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DTF Magazine started a podcast project about Ukrainian cultural phenomena

We continue to develop the podcasts direction and have recorded a special series of podcasts especially for the project Module of Temporality (MOT). We will present some phenomena of Ukrainian culture: from traditional clothes and poetic cinema to modern club culture and game industry.

The first part of the podcast features 20 episodes that are already available to listen to on our platforms on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify (and soon on Google Podcasts).

«This podcast series is a kind of attempt to explain and systematize iconic phenomena for Ukrainian culture, — DTF Magazine editor-in-chief Volodymyr Voloshchuk says. — Some of them are well-known, but they have become overgrown with myths and legends, and some remain unnoticed, although they have had or still have an impact on Ukrainian culture. Our goal is to give context and understanding of the causes and effects, not just to tell about something to be blindly proud of».

We traditionally record episodes in our mobile podcast studio, which has changed its location and until May 14 will be located near the temporary art space MOT, a new project by the don’t Take Fake team, on Kontraktova Square.

«Ukrainian Culture Phenomena» has three hosts: journalists and editors of DTF Magazine Anna Tsupko and Yurii Samusenko, as well as the host of our expedition podcast «Cities and People», Anya Bilous. Among the guests are experts, journalists, researchers, filmmakers, musicians and writers.

We created the first 20 episodes with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

What were we discussing?


  • What was the Ukrainian literary and musical scene like in the 1990s, and who, besides Taras Shevchenko, created the classic canon of Ukrainian literature?
  • How documentary films became the voice of the country in the world, and how did Ukrainian poetic cinema resist the Moscow one?
  • What do you need to know about Ukrainian academic music, dance, television, and animation?
  • Why is there still no museum of contemporary art in Ukraine?
  • How to work properly with traditional ethnic garment?
  • What is a phenomenon of Ukrainian translation, stand-up and comedy films?
  • Who contributed to the fact that the key world museums finally started calling Ukrainian artists Ukrainian, not russian, and what is the peculiarity of this process?
  • What is happening to the Ukrainian club scene, which before the war had established itself as one of the most powerful and distinctive centers on the world map of electronic music?
  • And how were Ukrainian glossy magazines liberated from the russian protectorate?

What’s next?


Now we are working on a continuation of the show. The next episodes will be about Ukrainian classical theater, Ukrainian fantasy, the influence of Kharkiv on the Ukrainian cultural landscape, and the 1920s as one of the most iconic and influential periods in Ukrainian cultural history.

If you want to suggest a topic or characters that you think are undeservedly overlooked, or you just want to know more, email us at media@donttakefake with the subject line «Suggestion for a podcast».

We would also appreciate it if you subscribe to our podcast show on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify, rate and recommend us to your friends or tell about «Ukrainian Cultural Phenomena» in your social networks.


What is MOT?

Module of Temporality is a new temporary cultural space in Kyiv by the don’t Take Fake team. The two-storey structure, built from 27 modular containers, will host an exhibition with the participation of 28 artists from 10 countries and a series of special events over the course of three months. In this way the team wants to demonstrate that large-scale cultural projects are possible in Ukraine even during the war and to raise funds for the reconstruction of cultural institutions affected by russian aggression. DTF Magazine is pleased to present a series of publications telling about the history of the project and introducing its participants.учасниками.
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