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Ukraine/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

In April 2010, the Ministry of Culture and Development Centre "Democracy through Culture", with assistance of the Council of Europe, prepared and published the Ukrainian version of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue "Living Together as Equals in Dignity".

In June 2017, the Government of Ukraine adopted the Concept of the State Programme for Collaboration with Foreign Ukrainians for 2017–2020. The realization of the Programme gives the opportunity to affirm the positive image of Ukraine, provide European integration of Ukraine through deepening intercultural dialogue and interaction in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

The All-Ukrainian Forum of national cultures, "We All Are Your Children, Ukraine", was initiated in 1988. The Forum takes place once every two years within the framework of the artistic project "Ukraine is Open to the World" and is supported by the Board of National Societies of Ukraine and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. The purpose of this project is to promote cultures from different nations and nationalities living in Ukraine. The Forum displays the creative work of professional, folk and amateur artists, collectives and groups.

The following private actors operate successfully in the field of intercultural dialogue: Arabesque Theatre Studio (Kharkiv), Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" (Kyiv), Theatre Pechersk (Kyiv), Theatre "Drabyna" (Lviv), Art Centre "Dzyga" (Lviv), Centre for Cultural Management (Lviv), NGO "Art Travel", IZOLYATSIA Foundation, the Ukrainian Humanitarian Development Foundation, Congress of Culture Activists (Kyiv),Youth organization STAN, Pinchuk Foundation, Youth organization “Youth urban initiative” and other organisations.

For example, in late July 2017, the First international children’s project International Village was held in the Carpathian Mountains with the support of the Scholarship programme "Tomorrow.UA" of the Pinchuk Foundation. The event was initiated and conducted by the Youth organization "Youth urban initiative", co-organizers were Action-West-Ost and Olsztyńskie stowarzyszenie mniejszości niemieckiej in Olsztynie. The objective of the project was to build intercultural dialogue between EU and Ukrainian youth, support replaced children in Ukraine and integrate them into the European youth community, change stereotypes concerning the situation in the country, create a space for language learning and the development of European values.

Examples of Good Practice: Intercultural Center in Lutsk

One of the priority project ideas for local development of the town of Lutsk (Volyn' region) was worked out within the frames of the EU/CoE COMUS project (see chapter 3.4.3).

It involves creating a modern intercultural centre (co-working space with an information Internet-platform) for constructive cultural and intellectual cooperation between the local community and representatives of Polish, Armenian, Czech, and Jewish cultures of the town of Lutsk. Since the Middle Ages, Lutsk was a political centre of the Volyn region and shaped as a multicultural town. Besides, Ukrainians, there Poles, Lithuanians, Armenians, Karaites, Jews, Czechs, and Germans living in the town. Descendants of various ethnic groups visit Lutsk and retell their experiences of the ‘ethnic’ history of Lutsk.

Associations of Poles, Armenians, and Czechs are active today in Lutsk. Not so numerous but also present is the community of Germans Lutherans. This is why the creation of the intercultural centre is worthwhile as a project idea directed at transformation of the library space into a Centre of Intercultural Dialogue.

Additional Resources:

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources


Chapter published: 09-02-2018

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