November 08, 2018

The Ukrainian Week at the UNO City in Vienna - PRESS RELEASE

The Ukrainian Week at the UNO City in Vienna will be organized from 12 to 16 November 2018 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) with an overall purpose of promoting women´s empowerment and leadership, while introducing Ukrainian culture and artists to the United Nations (UN) community.

The event is organized by the VIC Ukrainian Club in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna. The Club brings together Ukrainians, who work at the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, as well as members from other countries supporting Club’s activities. It aims at popularizing Ukraine, its culture, science, art, music, literature and sports within the international community in Vienna.

During the Ukrainian Week, the organizers plan to highlight a significant contribution of the Ukrainian women to the cultural, economic and social development. Through the prism of cultural heritage and modern achievements, Ukrainian singers, musicians, artists, photographers, designers and media experts will be sharing their success stories in order to encourage other women and girls to pursue their dreams, grow professionally, and spiritually, and play an active role in their communities.

The opening of the Ukrainian Week will take place on 12 November in the Mozart room of the VIC restaurant. It will start with an interactive session, themed “Accelerating Sustainable Development through Women’s Empowerment and Leadership”.

Renowned female leaders will participate in the discussion. Among them are Oksana Lyniv, the first female Chief Conductor of the Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Graz, Austria; Olga Garashchuk, neurophysiologist, Head of the Department of Neurophysiology, University of Tübingen, Germany; Yevheniya Kuleba, a Chairwoman of the non-governmental organization “Garden-City” and a public activist from Kyiv; and Anna Iarotska, an entrepreneur and co-founder of "Robo Wunderkind" from Vienna, Austria. Charles Arthur, Advocacy and Media Relations Officer, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also participate in the discussion. The event will be opened by Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna and Fatou Haidara, Managing Director, UNIDO. The session will be moderated by Solomiya Omelyan, President of the VIC Ukrainian Club.

At the opening, results of a project of the Ukrainian Club “From Inspiration to Action” will be presented. The project, coordinated by Oksana Pavliska, activist of the VIC Ukrainian Club was initiated with an aim to support, inspire and motivate other girls and women to be socially active and fulfill their professional goals and aspirations. In conclusion, Nataliya Yaremchuk, activist of the Club, will introduce an exhibition of the Ukrainian artists Natalia Kolpakova, Ivan Protsiv, Victoria Protsiv, Maryna Naumchuk and Olha Hnativ.

An educational master-class on programming of toy robots for children from 5 to 99 years old will be held on 13 November in cooperation with "Robo Wunderkind”. The event is coordinated by Olga Sholoyko, activist of the Club.

On 14 November, a concert and a flash mob will be organized. The concert will feature magnificent Ukrainian songs and a legendary folk instrument called bandura. The audience will hear Zoryana Kushpler (mezzo-soprano), a leading singer of the Viennese Opera, Yaromyr Bozhenko, an outstanding pianist from Essen, Germany, Olena Nechai, a singer and a bandura player, Natalya Stepanyak (soprano) and a chamber ensemble “Halychanka from Vienna.

On 15 November, guests are invited to attend a petrykivka” painting workshop in the Rotunda, organized in cooperation with the Ukrainian Saturday’s School in Vienna.

Throughout the week, charity sales will be held in the VIC cafeteria offering exquisite handmade Ukrainian souvenirs, designer clothes, books and selected works of art. Collected funds will be used for a Club’s charity project for pre-school children in the orphanage #1 in Lviv, Ukraine. Organizing the charity sales became possible thanks to numerous contributors, namely:

Art Gallery “Veles” and its owner Halyna Tryntsolyn; manufactory of handmade porcelain products “ATTA” and its Director Anatoliy Titov; Ivan Malkovych, owner and Director of the publishing house “A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA”; brand “Silver Story” and its owner Marianna Gritsyshyn; Art Salon “Art + Décor” and its owner Marta Dobryanska; company “UkrGifs” and its owner Julia Grushko; decor-studio “Korali” and its owners Dana Yakymchuk and Lada Talanchuk; fashion designers Olena Dats’ and Lyubov Chernikova, jewelry artist Olga Mikula; and many others.b

During the week, with support of the restaurant Schrnk from Vienna and its owner Roman Zhorin with the team, delicious Ukrainian national dishes will be offered at the VIC cafeteria

In the Rotunda, visitors will be able to enjoy an exhibition of books provided by Ivan Malkovych’s publishing house “A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA”, paintings by Ivan Protsiv, Victoria Protsiv, Maryna Naumchuk and Olha Hnativ, an exhibition of photo remakes of famous paintings by Alina Wolf, an exhibition of wooden 3-D maps and much more. In cooperation with the project Ukraїner, short video clips about Ukraine will be shown in the UN premises.

The Ukrainian Week will conclude on Friday, 16 November with a fashion show by leading Ukrainian female designers Roksolana Bogutska, Olena Dats’ and Lyubov Chernikova. Guests will enjoy a dancing performance by Nadiya and Konstantin Panchenko, multiple prize winners of international competitions. Viennese DJ Peter Ambryk will entertain the public with his creatives music mixes. Ksenia Titova, activist of the Club will moderate the show.