Chef elevates Ukrainian cuisine to highlight national identity

KYIV – Ukrainian cuisine isn’t only about boiled stuffed dumplings (varenyky), cabbage rolls (holubtsi) and beet soup (borshch).

And Kyiv-based celebrity chef Yevhen Klopotenko wants people to know that.

Through his cooking and social campaigns, Mr. Klopotenko, 33, is on a mission to revive centuries-old Ukrainian recipes, modernize them and show Ukrainians their rich heritage through food.

“Eternal Calendar” by Vasyl Makhno wins inaugural Encounter prize

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.

Andrij Parekh wins Emmy Award for outstanding directing

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.”

Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation presents exhibit “Pause in Plight”

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.

Yara Arts Group and The Ukrainian Museum to feature epic song traditions of the world

NEW YORK – Yara Arts Group and The Ukrainian Museum in New York presents a series of virtual events this fall on world epic song traditions and the work of Zenoviy Shtokalko, who brought the Ukrainian epic songs (dumy) to New York in the 1950s.

“Yara’s Traditional Music: Bandurist Zenoviy Shtokalko” is a four-part series on Shtokalko’s performances of Ukrainian dumy, his instrumental music for the bandura, his development of narrative songs and his modernist writings. Hosted by Julian Kytasty and Virlana Tkacz, the events feature special guests from the United States, Canada and Ukraine. They will be live-streamed in September and October. After their premieres, they can be seen anytime on Yara’s virtual events are all free and bilingual (Ukrainian English).

Yara’s traditional music virtual event to feature bandurist Zinoviy Shtokalko

NEW YORK – Yara Arts Group and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, Pa., continue their series of virtual poetry and folk arts events with Yara’s “Traditional Music: Bandurist Zinoviy Shtokalko.”

The event will livestream on July 23 and can be heard afterwards in recording on Shtokalko, an immigrant from Berezhany, was a virtuoso bandura player who brought the Ukrainian epic song tradition to New York in the 1950s and developed it in the 1960s. Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells his story, while Julian Kytasty, a master bandura player, shares recordings and plays work influenced by Shtokalko, who died in 1968.

Yara Arts Group launches a series of virtual poetry and folk arts events

NEW YORK – Yara Arts Group, based in New York, and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, Pa., will present a series of virtual poetry and folk arts events, as well as discussions of Yara theater pieces in the coming months.

The planned virtual events will include specials dedicated to the poetry of Oleh Lysheha, a Ukrainian poet whose work inspired several Yara theater pieces. The planned folk arts events will explore the music of Ukrainian immigrants, including Pawlo Humeniuk, who was known in his time as “The King of Ukrainian Music.” Yara is also working on events that will feature the work of American writers of Ukrainian heritage.

Thousands of Ukrainians gather online to protest against cuts to culture budget

KYIV – As an emergency measure to address the country’s health and economic crises, Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance has said it plans to cut funding for all activities of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, as well as funding for youth and sports, by 7 billion hrv.

In particular, the revised budget would exclude the planned 750 million hrv for Derzhkino (the government-funded film agency), over 500 million hrv for the construction of the Holodomor and the Revolution of Dignity museums, 250 million hrv for creative unions, 500 million hrv for the Ukrainian Cultural Fund, 150 million hrv for the Book Institute and 500 million hrv for information policy, as well as programs for uniting the country, supporting youth programs and renovation of cultural centers.

“Art and War” exhibition at Fresno State sheds light on Russia’s war against Ukraine

FRESNO, Calif. – “Art and War: Donbas, 2014 to the Present,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Yulia Gasio, a Fresno State alumna and a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach, opened at the Henry Madden Library’s Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery on February 6. The opening ceremony attracted faculty and students from California State University, Fresno, as well as from Fresno Pacific University and Fresno City College, historians, artists, journalists, board members from the Fresno Art Museum, representatives from the Fresno community and Ukrainian organizations from southern California.

“Songs from Ancient Ukraine” presented at Ukrainian Institute

NEW YORK – The mid-season concert of the “Music at the Institute” (MATI) series at the Ukrainian Institute of America featured Julian Kytasty and Roman Turovsky performing “Songs From Ancient Ukraine.”

Presented on Saturday, February 1, the evening featured religious and secular musical selections from three periods: the Baroque, the transitional or parallel period, and the kobzar, lirnyk and romanticist period of the 18th-19th centuries.

The ambiance for the evening was set by Roman Turovsky playing “Prelude,” a piece from the Baroque period by Dmytro Tuptalo which he had set for playing on his torban.