International Volunteering Academy of Hartenberg

International Volunteering Academy of Hartenberg was established in 2010, which happened only because of volunteers attempting this interests group. Its main task is to spread volunteering activities in the region as well as organize international projects otgether with Civic Association Hartenberg. Currently, there is approximately twenty of members, helping to prepare international activities, coordinate partnerships with non-profit organizations in their countries, translate these websites into their mother tongues, create e-newsletter HeART Echo, promote Hartenberg the castle and volunteering in general by making information materials etc.

Civic Association Hartenberg

Civic Association Hartenberg is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit association of citizens who have joined together to work actively on protection and restoration of cultural and natural heritage, especially in the Hartenberg village and its surroundings. Furthermore, this association aims to develop civil society by disseminating of ideas of volunteerism, interception and fulfilling of cultural life, popularization and promotion of other community goals.


Theatre na Zhukah

“Theatre na Zhukah” was opened in Kharkov (Ukraine) in December 2007. It mainly consists of non-professional actors, although professionals also take part in some performances. Theatre acquired popularity due to the plays staged under the direction of Olga Ternovaya, whose work is highly appreciated by critics. Since the theatre’s opening, the house is invariably full. “Theatre na Zhukah” actively participates in many festivals in Ukraine, Poland, and Czech Republic. It gained “Silver Mask” (in 2010 for the play “We Care a Lot”) , the “Golden Mask” (in 2011 for “Plasticine of the World”) at the international festival “Southern Mask” (Nikolaev), and also diplomas for the actor’s work and for the best debut (the play “Go ahead!?”) at the International Festival “Rampa-2011″ (Dnepropetrovsk). The repertoire is built upon both classical and modern drama. The theater is based on the national theatrical tradition, but it is opened to the perception of other schools, and for creative experiments. It has carried out a number of international projects. In 2009 “Theatre na Zhukah” organized a visit of a famous Russian playwright Nina Sadur to Kharkov. The same year theatre staged a unique blitz-performance (within five days) “Nad Gorodom (“Over The City”) with volunteers from Poland, Japan, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine. In 2010 “Theatre na Zhukah” initiated and co-organized the annual International Theatre Festival-Workshop “Hartenberg” in Czech Republic, which is conceived as a platform for theaters from different countries to exchange their creative experience. In 2011 and 2012 “Theatre na Zhukah” organized visits of Polish theatres “Krzyk” and “Brama” to Ukraine with performances and master classes. One of the founders of “Theatre na Zhukah” and its director Olga Ternovaya believes that the director, above all, must be honest and accurate while researching the dramaturgy, as well as in choosing the ways of influencing a viewer; she also follows the principle “theater is for a man, not a man – for theater”. As a consecutive supporter of the Stanislavsky’s system, she adds a number of her own know-how, which she shares while teaching master classes during theater festivals in Ukraine, Poland, and Czech Republic.