Read about project partner, Ganna Smirnova.

You Must Follow Another Plan

Forthcoming Project for winter 2023

"You Must Follow Another Plan" is a quote from an English twelfth-century adventure story in which young adults gain agency in their cultural experience through an inventive approach.

From 2006 - 2014, dancer Ganna Smirnova pioneered an inventive approach to young adults entry points to Ukrainian heritage sites. Her Indian classical dance project was supported through the Indian Theatre 'Nakshatra' at Kyiv National University.

From 2021 - 2022 ExploreTheArch created imaginative new entry points into Sussex’s medieval history placing 1066-themed conversations in dialogue with contemporary life. Children’s workshops focused on inspiring her-story adventure narratives accompanied an experiential theatre performance and a subsequent video installation supported by Arts Council England, Chalk Cliff Trust, English Heritage’s Abbey and Battleground, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings Borough Council, International Marie de France Society and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

In this winter 2023 project, Ganna Smirnova will collaborate with ExploreTheArch’s synergetic approaches to creating relatable and relevant cultural entry points for young adults. A diverse young adult community will be supported to access medieval narratives that reflect their true selves. This community will be engaging with their medieval heritage for the first time, an opportunity to consider Norman connections in a post-Brexit UK and connection with the substantial relocated Ukrainian community in East Sussex which includes post 16 year old learners.

EUNIC London facilitates and Hastings Borough Council endorses You Must Follow Another Plan, a project offering relevant medieval stories of agency to young adults who currently don’t have access to relatable entry points. The Cyprus High Commission, Goethe Institut London, Lithuanian Embassy and Polish Cultural Institute confirm support of a Culture of Solidarity EUNIC Ukraine 2nd edition funding application for this project. University of British Columbia Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Vancouver, in relation to the International Courtly Literature Society 2023 conference confirm support of an honoraria bursary to the project leaders.