"?> Worldwide News Ukraine – Culture / Lifestyle http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/ en Foreign Supporters of Ukraine: Interview with Ukrainian Activist Abroad http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4339 Kyiv, July 29, 2014. Following the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, allegedly by Moscow-supported fighters, pro-Ukrainian activists around the world have increased their pressure on the international community to counter Russia’s proxy war against Ukraine. Protests, often organized by Ukrainian émigré communities, were held in several European and North American cities over the past several days–including Vienna, London, New York, and Berlin. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:27:23 +0200 Russia, Putin Increasingly Unpopular Worldwide http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4320 Kyiv, July 17, 2014. Following the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea in March and its subsequent support for armed rebels in two of Ukraine’s eastern provinces, perceptions of both Russia’s role in international affairs and of its treatment of its own people have deteriorated significantly worldwide. According to polls conducted by the Pew Research Center, international opinions about Russia have soured and confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreased. This is in sharp contrast to the opinions of the vast majority of the Russians themselves, who expressed confidence in Putin’s foreign and domestic policies. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:15:36 +0200 Kyiv Museum Exhibition Features Weapons Seized from Russian Terrorists in Eastern Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4313 Kyiv, July 15, 2014. The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War in Kyiv recently launched an exhibition of weapons that were seized from terrorists and separatists in the region of the Anti-Terrorist Operation by Ukrainian security forces. The exhibition showcases weapons and equipment used by terrorists in the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:37:25 +0200 Support for “Slavic Union” Plummets Throughout Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4308 Kyiv, July 9, 2014. As President Poroshenko’s Anti-Terrorism Operation against pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas gains traction, Ukrainian support for a union state between Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus has dropped precipitously throughout all regions of the country. According to the Ukrainian sociological organization Rating, support for a single union state with the three East Slavic nations has decreased from 42 percent in July 2012 to 18 percent in June 2014. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:00:10 +0200 So Close Yet So Far: Two Sisters’ Remarkably Different Experiences in Eastern Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4304 Kyiv, July 9, 2014. Anya and Dina Nosenko are both twenty-five year old natives of Dnipropetrovsk, a Russian-speaking industrial city in the steppes of southern Ukraine. They are both successful athletes. Dina currently works in Dnipropetrovsk, while Anya lives and trains in the Donbas region (only 250 kilometers east of Dnipropetrovsk). However close, their lives over the past few months could not have been more different. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:05:46 +0200 The Gifts Russia Gives to Ukraine’s ‘Separatists’ http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4283 Kyiv, June 19, 2014. On the surface, eastern Ukraine has all the makings of a civil war. Fighting between “pro-Ukrainian” forces and “separatists” from the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DNR) and the People’s Republic of Luhansk (LNR) has led to hundreds of deaths over the past two months. In Sloviansk, scene of the worst of the fighting, morgues reportedly have been filled to overflowing. Those outside Ukraine might get the impression that there are separatists out to destroy the “Banderivtsi” (followers of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera who had collaborated with the Nazis during part of World War II) while “pro-Ukrainian” forces aim to eliminate the “Colorado beetles” (known for their orange-black St. George ribbons, a symbol connected with the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II). Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:14:58 +0200 Ukraine: A Far Cry From Europe’s Far Right http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4262 Kyiv, 27 May, 2014. An early presidential election took place in Ukraine on May 25. Despite ongoing instability and violence in the east of the country, a record-breaking turnout of voters – more than 61% – came out to vote nationwide. According to preliminary results, the vast majority of Ukrainians – nearly 60% – have voted for Petro Poroshenko, an active participant in the Euromaidan protests and a multi-millionaire businessman. The two far-right nationalist parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, received less than 2 percent of the votes between them. These results debunk the Kremlin-sponsored myth about neo-Nazis coming to power in Ukraine. Tue, 27 May 2014 08:54:58 +0200 Pew Poll: Ukrainians Remain Tolerant but Fearful in the Face of Russian Aggression http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4252 Kyiv, May 23, 2014. Ukraine remains tolerant of various ethnic groups but fearful of potential ethnic conflict, according to a poll conducted in Ukraine by the Pew Research Center, which polled Ukrainian citizens about their views on particular ethnic groups residing in Ukraine. A large majority of Ukrainians have positive views toward ethnic Ukrainians (96 percent), Jews (87 percent), and Russians (84 percent). The results of this poll directly contradict the Kremlin’s rhetoric about violent and racist Ukrainian nationalists targeting ethnic Russians and Jews in Ukraine. Fri, 23 May 2014 08:30:32 +0200 Putin’s Popularity Plummets Among Russian-Speaking Ukrainians http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4241 Kyiv, May 17, 2014. According to the results of a recent poll conducted by the Ukrainian sociological organization Rating, as a result of Russian military intervention in Crimea and the country’s interference in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has plummeted drastically throughout Ukraine. Interestingly, the same poll shows that the vast majority of the regions where most of the population speaks Russian are now very hostile toward President Putin. This finding directly contradicts the Kremlin’s rhetoric about the existence of a besieged Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:06:53 +0200 PEN Officials: Russia’s Media Rhetoric Fuels Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4240 Kyiv, May 16, 2014. Moscow’s loud rhetoric, circulated via Russian-broadcast TV and radio channels both in Russia and in Ukraine provokes a deep conflict of interest, which leads to violent stand-offs in the eastern part of Ukraine. A statement on this conclusion was released on May 12, 2014 by a worldwide association of Poets, Essayists and Novelists – PEN International. Fri, 16 May 2014 09:01:46 +0200 Ukraine's Contribution to Victory in World War II Is Unsurpassed http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4231 Kyiv, May 15, 2014. Ukraine paid the biggest price for victory in the Second World War. As a vital contributor to the Red Army and a key provider of industrial resources in the USSR, Ukraine incurred the largest number of casualties during WWII. Russia has claimed the victory for itself and has officially denied the Ukrainian role in the fight against the Nazis. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:39:31 +0200 Ukraine Presents 8 Films at 2014 Cannes Film Festival http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4223 Kyiv, May 13, 2014. At this years Cannes International Film Festival Ukraine will be represented by Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s Tribe, Serhiy Loznitsa’s Maidan, restored The Color of Pomegranates by Serhiy Parajanov, as well as five short films. Parajanov’s work will compete in the official selection of the festival. The 2014 festival is taking place on May 14 to 25. Wed, 14 May 2014 09:15:17 +0200 First Time Ever: Gamer Passes All Levels in WoW http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4197 Kyiv, April 30, 2014. The first person in the world’s history to pass all the levels in the famous online game – World of Warcraft became a Ukrainian gamer, reported German Die Welt. A 32-year-old Andriy from Kyiv reportedly spent 17,000 hours gaming online in order to complete the current version of the role-playing game. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:53:12 +0200 Another Taras Shevchenko Monument Appears on the World Map: Mandra, Greece http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4196 Kyiv, April 29, 2014. On Sunday, April 27, the monument to Ukraine’s eminent poet and artist Taras Shevchenko was unveiled in Mandra, Greek town 40 kilometers away from Athens. The memorial will now stand at the square of Greek-Ukrainian Friendship. Notably, Ukraine has recently celebrated Shevchenko’s 200th birth anniversary by organizing a number of cultural events around the globe. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:50:36 +0200 Crimean “Medal of Dishonor”: Putin’s Epic Blunder http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4190 Kyiv, April 28, 2014. Until recently, Vladimir Putin’s story of the Crimean crisis was one of an oppressed people breaking free, with the heartfelt support of a brotherly Russian army, from the clutches of a Neo-Nazi junta which allegedly seized power in Ukraine as a result of a coup d'état. The official Kremlin version of the story has cost millions of unofficial US dollars, which were spent on a gargantuan propaganda machine which has worked overtime to convince the international community of the authenticity of this perspective on Russia’s Crimean escapade. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:36:47 +0200 Ukrainian Fashion Week Stands Against War http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4108 Kyiv, March 22, 2014. Ukraine just finished hosting the 34th Ukrainian Fashion Week (March 14-20). This year's theme was “Ukrainian fashion against war.” Both Focus magazine and Ukrainian Fashion Week presented items by Ukrainian designers and amateurs inspired by the latest events in Ukraine. The designers once again reiterated their position as that of proud citizens of Ukraine who stood firmly against violence, promoting peace and democracy and supporting the country on its way to global integration. The organizers of Ukrainian Fashion Week also produced a video - Ukrainian fashion stands against war! - in which they ask the world to support Ukraine. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:25:13 +0200 Prague Telegraph Issues Confusing Messages on Legitimacy of Crimean Vote http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4105 Kyiv, March 21, 2014. Despite the official denunciation by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Crimean referendum, which was deemed illegitimate by the UN Security Council, the EU and the U.S., two Czech citizens who claim to have been observers during the vote stated that its outcome objectively reflected the public opinion of Crimea’s citizens. Their statement was published by the Prague Telegraph – the largest Russian-language publication in the Czech Republic.The OSCE/ODIHR did not send an election observation mission to monitor the plebiscite in Crimea Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:12:07 +0200 Russian Sociologist: Propaganda in Russian National News Reports Reaches New Levels http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4102 Kyiv, March 20, 2014. The volume of propaganda in Russian government-controlled media varies between 13 and 89 percent. These were the results of an independent media analysis project Gorodskie Proekty (En. City Projects - Ed.) Russian sociologist Lev Gudkov, director of the analytical Levada Center and editor-in-chief of the The Russian Public Opinion Herald journal, has identified a similar pattern, as reported by Radio Liberty on svoboda.org. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:59:16 +0200 DiePresse.com: Putin Covers Up Occupation of Crimea with Pretense of “War on Fascism” http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4088 Kyiv, March 18, 2014. Today, the reputable Austrian news source Die Presse accused the Kremlin of having an addiction to “imitation” (or misrepresentation of the truth) and of manipulating terms, facts, and history. Russian leaders fake the existence in their own country of an independent media, independent courts, and fair elections, as well as economic and social reforms, modernization and even connection to the “civilized” world. Following the same pattern, Putin announced a war on "fascism" in Crimea in order to justify Russia’s unlawful annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. However, the basis of his premise is not real, according to Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja’s article: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:08:04 +0200 Kremlin Persecutes Ukrainians in Russia and Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4087 Kyiv, March 17, 2014. Ukrainian communities in Russia, especially their leaders, are under great pressure, according to Valentyn Pylypchuk, head of the Kamchatka's Ukrainian community, during a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. A similar situation has been reported in Crimea and in Southern Ukraine, where persecution of Ukrainian-speaking citizens has begun under the pretense of protecting Russian-speaking residents. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:47:50 +0200 Why Does Putin Want Crimea? http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4083 Kyiv, March 15, 2014. Why is a world leader prepared to risk his personal reputation, his nation’s credibility, international isolation and possibly crippling financial sanctions over a piece of nondescript land no bigger than Jamaica? If the President of the Russian Federation is to be believed his whole campaign in Crimea and potentially Ukraine is to protect ethnic Russians from neo-Nazi extremists that have infiltrated the new temporary government in Kyiv. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:34:33 +0200 Putin’s Cynical Propaganda in Swiss Media http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4082 Kyiv, March 17, 2014. As an ex KGB agent Putin knows too well that to be credible, any piece of information needs to be confirmed in at least two unconnected sources. So what does he do when the world stops believing the Kremlin’s blatant lies about Ukraine? That’s right, he spreads them through “unconnected” Western media outlets. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:10:37 +0200 Russian Citizens May Be at the Heart of Instigating Separatism in Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4078 Kyiv, March 12, 2014. Recently revealed information points to evidence that pro-Russian demonstrations aimed at fueling separatism in Ukraine may have been organized by citizens of the Russian Federation. Seeking to demonstrate their extreme pro-Russian stance, protesters have taken over city councils, have burned Ukraine's national flag, and have violently dispersed pro-Ukrainian demonstrations, further fueling the conflict. Interestingly, Russian media sources have identified these pro-Russian activists as Ukrainian citizens who are fighting for their Russian freedoms and liberties. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:04:38 +0200 Reporters Without Borders: Self-Proclaimed Crimean Government Declares War on Journalists http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4077 Kyiv, March 12, 2014. Over the past several weeks, up to 70 journalists have been assaulted or threatened while working in Crimea. Restrictions on admitting journalists to Crimea, a ban on publishing “negative” or critical information, unlawful restraints while working at the polling stations – these are just a few measures recently introduced by the new self-proclaimed pro-Russian government of Ukrainian Crimea. This was reported by Oksana Romaniuk, a representative of Reporters Without Borders and Executive Director of the Institute of Mass Information (IMI) in Ukraine during a press briefing held at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. “The local population has no access to information, and local journalists are under pressure,” she stated. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:01:44 +0200 Ukraine Celebrates 200th Birthday of Poet Shevchenko http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4073 Kyiv, March 9, 2014. Ukraine celebrates the 200th birthday of an eminent Ukrainian poet and artists Taras Shevchenko. On this day Ukraine's capital, as well as numerous cities across the globe feature cultural events to pay a tribute to Ukraine's national hero. Taras Shevchenko is a renowned Ukrainian poet, artist and political prisoner, who significantly contributed to the treasury of the world culture. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:46:34 +0200 Ukraine’s Social, Ethnical, Religious Communities Unite to Oppose Putin’s Aggression http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4064 Kyiv, March 6, 2014. Following the reaction of Ukraine’s officials, different groups of the country’s diverse population voiced their concern over false statements recently made by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. For instance, Ukrainian Jewish community slam Putin’s fabricated declaration of the elevated level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine. Concurrently, the Sunni Muslim population of Ukraine, Crimean Tatars, come together as patriots of Ukraine who oppose Russia’s de facto invasion of the peninsula. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:36:06 +0200 Memorandum Between Ukraine, Russia and International Community Will Ensure Peace and Stability in Eastern Europe http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4071 Kyiv, March 5, 2014. Ukraine should offer Russia and international community a new international document (Memorandum), which would outline the settlement of current crisis and become a basis for long-lasting peace and stability in the region, analysts of the International Center for Policy Studies (ICPS), Ukrainian think tank, stated. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:37:09 +0200 Ukrainian Scientists Introduce Permanent Data Storage http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=4017 Kyiv, February 18, 2014. After numerous trials and experiments, scholars of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine introduced a method of preserving information for an infinite amount of time. Scientists reflect that the usage of new, more durable surface will gradually extend the duration of information availability. Revolutionary method implies that very high density…sapphire surface will be implemented. Currently used CD, DVD and Flash storages can keep data for up to 15 years, while novel sapphire disks extend the duration up to tens of thousands years. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:47:55 +0200 Ukrainian Aviation Museum Among Ten World’s Best – CNN http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3990 Kyiv, February 10, 2014. Ukraine’s State Aviation Museum is ranked sixth among World’s Best Aviation Museums, reports CNN. The rating includes descriptions and comparisons of 14 aviation museums worldwide. Listed museums display the most remarkable achievements and items of pilots, engineers, designers and eminent passengers of first airplane journeys. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:10:41 +0200 Forbes Recognizes Ukrainian Activist in Women of the Year Rating http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3963 Kyiv, February 5, 2014. Ukrainian Ruslana Lyzhychko became one of ten women in the world to be included into the annual Women of the Year rating introduced by Forbes Woman. The assessment which features ten most prominent figures of 2013 was based on the greatest achievements of the candidates throughout the year. The issue listed Angela Merkel, German chancellor, at the top while putting everyone else in the alphabetical order not assigning them to any specific spot. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:49:33 +0200 First Private Customs Museum in Ukraine Features 2,500+ Unique Exhibits http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3907 Kyiv, January 27, 2014. A former Ukrainian customs officer over the years of his service and even after his retirement managed to collect more than 2,500 unique customs-related exhibits. The collection is housed at Valeriy Orlovskyi’s private three-storey home in the suburbs of southern Ukrainian port city Odesa. Among the gems of the exhibition the visitors can see the 1912 key to the Odesa Customs headquarters, reads korrespondent.net. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:59:35 +0200 Rough Guide to 2014 Recommends Visiting Ukraine’s Lviv and Crimea http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3816 Kyiv, January 8, 2014. Leading publisher of travel and reference information – Rough Guides presented their tips for travellers for 2014, featuring Top 10 Cities, Top 10 Countries, Best Value Destinations, as well as monthly travel calendar. Ukraine’s Lviv along with Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Liverpool (UK), and Umea (Sweden) are top five cities to visit in 2014. Southern Ukrainian Crimea placed second after Bolivia on the Best Value Destinations list. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:34:34 +0200 Maria Yaremchuk Will Represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2014 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3797 Kyiv, December 30, 2013. 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. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:41:16 +0200 Ukraine Joins European Cinema Support Fund http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3768 Kyiv, December 20, 2013. 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. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:35:31 +0200 Eight Churches in Ukraine Become World Heritage Sites http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3742 Kyiv, December 19, 2013. 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. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:56:12 +0200 UNESCO Adds Ukrainian Petrykivskyi Rozpys to Intangible Cultural Heritage List http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3709 Kyiv, December 6, 2013. 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. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:23:45 +0200 Ukrainian Sofia Tarasova – Among Top Performers at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3698 Kyiv, December 4, 2013. 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. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:03:57 +0200 Kharkiv Students Take First Places at International Science Tournament, Saint Petersburg http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3672 Kyiv, November 27, 2013. 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. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:53:28 +0200 UNESCO Calls for Celebration of Taras Shevchenko’s 200th Birthday http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3668 Kyiv, November 25, 2013. 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 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:57:05 +0200 Kharkiv Scientists Improve Cancer Diagnostics http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3660 Kyiv, 25 November, 2013. 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”. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:03:20 +0200 Ukraine Remembers Victims of 1930s Manmade Famine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3657 Kyiv, November 22, 2013. 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. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:07:08 +0200 Ukraine Presents Best Exhibition Stand at International Education Fair http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3654 Kyiv, November 21, 2013. 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 kmu.gov.ua. 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). Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:04:18 +0200 Sciacca 2013 Goes to 9-Year-Old Ukrainian Boy http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3646 Kyiv, November 19, 2013. 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. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:33:59 +0200 Ukraine Becomes Member of UNESCO Executive Board http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3632 Kyiv, November 15, 2013. 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. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:17:38 +0200 FEMTEC: Ukrainian Spa Resort Myrhorod Voted Best in the World http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3628 Kyiv, November 14, 2013. 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. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:23:47 +0200 Spanish City Names a Street “Ukraine” http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3627 Kyiv, November 13, 2013. 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. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:49:32 +0200 Archeologists Discover Ships Sunk During Crimean War http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3622 Kyiv, November 11, 2013. 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 ua.korrespondent.net. 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. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:04:11 +0200 Ukrainians Celebrate Their National Language http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3609 Kyiv, November 7, 2013. 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. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:28:08 +0200 Six Ukrainian and Polish Cities Unite to Attract Tourists http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3608 Kyiv, 7 November, 2013. 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. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:42:45 +0200 Three of Every Four Ukrainian Hotels Offer Internet Access http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3595 Kyiv, November 1, 2013. 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. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:45:09 +0200 Ukrainian Professionals Lead Europe at Global Skills Competition Brainbench 2013 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3588 Kyiv, October 30, 2013. Ukraine became the best country in Europe as the International Most Master Level Certified Nation at the Global Skills Competition Brainbench 2013. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:54:47 +0200 Ukrainian Writer Wins Central European Literary Award http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3558 Kyiv, October 21, 2013. 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). Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:23:44 +0200 London Discovers Ukrainian Art http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3551 London, October 18, 2013. 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. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:18:54 +0200 Ukrainian Film Takes First Prize at Baghdad Film Festival http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3541 Kyiv, October 16, 2013. 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. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:10:29 +0200 Chanel Signs Ukrainian Model Evelina Samsonchyk http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3523 Kyiv, October 9, 2013. 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. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:46:00 +0200 Ukrainian Film Legend Feature Makes It to Oscar Shortlist http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3518 Kyiv, October 8, 2013. 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. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:38:20 +0200 Ukraine Signs Association With CERN http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3509 Kyiv, October 3, 2013. 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. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:04:24 +0200 Ukraine Honored at French Painting Festival http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3501 Kyiv, October 1, 2013. 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. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:14:08 +0200 Odesa Becomes Real-Life Wikipedia http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3494 Kyiv, September 30, 2013. 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. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:09 +0200 Ukrainian Song to Be Used in Champion Evgeni Plushenko Olympic Performance http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3466 Kyiv, September 20, 2013. 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 ivona.bigmir.net. The Ukrainian song, first released in 2008, belongs to the genre of lyrical rock. The song’s title translates as The One Like You. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:33:09 +0200 Ukrainian Opera Singer Wins Maria Bieşu Competition http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3450 Kyiv, September 16, 2013. 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. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:54:54 +0200 Ukraine Thinks It Can Dance http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3435 Kyiv, September 11, 2013. 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. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:27:44 +0200 Ukraine Picks Three Films for an Oscar http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3409 Kyiv, September 4, 2013. Ukrainian Academy Award Committee confirmed the selection of three Ukrainian motion pictures for the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA. The films include dramas Vichne Povernennia (2012) by Kira Muratova and Paradjanov (2013) by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, as well as war drama Haytarma (2013) by Akhtem Seitablayev. Ukraine’s final Oscar pick will be announced on September 12. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:59:12 +0200 Jog Around Kyiv for EUR 20 With a Sightseeing Guide http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3396 Kyiv, August 29, 2013. Kyiv introduces a jogging excursion for foreign tourists - anyone eager to run around the city’s downtown, explore its major landmarks, and listen to an English-speaking guide, telling all about Kyiv’s history, is welcome to enjoy the tour for EUR 20. Typically, an excursion around Kyiv takes about three hours but the organizers of the jogging tour - professional athletes - offer an hourlong 10-kilometer run around all the main sightseeing spots. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:07:37 +0200 Ukraine Celebrates 22 Years of Independence http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3394 Kyiv, August 29, 2013. Ukraine just celebrated 22 anniversary of its independence. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:40:35 +0200 Lesson on Shevchenko Starts School Year in Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3391 Kyiv, August 28, 2013. Ukraine will start the 2013/2014 school year with the nationwide seminar on Taras Shevchenko. On the first day of school – September 2 – the lesson will take place at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and from there it will be broadcasted on the First National TV Channel. The project is a part of the 200th Taras Shevchenko’s birth anniversary celebration program. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:18:20 +0200 Shanghai Gets Its Very Own Ukrainian Center for Cultural Exchange http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3388 Kyiv, August 27, 2013. On the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Shanghai witnessed the opening of the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Exchange. The project will promote the dialogue between the Eastern European country and the financial center of China in the areas of culture, arts, sports, and business, hope the organizers. Ukrainian Cultural Center will present exhibitions of Ukrainian culture and art pieces, Ukrainian folklore and classical music, as well as organize meetings with outstanding athletes, businessmen, officials and other prominent Ukrainians. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:57:02 +0200 Young Ukrainian Singer Wins Children’s New Wave 2013 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3371 Kyiv, August 21, 2013. Ukrainian singer Sofia Tarasova, 12, became the winner of the sixth international competition of young popular music performers New Wave. The winner got 197 points, beating the runner-up from Lithuania Paulina Skrabyte, 12, by one point. Russian performer Diana Khitarova, 9, took the third place in the competition. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:35:42 +0200 Lviv Chamber Choir Wins International Habaneras Competition http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3325 Kyiv, August 8, 2013. For the first time in the competition’s history, Ukrainian team won the Habaneras mode of the Torrevieja Habaneras and Polyphony International Contest (Spain; July 22-18, 2013). Lviv based Yevshan Galician Chamber Choir took the first prize – Juan Aparicio – endowed with EUR 12,000 and a trophy at the 59th annual competition. 16 world’s best choirs representing 11 countries, including China, Colombia, Lithuania, Italy, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, and Venezuela, competed in this year’s international contest. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:10:20 +0200 Ukrainian Student Recognized World’s Most Proficient in Chinese http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3314 Kyiv, August 6, 2013. Kyrylo Chuyko, 21, won the First Prize in the 12th Chinese Bridge, Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students. Now Chuyko is the honorary ambassador of the Chinese language to Ukraine. His prize is an opportunity to get his MA or PhD at any university in China with tuition, accommodation, and transport costs covered by the organizers of the international competition. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:37:13 +0200 Ukraine - Cheapest Tourist Destination Among UNWTO’s Top 20 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3309 Kyiv, August 5, 2013. On average, a tourist visiting Ukraine in 2012 spent little over USD 200. This is the absolute lowest among the 20 most popular tourist destinations, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Comparably, a trip to Macau cost more than USD 3,200 - 16 times more expensive than Ukraine. Other cheap destinations are Russia (amount spent per head - USD 435) and Saudi Arabia (USD 540). Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:15:35 +0200 Ukrainian Iryna Kravchenko Models for Valentino http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3299 Kyiv, August 1, 2013. Ukrainian model Iryna Kravchenko is one of the ten new faces promoting Fall/Winter 2013/2014 Valentino collection. Kravchenko also modeled for Valentino during the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign. Ukrainian beauty already catwalked for Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Kenzo, and Prada. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:51:54 +0200 Ukraine Demonstrates Positive Trend Toward Signing Association Agreement – EU Commissioner http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3290 Kyiv, July 30, 2013. Ukraine demonstrates positive trend while preparing for signing the Association Agreement with the EU in November 2013. Ukraine’s government understands how important the agreement is for the country as well as for the EU. This was stated by the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle in his interview with Polish Gazeta Wyborcza, reads unian.net. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:53:42 +0200 World’s Top 7 Highest Earning Gamers Are From U.S., Korea, Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3264 Kyiv, July 19, 2013. Five of the top seven highest earning gamers in the world come from South Korea. With their total earnings varying between USD 292,000 and 437,000, the gamers take spots 2-6 in the e-Sports Earnings rating. Ukrainian gamer Dendi is number seven with prize money income of USD 275,800.28. American Fatal1ty became the world’s best gamer with more than USD 450,000 in game earnings. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:38:25 +0200 Ukrainian Astronomer Discovers a New Comet http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3246 Kyiv, July 16, 2013. Hennadiy Borisov, astronomer at the Crimean Laboratory of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute, spotted a new comet, now marked C/2013 N4 (Borisov). C/2013 N4 is currently traveling through Auriga constellation. Borisov made his discovery during a routine observation of the sky, which he pursues as a hobby. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:33:08 +0200 Ukrainian Fashion Designer, Svetlana Bevza, Featured in Vogue Talents 2013 http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3245 Kyiv, July 16, 2013. Ukrainian brand BEVZA can be seen in Vogue Talents 2013, a side project of the Italian Vogue. The offer to send photos and sketches was sent to a Ukrainian designer, Svitlana Bevza, from a Vogue headhunter, Alessandro Buzzi, who had highly evaluated the Ukrainian’s winter collection. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:30:58 +0200 NATO Advises Ukraine on Military Education Reform http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3237 Kyiv, July 12, 2013. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization experts will provide counseling for their Ukrainian colleagues in conducting the military education reform. Thus, the Eastern European country will reform its military education in accordance with the international NATO standards. This was stated by the Head of Ukraine Mission to NATO Ihor Dolhov at the NATO Day in Ukraine conference, as reported by radiosvoboda.org. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:14:20 +0200 Ukraine’s Mariana Sadovska Wins Most Prestigious Folk Music Award http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3212 Kyiv, July 8, 2013. Mariana Sadovska, a folk singer from Lviv, won first place at the Rudolstadt Music Festival in Germany, RUTH 2013. According to zaxid.net, the festival recognizes folk artists from all over the world and is very prestigious. Sadovska was awarded the first prize because along with being “an expressive singer with a very, very good voice, she is also extremely creative in her various projects, whether it refers to singing in a choir or her own band," stated judge, Hanneken Bernhard, as reported by zaxid.net. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:07:45 +0200 Ukraine, UK Expand Humanitarian Cooperation http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3200 Kyiv, July 3, 2013. This week Ukraine hosts the military historical project Club of Antique Aircrafts. The projects includes the exhibition of historic aircrafts, the festival and series of demonstrative flyovers by the British flying club Air Squadron throughout four Ukrainian cities: Lviv, Kyiv, Sevastopil and Vinnytsia. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:46:48 +0200 UNESCO’s World Heritage List Enriched With Ukraine’s Ancient City of Chersonese http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3174 Kyiv, June 25, 2013. Three new sites in Ukraine, Iran and Korea were included into UNESCO’s list on June 23. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine) to the World Heritage List. Golestan Palace (Islamic Republic of Iran) and Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) were also added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:06:11 +0200 Ukraine’s Lviv Ranks the Top European City to See Now http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3175 Kyiv, June 25, 2013. Western Ukrainian Lviv was unanimously chosen as the number 1 destination in the Top 10 European Cities to See Now list by the members of the VirtualTourist travel website, reported Reuters. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:15:44 +0200 Taras Shevchenko Archive Goes Online http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3163 Kyiv, June 20, 2013. The official website of the National Taras Shevchenko Museum now features the virtual archive of the museum’s funds. Altogether the archive will include 138 digitized files, available for viewing free of charge, reads istpravda.com.ua. Along with other unique documents, the online collection will present the 1795 birth register, bearing the birth record of the future poet. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:54:56 +0200 Ukrainian Pianist Wins Van Cliburn International Piano Competition http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3126 Kyiv, June 10, 2013. Vadym Kholodenko, 26, became the winner of the of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:42:57 +0200 The World Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Architect Horodecki http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3100 Kyiv, June 4, 2013. Google marked the date with a themed doodle featuring one of the most picturesque decorations on Kyiv’s House with Chimaeras. World-famous architect Władysław Horodecki was born on June 4, 1863, in the central Ukrainian village of Sholydky to a family of nobles from Poland. He was known for designing such famous buildings as Karaite Kenesa, Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), and Tehran central train station. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:52:23 +0200 Team Ukraine Takes Three Medals at Youth Delphic Games http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3088 Kyiv, May 31, 2013. Ukrainian youth team won three medals at the VIII Open Youth Delphic Games for the CIS Member States (participants from non-member countries are also welcome to compete). The competition themed Be in Art! was held in Novosibirsk, Russia, on May 16-21, 2013. About 2,5 thousand participants representing 21 countries contended for the medals. Fri, 31 May 2013 14:24:31 +0200 Book on Traditional Ukrainian Clothing Wins Iskusstvo Knigi Grand Prix http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3063 Kyiv, May 28, 2013. Ukrainian publishers cropped awards in each nomination of the X International CIS Book Competition Iskusstvo Knigi, held in Minsk, Belarus. A book by Oksana Kosmyna Tradytsiyne Vbrannia Ukrayintsiv (Traditional Ukrainian Clothing) won the Grand Prix of the contest. Ukrainian books also received awards in the categories of books for children, books about own country, books dedicated to the commonwealth, books printed within the commonwealth, art books, and educational books. Tue, 28 May 2013 11:13:56 +0200 Kyiv Adds More Trees to Natural Heritage List http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3053 Kyiv, May 23, 2013. Kyiv city council has made a decision to grant a natural monument status to seven trees in the city, reports unian.ua. Two oldest trees - the 300-year-old oaks - are located at the Lysa Hora hill (Bald Mountain), the confabulated witch gathering site. Other trees added to the list are a 150-year-old сhamaecyparis, three 150-year-old ashes, and a 120-year-old chestnut tree. Thu, 23 May 2013 13:13:47 +0200 Virtual Tours to Two Ukrainian Museums Go Online http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3042 Kyiv, May 21, 2013. The Google Art Project presented its newest additions that include galleries of items on display at two Ukrainian museums - the Saint Sophia of Kyiv and Ivan Honchar Museum of folk art. Unique frescos of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv can now be viewed online. Traditional Ukrainian paintings, sculptures, jewelry and everyday items can be found in the virtual collection of the Invan Honchar museum. Tue, 21 May 2013 14:40:45 +0200 Ukraine Welcomes European Cultural Week http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3041 Kyiv, May 21, 2013. For the 11th time European Cultural Week opened its door in Ukraine. More than a dozen European countries participated in the public event sharing their culture through exhibitions, concerts and shows that took place in Kyiv and some other Ukrainian cities. Tue, 21 May 2013 14:22:20 +0200 Ukraine Presents Its Folk Tales as UNESCO Heritage Candidate http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=3034 Kyiv, May 20, 2013. A 40-volume collection of Ukrainian folk tales, compiled by the late ethnographer and historian Mykola Zinchuk, was presented at the Kyiv International Book Exhibition. The author spent 35 years (1975-2010) gathering the folk tales for the collection, which Ukraine aims to suggest as a candidate for the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list. Mon, 20 May 2013 11:36:46 +0200 Ukraine Celebrates The Great Day - Easter http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2989 Lviv, May 13, 2013. With arrival of tree blossoms and warm weather, Ukraine celebrates its one of the most traditionally important religious holidays - Easter. Mon, 13 May 2013 00:15:55 +0200 Black Sea Pirates Invite for an Adventure http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2983 Kyiv, May 10, 2013. The southern Ukrainian resort city Yevpatoria has opened its 16th museum. The new venue is dedicated to the history of marine piracy in the region that goes back to the classical age. Museum Black Sea Pirates exhibits a collection of more than 600 pieces, which include weapons, tableware, coins, jewelry, parts of the sinking ships, and some of the sailors’ personal items. Fri, 10 May 2013 13:00:39 +0200 Smarter Travel: Ukraine - Top Place to Visit While It’s Still Cheap http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2973 Kyiv, May 7, 2013. Travel portal Smarter Travel listed Ukraine as the first place you should go to while it’s still cheap. “Ukraine may be on the edge of discovery for visitors in search of rich history on a tight budget,” states Smarter Travel staff writer Christine Sarkis. “Visitors return from the country amazed at its cultural wealth, the warmth of its people, and the fact that travelers can live large for under USD 50 a day,” she explains. Tue, 07 May 2013 11:17:30 +0200 Ukrainian Eastalgia Takes Outstanding Production Award at Sehsuechte http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2959 Kyiv, April 30, 2013. Film by Ukrainian director Daria Onyshchenko Eastalgia (2012) won in the category of Outstanding Production Achievement of the German student festival Sehsuechte. The prize is a participation in a seminar, otherwise worth EUR 1,000. The jury highlighted “professionalism, team spirit, farsightedness, and international orientation” of Eastalgia. The award recipients were film’s producers Rafael Parente, Korbinian Dufter and Simon Amberger. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:11:40 +0200 Ukrainian Folk Wisdom Wins at Universe Multicultural Film http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2956 Kyiv, April 29, 2013. Ukrainian animated series Folk Wisdom (Narodna Mudrist) produced by the National Television Company of Ukraine was awarded the first prize in the nomination animated short films at the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, held in Los Angeles (USA) from April 12 to 14, 2013, as reported by the press office of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:57:42 +0200 Ukraine Commemorates the 27th Anniversary of Chornobyl http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2951 Kyiv, April 26, 2013. 27 years ago, the darkness of the night was disturbed by the flashes of a nuclear mushroom cloud coming from the Chornobyl Nuclear Power plant 100 kilometers north of the capital of Ukraine Kyiv. The lives of millions of people took a drastic turn that day, as the radioactive substances contaminated the area of 145,000 square kilometers. Today the world and Ukraine grieve jointly over the victims of the radiation poisoning. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:32:26 +0200 Google Street View Takes a Closer Look at Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2944 Kyiv, April 25, 2013. Google Street View has expanded its gallery of images from Ukraine. The service added the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the National Historic and Cultural Reserve Kachanivka, the Khotyn Fortress, the Palanok Castle (also known as the Mukachevo Castle), and the historical center of Chernivtsi to its catalogue of the sites in Ukraine one can browse virtually while using Google Street View. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:20:15 +0200 Ukrainian Music Has a Sense of Grandeur - Pianist Chisato Kusunoki http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2934 As the 27th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the power station in the northern Ukrainian city of Chornobyl approaches, Ukraine hosts a series of events to pay tribute to the victims of and rescue teams involved in the accident. Japanese pianist, Oxford and Royal Academy of Music graduate Chisato Kusunoki came back to Ukraine for the fourth time to become a part of a Chornobyl commemoration concert at the National Organ and Chamber Music Hall in Kyiv on April 22, 2013. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:30:53 +0200 Ukrainian Step Ballet Becomes New Irish Dance Champions http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2930 Kyiv, April 19, 2013. Ukrainian performers of the Narnia dancing school won the over 30 Ceili World Championship and the European Ceili Championships (Senior European Ceili category) held in Dusseldorf, Germany. Additionally, a dancer of the team Nataliya Diskant took gold in individual competition under 35 World Championship. The events were held by the World Irish Dance Association. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:16:11 +0200 Twitter Gets Ukraine’d http://wnu-ukraine.com/news/culture-lifestyle/?id=2908 Kyiv, April 15, 2013. The web’s most popular microblog service Twitter introduced trends tailored to Ukraine. The trend service includes options of trends in all of Ukraine and the country’s six major cities - capital Kyiv, as well as Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhia. The service is known for its feature of selecting topics that are currently trending globally or in a certain region. Presently, Twitter has expanded its trend service to 42 countries. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:27:07 +0200