ukranian culture

In 2022, Ukraine and the United Kingdom celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations. To celebrate this anniversary, the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute have joined to organize an exciting bilateral cultural cooperation project — the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture 2022.

It was during the Strategic Dialogue meeting in London on 8 December 2021, when Liz Truss, the UK Foreign Secretary then, and Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, announced the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture 2022.

From May to November, the Season of Culture brings together a diverse community of artists, creators, and educators from both countries to explore our cultures, our planet, our relationship with digital technologies, and what the future holds for all those involved in cultural processes. The theme of the Season of Culture — Future Reimagined.

As a centre of knowledge and free speech, Oxford serves as a wonderful venue to pay tribute to Ukrainian culture this autumn, as Cherwell College, together with the Ukrainian Cultural Centre Dom Master Class, and Oxford University Ukrainian Society, present the Ukrainian Culture Weeks in Oxford.

The Ukrainian Culture Weeks will open hearts, arms, galleries and stages for the celebration of classical music, authentic visual performances and exhibitions, as well as talks of blue-chip artists of Ukraine, all of them impacting the world culture today, leaving traces in the past and in future of the global art and music scene.

The pinnacle of the Ukrainian Culture Weeks will be the Bouquet Kyiv Stage Festival, which takes place annually in Kyiv city, Ukraine, at the historical site of Sophia Kyivska National Reserve.

However, the pinnacle of this year’s Ukrainian Culture Weeks in Oxford will be the Grand Concert onFriday, 30th September at one of the most celebrated venues in Oxford – the Sheldonian Theatre. The date coincides with the birthday of maestro Valentyn Sylvestrov, Ukraine’s best-known living composer who will attend the event.

For concerts and available tickets, please follow this link to reserve your place.  

For more information and tickets to other events please follow this link.

Join us in Oxford this autumn for a series of poignant and unforgettable evenings of beautiful music and art to raise vital funds and celebrate Ukrainian culture.

Admission is free for Ukrainian refugees (subject to availability, registration required): please follow this link.