Lviv University lecturer holds talk in London on the life of Markian Shashkevych

The Ukrainian Institute in London hosted a talk on March 26th by Dr. Oleh Dukh, assistant head of History Department at the Lviv National University and a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University. The title of the talk was Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in nineteenth century Galicia. November 2011 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Markian Shashkevych. Markian Shashkevych (1811-1843) is a celebrated literary and cultural figure in the West Ukrainian region. He was a contemporary of A. Pushkin, T. Shevchenko, M. Lermontov, and A. Mickiewicz. Shashkevich lived and >>>

Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in nineteenth century Galicia

We are pleased to invite you to a talk entitled Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in Galicia in the 1st half of the nineteenth century, on Monday, March 26th at 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute in London.  The talk will be presented by Dr. Oleh Dukh, assistant head of History Department at the Lviv National University and a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Dr. Dukh wrote his PhD on Women’s Monasteries in Lviv and Przemysl diocese in XVII-XVIII centuries. November 2011 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Markian Shashkevych. M. Shashkevych (1811-1843) >>>

Ukrainian Scouts Organisation Plast marks its centenary in London

The Ukrainian Scouts Organisation Plast celebrated 100 years of its foundation on Sunday March 25th at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in central London. Founded in 1912 in Ukraine, Plast is an organisation for Ukrainian youth focussed on self development and learning. Plast was founded in the western Ukrainian City Lviv by Dr. Oleksander Tysovsky, who modelled Plast on the English Scouting organisation founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1908, but within a Ukrainian context. The Fleur-de-lis, the emblem of worldwide Scouting, was interlaced with the Ukrainian national “Tryzub” or trident >>>

Ukrainian Literary Club – Saturday morning coffee

The Next meeting of the Ukrainian Literary Club will take place on Saturday, March 24th at 11.00AM at the Ukrainian Institute in London. We will be discussing the Kapranov brothers’ Diary of my Secretary (Щоденник моєї секретарки), the latest novel by the renowned Ukrainian contemporary authors. Diary of my Secretary is a psychological novel, based on real life events intertwined with fictional characters. Any resemblances and similarities to real contemporary Ukrainians are left to the reader to decide. The book’s central character, a representative of the so-called >>>

100 ліття Пласту

Шановні Пані й Панове! Дорогі Подруги й Друзі! Прошу відкрити в додатку прикріплене запрошення на відзначення 100 ліття Пласту, яке відбудеться в неділю 25.3.2012 в катедральному храмі, Лондон, ВБ. Пластунів просимо по можливості прийти в одностроях! Кому треба нічліг, просимо зголоситися в Орисі marciuk44@gmail.com. Також просимо повідомити >>>

‘For the first time in my life I enjoyed listening to the works of Shevchenko’

On March 9th, the Ukrainian Institute hosted a Shevchenko Readings in London event marking the 198th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine’s greatest poet. The informal candlelit event commenced with a moving performance by London’s Ukrainian Theatre Group, followed by a number of songs performed by Ukrainian artists living in London including Taras Zhytynsky, Oleh Romaniw and Levko Tymoshchuk. Readings of Shevchenko’s original texts and also translations in English and French followed. Guests had an opportunity to read their favourite Shevchenko works. One of the participants later shared >>>

Prof Bohdan Hawrylyshyn presents at Oxford University’s Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series

Prof. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, an internationally acclaimed leading expert on issues of public administration and global business, spoke at the Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series at Oxford University on March 6th where he presented his book Towards More Effective Societies. The event was chaired by Baroness Shirley Williams with discussants Dr Gwendolyn Sasse and Dr Olga Onuch. On March 7thProf Hawrylyshyn visited London and met with Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK and the Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London. (Left to Right: Andy Hunder, Orysia Hunder, H.E. Ambassador Volodymyr Khandogiy, >>>

Upcoming Ukrainian Events (March – April 2012)

9 March 2012 – Public Lecture by Professor Charles King About the Extraordinary City of Odessa 5pm, William Mong Hall of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HU Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University, is coming to Cambridge to discuss his recent book – Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams. A wine reception will follow Professor King’s lecture. For more information, please visit http://timescape.mml.cam.ac.uk/ref35/index.html 9 March 20 – Shevchenko Readings in London 7pm, Ukrainian >>>

Shevchenko readings in London

We are delighted to invite you to an evening of readings of Taras Shevchenko, at 7.00PM on Friday, March 9th, the 198th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine’s greatest poet. The Institute will host an informal candlelit event, where readings will take place of Shevchenko’s original texts and also translations in English and other languages. A number of songs will also be performed by Ukrainian artists living in London. Please come with your Kobzar in hand. Guests will have an opportunity to read, or perform, their favourite Shevchenko works. All welcome. Free admission Details about this >>>

Ideas on selling Ukraine to UK audience needed urgently

Guys, a quick and urgent one, if you have a moment. I was invited to do an interview for Radio 4 ( recorded tomorrow, out on Saturday at 10 am), for a very respected travel programme, ‘Excess Baggage’ – the whole programme will be about travelling to Ukraine, I have about 12 minutes. The topics they requested are Crimea and Odessa ( my next novel is set there), Kyiv and possibly Lviv. The KEY question the presenter is going to ask me is – ‘What is the Unique Selling Point of Ukraine – why would people want to go there? Any ideas or suggestions? I see this programme very much >>>