Ukraine: A War Diary of Lives

Thursday 8 June UNTIL Sunday 2 July 2023,

Estuary Art Center

(214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa 0931)

Mon-Thu: 9AM – 4PM, Fri: 9AM – 3PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM – 3PM

FREE admission

On the trail of Ukrainians under the invasion, Estuary Art Centre in Orewa will open a new exhibition about people of Ukraine under conditions of total war. It is a unique synthesis of a standalone exhibition from the Auckland War Museum and commemoration event in the Sydney Town Hall by respective local Ukrainian Communities, special series of art works by Kiwi sculptor, and series of war victims’ stories by non-government organisation from Ukraine recently displayed on the streets of main cities of New Zealand.

Fundraising Ukrainian Lunch and Art Auction

Saturday 1 July at Estuary Art Center, 13:00pm

214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa 0931

Come and join us for a beautiful day of Ukrainian art and cuisine. Lunch will be prepared by Ukrainian volunteer group "Chevron Kalyna" and will include Borsch (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ukraine), Varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings with potato and onions),  Uzvar (a compote made from dried fruits and berries), and Cherry Pies. The event will involve a movie show about Borsch, music performance by Dasha Volga, and bidding for some unique artworks from various professional and amateur artists. Also, we prepare small gifts for each participant.

Please support us by bidding on Auction. We have established an online auction on the RallyUp platform, where, except paintings by talented Ukrainian Kiwi artists, we sell traditional Textiles, Jewelry and Ukrainian symbolic items. Bidding starts 13th of May. All paintings from Ukrainian artists are drawn on their Ukrainian heritage as an inspiration. Our special artwork is a limited-edition print from an internationally renowned Ukrainian photographer from Australia - Olena Levkivska.

More details on Auction Page

"Vinok" workshop. Traditional flower wreath making.

Saturday 17 June at Estuary Art Center, 10:00 AM

214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa 0931

Come and join us to make a traditional Ukrainian wreath - Vinok. The workshop is curated by the Ukrainian community.
The flower wreath remains part of Ukrainian national attire and is worn on festive occasions and on holy days, and increasingly in daily life as a part of a wider cultural revival.
The workshop is approximately 2 hours long and is limited to 25-30 people per session.

Children of all ages are welcome, the supervision of a parent is required for kids under 14.

There is a registration and $20 charge per wreath to cover the materials. Please register here:

"Iron butterflies"

Director: Roman Liubyi

Producer: Andrii Kotliar, Volodymyr Tykhyy, David Armati Lechner, Isabelle Bertolone, Trini Götze

Country: Ukraine, Germany

Language: Dutch, English, Russian, Ukrainian

Year: 2023

Duration: 84 mins

Premiere: Asia PacificGenre: Crime, Politics, War/Conflict/RefugeesCategory: Crime & Conspiracy

25th May, 18:30PM, The Capitol Cinema, Auckland

18 Jun, 3:30 PM, The Roxy Cinema, Wellington

The tragic incident of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board, is the focus of director Liubyi’s film. It not only sheds light on the reality of the attack but also examines the possible consequences of the ongoing war in Ukraine and the West's relationship with Russia. Despite voluminous evidence, including physical artifacts like butterfly-shaped shrapnel found in the bodies of the pilots, the Russian government and media immediately denied the truth.

20 Days in Mariupol

Director: Mstyslav ChernovProducer: Michelle Mizner

Country: Ukraine

Language: English, Ukrainian

Year: 2023

Duration: 95 mins

Premiere: Asia Pacific

Genre: War/Conflict/Refugees

Category: Our World, Our Stories

Wed 31 May 8:30 PM The Capitol Cinema, Auckland

Wed 14 Jun 8 PM The Roxy Cinema, Wellington

Seasoned war journalist and first-time feature director Chernov uses his personal footage and daily dispatches for The Associated Press to offer a vivid and harrowing account of the siege of Mariupol. Through his lens, we see the toll of war on civilians, the horrors of dying children, mass graves, and the bombing of a maternity hospital. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, Chernov and a team of AP journalists capture defining images of the war that made headlines around the world. 


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