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Culture and Humanitarian Cooperation between Ukraine and Latvia
15 August 2012 23:06

The facilitation of Ukrainian and Latvian cultural and humanitarian cooperation is boosted by close contacts of museums, artists, educational institutions, libraries, youth exchanges and cooperation with the Ukrainian diaspora.

Close contacts have been established between the V.I.Vernandsky National Library of Ukraine, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine, the V.Stefanyk Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Lviv) and the Latvian National Library, the Academic Library of the Latvian University (Riga), the D.I.Chizhevskyi Kropyvnytskyi Region Universal Research Library and the Riga Central Library.

In February 2018 the Ukrainian delegation of chiefs of the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv", the National Museum “Kyiv Picture Gallery” and the All-Ukrainian Association of Museums and Reserves on their visit to Latvia reinvigorated ties with Latvian museums with a view of exchanging respective experience. The parties have also agreed upon joint projects on the occasion of the Centenary of the Republic of Latvia and the Ukrainian Statehood.

Latvia shows high interest to the Ukrainian literature – the modern proses by Serhii Zhadan and Maksym Butchenko have been successfully presented in Riga. Children literature by Taras Prokhasko translated into Latvian and sold in Latvian bookshops. An important milestone in the history of Ukrainian and Latvian literature ties have become the translation and publishing of collection of poems by outstanding Latvian poets and public figures Rainis and Aspazija “Three-colored Sun” and by Aleksandrs Čaks and Ojārs Vācietis translated by Raul Chilachava into Ukrainian and Georgian, the publishing of the anthology of Ukrainian classic and modern poetry “Wind from Ukraine”, the presentation of the collection of poems by Taras Shevchenko “Destiny”. In 2011 Latvian people’s songs were translated and published in Ukraine, as well as the book “Latvians of the Kharkiv region”.

The two countries actively cooperate in cinematography – Ukrainian film directors traditionally participate in the International Film Festival and ArtDocFest/Riga. In particular, in 2018 in Riga documentaries of Ukrainian directors Sergei Loznitsa, Oleksandr Techynsky, vadym Ilkov and Alisa Kovalenko (18-31 October 2018). Two years in a row the Intenational Tour Film Festival «Tourfilm Riga» awards Ukrainian films: in 2017 the third prize in EcoTourism was given to Ukrainian Film Director Ruslan Bokach and his shadow theatre for the short film “Save the Earth” and in 2018 – the short film “Thank you” – a promotion clip about Ukraine, created with the support from the Ministry of information policies – won the second place. 

On 13-15 October the Embassy of Ukraine supported the Latvian Association of Ukrainian Organizations in holding the Days of Ukrainian Cinema in Riga. The 3-day festival showed  both classic and modern Ukrainian films. The festival was inaugurated by the round table of Ukrainian and Latvian cinema experts, actors, directors and scriptwriters.

The weighty contribution to the bilateral humanitarian cooperation is made by the Riga Ukrainian Secondary School, which was founded in 1991.

On 6 November 2015 during his working visit to the Republic of Latvia Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk (2014 – 2016) and Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma (2014 – 2016) solemnly opened the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Riga. The monument was erected due to public donations of Ukrainians of Latvia. The monument created in Ukraine by sculptor Ihor Grechanyk and presented to the City of Riga.

The countries enjoy active theatre exchanges – the Riga Ukrainian People's Theatre in September 2018 participated in the 10th All-Ukrainian Festival of Theatre Art "Kolmyiky Performances" with the "Stolen Happiness" by I.Franko. On occasion of the 27th Anniversary of Independence of Ukraine the premiere of the historical drama poem "Marusya Churay" was presented in Riga with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine. 

Ukrainian and Latvian organizations implement active cultural and humanitarian projects in music and vocal arts (upon the invitation of the Riga City Council Ukrainian youth and juvenile solosists and collectives participated in the Intenational Song Festival Riga Symphony in 8-11 December 2018, having received several awards, including the Grand Prix of the Festival. 

In October 2018 the Embassy assisted in the establishment of cooperation between the Riga Ukrainian Secondary School and the Secondary School Nr 3 from Irpin in order to promote the Ukrainian fighting sport - Khorting. 

 

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