On March 10th, 1992, Ukraine and Belgium signed the agreement establishing diplomatic relations. To celebrate this ‘silver jubilee’, the Embassy of Belgium will organize a series of events throughout the year, starting with a concert by the Four Aces Guitar Quartet and the presentation of an edible art work by Steve Schepens.
The Four Aces Guitar Quartet is one of the new sensations of the Belgian music scene. The Four Aces Guitar Quartet played concerts in major halls in Belgium. Abroad they performed in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Slovenia, Italy, Georgia and China. In 2013 the Four Aces Guitar Quartet won Supernova, a Belgian chamber music competition that is supported by the national radio and tv-channel.
The Four Aces Guitar Quartet brings concerts that make a combination of classical masterpieces and arrangements of traditional folk and pop music.
These 4 young guitar players performed for the first time in Ukraine. They brought a refreshing programme, with a slight Ukrainian touch.
Steve Schepens (°1979, Ghent, Belgium) is a contemporary visual artist, based in Brussels and Berlin (and formerly in Lviv). He organised several exhibitions in Ukraine and is well acquainted with its art scene.
La Reine D’un Belge (The Queen of a Belgian) is an edible artwork. It is inspired by Schepens’ personal history and fascination with confiserie and baking (the artist grew up in the bakery of his grandfather in Belgium). It was first presented on the occasion of the King’s Day concert in the National Opera of Ukraine on 15 November 2015.
The praline confiserie is a shaped candy with a filling. In Schepens’ oeuvre it is a metaphor for sculpture where both form and content add to the full flavour of the message.
The main ingredients of La Reine D’un Belge are Belgian chocolate and Ukrainian beetroot. This harmonic fusion is an artistic and political statement.
These musical and culinary delights also kicked off the «Journées de la Francophonie en Ukraine - 2017» .
La Francophonie est plus qu’un ensemble de pays et de personnes partageant une langue. C'est surtout une communauté de destin défendant des valeurs universelles telles que la démocratie, les droits de l'Homme, le développement durable, l'éducation ainsi que la paix.
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.
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.
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
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.
Today OUTLOOK travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
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.
Last spring I had an opportunity to visit Belgium. A few years ago I set a goal to pedal wherever I travel. To my mind a bicycle is the best way of urban tourism. After all, it makes you an active participant of environment but not just an observer behind bus or car window...
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.