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.
The music as long as the eternity or, in other words, Continuous music is the genre which causes loud arguments in professional circles. Lubomyr Melnyk, Canadian composer of Ukrainian origination sees in his ‘child’ Continuous music continuation of classic traditions. Which rules his scripts follow will OUTLOOK tell in the following material of the rubrics ‘Look at us!’
On the 13-th of September, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine together with the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine organized a public discussion on the topic "One Hundred Years of Statehood: Lessons from Latvian and Ukrainian Experience" that was opened by the Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine Juris Poikans and the Director of the First European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasily Khiminets.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico, Maria Louisa Beatriz Lopez-Gargallo, completes her diplomatic mission in Ukraine and, in connection with this, organized a official farewell party.
The German Embassy in Ukraine traditionally organized an open day in September - the German Garden. Kiev citizens and guests of the city could get acquainted with the activities of Germany in Ukraine and talk with representatives of German intermediary organizations.
In honor of the 27th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova in the Ukrainian capital, the embassy of this state and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Ruslan Bolbachan organized an official celebration.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Ukraine Guillaume Scheurer invited friends and partners to celebrate the Swiss night. In a relaxed atmosphere in the Sophia Reserve, the Kiev guests of the evening were able to communicate, establish new contacts and simply enjoy the beautiful September musical evening.
The village of Nemyryntsi of the Ruzhynskyi district in Zhytomyr Oblast hosted the All-Ukrainian Festival of Traditional Culture “Kupalski Rosy”.Kupalski Rosy is a festival visited by guests not only from Zhytomyr Oblast, but also from different parts of Ukraine and the world. Organizer of the celebration is Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, Ukrainian politician and his sister Filia Zhebrivska.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has adopted a powerful stance in empowering women, setting new standards based on a unique model drawn from the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE. This approach perpetuates in the current leadership’s vision for the future, whereby women stand as active partners and contributors in the country’s development process and play a vital role in raising future generations.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
If early morning you walk along sandy beaches of Oostduinkerke, located in one of Belgium western provinces, you can see several suns. One, of course, is in the sky, and others are bright yellow spots riding horses carrying heavy wicker baskets, while plying the shallows along the North Sea coast for shrimps. Oostduinkerke and shrimps are hand and glove, so horseback shrimping is still practiced here.
Built in the late 90's, Astana rightfully bears the title of modern miracle. A young city that has accepted the honorary title of the capital with pride and dignity carries this status. At the end of June, in Kiev, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Samat Ordabaev, an official reception was organized that was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Astana.
This year, the Baltic countries - Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia - mark the centenary of the proclamation of independence. Then the Ukrainian People's Republic was one of the first to recognize the right of the Baltic peoples to self-determination. In Riga and Tallinn, even for some time, diplomatic missions of the Ukrainian People’s Republic acted. In their turn, after the collapse of the USSR, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia were among the first to recognize Ukraine's independence and established diplomatic relations with it.
Katerina Desnitskaya came from Volhyn. However, in the world she is known as the princess of Thailand, the wife of Prince Chakrabon. This extraordinary Ukrainian woman is known for her fearlessness and strength of spirit. It was not for nothing that during the Russo-Japanese War, she abandoned the tempting offer to live in luxury and wealth and went to the front to work as a nurse. On her return, fate rewarded her for her courage. The story of her love still fascinates those who love happy stories.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Argentina, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alberto Jose Alonso held a solemn diplomatic reception with the participation of representatives of the diplomatic offices of Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister, representatives of state bodies, and the community.
In honor of the Independence Day of Georgia and the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Gela Dumbadze gave a solemn diplomatic reception.
On May 29 at the Media Center of “GDIP” SE, the presentation of the book written by Manoj Kumar Bharti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Ukraine entitled "Understanding Indian Philosophy through Modern Science" took place.
In Kiev, with the support of the Embassy of Bulgaria, Dimitra Peshev, a Bulgarian politician, who is revered as the "righteous man of the world", was named. The grand opening of the park took place with the participation of the Prime Ministers of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, Ukraine - Vladimir Groisman, Kiev City Mayor Vitaliy Klichko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchev, representatives of the Bulgarian Diaspora.