Within the framework of a working visit to present the national stand at the 48th London Book Fair, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nishchuk met with UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis.
The Minister of Culture expressed gratitude for the attention during the preparation and presentation of the national stand at the 48th London Book Fair, because the presentation of Ukraine in each of the international cultural forums is extremely important.
During the meeting, the main directions of possible cultural cooperation between the two countries were discussed. The sides, in addition to classical art, theater industry and cultural heritage, outlined creative industries, which are currently gaining momentum in Ukraine as promising area of cooperation.
Moreover, Yevhen Nishchuk noted that at the prestigious international Film Festival Berlin – Berlinale a world premiere of the film of famous director Agnieszka Holland "Mr. Jones created in co-production with Ukraine, Poland and Great Britain took place.
The Minister of Culture expressed interest in establishing exchange of experience in the field of creative industries, design, and inclusive education, and proposed to consider the possibility of implementing museum projects that would introduce the masterpieces of Ukrainian culture from the time of Tripillya to the present.
In turn, the Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism noted that the creative industry is a very important tool that makes the culture economically attractive and creates additional opportunities for its development.
Apart from that, the parties discussed issues related to the preservation of objects of cultural heritage and promotion of non-material objects of cultural heritage.
"UNESCO is an excellent platform for cooperation between countries, as well as for preserving and popularizing the country's cultural heritage. We support Ukraine and its territorial integrity, and also highly praise your work in the direction of preserving the cultural heritage," Michael Ellis underlined.
The Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism underlined the willingness to cooperate in the field of culture both at the national level and in the context of cooperation between individual institutions of the two countries.