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Cultural and humanitarian cooperation
18 August 2021 13:42

Ukrainian-French cooperation in the field of culture, education and science is based on the Intergovernmental Agreement on Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, signed on October 19, 1995.

Institut Français in Ukraine has been operating in Kyiv since 1992, and was officially opened in 1994. It is the main link in the network, which includes four more regional centers established in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odessa, Rivne and Zaporizhia. Every year, the Institut Français holds the French Spring art festival in Ukraine.

Since 2004, the Embassy of Ukraine in France has been operating a Cultural Information Center (CIC), which hosts artistic, informational, and cultural events on a regular basis.

The multidisciplinary festival WeekEnd à l'Est, the New Wave of Ukrainian Cinema Festival, Docudays and the Biennial of Decorative and Applied Arts Révélations at the Grand Palais can be considered notable events of public diplomacy over the past few years. The regular participation of Ukraine in the Salon du livre de Paris, in the programs of the Cannes Film Festival, Mifa Market in Annecy have become powerful media platforms to draw the attention of the international community to the problems of the war in Donbass, the temporary occupation of Crimea and Russian aggression against Ukraine.

More and more Ukrainian fashion stylists are taking part in Paris Fashion Week. Well-known stylists like L. Litkovskaya, A. Belinsky, A. Tan, cluster Podillya Wedding Group held their shows and showrooms in the Cultural Information Center and the Embassy.

The prestigious Parisian concert hall A. Korto presented contemporary Ukrainian academic music with the opera "Iov" staged by V. Troitsky. There are tours of the cult Ukrainian bands Dakh Daughters and Dakha Brakha on a regular basis.

A separate area of cooperation is an introduction of Ukrainian-language audio guides in museums and tourist routes in France in order to spread the practice of using the Ukrainian language. The first such guide was launched in April 2021 at the Palace of Versailles.

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