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.
Starting the evening, Mr. Ambassador stressed that King's Day is always an opportunity to welcome the Belgian royal family and the unity of the country in its multilingual and multicultural diversity.
“For more than 150 years, this day has been celebrated as one of the main holidays in Belgium, and for many years now we are happy to share the celebration with the Ukrainian people. On this holiday, I also want to emphasize the solidarity of my country with Ukraine and the support of the brave choice that you made towards a prosperous, independent and democratic Ukraine, ”said Alex Lennart.
He also stressed that as a member of the founder of the European Union, Belgium also supports Ukraine in its European ambition. “Five years after the Revolution of dignity, in these very difficult times, despite all the difficulties, the Ukrainian people demonstrate their true desire to contribute to the happy future of the nation. I hope to strengthen and develop our bilateral relations. Together we will be able to write a new chapter, with respect and friendship, ” the ambassador said.
Blumenfeld Piano Duo was created in 2017 by two brilliant soloists - Dmitry Sukhovienko and Aaron Weinberg - followers of Felix Blumenfeld, an outstanding pianist, conductor, composer, who occupies an honorable place in the list of founders of Ukrainian musical art. Equal performance technique contributed to the decision of artists to play together a repertoire of masterpieces for two pianos.
For the Ukrainian public, the virtuosos presented a program created from the works of Viti Vronsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Philip Glass, Astor Piazzola.
The Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of foreign countries in Ukraine, representatives of state bodies, business circles, the public, the media have arrived to congratulate the Head of the diplomatic mission and enjoy the refined game of musicians.
Since 1866, November 15 in Belgium is a national holiday - the Day of the Royal Dynasty or the Day of the Royal Family. The holiday was established by the second Belgian king, Leopold II. Celebrations are held in honor of St. Albert, who is considered the patron saint of the royal family. This day symbolizes the unity of the Belgian nation in all its political, cultural and linguistic diversity.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.