Неймовірна кількість сьогоднішніх українських проблем, пов'язаних із невизначеністю, ще й дотепер, нашого місця на міжнародній арені спричинена, на моє щонайглибше переконання, одним вельми сумним фактом – тим, що сучасна Україна не є культурною державою.
Wrote Zabushko in her first paragraph of the article. She is absolutely right, contemporary Ukraine is not a cultural state, and it has a long way to go before it becomes one. While some oligarchs are starting to put money into the arts, the government has no clear policy of what it is doing in the area of culture. It has no strategic plan, and any laws that are in place to help contemporary culture, such as content laws, are simply not enforced.
Nevertheless, it seems that I am finding allies in this area. After about two months of a friend of mine saying that I have to meet one of the journalists that works with him at the Kyiv Weekly and who reports on cultural matters it finally happened. He had mentioned that we already knew one another and he was right, its just that so often I am better with faces than names.
Dmytro and I met and spent almost two hours discussing some of the problems in the cultural sphere in Ukraine and decided that we would have to meet again, and if possible find projects to work on that can be mutually beneficial, with or without the help of the Ukrainian government.