Ukrainian Institute of America

Ukrainian Institute of America For seven decades the Ukrainian Institute promotes through educational, professional and social activities, a greater awareness, knowledge and appreciation of Ukraine’s and Ukrainians' rich culture, history and accomplishments
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The Ukrainian Institute of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts, music and literature of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. The Institute hosts art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, literary evenings, children's programs, lectures, symposia and educational programs, all open to the public.

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09/02/2021

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The Ukrainian Institute of America congratulates its Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series, ...
08/25/2021

The Ukrainian Institute of America congratulates its Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series, Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv on receiving the HONORED ARTIST OF UKRAINE award. The Ukrainian government, on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence, recognized Solomiya’s contribution to promoting Ukrainian culture in Ukraine and abroad.

Congratulations Solomiya Ivakhiv (Соломія Івахів)! 👏

The Ukrainian Institute of America congratulates its Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series, Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv on receiving the HONORED ARTIST OF UKRAINE award. The Ukrainian government, on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence, recognized Solomiya’s contribution to promoting Ukrainian culture in Ukraine and abroad.

Congratulations Solomiya Ivakhiv (Соломія Івахів)! 👏

Read in Artforum about our upcoming show "A Radically Different Society" and do not miss the opening reception with pres...
08/25/2021
Contemporary video art from Ukraine

Read in Artforum about our upcoming show "A Radically Different Society" and do not miss the opening reception with presentation by guest curator Lesia Kulchynska, PhD on Thursday, August 26 at 7:00PM.

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-radically-different-society-tickets-166189385927

An installation of video works created by 26 artists and cooperatives based in Ukraine during the years spanning Euromaidan and the war in Donbas (2014 to present), capturing Ukrainian society through a dramatic period in its history.

Our members and friends are cordially invited to a concert by Lviv Organ Hall Soloist Nadiya Velychko. This in-person ev...
08/25/2021
Recital of Ukrainian composers by Lviv Organ Hall Soloist, Nadiya Velychko

Our members and friends are cordially invited to a concert by Lviv Organ Hall Soloist Nadiya Velychko. This in-person event is free and takes place at Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral on August 30 at 1 PM.

Organist Nadiya Velychko, Lviv, Ukraine, presents works by Ukrainian composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, performed on historic 1868 Henry Erben organ. Ms. Velychko is an organist at the Lviv Organ Hall, which houses the largest pipe organ in Ukraine.

Monday, August 30 at 1 PM
Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
261 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012

* In-Person Event * FREE pipe organ concert on the historic 1868 Henry Erben organ

The Ukrainian Institute of America extends its greetings to Ukrainian people living in Ukraine and to Ukrainians through...
08/24/2021

The Ukrainian Institute of America extends its greetings to Ukrainian people living in Ukraine and to Ukrainians throughout the world on the occasion of THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF UKRAINE!

Вітаємо Український народ на рідних землях i всіх українців, розкидaних по різних країнах світу, з 30-ю річницeю Незалежності України! Бажаємо успіхів у всіх заходах для об’єднання національно-державницьких сил, у справі відбудови та закріплення соборної самостійної України.

The Ukrainian Institute of America extends its greetings to Ukrainian people living in Ukraine and to Ukrainians throughout the world on the occasion of THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF UKRAINE!

Вітаємо Український народ на рідних землях i всіх українців, розкидaних по різних країнах світу, з 30-ю річницeю Незалежності України! Бажаємо успіхів у всіх заходах для об’єднання національно-державницьких сил, у справі відбудови та закріплення соборної самостійної України.

UIA Piano Needs Your Support!The UIA’s beloved Steinway Model B piano was purchased 25 years ago and is now in desperate...
08/20/2021

UIA Piano Needs Your Support!

The UIA’s beloved Steinway Model B piano was purchased 25 years ago and is now in desperate need of repair. Everyone has the opportunity to play an integral role in restoring this gorgeous instrument to the concert-level sound that it, our performers and our audiences deserve. Each key (along with its related parts) will be meticulously restored by an expert craftsman. Please help us with this high priority project by Sponsoring a Key. The price for one key is $78, but feel free to sponsor several! All donors' names will be featured on our virtual keyboard plaque.

Sponsor a Key(s): https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=WCT2L85WV9YK6&source=url

UIA Piano Needs Your Support!

The UIA’s beloved Steinway Model B piano was purchased 25 years ago and is now in desperate need of repair. Everyone has the opportunity to play an integral role in restoring this gorgeous instrument to the concert-level sound that it, our performers and our audiences deserve. Each key (along with its related parts) will be meticulously restored by an expert craftsman. Please help us with this high priority project by Sponsoring a Key. The price for one key is $78, but feel free to sponsor several! All donors' names will be featured on our virtual keyboard plaque.

Sponsor a Key(s): https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=WCT2L85WV9YK6&source=url

On August 19th, Ukrainians celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Transfiguration is one of the Twelve Great Feasts...
08/19/2021

On August 19th, Ukrainians celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Transfiguration is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Liturgical Calendar. This feast commemorates a demonstration by Jesus Christ of his divinity before three apostles on the top of Mount Tabor. In Ukraine, this holiday is often called Savior (Spas). Baskets of apples, grapes, and pears are taken to the church and are blessed in a special mass and afterwards, are eaten, raw or cooked, as part of the festivities. A social proscription existed against eating fruits before the feast day, when they could be properly blessed. Spas means the arrival of the fall and the transformation of nature. It is believed that after August 19th nights become much colder.

On August 19th, Ukrainians celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Transfiguration is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Liturgical Calendar. This feast commemorates a demonstration by Jesus Christ of his divinity before three apostles on the top of Mount Tabor. In Ukraine, this holiday is often called Savior (Spas). Baskets of apples, grapes, and pears are taken to the church and are blessed in a special mass and afterwards, are eaten, raw or cooked, as part of the festivities. A social proscription existed against eating fruits before the feast day, when they could be properly blessed. Spas means the arrival of the fall and the transformation of nature. It is believed that after August 19th nights become much colder.

08/18/2021

Last week, Kirill Karabits - Кирило Карабиць conducted the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms. The performance featured Mykola Lysenko’s Overture "Taras Bulba" as an encore. This piece by Lysenko was heard at the BBC Proms for the first time.

Interested in learning Ukrainian? The Ukrainian Institute of America continues its Ukrainian language courses for all le...
08/10/2021

Interested in learning Ukrainian?

The Ukrainian Institute of America continues its Ukrainian language courses for all levels. Online classes that will each run for a 10-week period will start in the fall.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out the questionnaire: shorturl.at/ksvzW.

Read level descriptions: shorturl.at/bBJ16

Language instructor: Christina Pikhmanets.

Interested in learning Ukrainian?

The Ukrainian Institute of America continues its Ukrainian language courses for all levels. Online classes that will each run for a 10-week period will start in the fall.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out the questionnaire: shorturl.at/ksvzW.

Read level descriptions: shorturl.at/bBJ16

Language instructor: Christina Pikhmanets.

Congratulations to Elina Svitolina who won women’s tennis bronze medal, and Ukraine's first ever Olympic medal in tennis...
08/02/2021
Ukraine’s Eline Svitolina wins women’s tennis bronze medal

Congratulations to Elina Svitolina who won women’s tennis bronze medal, and Ukraine's first ever Olympic medal in tennis!

Debutante Eline Svitolina wins women’s tennis bronze and Ukraine's first ever medal in tennis. Click here to read more.

Ukrainian-born maestra Oksana Lyniv became the first woman to conduct a production in the 145-year history of Germany's ...
07/27/2021
Ukrainian-Born Oksana Lyniv Becomes First Woman Conductor At Bayreuth Festival

Ukrainian-born maestra Oksana Lyniv became the first woman to conduct a production in the 145-year history of Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival.

Oksana Lyniv - conductor 👏

Ukrainian-born maestra Oksana Lyniv became the first woman to conduct a production in the 145-year history of Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival.

We invite you to revisit our Music at the Institute (MATI) concert "Songs My Mother Taught Me." It was recorded during a...
07/14/2021
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40

We invite you to revisit our Music at the Institute (MATI) concert "Songs My Mother Taught Me." It was recorded during a live performance that took place on May 16, 2021.

Special thanks to the co-sponsors of the event: UNWLA - Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Inc.and the Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Self-Reliance Federal Credit Union (UKRFCU).

Enjoy the excerpt by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40
I. Scherzo: Allegro

Sophie Shao, cello
Solomiya Ivakhiv (Соломія Івахів), violin
Tanya Bannister, piano

https://youtu.be/WdPy7iFHyH0

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40I. Scherzo: AllegroSophie Shao, celloSolomiya Ivakhiv, violinTanya Bannister, pianoFrom the concert "S...

Today, July 7th, Ukrainians celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus Chris...
07/07/2021

Today, July 7th, Ukrainians celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. This feast is very important for Ukraine’s Christians, as Jesus himself called John his predecessor, strongly expressed his respect to John and admired his spirit as the greatest of all on the earth. The day of the Nativity of John the Baptist coincided with the pagan midsummer celebration or, the feast of Ivan Kupalo (Ivana Kupala).

Kupalo was believed to be the god of love and harvest and the personification of the earth’s fertility.

Ivana Kupala day was rich in customs and traditions, many of which were connected with water and fire.

Young people gathered together outside the village in the forest or near a stream or pond, where they built bonfires. They also burnt herbs and various other items that were blessed. A legend says that this was the only night of the year when you could see fern flowers glow in the dark, trees walk from place to place, and the village witches come out.

The celebration usually continued the whole night. Young single men from the village made the Kupalytsia doll, and dressed it up like a girl. Young women made the Kupala doll and dressed it up like a man. At the end of celebration, the Kupala doll is burned in a fire, and the Kupalytsia is drowned in water.

Girls sang special songs (“kupalni”), with a lot of references to love and marriage. They also put a burning candle in the middle of a flower garland and floated it on the water and told their fortunes from the behavior of the garland in the water.

Boys and girls jumped over a fire holding hands. According to the legend, the couple would stay together as long as they did not let go of each other’s hands.

Magical properties were ascribed to the plants and herbs gathered on Kupala eve. It was believed that such herbs could protect one from the evil forces of nature and even cure illnesses in humans and animals. Local priests seemingly sanctioned this belief by blessing the herbs in church on the day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. On the morning of that day girls washed themselves with the dew that had fallen on Kupala eve, which they collected in a bowl left outside overnight, and ran barefoot through the bedewed fields in the belief that doing so would accelerate their opportunity to get married. The sick would roll naked in the dewy meadows in the belief that this action would help them get well, and farmers would run their cattle through such meadows in the belief that this routine would prevent disease.

Today, in many corners of Ukraine people continue to celebrate Ivana Kupala as for them this holiday is an attempt to revive their heritage and to remind themselves of the country’s ancient customs.

Today, July 7th, Ukrainians celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist, a prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. This feast is very important for Ukraine’s Christians, as Jesus himself called John his predecessor, strongly expressed his respect to John and admired his spirit as the greatest of all on the earth. The day of the Nativity of John the Baptist coincided with the pagan midsummer celebration or, the feast of Ivan Kupalo (Ivana Kupala).

Kupalo was believed to be the god of love and harvest and the personification of the earth’s fertility.

Ivana Kupala day was rich in customs and traditions, many of which were connected with water and fire.

Young people gathered together outside the village in the forest or near a stream or pond, where they built bonfires. They also burnt herbs and various other items that were blessed. A legend says that this was the only night of the year when you could see fern flowers glow in the dark, trees walk from place to place, and the village witches come out.

The celebration usually continued the whole night. Young single men from the village made the Kupalytsia doll, and dressed it up like a girl. Young women made the Kupala doll and dressed it up like a man. At the end of celebration, the Kupala doll is burned in a fire, and the Kupalytsia is drowned in water.

Girls sang special songs (“kupalni”), with a lot of references to love and marriage. They also put a burning candle in the middle of a flower garland and floated it on the water and told their fortunes from the behavior of the garland in the water.

Boys and girls jumped over a fire holding hands. According to the legend, the couple would stay together as long as they did not let go of each other’s hands.

Magical properties were ascribed to the plants and herbs gathered on Kupala eve. It was believed that such herbs could protect one from the evil forces of nature and even cure illnesses in humans and animals. Local priests seemingly sanctioned this belief by blessing the herbs in church on the day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. On the morning of that day girls washed themselves with the dew that had fallen on Kupala eve, which they collected in a bowl left outside overnight, and ran barefoot through the bedewed fields in the belief that doing so would accelerate their opportunity to get married. The sick would roll naked in the dewy meadows in the belief that this action would help them get well, and farmers would run their cattle through such meadows in the belief that this routine would prevent disease.

Today, in many corners of Ukraine people continue to celebrate Ivana Kupala as for them this holiday is an attempt to revive their heritage and to remind themselves of the country’s ancient customs.

Today marks 80 years since the Ukrainian National Assembly in Lviv proclaimed the Act of restoration of the Ukrainian st...
06/30/2021

Today marks 80 years since the Ukrainian National Assembly in Lviv proclaimed the Act of restoration of the Ukrainian state.

Сьогодні минає 80 років з дня проголошення Українськими Національними Зборами у Львові Акту відновлення Української Держави

⭕️ В той час, коли вже 7 рік під російською окупацією перебувають українські Крим і Донбас, а на східних кордонах України, на Чорному і Азовському морях продовжується російська збройна агресія, ми, як ніколи раніше, усвідомлюємо цінність свободи, суверенітету й власної державності. А події 1941 року вкотре нагадують нам, якою ціною ця держава була здобута.

Слава Україні! Героям Слава! 🇺🇦

Більше: https://cutt.ly/4maxgVq

Today marks 80 years since the Ukrainian National Assembly in Lviv proclaimed the Act of restoration of the Ukrainian state.

⭕️ For more than 7 years now, Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas are under Russian occupation. Today, Russian military aggression continues on the Eastern borders of Ukraine, in the Black and Azov Seas. Today, like never before, we recognize the real value of freedom, sovereignty, and statehood. Events of 1941 once again remind us of the cost of Ukraine’s independence.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes! 🇺🇦

Read more: https://cutt.ly/DmaxkGT

On this day 25 years ago Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada adopted the Constitution of Ukraine, the fundamental law of the countr...
06/28/2021

On this day 25 years ago Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada adopted the Constitution of Ukraine, the fundamental law of the country. Happy #Constitution Day!

#Конституція25

Сьогодні Конституція України відзначає свій 2️⃣5️⃣-й ювілейний день народження 🇺🇦

Вітаємо всіх з Днем Конституції!
Захищаймо разом принципи та цінності, закріплені у ній!

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06/23/2021

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Festival is back!!

We are happy to announce the return of our annual Ukrainian Cultural Festival here at Soyuzivka. Please call the office at (845)- 626-5641 with any questions or to make reservations!

#Soyuzivka #SuzyQ #SoyuzivkaFestival2021 #TheQ

The GoGlobal team announced the call for volunteers from all over the world!Join GoCamp as a volunteer to help Ukrainian...
06/15/2021
For volunteers - GoCamp

The GoGlobal team announced the call for volunteers from all over the world!

Join GoCamp as a volunteer to help Ukrainian children improve their English language skills and have a memorable summer!
This year it will take place online.

Interested? Apply here: https://bit.ly/GoCamp01

GoCamp is looking for volunteers from all over the world to inspire Ukrainian children to speak English and explore the world.

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