AUGB BLOG - VISITORS FROM ABROAD

16.11.16



Orlyk Dance Ensemble welcomes Chair of the Ukrainian World Coordinating Council, Mychailo Ratushny.

On Tuesday 8 November the President of the Ukrainian World Coordination Council ("UVKR") Myhailo Ratushny came to Manchester. Together with the local Branch Chair and Deputy Branch Chair Bohdan Rutkowskyj and Bohdan Sopel we did a whistle stop tour of the city and visited the Red side of the cities football stadiums!  

We then took Mr Ratushny back to AUGB’s Manchester Centre where the Branch Chair gave a tour of the building and the representative of the Association of Ukrainian Women in GB ("OUZh") Larysa Bolton gave a tour of the Alla Horska Folk Art museum based within the centre. During the visit the AUGB’s representative dance ensemble Orlyk was having its rehearsals which Mr Ratushny was able to watch and he also met with the group's leader and choreographer, Mrs Maria Babych.  The UVKR Chair was hugely impressed by Orlyk and invited them to perform in Ukraine, something we’ll be following up in due course. 

On Wednesday 9 November Mr Ratushny held a talk at 49LG. As you may have already read in a separate article on the AUGB's website, the meeting was both interesting and lively with some frank and passionate discussion.

On Thursday and Friday the Ukrainian Youth Association’s World Governing body held a two-day meeting at 49 Linden Gardens. It was a pleasure to act as hosts to members of CYM from around the world. After a short introduction and historical summary by our Curator, Dr Ludmila Pekarska, we left our guests to their official business.

Other parts of the week were taken up with more routine matters, including build issues at 156 Holland Park Avenue and a further meeting with the Reading community on preparing for the start of major refurbishment work and accommodating their community needs as part of those works.

On Saturday 12 November I attended the Ukrainian Youth Association’s celebration of  the 70th Anniversary of CYM in diaspora which was held at AUGB Branch London. A short concert by the talented young people of both London and Waltham Cross, followed by a zabava made for a very entertaining evening for all who were present. Special thanks to the London branch of CYM for their hard work in organising a very fitting celebration of such a special anniversary.

On Sunday 13 November I joined my local community in Ashton-under-Lyne for Remembrance Sunday. Local branches of AUGB OUZ and CYM laid a wreath in memory of all those who gave their lives in wars to defend freedom and democracy – particularly poignant for Ukrainians, as our fight is still ongoing and very real.    

Petro Rewko
AUGB Chairman   


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