On March 14, the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York presented a midday concert titled Dream in Spring. With in-person attendance limited to only 25 people, this Music at The Institute (MATI) event was also professionally produced by OurConcertsLive for home streaming. The concert consisted of a major work by Robert Schumann, a seldom heard gem by Serhiy Prokofiev, and miniatures by Virko Baley.
Atlantis, an award-winning film from Ukraine (Valentyn Vasyanovych: director, screenwriter and cameraman) is a dispassionate, penetrating, slow-moving, artistically and cinematically stunning meditation on war and its aftermath set in war-torn Donbas.
BERKELEY, Calif. – At its annual convention in early November, the American Musicological Society awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award to Dr. Maria Sonevytsky for her book “Wild Music: Sound and Sovereignty in Ukraine,” published in October 2019 by Wesleyan University Press as part of its Music/Culture series.
The Lockwood Award “honors each year a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.” Dr. Sonevytsky is currently an assistant professor of music (ethnomusicology) at the University of California, Berkeley.
CHICAGO – Ukraine’s country-messaging and country-branding is an important factor in the current environment of disinformation. One of the most effective methods to promote a nation’s positive reputation is through cultural diplomacy. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs established, respectively, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the Ukrainian Institute to increase this type of soft power that influences a country’s reputation.
Mark Andryczyk, Ph.D., manages the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, teaches courses on Ukrainian literature and translates Ukrainian books into English. He recently complied and edited an anthology of Ukrainian literature in translation, “The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology.” Being highly involved in presenting Ukrainian literature to the world, he shares his observations on this process, its achievement and perspectives.
ByThe Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch (UMC OB) and the Native Canadian Center of Toronto (NCCT) |
TORONTO – The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch (UMC OB) and the Native Canadian Center of Toronto (NCCT) present the opening of their first collaboration celebrating Ukrainian and Indigenous cultures and the relationships each shares with beadwork.
“The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories” showcases beautiful beadwork in Ukrainian and Indigenous artifacts to highlight the cultural importance of beadwork in many distinct communities that continue to thrive today. Inspired by the two-row wampum belt, the exhibition highlights each artifact in a parallel pathway to maintain cultural integrity, while offering a mutually respectful study of the differences and similarities in beadwork techniques and motifs.
TORONTO – Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE), a Canadian charitable non-profit organization, and Ukraine’s NGO “Publishers Forum” (Lviv) announced that “Eternal Calendar” (Vichnyi kalendar) by Vasyl Makhno, published by Ukraine’s Old Lion Publishing House in 2019 is the first winner of Encounter: The Ukrainian-Jewish Literary Prize.
Mr. Makhno was named the winner during the opening ceremony of the 27th Lviv International BookForum on September 16. His book is a panoramic narrative about the lives of Ukrainians, Poles, Jews and Armenians from the 17th century to the present day.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Andrij Parekh, a cinematographer and director of Ukrainian and Indian descent, was awarded an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series” on September 20 at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards for his directing work on the HBO series “Succession,” particularly his directing of the episode “Hunting.”
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Parekh noted: “I am deeply honored and not the least bit humbled by this award. This distinction has been bestowed on my birthday, so thank you for this charmed gift. I want to thank HBO, and Jesse Armstrong, and Tony Roche, and Adam McKay, and the entire ensemble and cast. The show has been a professional dream, starting as its cinematographer. And now this.”
TORONTO – “Pause in Plight,” a 17-piece art exhibit created by artist Kerri Parnell reveals Canada’s first world war-era national security fears and wartime prejudice, which led to the internment of more than 8,000 men, women and children, primarily of Ukrainian and East European descent, who were deemed “enemy aliens.” The exhibit is on view at the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation’s (UCAF) KUMF Gallery through October 11.
The KUMF Gallery hosted an introduction by the artist, via video message, and special remarks at an outdoor commemoration by guest speaker Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk on Sunday, September 13.