Wearing black has long been a symbol of authority, rebellion, death, sex, and other things – It’s “the most slimming of colours”, said Christian Dior. “It affirms, designs and styles,” said Yves Saint-Laurent.
The Queen has experienced significant societal change over her 70 years in power, as well as previously unimaginable scientific and technological advances and – unavoidably – the development, decline, and reemergence of innumerable fashion fads.
Nina Murray talked about the country’s literature. “There’s a long-standing humorous tradition [in Lviv], because it’s always been a mixed city where different classes of people made fun of each other. But also the Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem is from Lviv and he was a great humorist. I’m biased because I’m from there [too]!”
Writing from Ukraine that focuses on the current wars According to Dralyuk, Lyuba Yakimchuk is one of the country’s most important modern poets – “was a refugee from Donbas, from the war zone, and she has written very movingly about that experience”. Her 2016 poem Crow, Wheels highlights the apparent never-ending escalation of conflict: “When the city was destroyed, / they started fighting over the cemetery.”
“Kalev,” directed by Ove Musting, has been chosen by a jury assembled by the Estonian Film Institute (EFI) for the Academy Award for Best International Feature. Additionally, Sander Joone’s “Sierra,” which he both wrote and directed, is a competitor in the short animation division.
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