The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. A number of events marking the occasion have already taken place in various parts of the world with several others still due to be held, including a special Jubilee Concert on 14 October in Manchester.

Over the past few days, 25-29 August, Kyiv and Lviv became the venues for a host of events.

In Kyiv: 

  • the UWC’s Annual General Meeting at the National Shevchenko University
  • an exhibition dedicated to Ukraine's struggle for independence at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • a meeting between UWC representatives and member organisations with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, the heads of the Ukrainian Orthodox (KP) and Catholic Churches, Ministers for Culture, Education and Health
  • an Inaugural Economic Forum – “Support for Ukraine’s Economic Development: Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the Diapora”
  • a commemorative service at the memorial to the Heavenly Hundred 
  • a 50th anniversary celebration of the UWC held at the National Art and Culture Museum Complex with the President of Ukraine.

In Lviv – “Days of the Ukrainian Diaspora” (in association with the International Institute for Education, Culture and Links with the Diaspora, the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv City Council and Lviv Convention Bureau):

  • official opening ceremony at the Andrei Sheptytsky memorial statue followed by Pontifical vespers in the Cathedral of St George and a gala evening at Lviv Polytechnic
  • an international academic-practical conference with four main plenary sessions on “The UWC at 50 and beyond: in a European Context”
  • a book launch of the Przemysl Archdiocese on Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation
  • commemorative events at the Lychakivsky cemetery, the Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, the Shevchenko memorial, the Andrei Sheptytsky National Museum and the Lviv National Opera.

AUGB Chair, Petro Rewko, member of the AUGB’s Executive, Zenko Lastowiecki, and AUGB CEO, Fedir Kurlak, represented the AUGB during these events and held additional meetings with representatives of Ukrainian organisations from other countries.






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