One of Cambridge streets is named after the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko
In anticipation of The Days of Ukraine in the UK, the University of Cambridge held the grand opening ceremony of Taras Shevchenko Street. The street is situated in one of the most famous Cambridge sites - Sydgwick Site, which is home to a number of Humanities and Arts faculties - law, history, religious studies, as well as medieval and modern languages. “Naming the street after Taras Shevchenko and unveiling a commemorative pavement marker is the first symbolic step within the unparalleled event - The Days of Ukraine in the UK, organised by Firtash Foundation. This is a very important step to improve the world recognition of Ukraine", - said Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“Emergence of Taras Shevchenko street in Cambridge is a result of cultural and educational programme that we established a few years ago in the UK”, - said Lada Firtash, FIRTASH Foundation head and cofounder and The Days of Ukraine in the UK organizing committee chairperson.Since it is the cultural relations that can enhance the cooperation between two countries, unite the people and make us the strategic partner of one of the most developed world countries."
Over the next year, the University of Cambridge will join the world in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth.
The official website of the Cambridge University writes that Taras Shevchenko is one of the most uncompromising and unique “voices” in the modern European culture, and this voice is becoming increasingly heard and recognized in Great Britain”
Since 2008, Taras Shevchenko’s poetry has been studied in the Ukrainian original by the students of the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty. Since 2011, prints of his paintings have been hanging on the walls of this faculty. We shall remind that Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Programme was launched in 2008 with the financial support of Lada and Dmitry Firtash charity fund FIRTASH Foundation, which is also the organiser of the Days of Ukraine in the UK. Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Programme aims to promote and facilitate understanding of Ukraine both in Great Britain and abroad through deepening the cross cultural dialogue and advancing the innovative approaches to studying Ukraine’s rich historical, linguistic, and cultural inheritance.