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December 30, 2013

Maria Yaremchuk Will Represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2014

Ukraine announced its representative at the largest European song competition – Eurovision 2014. Maria Yaremchuk, together with 38 contestants from all over Europe will perform on May 6, 8 and 10, 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

December 20, 2013

Ukraine Joins European Cinema Support Fund

Ukraine will join European Cinema Support Fund. Such conclusion was drawn on December 17, 2013 based on the agreement between Motion Picture Association of Ukraine and Eurimages. Agreement will enable Ukraine to cooperate on European projects, get financial aid for film production and strengthen ties of inter-European cooperation.

December 19, 2013

Eight Churches in Ukraine Become World Heritage Sites

Eight wooden churches in western Ukraine have been recognized as those possessing special cultural or physical significance and therefore entered into the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. Such was the result of the four-year joint Polish-Ukrainian project, which involved municipalities of Lviv, Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts.

December 6, 2013

UNESCO Adds Ukrainian Petrykivskyi Rozpys to Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Petrykivskyi rozpys became the first Ukrainian phenomenon added to Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, according to the General Assembly of UNESCO, which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on December 5, 2013. Thoroughly analyzed and evaluated by 600 culture experts from 95 countries, Petrykivka decorative painting style became the 8th Ukrainian phenomena on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.

December 4, 2013

Ukrainian Sofia Tarasova – Among Top Performers at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Representing Ukraine, 12-year-old Sofia Tarasova won the second place among the contestants from 12 countries at the major artistic European event – Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC). The 11th annual event was hosted in the heart of Kyiv – the National Palace of Arts Ukraine.

November 27, 2013

Kharkiv Students Take First Places at International Science Tournament, Saint Petersburg

Ukrainian students from Karazin Kharkiv National University successfully participated in the IV International Natural Sciences Tournament where they managed to spearhead three individual competitions. The tournament was held at the State Saint Petersburg University, Chemistry Department on November 13-18, 2013. It hosted 35 teams of participants from Belarus, Estonia, India, Russia and Ukraine.

November 25, 2013

UNESCO Calls for Celebration of Taras Shevchenko’s 200th Birthday

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO invites the world to celebrate the 200th birthday of Taras Shevchenko – eminent Ukrainian poet and artist. Almost 200 nations marked March 9, 2014 on their event calendars after the 37th General Assembly of UNESCO in Paris on November 20, 2013

November 25, 2013

Kharkiv Scientists Improve Cancer Diagnostics

Professor of the National Kharkiv Polytechnic University together with a group of Kharkiv scientists discovered a new process in biological tissues. The discovery in the area of pressure-regulated biosynthesis in cells will allow for more thorough diagnostics of cancer. Consequently, the researchers received accolade from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. The new phenomenon was called “piezobiosynthesis”.

November 22, 2013

Ukraine Remembers Victims of 1930s Manmade Famine

This year, Ukraine marks the 80th anniversary of the manmade famine – Holodomor. As the main program of the victims’ commemoration day is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, the first events have already taken place – themed open lectures, exhibitions, etc. Last night, the National Opera House in Kyiv presented an opera about the tragedy – Red Earth. Hunger by Virko Baley.

November 21, 2013

Ukraine Presents Best Exhibition Stand at International Education Fair

Representing the country’s best educational institutions, Ukraine won the highest award at the International Educational Exhibition in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan. More than 100 national and international educational institutions, science centers and international organizations from China, CIS, EU, Georgia, India, Iran, Turkey, South Korea, and USA, were presented at the exhibition of November 12-14, 2013, reports Among the world’s leading companies present were Microsoft and HP (USA), Lenovo and Huawey (China), Edustori (Turkey), Wistron and Caspian Project Supply Ltd (Great Britain).

November 19, 2013

Sciacca 2013 Goes to 9-Year-Old Ukrainian Boy

Vitalii Nechayev from Ukraine obtained the winner’s title of the XII International Giuseppe Sciacca Prize. Young scientist from Ukraine was recognized as a role model for his notable contribution to the Ukrainian history studies, as well as promotion of a positive image of Ukraine. The organizers praised Vitalii’s special skills and prodigious memory.

November 15, 2013

Ukraine Becomes Member of UNESCO Executive Board

Ukraine was elected a member of the UNESCO Executive Board (EB) for the period of 2013-2017. Such decision has been made at the 37th Assembly of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

November 14, 2013

FEMTEC: Ukrainian Spa Resort Myrhorod Voted Best in the World

Ukrainian spa resort Myrhorod in Poltava region was awarded the title of the Best SPA Resort in the World during the 66th General Assembly and International Scientific Congress of the World Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy (FEMTEC), which took place in Greece.

November 13, 2013

Spanish City Names a Street “Ukraine”

Southern Spanish city Torrevieja will name one of its streets Ukraine to honor the 80th anniversary of Holodomor (1930s man-made famine in Ukraine). The honor is part of the preparations for the Holodomor victims commemoration – an event organized by the local NGO – Association of Ukrainians in Torrevieja. The organization actively participates in the social life of the seaside city and was offered the honor as the recognition of their contribution to the public good.

November 12, 2013

Archeologists Discover Ships Sunk During Crimean War

Under the waters of the Black Sea off the Crimean shore archeologists discovered naval ships, which were used by the allied forces in the run of the Crimean War of 1853-1856, as reported by Having found the vessels, the scientists were able to confirm the legend of French, British, and Turkish ships having sunk off the western coast of the Crimean peninsula during the storm of 1854.

November 7, 2013

Ukrainians Celebrate Their National Language

Every year Ukraine Celebrates its national language day on November 9 by holding spelling bees, literacy festivals, and even a nationwide radio dictation. This year, however, the written Pan-Ukrainian test will take place on November 11, while Lviv residents will write the test on November 8. Anybody interested can test their language skills, including Ukrainians residing abroad and foreigners of non-Ukrainian origin.

November 7, 2013

Six Ukrainian and Polish Cities Unite to Attract Tourists

Three western Ukrainian cities: Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Kolomyia joined eastern Polish Lublin, Zamosc, and Przeworsk for a joint project – Eastern European Gems: the creation and promotion of urban cultural tourism products in the cross-border area. The participating cities will develop audio tours for individual tourists as well as offer other products for travellers. The program is sponsored by the European community.

November 1, 2013

Three of Every Four Ukrainian Hotels Offer Internet Access

Ukraine made it to number nine in the global rating of countries whose hotels offer the service of Internet access in their hotel rooms (either via cable, or Wi-Fi). The rating was compiled by Trivago, one of the world’s top hotel price comparison sites. The USA, New Zealand, Romania, Canada, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, and France took the first through eighth spots on the list.

October 30, 2013

Ukrainian Professionals Lead Europe at Global Skills Competition Brainbench 2013

Ukraine became the best country in Europe as the International Most Master Level Certified Nation at the Global Skills Competition Brainbench 2013.

October 21, 2013

Ukrainian Writer Wins Central European Literary Award

Famous Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko has won a prestigious Central European literary award Angelus for her 2009 novel Muzei Pokynutykh Sekretiv (The Museum of Abandoned Secrets). The novel has already been translated in a few European languages, some labelled it the literary event of the year, and select critics compared the work with those of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Thomas Mann (referring to Zabuzhko’s piece as Ukrainian Buddenbrooks).

October 18, 2013

London Discovers Ukrainian Art

Ukraine’s brightest stars in music and art performed at the opening of the unique cultural event in London – the Days of Ukraine in the UK – on October 17. The guests of the gala night included the celebrated classical music composer and living musical legend Myroslav Skoryk (famous for his 1982 tune Melody La-minor), acclaimed young violinist Bohdana Pivnenko, artist Zinaida Lihacheva, and many other Ukrainian talents.

October 16, 2013

Ukrainian Film Takes First Prize at Baghdad Film Festival

Ukrainian thriller Delirium (2013) has been named the best in the long fiction competition at the Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF), Iraq. The 92-minute film is a joint Ukraine – Czech Republic production directed by prize-winning Ukrainian director Ihor Podolchak. The second prize of the competition went to Australian romcom Romancing Sydney by Anmol Mishra.

October 9, 2013

Chanel Signs Ukrainian Model Evelina Samsonchyk

Evelina Samsonchyk, 19, signed a permanent contract with fashion house Chanel. The model participated in the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2013/14 Haute Couture show that took place on July 2, at the Grand Palais, Paris - the job she was invited to do by Karl Lagerfeld himself. She was joined by Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, 30, and the hottest up-and-coming English supermodel Cara Delevingne, 21. Samsonchyk will also walk for Chanel during the New York Fashion Week and join the company’s subsequent world tour in 12 countries.

October 8, 2013

Ukrainian Film Legend Feature Makes It to Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its Best Foreign Film 2014 shortlist that includes 76 titles, reports Entertainment Weekly. Ukraine is represented in the list by the co-production by directors Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova Paradjanov. The film explores the life and work of one of the most innovative and provocative Ukrainian film directors Serhiy Paradjanov.

October 3, 2013

Ukraine Signs Association With CERN

The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Kostiantyn Hryshchenko has signed an agreement that grants Ukraine the status of an associate member of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, as he informed via his Twitter. CERN agreement is a scientific forerunner to Ukraine’s association with the EU, tweeted the minister.

October 1, 2013

Ukraine Honored at French Painting Festival

Ukraine has not only become the guest of honor at the 5th International Festival of Painting in La Ferte-Bernard, France, four Ukrainian artists also won honorary awards for their art. Artem Andriychuk and Andriy Sydorenko became the laureates of the international art festival in France, while Tetiana Kushch and Oleksii Olin won the Audience Choice and Youth Award, reports Ukrinform.

September 30, 2013

Odesa Becomes Real-Life Wikipedia

The southern Ukrainian city of Odesa is getting equipped with QR code signs that allow any passerby to scan the code and discover important historical information about the landmark in sight. The first stage of the educational project saw the installation of 15 signs on the most outstanding architectural creations in downtown Odesa.

September 20, 2013

Ukrainian Song to Be Used in Champion Evgeni Plushenko Olympic Performance

Russia’s 2006 Olympic champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, 30, will use the song by Okean Elzy frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk Taka Yak Ty as a soundtrack for his performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place on February 7-23, in Sochi, Russia reports The Ukrainian song, first released in 2008, belongs to the genre of lyrical rock. The song’s title translates as The One Like You.

September 16, 2013

Ukrainian Opera Singer Wins Maria Bieşu Competition

Ukrainian opera singer Yulia Tereshchuk became the winner of the first prize at the XXI International Competition of Opera Singers Maria Bieşu in Chișinău, Moldova. In 2013, the festival hosted 36 performers from Armenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Russia, the U.S., and Ukraine.

September 11, 2013

Ukraine Thinks It Can Dance

Primetime Emmy winning show So You Think You Can Dance has determined the winners of its tenth season on Tuesday night. Women’s title of America’s favorite dancer was taken by Amy Yakima, 19. Curiously, born and bred in Michigan, Amy is Ukrainian, states So You Think You Can Dance wiki.

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