Dvi Doli and The Ukrainian Bells

Sunday 10 December, 14.00 - 15.30 

Free, no booking required.

Two women wearing long white dresses with colourful embroidery standing on stone steps

Join us to celebrate St Nicholas's Day and Ukrainian culture with an incredible performance by the Ukrainian Bells community choir group and professional Bandura playing and singing duo Dvi Doli!

This performance is free and open to all; no booking is required! Join us on the Clore Balcony on the first floor of the Pitt Rivers Museum at 14.00 for the start of the performance.

This event has been created in collaboration with Oxford's Ukrainian community and MultakaOxford.

About the Ukrainian Bells - Oxford-based Ukrainian community choir.

The choir called the Ukrainian Bells formed in Autumn 2022.They are rehearsing under the musical direction of the duo Dvi Doli and specialise in the Ukrainian choral tradition. The group consist of amateur singers, both children and adults and will perform the Ukrainian carols acapella accompanied by the Ukrainian traditional instrument called the Bandura


The duet was formed in April 2022 with the patriotic mission of "popularizing the cultural front of Ukraine and the folk musical instrument Bandura abroad"

A message from DVI DOLI:

'We are Julia Kogut-Kalynyuk and Kateryna Trachuk, professionally trained classical musicians from Lviv, Ukraine. We arrived in Oxford in May 2022 as refugees, fleeing Russia's war in Ukraine. Since the age of 5 and 9, we have been playing Bandura, and music has played a significant role in our lives. We both hold Master's degrees in Bandura and vocals from Lviv National Music Academy, which is Ukraine's leading musical conservatory named after Mykola Lysenko. We have previously toured in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, and Spain, and now we are excited to share our love for traditional Ukrainian folk music with the UK audience. 

During our stay in Oxford, we performed in various colleges such as Somerville College, Holywell Music Room, Lady Margaret Hall, and Lincoln College, along with other cities in England, including Yorkshire, Leeds, Rochdale, Watford, Faringdon, London, Cambridge, Reading, and Sheffield. We also participated in numerous music festivals and charity events in support of Ukraine. We look forward to sharing our passion for traditional Ukrainian folk music with everyone.’

About Multaka

Multaka means 'meeting point' in Arabic.

MultakaOxford is a project currently running at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the History of Science Museum in Oxford. The project brings people together as a meeting point to share experience, knowledge and skills and be a platform for cultural dialogue. The project has been running a tour guide training programme since February 2023 to facilitate individuals to develop unique tours to share their personal knowledge of cultural objects in the Museum.