From Soviet enculturation to recent night economies: Kyiv club cultures in the late 1980s-2010s

Speaker: Dr Kateryna Dysa (All Souls, Oxford)

Convenor: Dr Darya Tsymbalyuk (St Antony's)

The first music clubs in Kyiv appeared in the 1960s; however, the Soviet authorities quickly stepped back and ordered them to be closed. A new wave of music clubs connected to youth counter-culture and at the same time controlled by the Komsomol organization popped up in Kyiv in the late 1980s. I will talk about evolution of Kyiv club cultures in 1980s-1990s, its decline in the 2000s and revival in the 2010s in terms of music styles, counter-culture, public spaces etc.

Ukraine: Resisting Cultural Erasure - This short seminar series celebrates Ukrainian culture and reflects on resistance to cultural erasure by artists, filmmakers, musicians, and others. It has been put together to mark the month of February, when on the 24.02.2022 Russia escalated its war on Ukraine to a full-scale invasion.