Thursday 16 November 2023

The Culture of the Ukraine

By Rosamund Bartlett

Rosamund Bartlett traces Ukraine’s complicated multi-ethnic history through the exploration of art and architecture in Kyiv and its links to Byzantium. She will also examine Odessa and Lviv and their ethnicities. Looking at Ukraine’s history as a whole she focuses on rich folk lore in term of songs and secret codes embedded in embroidery. All of which have impacted on modern painting, contemporary haute couture, Cossack dancing and borsch.


Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, lecturer and translator. Her work as a cultural historian ranges across the arts. After completing her doctorate at Oxford, she has written several books including the biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy. She has written on art, music and literature for The Daily Telegraph and other publications. She has received commissions from such institutions as The Royal Opera House, Tate UK and the Salzburg Festival. She lectures widely in the UK and Australia and has contributed regularly to Proms events and opera broadcasts on the BBC.