Cultural and humanitarian cooperation of Ukraine and Netherlands
Cultural cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands is actively developing and has a dynamic character. It is based on the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Netherlands on Cultural Cooperation (February 1, 1996).
There is a permanent interest to the Ukrainian culture in the Netherlands and the number of local foundations/organizations which maintain its promotion in the Netherlands: Foundation Platform the Netherlands-Ukraine, Humanitarian Foundation Spoetnik, cultural foundations Matrix Orange and Ukraine Culturalis. These organizations carry on different cultural events, festivals etc.
As part of the Embassy of Ukraine’s work aimed at returning of cultural property removed from the territory of Ukraine, the contacts with the Netherlands’ Institute of Eastern Christian Art "Odygiyia" were established in 2011. The Institute has in its possession the icon ‘Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River’ illegally taken in the 80s of the 20th century from the Lviv Museum named by O.Sheptytskiy. In early 2012 the icon was handed over to the representative of the museum.
A number of local Ukrainian ensembles and choirs acquaint the Dutch public with the Ukrainian music and dance. Among them: renowned Lysenko Choir, Byzantine Choir of Utrecht, Folkloristic Ensemble Rusalka, Ensemble Otrada, etc.
During the past few years a lot of famous Ukrainian musicians and ensembles had a concert tours the Netherlands: beloved among Dutch public Ensemble Uzory from Mykolaiv, Chamber Choir Kyiv etc. In April 2011 the Embassy of Ukraine together with the Spoetnik Foundation organised a concert to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. The programme included performances of the artists from Ukraine and the Netherlands: music, singing, poetry and also a special video presentation of Kseniya Simonova with the sand animation performance about the Chernobyl tragedy.
In May 2012 famous Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha participated in the Europa Festival in Utrecht.
Presentation of the Ukrainian art in the Netherlands also comprises an important part of the cultural activities of the Embassy. The most prominent art manifestations and exhibitions during the past few years: 13-15 of May 2010 cultural event “Ukrainian women in Art and Culture” in The Hague. It was aimed at bringing the accomplishments of the Ukrainian women in literature, art and music closer to the Dutch public. The event was organized by Matrix Orange Foundation with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The event included literary evening with the leading Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko as well as the art exhibition of the talented Ukrainian artists Oksana Stratiichuk, Kateryna Kosianenko, Oksana Popinova and Anna Canter.
Two exhibitions of abstract paintings and photography “Form. Inside Out” took place in Amsterdam and The Hague in 2011. The exhibitions presented works by the Ukrainian Art Group “Absinth Reality”: Olexandr Shymbarovskiy (photo) and Vadym Shamanov (paintings) The event in Amsterdam was organised by Arts Support Fund,Kyiv,Ukraine, later on Matrix Orange Foundation brought this exhibition toThe Hague.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine a photo exhibition dedicated toUkrainetook place in theCity HallofThe Hague in October 5-14, 2011. The exhibition of photographs Golden Apple was created by the Ukrainian architect and photographer Sergii Tarasov to represent the rich cultural and historical heritage in the different regions ofUkraine.
Twice a year the Ukrainian Day in The Netherlands takes place in different cities of the Netherlands by Foundation Platform the Netherlands-Ukraine with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine. The event is aimed at Ukrainians living in the Netherlands and Dutch people interested to learn more about Ukraine.