Events 2005-2006

Ukraine : Prospects of Political and Economic Development

Lecture by the Amassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Court of Saint James' H.E. Ihor Kharchenko
Date: May 16, 2006
Venue: St Antony's College, Lecture Theatre

Gareth Jones: The Unsung Hero of Ukraine

Presentation by Dr. Margaret Siriol Colley of her book about Gareth Jones
Date: May 11, 2006
Venue: St Antony's College, the Dahrendorf room

Gareth Jones was a prominent British journalist and former Foreign Affairs Secretary who brought the Ukrainian Famine/Holodomor of the 1930s into public light in the West. Gareth Jones exposed a famine in the former Soviet Union in 193 3 that killed millions, but was later murdered in mysterious circumstances in Inner Mongolia in 1935.

Behind the lines in the cold war: the story of BRIXMIS

Lecture by Roy Giles CBE, MA, Hon D. Litt.
Date: February 23, 2006
Venue: St Antony's College, the New Room

Roy Giles is a former army officer, civil servant, Cody Fellow at St  Antony's College, now research consultant.

BRIXMIS was initially proposed in the Anglo-Soviet London Agreement of November 1944, as a means of effecting the necessary liaison between the British and Soviet military authorities in postwar occupied Germany. BRIXMIS was in the event "launched" by the Robertson-Malinin Agreement of September 1946, with a base in the main Soviet Zone garrison of Potsdam. Mission strength was set at 31 All Ranks, who were given Soviet military identity cards. There was a reciprocal Soviet mission set up at Bunde in the British zone. Mission members had diplomatic immunity, and freedom of travel throughout the zone in which they were accredited.

International Music Recital 2006

Date: February 9, 2006

Text by Eleonora Suhoviy

Ukrainian folk songs capture the essence of Ukrainian spirit. Whether lively and humorous or hauntingly lyrical, they vividly evoke Ukrainian past, with its customs and traditions and reveal a wealth of historic detail about the country and its people.

A wonderful opportunity to perform Ukrainian songs in Oxford came about when the Society was invited to perform at the Second International Music Recital and wishing to introduce Oxford students to the compelling Ukrainian music we embarked on creation of a 'choir', enlisting all members of the Committee as well as Ukrainians from London and Cambridge under the creative director, Dzvinka. We chose songs from various regions of Ukraine including two ballads about love (for a young Cossack!) and two comical songs about marriage, deception and parental disobedience! True to the nature of folklore we all knew these songs not from formally learning them at music schools, which not all of us have attended, but from hearing our grandparents and relatives singing them at weddings, family parties and festive celebrations and thus, without music sheets or any instruments, we rehearsed.

We all enjoyed performing on the night, when, united with London and 'traditional adversaries' Cambridge, we were warmly received by an international audience of a hundred people thereby establishing a successful debut of the 'Oxford Ukrainian Choir'.

More photos in the picture gallery.

Ukraine since the orange revolution: business and investment review

Lecture by Dr. Marat Terterov
Venue: St Antony's College, the Deakin Room
Date and Time: 6:30PM, November 22, 2005

Marat Terterov is a political scientist and recent Ph.D. graduate from St.Antony's College, University of Oxford, as well as the editor/author of over a dozen major books addressing the business and foreign investment environment in countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.

Dr Terterov is the contributing editor of "Doing Business with Ukraine" — the most authoritative guide available to investment and trading opportunities, and to the structural, legal and market changes underway in the country.

"Yushchenko's first 100 days and beyond"

Lecture by Dr. Sarah Whitmore, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Social Sciences and Law,Oxford Brooks University.

Venue: St Antony's College, the Dahrendorf Room
Time: May 31, 8:00 pm

Eurovision Party

Date: May 21, 2005

"Ukraine - from Mazepa to the Maidan"

Presentation of Ukrainian poetry in translation by Ms Vera Rich, famous translator and author.
Venue: St Antony's College, the Dahrendorf room
Time: May 18, 8:00 pm

"Ukraine after Orange" — Lecture by Dr Andrew Wilson

10th May, 2005
Venue: St Antony's College, the Deakin Room
Time: May 10, 8:00 pm

Lecture by Dr Andrew Wilson, University College London, Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies,
School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Lecture by HE the Ambassador of Ukraine in the UK Mr. Mitukov

April 26, 2005
Venue: Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College
Time: 5 pm

This event was organized by the Oxford University Russian Society and co-hosted by the Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

Mr. Mitiukov spoke on current political and economic issues in Ukraine, its foreign policy and, in particular, on Ukraine's chances to join NATO and EU.


Spirit of Europe Party

4th November 2005


By Clare Reilly
The first key social event in the Oxford calendar for 2005 was a prestigious annual event hosted by the European Affairs society. The ‘Spirit of Europe Party' is an opportunity for all national interest societies in Oxford to meet together and compete in a friendly way for the chance to crown their countries national drink as the ‘spirit' of Europe. It was a hugely successful, well attended spirit tasting event where hundreds of Oxford students visited every stall and sampled each society's national drink. There were stalls by a variety of different ethnic societies . After sampling each spirit and meeting with members, the students went onto vote for which society they felt deserved to win. The Ukrainian society proudly offered not only Nemiroff's fantastic medova z pertsem (honey and pepper) horilka but delicious traditional bread, salo and other delicacies which were warmly received by everyone. In addition to the food and drink we Ukrainians offered lively entertainment in the form of folk dancing and singing, which many students were very keen to join in with . We are extremely happy to conclude that we not only WON the entire event by far over the other older societies and were crowned ‘Spirit of Europe' but were effusively congratulated on our efforts, performances and enthusiasm! We are extremely happy that we raised awareness of our society and of Ukraine so publicly and in such a positive manner. Post-party celebrations began immediately at St. Antony's college late bar, joined by lots of curious students who wanted to carry on the party in Ukrainian style. Dancing went on late into the night as did discussions as to what to plan for our forthcoming Orange Revolution anniversary party.

OUUS Inauguration: Concert of Ruslana, winner of Eurovision 2004, in Oxford

March 7, 2005

Said Business School, Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

The inaugural event of Oxford Ukrainian Society took place on 7th March 2005 at the Said Business School with the Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, Ruslana, performing her current and new singles for the audience of students, academics and visitors from all over the world.

Ruslana's spectacular performance with her dancers on the stage of the Nelson Mandela Theatre was greeted with great excitement and enthusiasm, creating an electrifying atmosphere and amazing response from the crowd. The singer followed her performance with a talk about her music, her involvement in the recent turbulent events in the Ukraine and her future aspirations and answered numerous questions about her ablum and the Eurovision Song Contest. Ruslana also explained that her music is inspired by Ukrainian customs and traditions, and that her fundamental message is that of freedom and peace. She expressed pleasure at having the opportunity to perform at our "world-famous academic institution" for which, she explained, she has a lot of respect.

Afterwards Ruslana and her dancers joined everyone at the reception, talking to students, signing posters and posing for numerous photographs.

More photos in gallery.



Mar 20, 2019
Event Series: "Depicting Donbas: Creative and Critical Responses to the War in Ukraine".

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Venue: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Date: Friday, 26 April 2019

Time: 10am - 4.45pm and 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts and Centre for Contemporary Theatre

The Birkbeck School of Arts and UCL SEES will host a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

Register here.

Feb 20, 2019
Marci Shore Talk: "The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution".

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Deakin Room, St. Antony's College, Oxford, OX2 6JF.

Join us to hear Marci Shore discuss her newest book. Marci Shore is an Associate Professor of History at Yale University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Scienes in Vienna. She focuses on intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of several books and articles published in the New York Times, the Neworker, the Economist and others.

Jan 14, 2019
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Talk: 'Real Changes in Ukraine - a Must for a Successful Future'.

Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: the Atkee Suite, Porticullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster, SW1A 2LW

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The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to host a talk by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer and founder of Okean Elzy, social activist and philantropist, in which he will discuss the necessity of new leaders and a new political culture in Ukraine, the rule of law and justice.

Nov 4, 2018
Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Date: Monday, 12th November 2018

Time: 7pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Fee: £10

Book here

An evening with one of Ukraine's most iconic contemporary writers: poet, intellectual and ska ban frontman Serhiy Zhadan.

Chaired by Eastern Europe specialist Uilleam Blacker of University College London.

Organized by the British Library in partnership with Ukrainian Institute in London.