“Ukrainian Days in Cape Town” (28th of February till 6th of April) is an attempt of Ukrainians living in South Africa to tell more about our country and culture to South Africans. It included talks, books exhibit, screening of movies and Ukrainian Festival.
The book exposition took place in 4 libraries: Colin Eglin Sea Point Library, Central Library Cape Town, Table View Library and Somerset West Library and included tourist guides, books on Ukrainian art, History, Cuisine, Culture, Language, modern literature, children’s books and unique copies of State collection of Ukrainian Museums.
Two talks about Ukrainian literature were organised in cooperation with Kaice-Drat project . The cooperation with the project continues. Я-на-тебе-чекатиму-під-каїсе-дра-Ill-Be-Waiting-for-You-under-the-Kaicedra
The literature talk at the Central Library included skype-call with writer/poet Oksana Zabuzhko over skype.
In cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine to South Africa the talk “Ukraine’s price for European Choice: a Troubled Relationship with Russia. The roots and origins of conflict in Ukraine” was organised at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
The movies were selected in cooperation with DocuDays (International Human Rights Festival) and screened at the Labia Theatre.
Special kids programme included screening of “The Magic Spell (Mykyta Kozhumiaka)” animation in Ukrainian with English subtitles.
The main event of Ukrainian Days in Cape Town was the First Ukrainian Festival that took place on the 11th of March at the Range, Tokai. At the festival visitors could hear Ukrainian music that included Zamar (Stellenbosch –based band with Ukrainian singer& accordion player, Luda Rukavitsyna), Folk Ensamble ‘Dyvyna’ (Donetsk, Ukraine), Antonina Darienko (Wellington); dancers – Oleksii and Michele Strength Act (semi-finalists of SA Got Talent 2016); master classes on Ukrainian traditional crafts (pysanky drawing, borsch making, Maria Pryimachenko drawing style, etc); Ukrainian food (borsch, varenyky, deruny etc) prepared by Ukrainian community. Photos are below.