ‘cultural front’ in Ukraine crisis

By Joanna Plucinska and Kuba Stezycki

WARSAW (Reuters) – For Eleanora Tymoshenko, a music teacher from Balakliia, near Kharkhiv in Eastern Ukraine, and now a refugee in Warsaw, a night of Ukrainian music is food for her soul as she reflects on the conflict ravaging her home.

“Music supports a person morally, supports their spirit, the Ukrainian spirit, and gives the right to live and gives the right to … win the war …, defeat the enemy,” Tymoshenko, 50, said as she entered the Warsaw Philharmonic concert hall.

Tymoshenko was one of hundreds of spectators, including diplomats and dignitaries, at the concert on Thursday to watch the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra kick off its tour around Europe.

For the last two weeks, the musicians and their families have been staying in Warsaw. They have been rehearsing and preparing for their tour, while taking refuge from the ongoing conflict in their country.

With a special dispensation from the Ukrainian government to allow its male musicians to leave Ukraine instead of serving in the military, the orchestra will also perform in the Polish city of Lodz, several German cities, and possibly add more stops.

For these musicians, playing Ukrainian pieces by composers like Maksym Berezovsky and Borys Lyatoshynsky to foreign audiences marks a different kind of battle against Russia.

We need to say to the world that we are Ukrainians, we have our own culture and we have our own history,” said violinist Oleksii Pshenychnikov, 22.


On top of rehearsal space, the musicians and their families have received housing, food and psychological support from the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Institute of Music and Dance and the Polish government.

Katarzyna Meissner, head of the National Institute of Music and Dance, said Polish solidarity with Ukraine was fuelled by a mutual understanding of needing to promote one’s culture.

“Ukrainian culture is so very rich and yet so very undiscovered. For Poland it’s sometimes quite similar, looking to the West,” she said.

Polish musicians working with the orchestra added that the concert, Poland’s support for their Ukrainian counterparts and the tour were all part of a larger political message.

I think in the context of what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin says, that Ukrainians don’t deserve to be a nation, I think this is an artistic protest, a manifest that he is gravely mistaken,” Polish solo violinist Janusz Wawrowski said.

The orchestra’s PR director, Liza Sirenko, said she hoped this “cultural front” of the war will also help Ukraine get more weapons from its Western allies as the tour proceeds to Germany.

“Somehow, like a fairy tale, after our concert, (some German politicians) will decide to give us more military help,” Sirenko said.


(Additional reporting by Oleksandr Kozhukhar; Editing by Richard Chang)

Continue Reading

Why pay for news and opinions when you can get them for free?

       Subscribe for free now!

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Recent Posts