Ukrainian Cultural Heritage in a New Europe
Ukraine has a history tracing back before Christ. During the times of Kyiv Rus in medieval times Kyiv was at the cradle of modern Slavic history. At the cross roads of Scandinavian and byzantine influences a new culture emerged with unique features persisting the storms of the migration period. Ukraine developed and maintained its cultural roots throughout the centuries of occupation. Despite of this persistence and cultural identity the country seeks its commonly acknowledged place in Europe. Many people in Western Europe do not know the country, despite the fact that it is the second largest in the old continent. Despite the fact also that the geographical centre of Europe is in the Carpathians in Ukraine.
For many Russians it is the young neighbor at best and at worst the former soviet state. But even within Ukraine the country seeks its identity sometimes torn between the Russian and the Western influences, the latter also very often bringing grief and pain.
Where is the place of this culturally rich country, this beauty of the East? Where is it’s place in the new Europe. In a Europe that teared down the wall in 1990 and still seeks for its integration from Atlantic to Ural in a global community.
The Day of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage in a New Europe will display examples of traditional and modern arts and culture. It will seek to involve visitors and Kyiavan cities in a dialogue over the old and ever new question about national identity in a global community.