In the Hall of Columns named after Lysenko of National Philharmonic of Ukraine under auspices of Embassy of Latvian Republic to Ukraine and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Juris Poikans in course of International concert cycle ‘Elite evenings of chamber music of Eugenia Basalaeva’ there was the first concert of ‘Ukrainian and Latvian Dialogue’ of new international concert project ‘Music Festival of Ukraine in Northern Baltic countries UKRAINIAN AND NORDIC-BALTIC MUSIC FEST’.
The purpose of the festival is rapprochement of international cultural networks of Ukraine and Northern Baltic countries through mutual creative events in the course of International Festival of art ‘Dialogues of cultures’. The cycle of concerts including the music of Ukraine and Northern Baltic countries will enable the dialogue of cultures with the help of presentation of unknown musical pieces and masterpieces of world classics.
‘Today in the frames of the concert you will hear the pieces of Latvian classical musicians. Perhaps, Latvian classical music is not so recognizable in the world, but I hope that thanks to Mrs Basalaeva you are to get an opportunity to get familiar with it. I expect to give the start to such an amazing cultural program thanks to Philharmonic. We have implemented this project almost for two-three months, and I am glad that today we have come to this presentation’, Mr Poikans stated.
In her turn, the initiator of the project people’s artiste Eugenia Basalaeva emphasized that she used to dream of performing the pieces of Northern Baltic composers. ‘I am grateful to the embassies of foreign states for making international music way to Ukrainian listener’, the pianist told.
In the course of the first concert ‘Ukrainian and Latvian Dialogue’ the music of Latvian and Ukrainian composers was demonstrated performed by people’s artiste of Ukraine Eugenia Basalaeva (piano), people’s artiste of Ukraine Iryna Kalinovska (organ), Kyiv chamber ensemble ‘Contrasts Kyiv-Classics’, ensemble of percussion instruments ‘ARS NOVA’ spearheaded by the Honored Artist of Ukraine Georgiy Chernenko.
In the first part ‘Travel of piano miniature’ there were the pieces of the end of XIX and beginning of XX centuries of Latvian composers Jāzeps Vītols, Jānis Mediņš and Ukrainian composers Fedor Yakimenko, Viktor Kosenko, Mykola Kolessa.
The second part included the pieces of Latvian composers such as Fantasy for organ G-minor by Alfrēds Kalniņš and premier performance in Ukraine of the Concert for organ and piano ‘Concerto innocento’ by Marģeris Zariņš.
The special dedication for Latvia became the performance of Nocturne ‘Desirable stars’ for piano and organ of the modern Ukrainian composer Vitaliy Godzyatskyy.
On Wednesday, April 9, 2019, on the initiative and organizational support of the SE "Directorate General for Rendering Services for Diplomatic Missions", the international women's club ASCK in the National Centre of Folk Culture "Museum of Ivan Gonchar" a lecture dedicated to the traditional Ukrainian women's dress was held.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, a public lecture by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine, Permanent Representative for GUAM - Gela Dumbadze, was held at GDIP Media Center of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions. The lecture was devoted to the events that took place in Georgia 30 years ago, April 7-9, 1989.
Georgia is associated with constant hospitable people, rich history and traditions. Today, Georgian culture is at its peak, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia is sincerely proud of this, and he invited fellow diplomats, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, representatives of the Georgian diaspora and partners to enjoy an evening of jazz and art on April 11, 2019.
Representatives of the tourism industry and media of Ukraine met with colleagues and operators of recreational services from Montenegro. The event was held with the support of the Embassy of Montenegro in Ukraine.
“I’d like some headache elixir, mandrake root extract, heart pills and a bit of morphine, please…” – this is about how patients addressed pharmacists a couple hundred years ago. They, in turn, were preparing various magmas and mixtures in pharmacological laboratories situated as near as in the next room. Sure, nowadays technologies have significantly advanced, “remedy stores” fit in kiosks while drug-containing medicines cannot be bought without prescription…
On March 19, 2019, the celebration of the International NOWRUZ Day took place in Kyiv. The eight embassies of foreign states accredited in Ukraine, namely, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan, were the initiators of the official celebration in the Column Hall of the Kyiv State Administration.
On March 12 at the premises of Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, on the initiative of the Embassies of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the OUTLOOK project was held a friendly welcoming spring in Kyiv.
This Saturday, on February 23, 2019, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of foreign states, representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, the State Affairs Department of the President of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine visited the city of Ostroh, the centre of origin and development of Ukrainian Education, at organizational support and participation of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions together with the National University of Ostroh Academy.
On February 13, a solemn ceremony took place on the occasion of the main national holiday of Serbia - Statehood Day which marks the official level since 2001 and marks the Day of the beginning of the Serbian Revolution against the Ottoman occupation in 1804.
On February 12, an exhibition devoted to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada was opened at the Ukrainian Diaspora Museum with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine. The purpose of the project is to show the life of Ukrainian Canadians, their tireless work in the new country and the efforts they make every day.
On February 7 at the National Opera of Ukraine under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon in Ukraine the diplomatic reception and solemn concert on the occasion of the Day of St. Maroon, the father of the Maronite Churcha took place. The combination of the Lebanese charm and the Ukrainian soul in the participants of the event made an incredible impression on the guests.
This music is one and a half thousand years. Gentle and penetrating melodies played on the flute duduk have been called ‘the voice of eternity’. In Armenia where people esteem national motives believe that in duduk there is a soul of apricot tree what made tree sound. Staying plangent and soul-touching, they are framed with the sound evocating light wistfulness.
Life of a diplomat is always about changing locations and countries of work. Period of an Ambassador’s activities at the office can be measured not just as a time span spent in the host country but also in projects carried out and connections and ties established.
Cultural interaction is among priority lines of developing cooperation between countries. The Embassy of Hungary in Ukraine launched year 2019 with a chain of educational events about Hungarian folk heritage and believe us or not because of its drive energy you should definitely dance on your best at the floor!
A year has to have a proper start and the OUTLOOK Project had it launched with a working lunch in the residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Ukraine Mr. Yuddi Chrisnandi. Representatives of the Embassy proudly presented projects that were organized by Socio-Cultural Department in 2018 and shared plans for the future.
Their song, Sho Z-Pod Duba, is featured in the Fargo series and the commercial with David Beckham, Thai schoolgirls teach Koliskov in a music lesson, and their concerts are eagerly awaited around the world. Continuing a series of inspirational stories about talented Ukrainians in the “Know Ours” column, Outlook tells about the most original, controversial and popular Ukrainian team “DakhaBrakha” abroad.
On November 28, 2018, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine hosted a presentation of the 19th issue of the yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine” as well as publication of series “The Library of the Scientific Year-Book “Diplomatic Ukraine” of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions.
In 2018, Romania celebrates a great event - the unification of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania, an event that laid the foundation of a modern country. In honor of the remarkable date, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Ukraine, Christian-Leon Tsurcanu, held a solemn diplomatic reception.
On the 15-th of November, Belgium celebrates King's Day, taking advantage of the excellent occasion. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alex Lennart organized a concert of two virtuosos in the Kiev Philharmonic Hall - the duo Blumenfeld Piano Duo of the world-famous Ukrainian pianist, who lives in Belgium, Dmitry Sukhovienko and Belgian Aaron Weinberg.
Every people’s culture is unique, full of riddles, mysteries, traditions, customs and stories. We are exorbitantly happy that within the framework of the festival of cultures of peoples of the world OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL our team creates a venue to exchange the most interesting among different countries and peoples.