The Days of Ukraine in the United KingdomThe Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom is an annual festival initiated by the Firtash Foundation charity of Dmitry and Lada Firtash. The project is aimed at presenting European Ukraine to the British– the country with great potential and rich heritage.
The Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom is a platform for events of various formats demonstrating the rich heritage and modern culture of Ukraine. The aim of the festival is to attract international attention to the Ukrainian art, familiarize the general public with an extremely diverse and unique cultural landscape of Ukraine.
The first festival was held in October 2013. As part of the first Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom, a series of events with the participation of well-known Ukrainian artists, musicians and artists were organized. The organizers introduced to residents and visitors of London the traditional and modern Ukrainian music, fashion and art. All interested persons had the opportunity to appreciate the variety and great taste of Ukrainian cuisine. The Days of Ukraine ended with Fair of Ukrainian folk crafts and gala concert with the participation of Ukrainian pop stars in a central London park on the banks of the Thames.
The Festival organizing committee is chaired by Lada Firtash, the head of FIRTASH Foundation. She noted that the main task of Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom is to open Ukraine for the Europeans as a country which actively develops and shares European values.
"In this project we will acquaint the European public with rich historical and cultural traditions of the Ukrainian people, as well as demonstrate the actual and modern Ukrainian art. The logo of the project is a key, and it is very symbolic. Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom should open our country to the British", said Lada Firtash.
Outstanding creative people represented Ukraine – a beautiful, talented and multi-faceted country. The British were able to see not only the folk craftsmen but experience the atmosphere of Ukrainian distinctive flavor.
"The cultural development of the nation is a main task facing each country, because spirituality is the core promoting development. The culture plays the most important role in the inter-state dialogue creating new opportunities for development and cooperation. The cultural project Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom will be the first large-scale international event showing modern Ukraine from a new perspective, to deepen the knowledge of the British about our country and give a new impetus to the development of Ukrainian-British relations", said Dmitry Firtash, the founder and Chairman of the Group DF Supervisory Council.
In 2014, in the framework of the Days of Ukraine in the UK the largest survey to date of contemporary Ukrainian art in the UK called “Premonition” showcased over 80 works by 38 artists. The show attracted 137,438 visitors (5,494 per day), making it the only UK exhibition in the world’s top 20 most attended shows in 2014, and the seventh most popular contemporary art exhibition worldwide according to The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of international museum attendance. Premonition also formed part of the annual Days of Ukraine in the UK festival and the Firtash Foundation ongoing support and promotion of Ukrainian arts and culture.
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