“Ukraine. Inspiring Dignity” Exhibition. Final Day. Part 1

Posted by on 23 Feb, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

Just as everyone was expecting, on 22nd of February 2015 was the last day of the Exhibition at the Filmbase. Luckily enough in the same Chinese Community in Ireland was celebrating Chinese New Year nearby the Filmbase, and we unexpectedly received a bit more attention  from locals. It was originally planned to have some events every day of the week on the exhibition, but soon enough we figured that we will not have even Ukrainians during the week days, so eventually we had to squeeze everything into the weekend. So, 22nd was planned as the day when all Ukrainians will arrive to the Filmbase for Closing Day as it would be the mourning of the Heavenly Hundred. Members of Ukrainian Connection started to arrive quite soon,  since they had to prepare all the events, snacks, chairs… many many little things, to have the doors opened by 1 p.m. Now about the surprises, last time on the Opening Day, we thought we’ve a had a lot of visitors. Until Sunday. On Sunday it has become clear how many Ukrainians remember and care about Maidan. Our Ukrainian community is not limited just within the main cities of Ireland, and thanks to the power of the Internet, people all around Ireland were aware of the event and brought their families, friends and little children. Talking about children, I would be remiss indeed if I did not mention how nice, smart and polite are Ukrainian kids in Ireland! At 1 p.m. after everyone settled, we have started with speeches from members of the Community. Also Ukrainian Ambassador, Mr. Reva has given a speech regarding the events on Maidan. Oksana Halby and Oksana Semenova made a presentation about the events on Maidan, its reasons, consequences and its internal organisation.   Later, when they were finished, it was time to build the announced Peace Chain to support peace in Ukraine. Oksana Halby as a leader of the Peace Chain went outside to guide everyone willing to build a chain around Dublin’s bridges. This was a time for another surprise for all the community. It later appeared that apart from Peace Chain, it occurred to be something like Ukrainian march in memory of Heavenly Hundred and supporting a peace in Ukraine. But the most stunning was the way we have never seen in our Irish member Crisotoir O’Loingsigh, would make a perfect leader, luckily enough someone brought a megaphone, so it was used in the way no one would expect from Crisotoir! Event went very well organized and within 30 minutes everyone came back to the Filmbase. The story of the rest of the day will be published very soon, stay tuned! Meanwhile, all the pictures  below are...

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A day before Sunday

Posted by on 21 Feb, 2015 in News | 0 comments

So, tomorrow is the closing day of our exhibition. The whole week brought to everyone new experience, emotions and new people. But today it was different. It is a first weekend since opening, and people have spare time to come in and engage in a conversation. So it was one of the busiest days so far. Luckily all the members of the community gained sufficient amount of experience, and all of them were present at the Filmbase. We have had visitors from all over the world, and of course many new Ukrainian faces. In fact it is a pleasure to walk along the photos with Ukrainians as they know all the story and sometimes it feels like you are a visitor. The program of events wasn’t too wide today. But was enough to keep people’s attention. Oksana and Oksana started their presentation about Ukraine at 5 p.m. When they were finished, Olesya arrived and gave us a very touching performance. But again, the most powerful thing during this exhibition is the amount of support that was given to Ukraine from, literally all around the world. Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition in the Filmbase, so be sure to come over, more events to...

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“Ukraine. Inspiring dignity” Photo Exhibition

Posted by on 17 Feb, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

“Ukraine. Inspiring Dignity” is a multi-disciplinary art exhibition featuring paintings, photography, Ukrainian artifacts, strike posters as well as art performance, music and film documentary created by the artists who were active participants of the Maidan events. Exhibition is admission free. February 15-22, 2015 Events Program: February 15, Sunday 11am-5:30pm 3pm Gallery opens doors Musical performance of (Olesya Zdorovetska ) Collection of warm winter clothes February 16-20 Monday – Friday Ukrainian history and documentary movies Afternoon – life coaching mentoring February 21, Saturday 1pm Documentary “The guide” (“Поводирь”) 3pm Documentary “Stronger than arms” (“Сильніше ніж зброя”) 5pm Story about visiting Maidan (Oksana Halby) 6pm Musical performance (Olesya Zdorovetska ) 1-5pm Face paining and Painting with kids Collection of warm winter clothes February 22, Sunday 1:30pm Peace chain for free united Ukraine 2pm Signing, reading poetry, piano, guitar, children concert 3pm Service Father Vasily Kornitskyy (Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church) 3:30pm Fundraising auction: souvenirs from Ukraine Collection of warm winter clothes Mykola Babiy presents his copper sculptures   Dublin “FilmBase” studio, Curved Street on Temple...

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Ukraine. Inspiring Dignity. Exhibition opening

Posted by on 15 Feb, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

This is the day we were all looking forward to. The day we all got together back in October. As usual, there wasn’t enough time for everything, not enough space, not enough velcro stickers… But I guess all went as planned. We have had a help from many hands working as a team. Nobody trained us to do so, but indeed people who haven’t seen each other before, have filled the room full of photos, music and great atmosphere (also cupcakes!) This is what inspired us the most. If we would want to mention everyone who was helping to Ukrainian Connection to build up this exhibition, the list would be massive. And we are grateful to each one of our supporters. Without you, this event wouldn’t happen. But enough with this lyrics! Briefly, what was going happening today on the opening day: Around 3p.m. we have finished with the materials, and as the crowd was building around us, it was time for the opening as it was planned Anya Kozak made an introduction speech, telling what was it all about Beautiful dance was performed by our friends Olesya Zdorovetska made a brilliant performance (video to come up) Padraig Purcell made the final speech Cupcakes were served, and the exhibition doors were opened All of that you can see in the gallery below. It is clickable Happy to say this again – The Exhibition is opened, everyone is welcome! photos by Oleg Balashkevych , Claudiu Ciungan...

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Ukraine: Inspiring Dignity. DCU. Marianna Omelchenko-O’Neill speech

Posted by on 14 Feb, 2015 in News | 0 comments

“Ukraine: Inspiring Dignity” is officially opened. Official speech from “Ukrainian Connection Society” could be found here (it is at the bottom of page now but please hyperlink it). Well done to the team. Few month ago it seemed like a difficult challenge but today it is an inspiring reality for all the members of “Ukrainian Connections Society”. Sincere thank you to DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction for organizing and outstanding opening. Thank you to experts from Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Georgia that actively took part at the conference in DCU yesterday to discuss and propose solutions to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.   The keynote speaker was Aleksander Kwaśniewski (President of Poland 1995-2005). Until November 2013, President Kwaśniewski co-led the European Parliament monitoring mission in Ukraine.   Other speakers: Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (2010 – 2014) Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian MP (2006 – 2014) and Maidan activist; Sergey Markedonov, Associate Professor Russian State University for the Humanities Thornike Gordadze, former Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia   The most memorable quotes from the day:   Mr Aleksander Kwaśniewski, “We need a united, common policy not just towards Russia but also China, the US and our other main EU partners.  It is a real weakness of the EU that these policies in relation to the environment, the energy are not strong enough.  The result of President Putin’s actions is that Europe is more united than before.  A further result of his policy is that Ukraine was never so strong in its own sense of own identity as it is now.  Of course they pay an extremely high price for that.  Today, we should discuss how we can support peace in this part of the world, how we can support Ukraine and how we can help the Ukrainian economy to overcome the consequences of this crisis.” Štefan Füle, “We should support Ukraine to become a more democratic, prosperous and rule-governed country. Ukraine deserves the same opportunities that were afforded to mine and other countries in Eastern Europe after 1989.  Our common European house has been destroyed. The time has come to rebuild it – all of us must jointly work on a vision of cooperation on the European continent, where all countries can take advantage of economic opportunities from Dublin to Vladivostok through European economic free zone.” Andriy Shevchenko, “In many senses the Ukrainian Maidan showed what Europe is meant to be – a strong civil society with values over procedures, with enormous desire for freedom and justice, and with people who are ready to risk their lives for a better future for their children. That was why Putin treated the Ukrainian Revolution...

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