Оn March 28, 2014, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States hosted an event dedicated to the 200-th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko – a book presentation of Taras Shevchenko’s “Kobzar” English translation made by Peter Fedynsky, American journalist of Ukrainian descend, former “Voice of America” anchor.
This first ever complete English translation of “Kobzar” includes copies of over 125 manuscripts, Shevchenko's artworks and photographs that complement the poetry. The illustrations were printed from digital copies of originals given by Taras Shevchenko National Museum and Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences.
The evening started with the moment of silence to pay tribute to the memory of those killed during EuroMaidan events.
During the presentation Mr.Fedynsky briefed the audience on his work on the translation and shared little-known facts about Shevchenko’s life and work as well as recited his poetry in English.
Presentation was attended by distinguished guest Mustafa Dzhemilev, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, leader of the Crimean Tatars.
Another keynote speaker of the event was Julia Marushevskа, an anchor of the National TV company of Ukraine. She became famous after her video address on EuroMaidan, where she called on all people of goodwill to support the Ukrainian people in their quest to live in a free democratic European country.
The event, organized by the Embassy in partnership with the Cultural Foundation of the Washington Group, concluded with the concert performed by Ukrainian a capella group “СПІВ-Життя/Living.in.SONG”.
In the photo: Peter Fedynsky