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French Spring: Seth Globepainter and his mural “Le soleil de Sonia”

Interview with Julien Malland, the Parisian street artist known around the world by the nickname Seth Globepainter. His new mural “Le soleil de Sonia” was created on the wall of the Odessa school #55 (Ilf and Petrov Street, 25).

How do you feel about having your own paintings in an urban scenario instead of having them in collections and museums around the world?

I do both, not just the frescoes. Doing something that is in the city makes it possible to speak to everyone, not just to the people who will come to see the works in a museum or in a gallery, but all the people who will pass by. So to reach a lot more people. That, I think is interesting for me. Moreover, it allows me to stay in one place for a long time when I’m painting it, to get to know a little the place. There, for example, it’s been three days, we started knowing the restaurant there, the people who come every day, to have a little bit of life in Odessa, in an neighbourhood.

“Le soleil de Sonia” in the making

Do you adapt your mural artwork to the spirit of the city or the country?

Yes, in fact it’s about adapting to the culture, also adapting to the place in which I’m going to paint. And what interests me too, it’s the architecture. I want always to have a connection with the architectural context. Let’s see, for example, there I used the bars that you see on the side (*describing the new fresco in Odessa), expressly made to create a perspective look, as if there is a hole in the wall. Besides, this is a school, so I paint something that has to do with the school with the child’s imagination. But here, for example, I made several proposals, and it was the principal and the teachers of the school who chose among my sketches. Sometimes I make up my draw directly, but that was our agreement.

Julien Malland during the process

In your works, there are children. Who are they? A part of you or the local children?

Yes, there is a bit of me in every child. But it’s also a way to talk to everyone. There are places where I paint that are quite complicated, quite hard; it allows me to have a point of view on a situation, but in a benevolent way and allows for reflection on a situation. So, it relates to the imaginary world that a child can have, but always in a positive way. If I would do that with adults as subjects, it wouldn’t say the same thing at all. It speaks to children but also to the elderly, to the child which exists in every adult.

Children on the playground painted the process of creation

In your murals, you explore myths and tales from the collective imagination. Are they recurring topics or do they change over the years?

No, they adapt each time to the place where I’m going to paint, it’s what I live and discover that makes me evolve every time. For example in Rome, in an abandoned factory I did something with Latin quotes about the world which is changing because there were emigrants in the place. This is an Odessa school, so I did something that speaks more to children, but it evolved depending on the place. On the other hand, there are things that keep coming back every time. I have several themes: some with the imagination of children, or with the collective imagination. For instance, in relation to a local culture: masks and traditional embroidery; in Ukraine I did it with traditional dolls. And the other theme talks more about social and political problems.

Julien Malland and his assistants: Aleksiy Zozulya and Sofia Novitska

You travel all over the world. As a Frenchman, what do you bring of French culture to the world?

I think that my way of drawing already, you can call it “manga”, but it’s something very French. There are illustrators like Folon or Sempé. There is this whole tradition of children drawing in France, in the 1920s and 30s. However, it adapts to each country. Yes I think I have a very French base.

Imagine that you had to show characteristic elements of French culture (book, film, song, painting, actor, dish, monument). What would you choose?

Not the Eiffel Tower, of course, it’s very Parisian. Not even the baguette, it’s like saying pizza for Italians. French culture is something that has evolved so much in recent years. Not the same as the culture of twenty years ago. For me, I mean a cliché: why do I always want to go back to France? It’s for drinking wine and eating good cheese.

Interview realised by Ugo Poletti, Editor-in-Chief of The Odessa Journal, thanks to a cooperation with Alliance Française in Odessa.

First bar in Romania opened by an Ukrainian company

Holding of Emotions !FEST has opened the first bar “Piana Vyshnia” (Drunken Cherry) in Bucharest (Romania). It was announced the head and co-owner of the holding Andriy Khudo.

The Piana Vyshnia bars chain, in addition to Ukraine, is also represented in Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw) and Moldova (Chisinau).

We opened a business in Romania. The first project, of course, is Piana Vyshnia in the capital of the country, Bucharest.

Andriy Khudo, Head of Holding of Emotions !FEST

According to him, during quarantine restrictions, the bar is opened on weekdays until 20:00, on weekends – until 18:00.

Holding of emotions !FEST was founded in 2007 and develops a network of creative restaurants, coffee houses and shops in Ukraine. The owners of the company are Andriy Khudo, Yuriy Nazaruk and Dmytro Herasymov.

Ukraine wishes deeper cooperation with the Italian institutions

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov affirmed that Ukraine is ready to develop inter-parliamentary cooperation with Italy, during a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to Ukraine Pier Francesco Zazo.

From his side, the Italian Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo said that in order to establish effective inter-parliamentary relations, it would be advisable to establish direct communication between the parliaments of the two countries.

According to him, Ukraine and Italy have significant economic potential. At the same time, it is important for Ukraine to continue the reform process, in particular, the reform of the judicial procedure, because this will allow attracting Italian investments.

We are ready to deepen relations between the Ukrainian parliament and our partners from Italy. With both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

Reforms in Ukraine continue. This is not happening quickly, however, the main thing is quality. Something we have already managed to do, something is still in the implementation mode.

Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

He said also that a bill is currently being considered in the session hall that will help implement land reform. At the same time, judicial and anti-corruption reforms continue.

The sides also discussed the situation in the East of Ukraine. Razumkov thanked Italy for the unchanged position on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. He said that the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea, in particular, with regard to human rights violations, continues to deteriorate.

In addition, during the meeting, the issue of Ukraine’s membership of the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic aspirations were raised.

The integration of Ukraine into the EU, NATO is not just words, these are principles that are enshrined in the Constitution of our State. Therefore, we count on the support of Italy.

Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

The new Italian ambassador substituted the former one at the beginning of the year and was confirmed by the President Zelensky in March 2021.

I am thrilled to return to Ukraine, a country I am very attached to. I am confident that we will be able to further strengthen our already excellent relationship in all areas.

Pier Francesco Zazo, Ambassador of Italy to Ukraine

“Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa 2021” will take place on May 26-27

The 20th edition of “Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa 2021” (GMD), the largest international conference in Ukraine dedicated to shipping sector and grain export, will take place in Odessa on May 26-27.

The conference will gather experts of grain and marine business in Odessa, the maritime capital on Ukraine and main logistic hub of the Black Sea. The place of GMD is the historical Hotel Bristol.

The participants of the annual conference are shipping managers, analysts of international trade, foreign investors, ship-owners, association of farmers, port authorities and international institutions like EBRD, FAO.

The agenda includes open interviews with the key speakers (30+), discussion panels of the latest issues.

The organisers of the event, InterLegal and APKinform, guarantee the observance of all required health and safety regulations.

Key topics of the conference:

  • World economic crisis and food security: consequences of “shocks” of 2020 and prospects for recovering
  • Agribusiness financing: lessons from defaults of 2020
  • Global grain market: challenges of 2020/21 MY and prospects for 2021/22 MY
  • Importers & exporters of wheat: changes of trade policy
  • China as the key factor of market trends
  • Results of “hot” 2020/21 MY in Black Sea region, key factors and forecasts for 2021/22 MY
  • Harvest-2021: estimates of production and distribution of major grains in Ukraine and Russia
  • Marine transportation of grain: global prospects and modern challenges
  • New trends of agricultural and marine business in Ukraine and the world


For more derails of the event calendar click here.


For names and role of the speakers click here.

Odessa Shipping Party 2021 (28 May)

The Odessa Shipping Party is the largest networking event for the shipping professionals in the pleasant atmosphere and unforgettable emotions by the Black Sea. The evening will be organised in the M1 Club Hotel. There will be directors of shipping companies from Austria, Switzerland, Cyprus, the UAE, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Korea, Monaco, the UK and other countries. In 2019, over 500 experts in transport, shipping and international trade visited the annual Odessa Shipping Dinner.

Football Tournement

In the tradition of the GMD conference there is a football competition among the teams composed by the participants. Everybody can play.

For registration, please click the following links:

Nova Odessa in Brazil

Nova Odessa, a small city 130 km North of São Paulo, was founded on May 24, 1905, by Carlos José de Arruda Botelho, Secretary of Agriculture of the state of São Paulo, and then settled by Ukrainians and Latvians.

The city was named due to a visit Carlos Botelho made to the city of Odessa (Russian Empire) from where he brought the style of its streets. In the early 20th century, the area of present-day Nova Odessa was classified as an uninhabited land suitable for farming. On May 24, 1905, the Brazilian government founded Nova Odessa as a “Núcleo Colonial” (the “Colonial Nuclei” were agricultural areas to where the Brazilian government wished to attract European immigrants in large-scale).

Nova Odessa is strategically located in the Campinas Metropolitan Region, having excellent roads and surrounded by the most important Brazilian highways, it is 25 minutes from Viracopos International Airport.

Nova Odessa is part of the largest technological pole in the state of São Paulo. Planned and very well localised, next to large urban centers, Nova Odessa is part of The Metropolitan Bus Corridor, with a good public transport system.

Facts and figures of Nova Odessa:

  • Official city slogan: “The Green Paradise”.
  • Population: 56.674 habitants (IBGE 2015 estimated).
  • Patroness: Nossa Senhora das Dores (September the 15th).
  • Economic activities: the industrial complex is formed by local and international companies from different areas such as textile, metallurgic, plastic, chemical, petrol and gas equipment, automotive components.
  • Three leisure parks: the Manoel Jorge Park, Plantarum Botanical Garden (the biggest in Latin America in number of species) and the Isidoro Bordon Ecological Park, with about 50 species of animals.
  • About 100 restaurants, snack bars, ice cream stores from different areas.

This article was edited with the support of the Ukrainian Embassy to Brazil

French Spring: Thomas Ponte

An interview with Thomas Ponte is an Alliance Francaise teacher, former FLE trainer in Paris. Amateur rugby and table football (Subbuteo) player. Thomas arrived in Odessa in February 2020 and then returned to France in July. He finally returned to Odessa in January 2021 to live and work.

Which part of Odessa reminds you of your hometown and why?

I must admit that Odessa is absolutely different from Paris and its region. Perhaps the Tairova district reminds me of certain large estates in the greater Parisian suburbs. A bit also the traffic jams… but Parisian traffic jams are still at an incomparable level!

Please indicate where you are from?

I was born in the south of Paris where I grew up, Issy-les-Moulineaux to be precise. I spent a large part of my life there except a 5-year stint in Amiens, Emmanuel Macron’s birthplace between Paris and Lille.

Did any of your family or friends come to see you in Odessa?

Unfortunately, I have been in Odessa since March 2020 and health restrictions have so far prevented my relatives from visiting me in Odessa.

What advice would you give to your compatriots who are planning to come to Odessa for the first time?

At least know how to read the Cyrillic alphabet… and take their swimsuits! And also get lost in the city center to discover the surprising architecture!

What’s the most interesting thing about your job?

Meetings with Francophile personalities.

Do you think French culture influences Ukrainian culture and how? Can we still see this influence today?

In the days of the Soviet Union there was a benevolence and promotion of French culture. For example, the book of the Three Musketeers is more popular in Ukraine than in France! I think that unfortunately, now American culture has taken over even if French cinema is still very much watched in Ukraine.