Ukraine Independence Dinner

Date: 24 Aug 2013, 6PM

Venue:: 11 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS

We celebrated the 22 years of Ukraine's independence with traditional Ukrainian food and more modern additions.
It was a reunion for those staying in Oxford in summertime.


Trinity Term

End of the Term BBQ

Date and time: Sat, 8 June, 3-00PM
Venue: Back quod, St Cross College, OX1 3LZ
Price: £2 members, £4 non-members.
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Entry open to anyone.

Essay crisis? Exam fatigue? Or you just want to celebrate the end of Trinity Term? Then come to OU Ukrainian Society End of Term BBQ! We will have freshly made burgers and veggie options as well as games to play.

This was a perfect opportunity to have a chat with your Ukrainian peers whom you haven't seen for months!



Talk by Andriy Maksymovych

“An innovative grassroots project – how to make it happen”

Date: Thu, 16 May, 7-30PM

Venue: Balliol College, Massey Room

Andriy Maksymovych, an active NGO activist hailing from Lviv, Ukraine, comes to Oxford at an invitation of the Oxford Ukrainian Society to speak about the Race for Children, an innovative award-winning project he organised in 2006 inspired by his volunteer and student exchange experiences in Canada and the USA. Within the project, which became the first in the CIS nation-wide charitable marathon, Andriy ran with a friend 1,500 km across Ukraine in 41 days to promote social and corporate responsibility and raise more than 55,000 USD for equipment for maternity hospitals in his native region of Lviv. Endorsed by private and public sector, celebrities, Race for Children was recognised by multiple awards and was featured in the Best Practices of the Youth Policy in Ukraine.

In the lecture Andriy will share his experience of all aspects of project’s evolvement and organisation, team building, PR & fundraising strategy and logistics. He will speak about the challenges he and his team faced during the organisation of an innovative project in a developing country. He will also relate about his current work at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Finally, Andriy will bring his Olympic Torch with him, so if you have not had a chance to see it during the Olympics – this is your chance!


Ukrainian Conversational Lunch

Date and time: Wed, 15 May, 12-30noon

Venue: Balliol College

This is a chance to relax from the building up pressure of Trinity Term and have fun with your peers. We are going to meet at the Balliol College lodge.

Victory Day Celebration

Date and time: Thu, 9 May, 7-30PM

Venue: Royal Oak, Woodstock Road, OX2 6HT

Come and join us in celebration of the Victory Day! Royal Oak is known for good food and we expect a lot of fun. Contact Alex (07580 665461) if lost.

Dinner with Anatoliy Amelin and Elena Sotnik

Date and time: Thu, 9 May, 7-30PM

Venue: Royal Oak, Woodstock Road, OX2 6HT

Anatoliy Amelin, a prominent specialist on Ukrainian stocks and member of the National Stock Market Committee, and Elena Sotnik, a famous lawyer and partner of “Solodko and Partners”, are visiting Oxford. They will be available for a dinner and
informal talk this Thursday, at the Victory Day celebration in Royal Oak.

Hilary Term

Ukrainian TV on Baroness Thatcher in Oxford

Ukrainian TV-channel 1+1, in cooperation with the OUUS, filmed a news episode on the life of Margaret Thatcher in Oxford. It was broadcasted on 14 April 2013 in the news program TSN. The text and video are available online at the TSN website (Ukr).

Baroness Thatcher, one of the most prominent prime-ministers in UK history, studied chemistry at Somerville college in Oxford in 1943−1947.

Filming the news episode on Margaret Thatcher's life in Oxford. (c) www.tsn.ua

Hilary Term

Women's Day

Date and time: 8 March, 7:30PM

Venue: St Cross College Bar

Come along to the international celebration of the beauty, charm and strength of women. The 8th of March is one of the national holidays in Ukraine, Russia and other Eastern European countries. We are following the tradition of bringing friends together to celebrate the day. We will meet you at the St Cross College Bar which is famous for the best collection of whisky in town.

Talk by Dana Pavlychko

Date and time: TBA

Venue: TBA

Talk by Andriy Maksymovych

Date: Event postponed until Trinity Term

Venue: TBA

Note: the talk has been postponed until Trinity Term due to speaker's circumstances.

In 2006, after studying on a scholarship as an exchange student in the United States, Andriy initiated, organised and ran Race for Children, a charitable marathon aimed at raising money for maternity hospitals in Ukraine. This was the first project of such kind in Ukraine; the race took 41 days to complete, covered ca. 1500km, and raised ca. USD 55,000. Money was used to purchase critically needed equipment for newborns, and it now helps saving lives of those children that were born prematurely.

For his activities, Andriy was selected to bear the torch for the Olympic Games in London.

In this talk, Andriy will talk about his fundraising, Ukraine-related activities and his work at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Talk by Lord Risby

"UK­−Ukraine Relationships from a Personal Perspective"

Date and time: Thu, 7 Feb 2013, 5:30PM

Venue: St Cross Room, St Cross College

Lord Risby is a Conservative politician in the House of Lords and Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society. In this talk, he dicussed the history of the UK−Ukraine relationship, Ukraine-related activities in the British Parliament, and his personal view on the country's future. Lord Risby also provided career advice to those interested in politics and international relations.

The talk was followed by a Q'n'A session and wine reception.

This event was organised in cooperation with St Cross College and the British Ukrainian Society.


Social: Pizzas at Fire'n'Stone

Date and time: Thu, 17 Jan 2013, 19:30
Venue: Fire and Stone, 26 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BJ
Come and join us for a lively chat about everything and a discussion of the new term, new plans and new hopes. The venue is known for good pizzas, and on Thursdays they come cheaper than usual.

Michaelmas Term

Talk by Viktor Yushchenko

Date and Venue: 4 Dec 2012, Ukrainian Institute, London

A delegation of four OUUS members (Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi, Olena Seminog, Alexander Nagrebetsky, Helen Morozovska) attended a talk by Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko (2005-2010) in Ukrainian Institute in London . During this event, we asked questions, listened to the renowned politician and spoke other Ukrainians in UK.

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Film Screening: “Sappho”

Date and Venue: Wed, 21 Nov 2012, 8 PM, Balliol College Annexe, Manor Road
Snacks will be provided, and the event is free for members of the Ukrainian Society, £1 for members of the Belarus Society and £2 for all other guests. Contact Lena Seminog for more details.

Ukrainian — Czech & Slovak College Bar Crawl

Date and Venue: Thu, 22 Nov 2012, Balliol College Bar, 8PM; then StCross College Bar 9PM
Meet at Balliol Bar at 8 p.m. It is located in the main quadrangle, staircase XV - the one where the door is open; as you walk in, you will see a blue door through which there is a set of stairs, proceed down these to the Lindsay Bar. Walk to St Cross for 9 p.m. (where a B.O.G.O.F cocktail night is held that evening). Facebook event

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Date and Venue: Sat, 24 Nov 2012, 4:40PM, Port Meadow (meet near Victoria pub)
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European Christmas Party

Date and Venue: Sat, 24 Nov 2012, 5PM, Merton College MCR
European Affairs Society organizes a European Christmas party! They have booked the Merton College MCR for 5 pm on Saturday 24th and are planning to make mulled wine, bring bakery, decorate and bake some Christmas cookies, there'll be christmassy music, perhaps a few carols, etc. Please note there will be a small charge (2£), unless you bring something Ukrainian special.

Contact person: Benedikt Weiss (EAS), benedikt.weiss@ccc.ox.ac.uk, Alex Zhurakovskyi (OUUS), oleksandr.zhurakovskyi@chem.ox.ac.uk.

Eastern European Night

Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
Time: 8PM
Venue: New College MCR Bar (St. Cross Rd, New College Sport Grounds and Weston Buildings: http://goo.gl/maps/4OzEi)
We will meet at 8 pm at the entrance to the New College MCR (St. Cross Rd, New College Sport Grounds and Weston Building). Those coming later, please use the back entrance through the balcony. Put it in your diary now: the night promises to be full of merriment, friendship, regional music and liquid delights! 
This event is an initiative of Oxford Belarus Society. All members of the Ukrainian Society are invited.
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Formal Dinner at Merton College

Date:Wed, 7 Nov 2012
Time: 7PM

Venue: Merton College

A Lecture by Dr. Sarah Whitmore

Title: "Potentially Destabilising or a Window on the Regime? The 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine"

Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony’s College

The event was postponed due the illness of the speaker.

Elections and General Meeting

Date: Thu, 25 Oct
Time: 7PM
Venue: St Cross College SCR

Elections of the new committee and discussion of the society plans.
Members only.

Details and rules

Social Get-Together in a Pub

Date: Fri, 12 Oct
Time: 7PM
Venue: Royal Oak

Come by and join us for a drink, meal and entertaining discussion!

Welcoming BBQ

Date: Sat, 6 Oct
Time: 2PM
Venue: St Cross College, Back quad

£2 OUUS Members and Guests

£3 Russian/ Belarus Society Members

£4 Non-members

It's the beginning of a new term, new study year.
Come and join us for a couple of good burgers
(veggie option included) and a drink! It is a good chance
to get to know people and just have fun.



Fresher's Fair

Date: Wed − Fri, 3 − 5 Oct 2012
Time: 10am − 6pm (except Fri: 10am − 4pm)
Venue: Examination Schools

"The Oxford University Student Union Freshers' Fair is the event of 0th week. Packed with stalls showing the best, biggest and weirdest of Oxford's student life, it's got something for everyone. For new students its the only place to truly kick-start your time at Oxford by getting involved in the massive range of student activities on offer."
More info on http://oxfordfreshersfair.org/



May 16, 2017
Mikheil Saakashvili. National interests in the post-truth world

Date and time: 25 May 2017, 5:30 PM
Venue: Blavatnik School of Government
Admission free
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Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2013. As a result of Saakashvili’s reforms in Georgia, the rate of corruption in the country was drastically reduced and the business environment was improved significantly. In 2015, Mr Saakahsvili became the governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, a post he held until November 2016.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and moderated by Yelyzaveta Yasko, current MPP student at the School and President of Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.

May 9, 2017
Eurovision Party Fundraiser — London
Date and time: Saturday 13 May 2017, 18:30-0:30
Location: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH
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The Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London is inviting everyone for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Grand Final in Kyiv. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Diversity!’ It will be an unforgettable evening, full of music and dance as well as delicious authentic Ukrainian food. Additionally, there will be a chance to enjoy some beer and a BBQ in the garden. Each ticket includes a free drink and authentic Ukrainian snacks.

Places are limited and early booking is advisable. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards British-Ukrainian Aid’s humanitarian projects.
Apr 25, 2017
Gennadiy Afanasiev on His Road to Freedom

Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
Admission free
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The Trinity term has begun, and this week we will have an outstanding opportunity to meet Gennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent over 400 days in Russian prison. One month after the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' after participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016. We are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to tell us about his struggles, captivity and ongoing activism.

Feb 21, 2017
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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International Film Society is showing one of Paradjanov’s masterpieces, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Paradjanov, an Armenian director and one of the great cinematic geniuses of Soviet cinema, tells a simple Romeo-and-Juliette-like story set in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. In Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the simple tale of the unrequited love of Ivan and Marichka serves to revolutionise the art of story-telling in cinema, showing astonishing originality through the use of music, cinematography and camerawork. The film is a hypnotising whirlwind of colour and sound set against a background of folklore and traditional tales, which seems to come to us from another world. 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/7516458