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ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2017
On 25 April, the Embassy of Australia hosted an ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Kyiv.
The ceremony was held at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, located in the Park of Eternal Glory, Lavrska Street, Kyiv. It was attended by ambassadors, defence attachés and other personnel from thirteen nations, along with senior officials from the Government of Ukraine and officers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For further information and photographs of the Dawn Service, please see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AUinUA
Lest we forget.
'Old Masters' - Australia's Great Bark Artists
On 25 January, the Australian Embassy in Ukraine, will be presenting 'Old Masters', an exhibition featuring outstanding artworks from some of the finest Australian Indigenous artists of the twentieth century. Bark painting is one of the great traditions of world art, which has been practised by Aboriginal artists of Arnhem Land (Northern Territory, Australia) for millenia.
The exhibition will be on show at Triptych: Global Arts Workshop, 34 Andriivsky Uzviz, Kyiv. An official opening will take place on the evening of Wednesday 25 January - an early Australia Day celebration - and the exhibition will run until Sunday 12 February.
The Australian Embassy is proud to bring this touring exhibition to Ukraine with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Museum of Australia, and our local partners Triptych: GAW.
After being shown in Kyiv, 'Old Masters' will be on display in Kharkiv (in March) and Lviv (in April), with more locations to be unveiled in the coming months.
Beethoven symphony in Kharkiv
On 25 November, the Youth Symphony Orchestra 'Slobozhanskyi' of Kharkiv performed two of Beethoven's symphonies, guided by the baton of the Australian conductor, Vladimir Fanshil. Australian Chargé d'Affaires Bruce Edwards attended the concert at the Police Culture Palace in Kharkiv, which also featured a solo performance by Australian soprano Eleanor Lyons. Vladimir was also joined onstage by German violinist and concertmaster Daniel Austrich.
The Australian Embassy prouldy supported this concert performances of Beethoven in Kharkiv, as part of the program throughout 2017 to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of relations between Australia and Ukraine.
Remembrance Day 2016
On 11 November, staff of the Australian Embassy in Ukraine joined diplomatic colleagues and representatives of other Commonwealth countries at a ceremony for Remembrance Day - to honour those who have fallen in past conflicts - at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Kyiv.
Australian Chargé d'Affaires Bruce Edwards combined with British Ambassador Judith Gough and Canadian Ambassador Roman Waschuk in a joint message to commemorate Remembrance Day.
UNITED - an art exhibit uniting Ukraine and the World
The Australian Embassy in Kyiv was pleased to support the UNITED art exhibit by Luc Chénier at Triptych: Global Arts Workshop in Kyiv, in October 2017.
The UNITED exhibition comprises Luc Chénier's textured canvasses as an innovative demonstration of UNITY, engaging Ukraine’s blue and yellow colours to re-invent great international flags. Twelve nations are represented in all, and the exhibition is supported by several embassies in Ukraine, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, and Turkey. Part of the sale proceeds will be donated to local charity organisations in Ukraine.
"I want to show how connected Ukraine truly is to so many nations across the world, and how much it contributes, not just through its diaspora, but through a myriad economic, cultural, and political ways.” Luc Chénier
Later this year, the exhibition will travel to Canada and the USA, where it will be presented in Toronto, Chicago and New York.
International Cochran Piano Competition
Australian Chargé d'Affaires Bruce Edwards was honoured to be the local patron of the International Cochran Piano Competition in Ukraine, and to support the associated tour by acclaimed Ukrainian piano virtuoso, Svetlana Gololobova. In 2015, Gololobova was the Winner of the International Cochran Piano Competition - a unique musical event on a global scale, established by Jakub Fiebig and other Warsaw-based admirers of the great Australian composer Julian Cochran.
Svetland Gololobova performed in Kyiv on Thursday 20 October, at the Taras Shevchenko National University.
Australian flautist delights audiences in Ukraine
The Australian Embassy in Kyiv was pleased to present the recent tour to Ukraine by acclaimed Australian classical flautist, Ana de la Vega, with the support of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations and Penfolds Wines. In September and October, Ana de la Vega appeared in three performances, as part of a program of events to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Australian-Ukrainian diplomatic relations.
On Monday 26 September, the Australian Embassy and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine co-presented Ana de la Vega in concert with the Kyiv Camerata orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall, performing a program featuring much-loved works by Mozart.
On Saturday 1 October, Ana de la Vega performed solo pieces by Australian composers Larry Sitsky and Nigel Edwards, as part of the ‘Night of Contrasts’ program at the Contrasts International Contemporary Music Festival. Concluding the tour, on Sunday 2 October, Ana performed in concert with the ‘Lviv Virtuosos’ string orchestra. The Lviv leg of Ana's tour was also supported by the Leopolis Hotel.
While in Kyiv, Ana also conducted a number of master classes with senior students from the Tchaikovski Music Academy and Glière Music Institute. Ana also presented a recital at the Kyiv Military Hospital, the country's key hospital for treating military veterans, including those injured during the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ana performed for recovering patients, their families, and hospital staff in a poignant setting.
In December 2010, Ana de la Vega made headlines in the United Kingdom when she performed the ‘modern world première’ of a long-lost concerto by Czech composer Josef Mysliveček with the English Chamber Orchestra in London. The performance was voted ‘Critics Choice’ in London’s TimeOut magazine. The concerto had not been performed in over 200 years, after the score was lost somewhere in Europe in the eighteenth century. In September, Ana completed a recording of the Mysliveček concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra, which will be available in early 2017.
Australian Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Edwards said the Australian Embassy was honoured to present Ana de la Vega to a Ukrainian audience. “As part of the celebration of twenty five years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Ukraine, we are proud to present a talent such as Ana. Shared values transcend geographic distance, as does shared cultural appreciation; and Ana is a perfect cultural ambassador for the links between Australia and Ukraine.”
Ana de la Vega’s tour to Ukraine was presented by the Australian Embassy in Kyiv with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with additional generous support from the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO), Penfolds Wines of Australia and Leopolis Hotel, Lviv.
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Australian Embassy visit to the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine
On 5 September 2016, Chargé d'Affaires Bruce Edwards and Deputy Head of Mission Don Smith visited the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The pair met with the Rector of the Academy, Vyacheslav Tsivatyy, before presenting to students and staff of the Academy a lecture about Australia, its history, political system, society, culture, and its approach to diplomacy and foreign relations.Students at the Academy actively participated in the visit, posing a range of questions about Australia, its foreign policy challenges, the current state of Ukrainian-Australian bilateral relations, and prospects for the future. Mr Edwards and Mr Smith were pleased to address the questions and engage in an interesting dialogue with the students and staff.
Following the formal presentation, Mr Edwards presented to the Academy’s library a number of recent publications and books about Australia, its foreign policy and historical diplomacy. These publications will be available to students and graduates of the Academy for their reading and research.
The Australian Embassy in Kyiv and the Diplomatic Academy hope to further advance their cooperation in various fields as part of a program to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Australia.
An article about the visit in Ukrainian can be accessed at:
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