The five busy days of the seminar passed extremely quickly, and on July 19, our “The Ark 2021” completed. But before that, a bright, rich and informative Ukrainian day was waiting for the participants. It started on our friends and partners territory – in Dmytro Yavornytskyi National Historical Museum. We truly thank the director of the Museum Yulia Pischanska for organizing a tour of the Museum halls by Dr. Kateryna Hryshchenko; Anna Teryanik held a meeting with the exposition of the first ATO Museum in Ukraine. By the end, a unique panoramic film about the war in eastern Ukraine was screened. Many of the seminar participants could not hold back tears both in the Museum of anti-terrorist operation, and during demonstration of a film.

Also, in the premises of Dmytro Yavornytskyi National Historical Museum “The Ark” participants listened to an informative lecture by the director of the Center for Middle East Studies (Kyiv) Igor Semivolos |on “Competition, violence and cooperation in southern Ukraine. The experience of the twentieth century.”

After that, “The Ark” went to Petrykivka – the center of the world-famous Petrykivka painting. The young people visited the Center of Folk Art, tested their artistic abilities in a master class on Petrykivka painting.

Moving to “Mykola’s Khutor” – and here, in the atmospheric Ukrainian courtyard, everyone was treated to delicious Ukrainian dishes. After that, a very serious and important conversation awaited the youth. It was conducted by a legendary man – founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, dissident and human rights activist, well-known publicist and theologian, Vice-Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Myroslav Marynovych. “I'm talking about people who turn the wheel of history, – emphasized Dr. Igor Shchupak. – And Mr. Myroslav's lecture was dedicated to the majestic figure of Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky. The conversation touched the minds and hearts of young people; so, it is not surprising that there were many questions to Mr. Myroslav”.

The next experience for young people was a master class on the culture of church singing from a group of sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great from the mission village in Zaporizhzhia.

And finally – the end of the Ukrainian Day and all this year's “The Ark”: insightful speeches and even songs; presentation of Certificates to participants and a film-chronicle about “The Ark-2021” from IT-specialists of “Tkuma” Institute Vladyslav Bazylevsky, Dmitry Konovalov and Oleksii Branovitsky.

We truly thank all our Crimean Tatar, Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish partners and friends, young people – participants of “The Ark 2021”, all staff of “Tkuma” Institute and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”.

Thank you – and see you during “The Ark 2022”!

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On July 15, the international seminar “The Ark-2021” was inaugurated, co-organized traditionally by “Tkuma” Institute, Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”, Ukrainian Catholic University, Hnat Khotkevych Palace of Culture, “Crimean House”, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv. The opening was attended by representatives of regional authorities, scientists and public figures, representatives of various national and religious groups.

XIV International inter-religious youth seminar “Ark-2019”, which lasted from July 18-26, is over. Representatives of Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, Crimean Tatar youth traditionally became its participants.

The thirteenth International Inter-religious Youth Seminar “The Ark-2018” was completed. It lasted from July 2 to 10. As usual, representatives of Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar youth, organized in four groups, became participants of the event.

During July 16–24, 2017 Univ (Lviv region) hosted “The Ark 2017” 12th International Youth Seminar that gathered Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar youth. The seminar is organized by General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, NGO “Crimea-SOS”, H. Khotkevych City Palace of Culture. Traditionally the event was held at Holy Assumption Univ Lavra (Lviv region), where during WWII Greek Catholic clerics, in particular, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, rescued Jewish children.