Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka who was the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature and a leading figure in its modernist movement. She was also known as an activist for the advancement of political, civil and women’s rights.

The daughter of intellectuals, Lesya Ukrainka had a number of influential people to mentor her from a young age. Her mother, Olha Drahomanova-Kosach, was better known by her penname Olena Pchilka, and was a publisher, writer, interpreter and civil activist, and her mother’s brother (Lesya’s uncle) was renowned scientist, philosopher, historian and public figure, Mykhaylo Drahomanov. Lesya’s father, Petro Kosach, was a strong advocate for the progress of Ukrainian culture, providing financial support for publishing Ukrainian literature. Her brother, Mykhaylo, also gained recognition in the literary world where he was known by the penname of Mykhaylo Obachny.

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course

The Ukrainian Institute of America offers a Ukrainian Language course with classes for both beginners and people with advanced knowledge. The courses last for 10 weeks and take place in spring and fall. This spring, Intermediate students will meet on Tuesdays from March 5, and beginners on Wednesdays from March 6. The cost is $350.00 for 10 weeks.

If you are interested, please email us at info@ukrainianinstitute.org or call 212-288-8660.

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Today, November 24, 2018, marks the Holodomor Remembrance Day and the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor. Since 2006 it takes place every year on the fourth Saturday of November. On this day people in Ukraine and all over the world are lighting candles in memory of those killed during the genocide of 1932-33.

Ukrainian Cultural Pavilion Shines at 92Y Street Fest ’18

Ukrainian Cultural Pavilion Shines at 92Y Street Fest ’18

On Sunday, September 30th, the Ukrainian Institute of America third year in a row has organized Ukrainian Pavilion at 92Y’s Street Fest.

92nd Street Y’s Annual Street Fest, a multi-stage event spanning 15 blocks along Lexington Ave (79th to 94th Streets) on New York City’s Upper East Side. 92Y’s Street Fest is a public outdoor festival with performances and activities for adults and children. It has over 50,000 people in attendance.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and First Lady Maryna Poroshenko laid wreaths before the recently unveiled plaque honouring Dr. Raphael Lemkin for his recognition of the genocidal nature of the Great Famine of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Poroshenko congratulated the leadership of the Ukrainian Institute of America on the 70th Anniversary

Ukrainian President Poroshenko congratulated the leadership of the Ukrainian Institute of America on the 70th Anniversary

…The President congratulated the entire Ukrainian community, the leadership of the Ukrainian Institute of America on the 70th anniversary: “The inspiration is the fact that the cause of Volodymyr Dzus, the founder of this institute, is not only continued, but also flourished.” The Head of State also noted that he was impressed with the opinion of Americans about Volodymyr Dzus: “His life is a continuous struggle, a competition for an unattainable goal reinforced by a passionate belief in victory. His biography is a victory over the toughest living conditions due to intelligence, hard work and unchanging belief in his ideals”…