In Cyprus, an amateur theater group staged a Ukrainian play for the first time
The Ukrainian social school "Kryla," which is supported by the NGO "Techiia Foundation," performed the children's play "Awakening of Spring" in March. This was the first opportunity to see Ukrainian theater on the island
The play was directed by actress Zhanna Kashchuk from the Kyiv theater "Black Square." She joined the "Kryla" team at the invitation of the school principal. The children's play "Awakening of Spring" tells the story of flowers in a meadow that reconciled two friends — a boy and a girl who had quarreled over a trifle. The school's students played the roles of the flowers and invited artists from the choir "Ukrainski Spivanky" also participated in the play.
The play was attended by numerous guests, including the Ambassador of Ukraine to Cyprus, Ruslan Nimchynskyi. He thanked the school administration, partners, and parents for their work.
"We are looking for and creating various activities to form a center of gravity for Ukrainians in Cyprus. Parents support such events because they want their children to have a place that is familiar and homely, far from their native land," says Lilia Lapeieva, founder and director of the Ukrainian educational space "Kryla."
In "Kryla," they also plan to create a play for adults: stories about four Ukrainian displaced women who talk about their journey. In addition, the administration plans to conduct acting workshops for Ukrainian children from other schools on the island and organize Ukrainian language courses.
"The Ukrainian educational space "Kryla" is not just a school. The team creates a support platform for Ukrainians who find themselves far from home. The Techiia Foundation supports this initiative because it values the efforts made by the founders to help children and adults adjust to new conditions," comments Oleg Krot, the director of the NGO "Techiia Foundation."
The social school "Kryla" began operating in 2022 in the city of Limassol in Cyprus. Created by Ukrainians, it teaches primary school children according to the "New Ukrainian School" program in partnership with a school in Ukraine. This means that students can continue their studies at home or in Cyprus. The fees are several times lower than the average on the island because the Techiia Foundation has taken on some of the school's expenses.