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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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Today, March 19th, Lina Kostenko, a major contemporary Ukrainian poet and writer, celebrates her 91st birthday! The Ukra...
03/19/2021

Today, March 19th, Lina Kostenko, a major contemporary Ukrainian poet and writer, celebrates her 91st birthday! The Ukrainian Institute of America wishes Lina Kostenko a very Happy Birthday and continued health, happiness and success in the coming year.

Lina Kostenko played a significant role in the evolution of Ukrainian literature and culture from the 1960s onward. She was a leading representative of the Poets and Writers of the Sixties, an intellectual and cultural movement in Ukraine, which opposed the Soviet political regime. Kostenko's poetry consists primarily of intimate, lyric poems and ‘social’ poems on the role and responsibility of a poet, particularly in a totalitarian society. Employing diverse rhythms, sophisticated language, a colloquial and aphoristic manner of writing, ranging from playful irony and humor to scathing satire, she is acknowledged as one of the best current Ukrainian poets. A wise and prophetic contemporary, she writes:…the worst is not that everything might be changed but that everything might stay the same…

Ліна Костенко

03/13/2021
Greeting from Archbishop Borys Gudziak

Join us tomorrow, March 14th at 1:45PM for the uplifting concert "Dream in Spring" featuring Juliette Kang, violin, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, Thomas Kraines, cello, Che-Hung Chen, viola, and Amy Yang, piano, who will perform the music of Serhiy Prokofiev (1891-1953), Virko Baley (b. 1938), and Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856).

This concert is sponsored by The Dr. Alexander and Jaroslawa Gudziak Charitable Fund and by Kenneth Hutchins.

More details about the concert: https://ukrainianinstitute.org/event/dream/

03/12/2021
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Spring Forward by joining us either in-person or online for the uplifting concert "Dream in Spring" featuring Juliette Kang, violin, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, Thomas Kraines, cello, Che-Hung Chen, viola, and Amy Yang, piano, who will perform the music of Serhiy Prokofiev (1891-1953), Virko Baley (b. 1938), and Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856).

Meet violinist, Juliette Kang, pre-concert here: https://fb.watch/4aCrJuej5T/

More details about the concert: https://ukrainianinstitute.org/event/dream/

Next up in our Musician's Minute series: First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang. Hear all about her fantasy cheese steak in this video, and then hear her perform Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, January 18-20 as part of the British Isles Festival. bit.ly/BritishIsles2

03/09/2021
Ukrainian Institute of America

Today, March 9th, 2021, Ukrainians around the world mark the 207th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine's bard, Taras Shevchenko.

Today, March 4, 2021, Ukrainians mark the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Volodymyr Ivasiuk, without whose contribution...
03/04/2021

Today, March 4, 2021, Ukrainians mark the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Volodymyr Ivasiuk, without whose contribution it would be difficult to imagine Ukrainian pop-folk songs. He was an icon for millions of admirers, creating songs that praised neither social workplace advancements nor proletarian leaders, but his beautiful homeland and its people.

Volodymyr, the son of a rural teacher, was born in Bukovyna, Western Ukraine. At the age of 5, he began learning to play the violin at a music school and started writing his first songs. Later, as a student at Lviv Medical University, in 1970, he became an overnight national sensation after a public performance of his songs "Chervona Ruta" and "Vodohray". A year later, "Chervona Ruta" won the Best Song of the Year award of the Soviet Union.

On May 18, 1979, Volodymyr Ivasiuk was found hanged in a forest outside Lviv. He was 30 years old. His death is widely believed to have been a political killing organized by the KGB. Ivasiuk’s funeral in Lviv was attended by over 10,000 people and turned into a mass protest against the Soviet regime.

Today, February 25, 2021 we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesya Ukrainka, who was the foremost woman w...
02/25/2021

Today, February 25, 2021 we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesya Ukrainka, who was the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature and a leading figure in its modernist movement. She was also known as an activist for the advancement of political, civil and women’s rights.

The daughter of intellectuals, Lesya Ukrainka had a number of influential people to mentor her from a young age. Her mother, Olha Drahomanova-Kosach, was better known by her penname Olena Pchilka, and was a publisher, writer, interpreter and civil activist, and her mother's brother (Lesya’s uncle) was renowned scientist, philosopher, historian and public figure, Mykhaylo Drahomanov. Lesya’s father, Petro Kosach, was a strong advocate for the progress of Ukrainian culture, providing financial support for publishing Ukrainian literature. Her brother, Mykhaylo, also gained recognition in the literary world where he was known by the penname of Mykhaylo Obachny.

During Lesya’s childhood, Russian was the primary language in public education. To ensure that their children gained a proper appreciation for the Ukrainian language, it was the only language spoken in the Kosach home, with Ukrainian tutors seeing to their educational requirements. With such individualized attention, Lesya Ukrainka could read by the age of four, and learned to read in a number of languages, enabling her to read great literary works in the languages in which they had been written.

Lesya Ukrainka was stricken with tuberculosis in 1881 and traveled widely thereafter in search of a cure. Her early lyrical verse, influenced by Taras Shevchenko, dealt with the poet’s loneliness and social alienation and was informed by a love of freedom, especially national freedom. The collections “On the Wings of Songs” (1893); “Thoughts and Dreams” (1899) and “Echoes” (1902) established her as the leading young Ukrainian poet of the day.

She was active in the Ukrainian struggle against tsarism and joined Ukrainian Marxist organizations, translating the Communist Manifesto into Ukrainian in 1902. In 1907 she was arrested and, following her release, was kept under observation by the tsarist police.

Lesya Ukrainka concentrated on poetic dramas from about 1906 on. Her plays were inspired by various historical milieus, e.g. the Old Testament in “A Woman Possessed” (1901) and “The Babylonian Captivity” (1908), the world of ancient Greece and Rome, and the early Christian era in “In the Catacombs” (1906) and “On the Field of Blood” (1911). Folk songs and fairy tales provide the framework for “The Forest Song (1912), in which Ukrainka reflects on the timeless tension between exalted ideals and sordid reality.

Lesya also wrote short stories and critical essays and did masterful translations of works by Homer, William Shakespeare, Lord Byron and Victor Hugo.

The life and works of Lesya Ukrainka are well documented and remain as a tribute to her contribution to Ukrainian literature and identity.

02/23/2021
Oksana Zabuzhko in Conversation

If you missed our virtual discussion with award-winning Ukrainian writer, cultural critic and publisher, Oksana Zabuzhko (Оксана Забужко), on Sunday, February 21st, you can watch the full recording of it online on our YouTube channel.

The Ukrainian Institute of America was delighted to present a special virtual event "Oksana Zabuzhko in Conversation" on Sunday, February 21st, 2021. The eve...

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival.  It will be held over three...
02/23/2021
Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival | UCMF All-Access Pass

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival. It will be held over three days (Friday, March 5th to Sunday, March 7th) via online streaming platform Musae.

This year’s theme is “Voices Across Generations” in honor of 30 years of Ukrainian independence. Each day of the festival, concerts will be streamed in high-quality video on a streamlined platform and you’ll have an opportunity to attend UCMF from the comfort of your home, from anywhere in the world – all while supporting contemporary Ukrainian culture and music.

Take a look at the program and book your tickets!

The Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival 2021 is a celebration of “Voices Across Generations,” in honor of thirty years of Ukrainian Independence. The festival will feature three concerts over three days, each of which will focus on a different set of voices from the recent history of Ukrainian...

On February 17th, Ukrainians honor the birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj (1892-1984), major archbishop of the Ukrainian Ca...
02/17/2021

On February 17th, Ukrainians honor the birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj (1892-1984), major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 1944 to 1984. He was persecuted and imprisoned by the Soviet regime in Siberia but managed to survive 18 years of labor camps and was freed thanks to the intercession of St. Pope John XXIII and President John F. Kennedy. Josyf Slipyj was allowed to emigrate to Rome where he was recognized as the Ukrainian Catholic major archbishop and honored with the title of cardinal. Patriarch Josyf was the first Rector of Lviv Theological Academy and founder of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

On February 15th, Ukrainians celebrate the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, or Stritennya, which translates as ”meet...
02/15/2021
Стрітення: Коли зима зустрічає весну - Локальна історія

On February 15th, Ukrainians celebrate the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, or Stritennya, which translates as ”meeting.” It is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the year that closes the cycle of Christmas holidays. There is also a belief that on this day winter meets spring.

According to the Gospel, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to perform the Redemption of the Firstborn Son, in obedience to the Old Testament.

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UIA AUCTION IS ENDING SOON!!  Bid Now: rebrand.ly/AuctionUIADon't miss out on these fantastic items! Our online auction ...
02/11/2021

UIA AUCTION IS ENDING SOON!!
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Don't miss out on these fantastic items! Our online auction offers something perfect for everyone on your birthday, special occasion and Valentine’s Day gift list. The auction will remain open for bidding only until 10PM EST on February 15th, 2021, but you can secure your item immediately with the BUY NOW option and have it shipped to you the next day. So, bid now and support the UIA! And don’t forget to spread the word!

If you missed our Music at the Institute's live event on January 24th, when Pavel Gintov, concert pianist performed work...
02/11/2021

If you missed our Music at the Institute's live event on January 24th, when Pavel Gintov, concert pianist performed works by Serhiy Bortkevych, you are now able to view it on demand on the OurConcerts.live website.
Watch it here: https://ourconcerts.live/gintov

Did you have a chance to check out our online art, vacation and luxury goods-filled Silent Auction? Don't miss out! It o...
02/04/2021

Did you have a chance to check out our online art, vacation and luxury goods-filled Silent Auction? Don't miss out! It offers something perfect for everyone on your birthday, special occasion and Valentine’s Day gift list.

The auction will remain open for bidding until February 15th, 2021. And our “Buy Now” option allows you to lock in your purchase without waiting until the very end. So, bid now and support the UIA! View all items here: rebrand.ly/AuctionUIA

🏆 Ukrainian team FireWay won a “Best Use of Technology” award at the 48-hour NASA International Space Apps Challenge for...
02/02/2021
Ukrainians win award at NASA hackathon | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

🏆 Ukrainian team FireWay won a “Best Use of Technology” award at the 48-hour NASA International Space Apps Challenge for its prototype of a universal space connector (ESC). Congratulations team FireWay!! 👏

Ukrainian team FireWay won a “Best Use of Technology” award at the 48-hour NASA International Space Apps Challenge for its prototype of a universal space connector (ESC). If the project is brought to life, it will be able to refuel satellites in orbit, extending their life cycles. This would sav...

Today Ukraine commemorates the heroes of the Battle of Kruty. The battle took place on January 29, 1918, when several hu...
01/29/2021

Today Ukraine commemorates the heroes of the Battle of Kruty. The battle took place on January 29, 1918, when several hundred men of the Ukrainian forces including 300 students briefly halted the advance of 4,000 soldiers of the Red Army towards Kyiv. While the Ukrainian soldiers slowed the Bolshevik march towards Kyiv by days, eastern and part of western Ukraine were brought under full control of the Soviet Union by 1923. All students who fought in the Battle of Kruty were killed or imprisoned and executed later. The battle is commemorated as a symbol of patriotic self-sacrifice and is immortalized in numerous literary works.

Glory to the Heroes! Heroyam Slava!

Interested in learning Ukrainian? The Ukrainian Institute of America continues its online group course for beginners. Th...
01/27/2021

Interested in learning Ukrainian? The Ukrainian Institute of America continues its online group course for beginners. This 10-week course will start on February 2nd, 2021.

If you are interested, please email us at [email protected] call 212-288-8660.

The cost is $400.00. Our current classes are all taking place online.

While learning Ukrainian with us, you will also discover more about Ukrainian culture and traditions.

While our galleries remain open on a limited basis and by appointment only, we invite you to revisit the opening of Five...
01/22/2021
Five Elements of War

While our galleries remain open on a limited basis and by appointment only, we invite you to revisit the opening of Five Elements of War, an installation of multimedia artworks by Ukrainian artist-activists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green depicting their reaction to the recognized causes, turmoil and consequences of the ongoing Russian military aggression and war waged in eastern Ukraine. It took place at the Ukrainian Institute of America on January 25th, 2018.

Art at the Institute was pleased to present Five Elements of War, an installation of multimedia artworks by Ukrainian artist-activists Daria Marchenko and Da...

Read The New York Times review of Ukraine’s official Oscar entry "Атлантида / Atlantis" by Valentyn Vasyanovych.
01/21/2021
‘Atlantis’ Review: A Bleak Apocalypse Love Story

Read The New York Times review of Ukraine’s official Oscar entry "Атлантида / Atlantis" by Valentyn Vasyanovych.

Ukraine’s official Oscar entry, the movie depicts an all-too-convincing dystopia, with no fancy gadgets or cars.

Do not miss! January 24th at 2PM EST Music of Serhiy Bortkevych The Ukrainian Institute of America is pleased to collabo...
01/20/2021

Do not miss! January 24th at 2PM EST
Music of Serhiy Bortkevych

The Ukrainian Institute of America is pleased to collaborate with the Shevchenko Scientific Society, USA to present, Pavel Gintov, concert pianist, who will perform works by Serhiy Bortkevych, an oft-overlooked Ukrainian composer. During his life, Bortkevych (also spelled “Bortkiewicz”) was oppressed and persecuted by both the Soviet and N**i regimes. A brilliant pianist and composer, he was a refugee and a survivor of two world wars. The style of Bortkevych’s music derives from the great Romantic composers of the 19th century. He adopted Liszt’s rich and brilliant piano writing, Chopin’s lyricism and humanness, the imagery of Schumann’s character pieces, and Wagner’s imaginative harmony. This concert is part of the Music at the Institute's 2020/2021 season.

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Watch this concert from the comfort of your own home.
Buy Tickets: https://ourconcerts.live/gintov

Live broadcast Partner: OurConcerts.live.

If you missed our Music at the Institute's Opening Concert Dedicated to the Victims of COVID-19, you can now watch the f...
01/18/2021
Opening Concert Dedicated to the Victims of COVID 19

If you missed our Music at the Institute's Opening Concert Dedicated to the Victims of COVID-19, you can now watch the full recording of it on our YouTube channel.

The concert took place at the Ukrainian Institute of America on November 7th, 2020 and featured alumni & students of the Yale School of Music and the University of Connecticut, Melvin Chen, violin, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, and Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor.

Live broadcast Partner: OurConcerts.live

Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Selfreliance FCU

Featuring alumni & students of the Yale School of Music and the University of Connecticut, Melvin Chen, violin, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, and Toshiyuki Shima...

Check out our art and luxury goods-filled Silent Auction! It offers something special for everyone on your gift list.Vie...
01/14/2021

Check out our art and luxury goods-filled Silent Auction! It offers something special for everyone on your gift list.
View all items here: https://rb.gy/7s03hr

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies announced a call for applications for CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-202...
01/12/2021
CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies announced a call for applications for CIUS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2022.

◾️ Bayduza Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Ukraine 2021–2022.

◾️ Temerty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Holodomor Studies 2021–2022.

Deadline: February 15th, 2021.

Although all applications in fields associated with the humanities and social sciences will be considered, research proposals in the areas of identities, nationalism, regions, borders, social values, and historical politics and memory will be given preference.

If you are celebrating Christmas on January 7th (Julian calendar), we wish you a joyous holiday! Christ is Born! Христос...
01/06/2021
Ukrainian Christmas Traditions - Ukrainian people

If you are celebrating Christmas on January 7th (Julian calendar), we wish you a joyous holiday! Christ is Born! Христос Рoждається! Веселих Свят!

Christmas Eve, Sviata Vecheria Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve (January 6.) and end on the Feast of the Epiphany. The Christmas Eve Supper or Sviata Vecheria (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and tradit...

Today, January 6th, marks 83 years since the birth of Vasyl Stus (1938-1985), a famous Ukrainian poet and publicist, one...
01/06/2021

Today, January 6th, marks 83 years since the birth of Vasyl Stus (1938-1985), a famous Ukrainian poet and publicist, one of the most active members of Ukrainian dissident movement. He spent 13 out of his 47 years in Soviet prison camps and died while on a hunger strike in prison.

Vasyl Stus will always remain a symbol of the strength of the human spirit in its struggle for freedom and righteousness. His love for Ukraine is interwoven in his many writings and poems which have endured and continue to inspire Ukrainians throughout the world. On November 26, 2005 he was posthumously awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.

Heroyam Slava!

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More about Vasyl Stus: https://bit.ly/31Kb8bx
His Poetry (in Ukrainian): http://poetyka.uazone.net/stus/
The Death of Vasyl Stus: http://bit.ly/1NfQhA0
"Thriving in Isolation and Beyond: The Empowering Poetry of Vasyl Stus" by Bohdan Tokarsky: https://bit.ly/35e5Wha
"Sprava Vasylya Stusa: Zbirka dokumentiv z arkhivu kolyshnʹoho KDB URSR" by Wakhtang Kipiani: https://amzn.to/2Xj6s9k

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