UWC announces Ukrainian Diaspora Days celebrating UWC’s 50th anniversary on 27-29 August 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine  

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The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) together with its partner, the International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations (IIECDR) of Lviv Polytechnic National University, is pleased to announce the program for Ukrainian Diaspora Days scheduled for 27-29 August 2017 in Lviv, Ukraine, marking the 50th anniversary of the UWC.

In preparation for welcoming the Ukrainian diaspora to the Lviv Oblast an Organizing Committee was established chaired by Head of the Lviv Oblast Administration Oleh Syniutka and including key individuals from the municipality and oblast, specifically Andriy Sadovyi (Mayor), Yuri Bobalo (Rector of Lviv Polytechnic), Vasyl Vovkun (Director of the Lviv Opera), Rev. Bohdan Prach (Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University) and representatives of IIECDR.


27 August 2017

17.00  Opening Ceremony of Ukrainian Diaspora Days on the square at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Memorial

18.00  Divine Liturgy at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

20.00  Gala evening at Lviv Polytechnic National University; Opening of Travelling Exhibit dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the UWC


28 August 2017

8.30 – 17.00 International Conference UWC at 50 and Beyond: The European Context at LvivPolytechnic National University

17.10 – 18.00 Book presentation of Facts from the Archeparchy of Przemyśl “Ukraiinsko-polske prymyrennia v dokumentakh iierarkhiyi ta sviaschenstva” (Ukrainian-Polish reconciliation in documents of the hierarchy and clergy)

19.30 Reception for foreign delegations


29 August 2017

10.00 Tribute to Heroes at the State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Lychakiv Cemetery”

12.30  “Ukrainians together – the future is ours!” – Commemorative event at the orchard dedicated to the global Ukrainian community

13.30  Wreath-laying ceremony at the Taras Shevchenko monument

16.30  Opening of exhibit of diaspora artists from the collection of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum

18.00  Gala Concert on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UWC at the Solomiya Krushelnytska National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet – Reminiscencii UA


In addition, the IIECDR has developed a series of projects to mark the UWC anniversary including a travelling exhibit about the UWC, videos about the UWC produced by Lviv Polytechnic journalism students, and quotes about the meaning and work of the UWC that appear daily on the Facebook pages of MIOK and UWC.

“The Ukrainian World Congress invites Ukrainians from the diaspora and throughout Ukraine to Lviv to celebrate all that unites us as we move together resolutely into a brighter future,” stated Chair of the UWC 50th Anniversary Committee Irene Mycak.

“Ukrainian Diaspora Days are a symbol of our unwavering unity that cannot be broken by borders, distances and circumstances. The brutal aggression of the Russian Federation has only made us stronger in the fight for independence, territorial integrity and our European civilized choice. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UWC is respect and gratitude for the travelled path and commitment to the continued joint efforts for Ukraine,” noted Director of IIECDR Iryna Kluchkovska.  

More information on the commemorative program in Lviv celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UWC and all events worldwide on a designated web site: