“It is time for us to live for Ukraine”.
With these defiant lines by Ivan Franko I would like to welcome to the Society friends, old and new members, students and academics, whom the Committees of the Oxford University Ukrainian Society have had the pleasure and honour to serve for the past 16 years.
Recent years brought significant developments for Ukraine. The issuing, by the Patriarch of Constantinople of a Tomos of Autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church established the Church’s independence for the first time since the introduction of Christianity in the Kievan Rus’ by Volodymyr the Great. The signing of the UK-Ukraine Agreement reaffirmed trade commitments between the two countries. Ongoing political and social reforms should bring about further transformations for the country’s young democracy, as it travels along its hard path towards democratic government, the rule of law, freedom and justice.
Oxford University Ukrainian Society events range from film screenings and traditional food, drink and dance parties to poetry evenings, presentations and concerts. We invite prominent speakers to share their ideas, talents and stories: writers, musicians, journalists and politicians – people who have raised the profile of Ukraine internationally and contributed towards the many positive changes already seen in Ukraine.