Goodbye Manchester Hello Kyiv/ Kiev

I’m starting a secondment with the British Council working as one of 5 “Canny Creatives” across the far flung corners of the Western Balkans and the former Soviet Union – from Kazakhstan to Serbia, Azerbaijan to Ukraine – to develop opportunities for UK artists and companies by developing cross cultural partnerships and sharing innovative creative practice.

I plan to share what I observe – both professionally, and when I’m being a tourist-visitor – via this blog; and I’ll aim to keep it short, opinionated, and with plenty of visual aids.

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And not too many rules…  There is no Security Department in this blog. 

Last week, apparently, it snowed here in Kyiv. I packed more clothes as a result of the text from Natasha saying it was cold. I paid extra for a second case (to be expected), and then I had to pay extra again for a case that was over the weight limit due to the amount of knitwear and thermals I threw in at the last minute. And now I’ve got here, it’s a balmy 14 degrees. 

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