Ukrainian-Hungarian cooperation in the field of culture and art
Different cultural activities and events are conducted in Ukraine and Hungary in order to celebrate important dates or commemorate famous personalities in the history of our countries.
Over 60 monuments and memorials have been erected in Ukraine in honor of prominent Hungarian political, historical and cultural figures. In particular, memorial signs „Turul” and to famous Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi were erected a few years ago in Mukachevo castle as well as monuments to Hungarian Count Ferenc Rákóczi II in Transcarpathia and to Sándor Petöfi in Kyiv.
In Hungary the following monuments were unveiled in recent years: monument to Taras Shevchenko (Budapest, 2007), monument to the victims of Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (Budapest, 2009), memorial sign to the victims of Holodomor (Csömör, 2010), memorial plaque on the building, where foreign diplomatic mission of Ukrainian People’s Republic was established (Budapest, 2011). The Embassy is working on the erection of the monument to Grygorij Skovoroda in Tokaj.
On February 1-5, 2014 with the Embassy’s assistance the delegation of the Kyiv National Operetta Theatre visited Budapest in order establish cooperation with the Budapest Operetta Theatre.
In May, 2014 the Embassy assisted in organization of a photo tour of photographers from the Hungarian town Szarvas to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. In June a photo exhibition presenting the photos about Chornobyl taken during the tour was opened in Szarvas.
On May 22, 2014 a premiere of the documentary film "Maidan 2.0" was held in the national cinema "Urania" of Budapest.
In August 2014, with the assistance of the Embassy, a Hungarian vacation was organized for the children from Ukraine, whose parents were killed during the Revolution of Dignity or in the ATO in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
In late August 2014 the visit of the Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Zhuravchak to Hungary took place.
In November, 2014 the Embassy for the first time participated in the traditional diplomatic fair, which is held every year in Budapest by the Diplomatic Spouses Budapest. The Ukrainian stand contained books, albums, booklets, CDs about Ukraine, the paintings of the Ukrainian artists residing in Hungary, some goods of Ukrainian producers as well as national symbols, embroidered towels, folk works of Ukrainian artists and souvenirs from Ukraine. In the framework of the diplomatic fair a flash mob "Paint With Us - Support Ukraine!" was held.
With the support of the Embassy of Ukraine to Hungary each autumn international children’s festivals “Constellation of Budapest - youth, inspiration, talent” and “Hungarian games” are held in Budapest.
For over 20 years the Embassy patronizes Velykyj Bereznyj boarding school (Transcarpathian region), in which orphans, half-orphans and children from poor families suffering from cardiovascular diseases study. Each year on the Christmas Eve the Embassy with the assistance of the Hungarian entrepreneurs and sponsors donates to this boarding school sports equipment and stationery as well as Christmas gifts for its pupils.
In cooperation with the Ukrainian Self-Government of Hungary and the Society of the Ukrainian Culture in Hungary an active work is being done in order to mark the most significant facts of cultural and historical heritage of Ukraine as well as the of political, social, economic and cultural life of modern Ukraine. In particular, in 2014 a number of events were held to mark the Unity Day of Ukraine (January), the Ukrainian Culture Days (February), the 200th birthday anniversary of Taras Shevchenko (March-September), the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Ukraine (August – September) as well as to commemorate the anniversary of Chornobyl disaster (April), the Day of Victims of Political Repressions (May) and the anniversary of Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine (November).
Important cultural events of 2014 were the following: performance based on Ukrainian folk tale "The Mitten" in Sunday school (March); charity concert of the "Marinita" assemble to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression called "The Art of Tolerance. Multinational Ukraine" and concert of the Ukrainian guitarist-composer residing in Hungary Mykola Vihula (May); theater preformance by the Taras Shevchenko poem "Catherine" and concert of the Transcarpathian choir "All Saints" (June).
Ukrainian-Hungarian cooperation in the sphere of education
Ukrainian-Hungarian cooperation in educational sphere mostly occurs in the following areas: cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary; search and establishment of contacts as well as development of cooperation between Ukrainian and Hungarian educational institutions of different levels of accreditation and professional orientation; involvement of Ukrainian students and young professionals into participation in competitions for scholarships to study at the universities of Hungary and other EU countries; ensuring educational needs of the Ukrainian national minority in Hungary and the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.
The Embassy of Ukraine to Hungary provides organizational and informational assistance and facilitates cooperation of parties in the above mentioned areas.
The Embassy has established and maintains active cooperation with a number of Hungarian educational institutions. Budapest Loránd Eötvös University, Central European University (Budapest), Budapest University Сorvinus, Budapest Economic Institute, Institute of King Sigismund (Budapest), Szeged University, Nyiregyháza Institute and some others are among them.