Brunch with journalists from Ukraine (02/14/2015)

The House of Ukraine will be hosting a group of journalists from Ukraine who are in San Diego for a few days on a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Join us for a welcoming brunch reception where you will have a chance to meet and mingle prominent Ukrainian journalists who are helping to shape free and transparent Ukraine.

WHEN: Saturday, February 14 from 11 am to 1:30 pm
WHERE: House of Ukraine, Balboa Park

Update: Pictures from the event

Our guests were brought to San Diego by the San Diego Diplomacy Council in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:

This two-week exchange program will highlight journalism in the U.S., with particular focus on investigative reporting – across all mediums. It will explore how to inform the public about corruption, abuse of power and other issues that impact government effectiveness, the business climate, and public health and safety. Numerous opportunities to network and engage with peers will introduce best practices for leveraging professional networks to research leads and highlight case studies for how social media can support engagement and advocacy.

Specifically, the program addresses:

  • U.S. Federalism
  • Journalism in the U.S. – state of the media in 2014; structure of U.S. news media organizations; challenges for traditional media and overview of new/social media;
  • Digital communications – trends in on-line journalism and reporting; citizen journalists and new technologies;
  • First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and protection of journalists;
  • Investigative journalism – experience of reporters operating under conditions of uncertainty and danger; safeguards and protections;
  • Freedom of Information (Act) – laws and regulations, especially in an increasingly digital age; security concerns and protections;
  • Ethics in media – how are standards defined, monitored and enforced in public and private sectors; application in news reporting and analysis;
  • Role of journalists to promote government accountability by disseminating information;
  • Civic engagement and grassroots advocacy as covered and promoted by media;
  • Cultural events and home hospitality.

Our visitors:

  • Mr. Denys BIHUS – Journalist and Anchor, “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money), ZIK TV
  • Mr. Sergii IVANOV – Journalist and Blogger, “Ukrainska Pravda“, internet news website
  • Ms. Maria KARPA – Anchor, “Pohlyad na Tyzhden” (Weekly Look), informational and analytical television program.
    Journalist, “Narodnyi Kontrol” (Public Control), ZIK TV
  • Mr. Roman NITSER (SHRAYK) – Founder and Director, and (blogger)
  • Mr. Maksym SAVANEVSKYI – Editor in Chief,
  • Ms. Oksana TROKOZ – Journalist, Head of Video News Department,
    Regional Correspondent, “5th Channel” (national TV)
  • Ms. Iryna YARMOLENKO – Journalist, TV Presenter, “20 Minutes,” SKI TV
  • Ms. Svitlana YERESHCHENKO – Journalist,


Community Events

  • Folk Night For Ukraine

    When: Monday, July 18th at 6.30-9.00pm
    Where: Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

    House of Ukraine invites you to a Folk Night For Ukraine at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. This summer evening will feature deep Ukrainian culture through song and folk art. All proceeds will benefit continuing humanitarian work dedicated to rebuilding Ukraine and her resilient people.
    Tickets are on sale now.

    6:30-7:30 p.m.: Silent Auction and Folk Art Exhibition with drinks and light hor d’oeuvres
    (Silent Auction to launch online July 11th)

    7:30-8:00 p.m.: House of Ukraine Community Musicians

    8:00-9:00 p.m.: Balaklava Blues

    About our special guest performers:
    Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions with EDM, trap, dub step, and more as a launching pad to explore the seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

    The two met in Kyiv during the 2014 revolution of dignity and ever since, have dedicated their creative energy to telling the stories of their home country to the world. Their 2015 play Counting Sheep garnered major critical acclaim winning several awards at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe – including a Fringe First award and Amnesty International’s Freedom of Speech award. Mark and Marichka composed all the music for Counting Sheep – a story of love and revolution – and four of the songs are on this debut release for band Balaklava Blues. “Balaklava Blues music is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on my home country,” says Mark Marczyk, who spent years back and forth between Ukraine and Canada before meeting Marichka there. “We want to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to inform who we are and what we can become.”

    About the venue:
    Mingei International Museum was founded in 1978 and presents works of folk art, craft and design. The Museum has a rich history and commitment to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures. Objects in our Collection reflect a joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.
    FOLK NIGHT FOR UKRAINE will take place in Mingei’s newly renovated theatre as part of the Museum’s Community Mondays program. This is a program which serves local, under-resourced arts and culture non-profits of the San Diego area. The House of Ukraine is honored to receive Mingei’s support for hosting this event.

  • #RussiaIsATerroristState

    When: Saturday, July 2nd at 4pm
    Where: Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
    Bring: Signs, flags, Ukrainian shirts, etc.

    Armed forces of the Russian Federation have committed numerous summary executions against innocent civilians and have attempted to cover their atrocities with mass graves across Ukraine. Thousands of men, women and children are killed and wounded.

    On Monday, June 27, the strike hit a shopping mall in Ukrainian city Kremenchuk, killing at least 18 people and leaving dozens more still missing.

    Only terrorists behave like that. We need to call Russia as a terrorist state!!!


  • A Prayer for Peace

  • Peace Bell Ringing

  • Kupala potluck

  • Breaking Down Walls project by The Metro Film and Arts Foundation ONLINE STREAM

  • Stand With Ukraine
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667 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA