Around 150 visitors from Dortmund and the surrounding area took advantage of the Bundesliga season opener against Leverkusen to combine it with a visit to the "War in Ukraine" photo exhibition on the premises of the Dortmund Fan Project.

The opening of the exhibition by BVB club legend Wolfgang "Teddy" de Beer went down particularly well. In his opening speech, he emphasised the great closeness and solidarity of Borussia Dortmund with the Ukrainians.

The exhibition shows the effects of the war in Ukraine from the perspective of Ukrainians who fled to Dortmund. There are photos of buildings, streets and people in the refugees' home cities taken by the refugees themselves on their mobile phones to document the fatal impact of the war.

A group of refugees provided the photos for the exhibition. The group consists of 25 people, mostly women, aged 23 to 35 years who now live in Dortmund and get together for leisure activities and help each other with official appointments and visits to the doctor. They have already carried out several activities, such as the teaching exhibit at the stadium, a party at the BVB learning garden and a climbing trip organised with the help of the BVB Learning Centre.

The exhibition was put together as part of the "Meine Stadt – Mein Verein" ("My City – My Club") project. The BVB Learning Centre is hoping the project will help refugees get integrated by using the mass appeal of Borussia Dortmund. The refugees already know BVB from their home in Ukraine and follow the games with great interest. At the invitation of the BVB Foundation "leuchte auf", the women involved in the exhibition were invited to the game against Leverkusen at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.

We are already working on new locations for further exhibitions to make the photos available to a wider audience.


If you have questions about the "War in Ukraine" photo exhibition, contact
Johannes Böing / Head of the BVB Learning Centre /  0174-3955698