Friday, May 06, 2022

May 5 freedom concert @ Amstel Amsterdam

Anita Meijer, Why Tell Me Why






The May 5 concert is traditionally the closing event of the national liberation celebration. Opera singer Tania Kross, rapper Fresku and rock band Navarone performed, among others. And the mentioned Anita Meyer of course. She sang her 1981 mega hit Why Tell Me Why. Freedom is something that cannot be taken for granted. I hope freedom remains especially now in Ukraine.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Lyubov Panchenko (Любов Панченко)

Was a Ukrainian artist and designer known for her influence on Ukrainian culture.




Panchenko came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the Ukrainian Sixtiers, a group of artists and thinkers who advocated for freedom of expression during the repressive Soviet regime. She became known for her fashion design, blending the modern with traditional Ukrainian embroidery and other elements. Her fashion was featured in Soviet Woman, a prominent women’s magazine in Ukraine. Yet her work was also censored by the Soviet Union as it preserved and promoted Ukrainian culture. Panchenko was also a painter who incorporated folk art and traditional symbols if Ukraine into her work, including creating painted pysanky, or Easter eggs. She worked in many other media, including stained glass and sketches. Read more…