“Very often poetry can help us find the vocabulary for something that otherwise would have turned into muteness, which would torment us being left unsaid, unspoken, and turn against ourselves without seeing any expression. This project is a collaboration between The Voice of Russian and ROAR // Russian Oppositional Arts Review. By creating it we hope to help people to find this kind of language to speak of the war that Russia has started against Ukraine – through reading and listening to poetry, through the vocabulary of the verses.
We are very grateful to everyone who finds it possible to take part in. Thank you!”
Linor Goralik, ROAR creator & editor
You have a chance to use poetry to speak up against the war. Please, read any of the poems published on ROAR The Russian Oppositional Arts Review website (in English), record it on video and upload to the form below. We will publish these poems on The Voice of Russia website and YouTube channel. You can record your video anonymously.
- You can choose any poem on ROAR The Russian Oppositional Arts Review website
- You can record your video anonymously. If you don’t want to show your face on the video, you are welcome to use a slideshow or any other video footage. Please ensure that the materials are free of copyright or that the copyright holder is in agreement.
- You are welcome to use music, but please ensure that the materials are free of copyright or that the copyright holder is in agreement.
- You can record an amateur or a professional video. Please only use one poem per clip, the length of the clip should not exceed 5 minutes.
- If you are recording your video on your phone, please hold it horizontally and ensure good lighting and sound quality. Also, take into account the environment where you are making your recording.
- Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every single video will be published but we will endeavour to publish all of the videos that meet the standards above.
Best of luck!
#Verses at Pushkin House, London
On the 27th of June 2022, #Verses presented an evening of anti-war poetry at Pushkin House in London. Through this event of poetry and music, created in partnership between The Voice of Russia, Russian Democratic Society and Pushkin House, we offered the stage to actors, musicians and our audience to express through verse what they think and feel about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This was a multilingual event with poetry in English, Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian.
The programme includes the poetry by Tatiana Voltskaya, Andriy Bondarenko, Kateryna Kalytko, Olga Gala, John Farndon, Martin Bell OBE and more. There are also entries from the audience mic.
The ticket proceeds have been donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Appeal.
Photo credit: Alice Sleight, Olga Culliney