GDIF 2022 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 26 August-11 September 2022

Presented By Tais Poda, Rock 'n' Light Studio, Ptakh Jung & Ukrainian Institute | London Premiere

Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed

26 - 29 August | 8.30pm, 9.00pm, 9.30pm & 10.00pm | Lower Grand Square

Duration: 15mins

What to Expect: Sensory spectacle


Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage is under devastating attack: in response, Kyiv-based photographer Yevgen Nikiforov and the Ukrainian creative team of ROCK ‘N’ LIGHT STUDIO and PTAKH JUNG have designed this dazzling digital artwork.

Originally created as a celebration of the deeply rooted Ukrainian tradition of publicly sited mosaics, artists have now reimagined the earlier work to create a spectacular audio-visual event for GDIF, with support from the Ukrainian Institute.

Many mosaics in Ukraine have been destroyed since the Russian invasion and so this poignant event is an important way of ensuring that Ukraine’s cultural legacy is remembered, supported and celebrated.  

We’re encouraging audiences to show their support for artists in Ukraine by donating here 


UK/Ukraine season of culture 

The British Council and the Ukrainian Institute have been planning a season of culture in 2022 for some time – originally to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations. The invasion of Ukraine in February strengthened our resolve to deliver it, with a revival of interest in Ukraine’s culture and heritage. Through a year-long programme of activity the season aims to strengthen and deepen cultural relations between our two countries. The programme will focus on the changed needs and priorities of the Ukrainian cultural sector and give a voice to Ukrainian creatives, both in the UK and online. 


Talk: Between two fires: monumental Art in Ukraine

Learn more about the status of Ukraine’s rich artistic history at the National Maritime Museum.

On Monday 29 August Photographer Yevgen Nikiforov together with curator and art historian Lizaveta German will talk about the monumental art legacy of Ukraine of 1960–80s: it’s history, disputable status in contemporary culture, challenges of research and protection, and threads of disappearance under Russian shelling.

Book your free ticket 

More information on Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed

How to attend

Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed is free to attend.

Site access information will be published 18 August.

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Presented by the Ukrainian Institute   

Art Director: Tais Poda and Rock ‘n’ Light (Theta Arts & Tech)

Music: Ptakh Jung 

Supported by

Ukraine: Bits Destroyed is supported by the Ukrainian Institute, Arts Council England, The British Council, High Streets for All, Old Royal Naval College and Royal Museums Greenwich.

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