Dzestra talks: No 8

FedorTalkThe eighth lecture in the series of ‘Dzestra Talks’ took place on the 25th of October at the Kanapa cafe, which is a friendly place for our presentations. Some side projects of the organisers of ‘Dzestra Talks’ happen in this cafe and also we often take our lecturers to dine out here and meet with their audience in a more informal surrounding.

Oour special guest this time, Mykhailo Fedor, is a radio-journalist from Uzhhorod. He is an author and presenter of a cult radio program “Inshyi zvuk” (Other sound), beloved by melons (music lovers) from all over the Ukraine. One peculiar thing about “Inshyi zvuk” is that it was broadcast through national radio station “Tysa FM” for 5 years, being almost the only programme about alternative music on the national radio.

Mykhailo shared his experience as a radio presenter and a host for some very unique guests, whom he interviewed while working on “Tysa FM”. Apart from his journalistic experience he could also share some insights as a music manager, as he has been organising a lot of music events in Uzhhorod as well. For his radio projects he takes inspiration in diy-movements and punk history of the 70’s. He doesn’t know how the radio will look like in few years, but he really encouraged youngsters to become more active and make their own podcasts, even with diy-methods (which is even more fun).

There were approximately 30 people present at the lecture. Some of them were radio- and TV-journalists, musicians and sound technicians, who came to ‘Dzestra Talks’ for a first time.

You can view his presentation here:

You’ll also find photo-documentation on the ‘Dzestra Talks’ flickr page.

Dzestra talks: No 7

DovzhenkoThe seventh lecture of the series of ‘Dzestra Talks’ took place on the 4th of October at the museum hall of Georg Drozdovskij at the National German house on Kobylianska street. The manager of the hall was very cooperative and eager to help us, so he provided us with the premises without any problems.

The lecturer Otar Dovzhenko was born in Dnipropetrovsk but now lives and works in Lviv. He is a well-known journalist and media expert, who now works at Ukrainian Catholic University, Master’s Program in Journalism.

Otar presented the current situation on the media market in Ukraine. He said that most of the big media projects need regular investitions and don’t bring any profit to their owners. On contrary, they are mostly used as an instrument of ideological wars between mediaowners. This creates a consumer-hungry media environment, which doesn’t consider media standards to be sufficient for a profession. In this oppressive situation young journalists are being forced to lower their ambitions and adapt to the circumstances. At the end of his presentation there was a discussion which questioned whether the free market or a subsidised system would be more healthy for Ukrainian media.

There were approximately 25 people present at the lecture, several of them were local journalists and youth activists.

Here’s a record of the talk – in Ukrainian.