OUUS at the Freshers’ Fair
Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 September, Oxford University Parks
Old and new members of OUUS were delighted to meet freshers at the Fair and share the Society’s upcoming events and future plans. We hope that many of those who signed up for the mailing list will join us as Members and look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and dedicated team.
Address by the President of Ukraine to the indigenous peoples of Russia
Full text of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address in English, and the original video can be viewed here.
Ukrainian Culture Weeks and Bouquet Kyiv Stage Festival
Wednesday, 28 September to Sunday 2, October 2022
A festival celebrating Ukrainian Culture
Multiple Venues across Oxford
Organised by Cherwell College, Dom Master Class (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Oxford University Ukrainian Society, in partnership with St John’s Orchestra, the festival will take place at multiple iconic venues across Oxford including Sheldonian Theatre, Holywell Music Hall, Oxford Town Hall and Colleges of the Oxford University.
This multifaceted festival will feature art, photography, fashion, and classical Ukrainian music performed by soloists and ensembles. Many performers will come to Oxford from Ukraine or from locations all over Europe, having been displaced by the war. Events will include a performance by Kyiv Chamber Choir, a light display celebrating the renowned Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko, and a fashion performance staged by the innovative Ukrainian designer Fedir Vozianov.
This Festival is organised by Ukrainian culture representatives to thank the people of Oxfordshire for their unwavering commitment to helping Ukraine.
“Great Britain was among the first countries in the world to express its stance clearly and uncompromisingly in an unprovoked cruel war unleashed by russia against Ukraine. It has been providing great invaluable support to Ukraine since day one of the war.
The festival is our gratitude to the British People and our cultural gift to the Ukrainian Culture Weeks” – Ukrainian Cultural Centre Dom Master Class, organiser of Bouquet Kyiv Stage.
As a centre of knowledge and free speech, Oxford is a befitting venue to pay tribute to Ukrainian culture and to support Ukrainian freedom and democracy.
Proceeds from event tickets will help support humanitarian initiatives in Ukraine.
For concerts and available tickets, please follow this link to reserve your place.
The Donated OUUS 4×4 Vehicle is in Ukraine
Thanks to our supporters, in June 2022 Oxford University Ukrainian Society was able to purchase a 4×4 vehicle, a precious commodity for transporting goods, casualties & troops near the front lines in Ukraine. In July we crowdsourced the £752 to cover the costs to transport the vehicle to Ukraine, and at the end of July our current secretary Emma and her partner drove it from Oxford to Lviv. The vehicle was gratefully received by the family of a soldier from the unit we donated it to, who came to say thank you. The family presented us with a special ‘korovayi’ bread, made by their local bakery, and sang a traditional song to our volunteers to express their gratitude. The vehicle was repainted and equipped, blessed by a local priest, and quickly sent to the front line less than a week after it was delivered to Ukraine! We pass on the thanks from the family to those in our community who supported us and made this initiative possible.
The vehicle travelled to Ukraine packed full! We were also able to deliver lots of routers, donated by Jesus College, to NGO Ukrainian Patriot, who will distribute them to provide wifi for soldiers. And via their own fundraising, Emma and her partner provided 60 first aid packs, plus tourniquets & medical dressings, which were donated to local grassroots organisations who will redistribute them to troops. We thank everyone who contributed to the trip for their support. Please watch our video below to see the journey of the 4×4 from Oxford all the way to the frontline in Ukraine!
Help us get a 4×4 vehicle and donations to Ukraine
Our goal was met and this fundraising initiative is now closed.
With your support, we’ve been able to get a 4×4 vehicle, which is a precious commodity for transporting goods, casualties & troops near the front lines in Ukraine. Thank you! Now help us get it to Ukraine! Trusted volunteers will be driving the 4×4, full of donations, to Ukraine in July. To get the truck and donations to Ukraine, fuel costs will be approximately £500, Eurotunnel costs another £130, and flights home for the volunteers, around £120. We need £750 in total to cover these costs. Every little helps!
You can donate via this link, directly to our account.
Why are we sending a truck from the UK? Such vehicles are in short supply in Ukraine, and are much cheaper in the UK than Europe. You can read about this issue here.
Past OUUS events:
Christ Church Concert in Aid of Ukraine
Sunday, 12 June, Christ Church Cathedral
20.00 – 21.30
In celebration of the beauty of Ukrainian culture, of the generosity, strength, and support of the United Kingdom in aiding our defence, and in the hope, of coming together, that we will one day soon all overcome this tragedy, Christ Church, and in conjunction with the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, present a concert of Ukrainian songs in Christ Church Cathedral, 12 June at 20:00, following Evensong.
There are many of this genre of events recently, each expressing a magnificent and unique facet of the repertoire. This one is a bit different. The programme will feature only Ukrainian songs: the music which has inspired our people to expression of our identity and culture for hundreds of years.
Maryna Lopez, originally from Dnipro, Ukraine, has emerged in Europe as a powerful dramatic mezzo-soprano, leading her to her current engagement at the Landestheater, Linz. Her career spans Germany, Italy, and China, as well as throughout Austria and her native Ukraine. She lives in Vienna, where she completed studies with Prof. Elsa Kastela Kreishl. She will travel to Oxford especially to perform in this concert.
Alexander Taras De Sina is a world-renowned concert pianist, hailed by Holos Ukrainy as ‘A master of original interpretation…a captivating performance’. He has performed throughout the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. Born in New York of Ukrainian ancestry, he has completed two degrees at Christ Church and remains an associate member of the college and of the Cathedral.
Get your tickets in advance here via to guarantee your place, or at the door (cash and card), All proceeds go to Ukrainian charity organisations. You are free to give in whatever amount you choose; we suggest either £5 or £10.
A reception will follow in the Chapter House.
Solidarity with Ukraine Rally and Intercollegiate Minute of Silence
Saturday, 14 May, Radcliffe Square
13.00 – 14.00
Ukrainian students across the UK are uniting to hold a wave of co-ordinated protests on Saturday 14th May. Oxford University Ukrainian Society is organising a protest and minute of silence in Oxford. Please join us to show your solidarity with Ukraine, whether you are Ukrainian, a student, member of the university, or member of the wider Oxford community. All are welcome.
14th May is not a significant date in the events of the war. We should not need a significant date to remind the world that every day Russian aggression continues in Ukraine, killing innocent people.
Please join us 1-2pm in the Radcliffe Camera square. Bring your homemade posters and banners, flags of Ukraine or your own country, wear yellow and blue, and let us show Ukraine and the wider world that Oxford stands in solidarity with brave Ukrainians fighting for their freedom. We will have speeches, chants, the Ukrainian anthem, and poetry. The protest will end at 2pm with a minute of silence, simultaneously held across other UK universities participating in the protest.
(This is not a fundraising event, but donation buckets and card payments will be available, should you wish to make a donation which we will forward to trusted Ukrainian charities.)
Opening Oxford 1871 Concert
The concert celebrates 150 years of Oxford University admitting scholars of all faiths and none after dropping the requirement for staff and students to be members of the Church of England.
There will be a performance of Lesya Ukrainka’s poem Contra Spem Spero in Ukrainian and a collection by OUUS volunteers in aid of charities supporting Ukraine.
The concert is free, but if you would like to donate, please use this QR code:
Concert for Ukraine
Join us for a Fundraising Dinner to support Ukrainian charities. For tickets, please follow this link. We look forward to you joining us!
SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE RALLY
Sunday, 6 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:30
Radcliffe Square, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Show solidarity with Ukraine and tell Putin to STOP THE WAR. Make posters and bring them! We will have art materials, face paints, blue and yellow ribbons available. We will have card and cash donation stations. We are organising a donation drive for next week and will share information on what is needed. (Please DO NOT bring physical donations to the protest, we don’t have capacity to take them on Sunday). We are looking forward to seeing you, friends of Ukraine. SLAVA UKRAYINI! Glory to Ukraine!
PETITION TO ELEVATE UKRAINE TO EU CANDIDATE STATUS
Please sign our petition.
JOIN OUR PROTEST: SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE
Sunday, 27 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:00
Radcliffe Square, Oxford, OX1 3BG
Stand with Ukraine. Oppose Russian invasion. Show support for the Ukrainian people, army, and the country’s sovereignty. Hear our demands and ways you can help during this devastating war.
We will provide flyers, art supplies, and banners. Feel free to bring or make your own.
GLORY TO UKRAINE!
“It is time for us to live for Ukraine”.
With these defiant lines by Ivan Franko we 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 18 years.
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.
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.
Eleonora Suhoviy, OUUS Co-Founder