June 14, 2018

Ukrainian Summer Concert at the United Nations in Vienna, 12 June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the VIC Ukrainian Club in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna organized a concert, titled “One Hour with Dances and Voices from Ukraine”, hosted by the United Nations Office in Vienna. The aim of the event was to promote the Ukrainian culture among the UN staff, diplomats and other international guests.


In his welcoming address, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, Mr. Ihor Prokopchuk underlined the importance of preserving the national identity and traditions. 


The President of the Staff Union of UNIDO, Ms. Chantal Pothier welcomed the initiative underlining  the significance of exploring the cultural heritage of Ukraine and its great value for enriching the diversity of the United Nations’ environment.


Numerous visitors enjoyed the performance of a youth folk dance group from Lviv, Ukraine, “Rosy Svitanky”/ “Morning Dew”, and listened to the magical voice of Nataliya Stepanyak (soprano), under the accompaniment of instrumental music by the talented pianist, Feliks Matskulyak. Each entry was breathtaking and unveiled the beauty of the colourful Ukrainian culture in an exceptionally professional manner.


“Rosy Svitanky”/ “Morning Dew”, led by Mr. Yuriy Bugryn, Chief Art Producer, is a multiple prize-winner of international competitions in Europe. Their dances took the audience on a journey to a colorful world, where people speak a fascinating language of energetic rhythm and movements. The group performed eight dances, introducing different regions of Ukraine and showing the beautiful Ukrainian outfits. They concluded with a traditional dance of the Ukrainian Cossacks, “Hopak”, an astonishing and extremely difficult dance, and, is popularly referred to as the "National Dance of Ukraine". 


The performance of Nataliya and Feliks was absolutely stunning and touching. They performed pieces by renowned Ukrainian composers Ihor Kushpler and Mykhajlo Zherbin, and the Aria of Natalka from the Opera “Natalka-Poltavka”, written by Ivan Kotlyarevskyi with the music by Mykola Lysenko.


The VIC Ukrainian Club would like to express its sincere gratitude to the amazing performers and the audience, as well as the United Nations Vienna Office for providing the venue, equipment and significant technical support. 


The event was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Austrian-Ukrainian Association, Ukrainian Saturday’s School in Vienna (Українська суботня школа у Відні) and various individual activists, such as Valentyna Gryshcuk and Sophie Klymus, and others, promoting the Ukrainian culture abroad. We thank for their hard work and support!


Our special gratitude goes to a great photographer Maria Klymenko, who has made this fascinating  photo-report.