The Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania proudly honoured the 70th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Australia on 18 January 2020 with a concert and book launch.
Between 1948 – 1953, over 350 Ukrainians arrived in Tasmania. Today there is a diverse blend of descendants, new arrivals & friends, with a number activities at their community centre in Hobart. These include language classes, church services, choral groups and social events. The Association also actively contributes to wider community events, taking part in the Moonah Taste of the World, Hobart Language Day and Seniors Week.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary the Association organised a celebration of Ukrainian song and dance in appreciation of the culture their ancestors brought to Australia. The event was a huge success and very well supported by the local community with a total of 350 attendees. This encompassed nearly 100 visitors from interstate including 30 young people from Zahrava Youth Dance Ensemble (Sydney) who performed at the event with local groups – Ukrainian Community Choir, Malva – Vocal Duet, and Jabluko – Musical Trio.
Attendees also included several supporting organisations and individuals: The Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, Dr. Mykola Kulinich; Co-Chair of the Federation of Ukrainians in Australia, Stefan Romaniw and other AFUO and interstate Association representatives; and individuals who supported the production of the book, With Ukrainian Greetings.
The Tasmanian Association’s publication With Ukrainian Greetings: A history of the Ukrainian Community in Tasmania was launched by Tasmanian Senator Catryna Bilyk at the concert. The book contains details of Ukrainian arrivals in 1948-1952 and provides an overview of the history of the Ukrainian community around Tasmania. It is an important historical account for generations past and present to understand & appreciate the Ukrainian footprint in Tasmania. The publication is available for purchase by contacting the Association.
Marina Ladaniwskyj, President of the Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania states that the celebrations are important in keeping Ukrainians connected to their cultural heritage, and the publication demonstrates a variety of settlement experiences. ‘It is with a sense of gratitude and pride for all that has been achieved that Ukrainians reflect on over 70 years of life in Tasmania…it is a history and community to be celebrated.’
The Association look forward to future projects, and collaborating with the local and interstate Ukrainian community to further develop our community. For further information, contact Marina Ladaniwskyj on 0400763720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org