Ласкаво просимо to the home page of the Ukrainian group for the 2016 Summer School on Danube on Thames, part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme.
Navigator: Liisa Tuhkanen
Crew: Catrinel Catana, Ambrose Connolly, Simon Frearson, Jade Li, Noémie Gaulier, Anca Gheorghe, Jake Smithson, Hang Man Yip
`1944’ – that is the name of the song with which Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest a couple of weeks ago. The song was interpreted by Jamala. Susana Jamaladinova (her real name) is a half Crimean Tatar and half Armenian singer born in 1983. Jamala’s family story is quite dramatic: her paternal ancestors were … Continue reading 1944 – Ukrainian victory at the Eurovision
What comes into your mind when you heard the word “Kiev”? Tasty Chicken Kiev, FC Dynamo Kyiv, or its unique history? Have you ever thought about travelling to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, the city full of memories? Orthodox churches are the most significant landmark in Kiev. You wouldn’t want to miss St. Sophia’s Cathedral. … Continue reading Visit Kiev!
One would never think, while walking down Oxford Street, passing in front of Bond Street station and its array of shops, turning sharply onto Duke Street with its Pure Waffle and Spaghetti House, to find on the opposite side of the road: The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile (УКРАЇНСЬКА КАТОЛИЦЬКА КАТЕДРА “ПРЕСВ. СКИТАЛЬЧОЇ … Continue reading The very too often forgotten Ukrainian Church just next to Bond Street
These seven hours of Ukrainian with Marta Jenkala were the best language classes I have ever had. She managed to give us an insight into a language that seems so complicated at first in a such a little amount of time. She brought us on a journey around Ukraine, presented us the words, the food … Continue reading A week of Ukrainian with Marta
Taras Shevchenko (1814-61) is considered the father of modern Ukrainian literature. Born in central Ukraine into a serf family. He went to university in Vilnius before moving to St Petersburg in 1831. His work contributed greatly to the creation of a Ukrainian national consciousness, and therefore as well as being an immense literary figure, he … Continue reading Taras Shevchenko and his legacy
The diversity of Ukrainian food is reflected in the use of a variety of ingredients, their different colours and the rich flavours in the food that give an indication of the incredible Ukrainian culture that has formed a huge part of the lives of many Ukrainians. To further understand the Ukrainian culture, I decided to … Continue reading Ukrainian Buckwheat Patties: An Adventure in the Culinary Arts
The Night is so Moonlit is a Ukrainian folk song composed by Mykola Lysenko a nineteenth century composer to the lyrics of a poem written by Mykhailo Starytsky, a contemporary of Lysenko’s. It has subsequently become one of Ukraine’s most popular folk songs and has been performed by some of Ukraine’s most reputable singers. The … Continue reading Ukrainian Folk Song: The Night is so Moonlit: Ніч яка місячна
Due to its fertile grounds and strategic position on the map of Europe Ukraine has been the target of the expansionist policies of several states through most of its history. One conspicuous remnant of this past is the dual competency in Ukrainian and Russian of a majority of its citizens. Throughout this history language policy … Continue reading At the Crossroads: Bilingualism and National Identity in Ukraine
It is the penultimate day of our journey and it has dawned on us all that we must part ways soon. We’ll each travel forward to various places across the world- some closer like France and some farther away, like Hong Kong- but wherever we go from this point on, we’ll all carry with us … Continue reading A person without friends is like a tree without roots