The video made by a young Ukrainian photographer Zoya Shu during the beginning of the Euromaidan protests in Kiev in 2013 became a part of the exhibition dedicated to Beethoven in the Museum of Music in Paris.
People with peaceful shiny faces sing “millions, embrace each other, Ukraine is love”, to the tune of Beethoven. It was the day before the violent part of the protests started.
The video is placed in the “political destinies” section as an example of the remarkable political permeability of Beethoven’s work. The exhibition is open until 29 January 2017.
Yesterday, November 21, Ukrainians all across the country mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom; the new public holiday was established in 2014 under the decree of President Poroshenko.
November 21 became a truly historical day for the Ukrainian state and its nation. The Euromaidan movement, which supported Ukraine’s EU integration, grew into the series of protests against the-then pro-Russian president Yanukovych and the government, which blocked the signature of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The protests turned violent on November 30 and then in early 2014, when the riot police tried to disperse the crowd several times – up to the use of lethal weapons. In February 2014, the conflict reached its hottest point; about a hundred of people, most of them unarmed peaceful protesters, were gunned down by snipers – by the light of day, in the downtown Ukrainian capital.