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  • Austria to keep supporting Ukrainian culture and heritage
    Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, posted 26 December 2022 16:42

    On December 23, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to Ukraine Arad Benkö. The parties discussed the needs of the Ukrainian cultural sphere and art education, as well as strengthening cooperation between the countries.

    “Today, despite russia’s war against Ukraine, many artists remain in their native country to continue creating. They support Ukrainians because art heals and inspires. At the same time, artists themselves also need support. Art projects are politically and culturally important for us. At the same time, we are looking forward to the return of our artists who have found refuge in Austria. For professional art to continue to develop, we gratefully accept proposals of partners to support Ukrainian culture,” said Oleksandr Tkachenko.

    The Minister spoke about a project of 7 Ukrainian museums called “Ukraine. Out of blackout”. This is an exhibition of the millennium of Ukrainian heritage at the leading venues of the world, and it would be also important to hold it in Austria.

    Oleksandr Tkachenko also stressed that due to the current situation in the energy sector in Ukraine, Ukrainian cultural institutions are in great need of generators to continue uninterrupted operation of theaters, circuses, and philharmonics.

    The parties also discussed protection of cultural rights of Ukrainians who are forced to stay in Austria. In this context, it is important to support the following projects:

    • replenishment of the collections of Austrian libraries with modern Ukrainian literature, donation of Ukrainian-language and translated Ukrainian literature to Austrian libraries in the framework of the Ukrainian Bookshelf project initiated by the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, as well as the Ukrainian Book Institute;
    • continuing the project on introduction of Ukrainian-language audio guides in Austrian museums;
    • cooperation in the field of restoration of damaged immovable cultural heritage;
    • internships for Ukrainian experts in Austria;
    • exchange of experience on digitization in the field of culture and cultural heritage,
    • support in countering illegal movement of cultural property stolen from Ukraine by the russian occupation forces;
    • promotion of Ukrainian media abroad, for example, in hotels;
    • cooperation in countering russian disinformation and propaganda.