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Overcoming Antisemitism and Racial Inequality in …


Who is behind this?

Yuliia Pelepchuk

NGO "Kulturnyi Kapital" (known as MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ International Literary Corporation))


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The problem of antisemitism and racial inequality is the problem of culture, not biology. We no longer have a superior race; we have a superior culture - "European culture". This problem may undermine European reconciliation. Discussions, common cultural performances and literary events stimulate public interest, develop national unity, consciousness and provides information, which will certainly lead to success in terms of deciding the matter of antisemitism and racial inequality.

Where will your idea take place?

Ukraine (Kyiv, Chernivtsi), Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt am Main)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Domestic antisemitism did not disappear.Instead, we see it intensifying in Europe more and more.With the flow of refugees from the Middle East, the problem of racial discrimination is the question of the hour again. By means of discussions, we want to capture social attention to the problem of antisemitism and racial discrimination at both household level and at the State level, moreover the main challenge we are addressing is to prevent the recurrence of the 20th century tragic scenario.

What is your impact?

Frank discussions about Anti-Jewish pogroms, Holocaust, state and domestic antisemitism, remorse and hope in such places of memory, as the Babi Yar (Kyiv), Synagogues and Jewish Cemetery (Chernivtsi), the Holocaust Memorial (Berlin), the Frankfurt Book Fair, Literaturhaus Berlin, Meridian Czernowitz Poetry Festival, Kyiv Mohyla Academy will draw attention of the society and media (national and European) to the question of antisemitism and racial discrimination in general.

How do you get there?

The project presupposes events with the participation of authors from Ukraine (S.Zhadan, Y.Andrukhovych, I.Pomerantsev, I.Tsilyk), Germany (M.Czollek, J.Wagner, N.Hünger) & Israel (M.Kupermann, A.Keissar, A.Appelfeld), in:
- Kyiv (Sep 7, 2016): literary reading in Babi Yar, discussion & reading in Kyiv Mohyla Academy;
- Chernivtsi (Sep 9-11, 2016): literary events and discussions in former Jewish National House and Jewish cemetery and synagogues (9 events: 3 discussions & 6 thematic literary evenings within the framework of the International MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ Poetry Festival);
- Berlin (Oct 17-18, 2016): reading & discussion at Literaturhaus Berlin, reading at the Holocaust Mahnmal;
- Frankfurt am Main (Oct 20-21, 2016): 2 literary discussions (within the framework of Frankfurt Book Fair

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our target group is European community in general, since the problem of antisemitism and racial inequality concerns literally everyone today. It is a problem one cannot abstract away from.
The visitors of our events will predominantly be: the youth, students, teachers, professors, intellectuals, mass media representatives, artists, activists, authority representatives.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The unconvential aspect is that the participants from the 3 countries will first time get together to discuss the “hot issues” in such places as Babi Yar in Kyiv (honouring the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar tragedy), Paul Celan Literary Center, Jewish National House, former synagogues, Jewish Cemetery in Chernivtsi. As well as no one has ever initiated literary reading at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe with the assistance of German-Ukrainian-Israeli writers.

€ 48900,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 56650,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Flights: 12500 EUR Honorariums: 14400 EUR Audio equipment renting: 1100 EUR Accommodation: 16 750 EUR Inland travel expenses: 2100 EUR Translation of poetry: 2850 EUR Administrative costs: 5 150 EUR Slot renting at Frankfurt am Main: 1800 EUR



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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