HomepageSpreading culture through comics

We usually look at institutional support for cultural heritage in Ukraine in this podcast, but for this special edition of Ukraine Heritage Spotlight we take a look at one grassroots initiative which is not only increasing awareness of Ukrainian culture but also providing physical assistance to Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line.

We’re in the centre of Lviv to visit UA Comix – a comic book store, as you might have guessed from the name. But it’s so much more than that. In fact, you could say that comics are now helping the Ukranian war effort against Russia.

Bohdan Kordoba is the founder and CEO of UA Comix. Even though it has always published comics and graphic novels, the full-scale invasion by Russia has meant that more and more publications are geared towards Ukrainian language and culture. We also hear from Ruslana Koropatka, Editor-in-Chief of UA Comix, as well as artists Lyudmila Samus and Khrystyna Koropetska.

Presented by John Beauchamp, radio producer and audio artist and Katarzyna Jagodzińska PhD, head of the Europa Nostra Heritage Hub in Kraków.

Produced by John Beauchamp (Free Range Productions).

Unię Europejską i Miasto Kraków.