Monday, May 22, 2006

New European Capital Cities Chisinau, Republic of Moldova And Kyiv, Ukraine Host Pan-Slavonic And Pan-European Cultural Festivals And Concerts

CHISINAU, May 22 (Itar-Tass) - - "Traditional Days of Slavonic Written Language and Culture have begun in Moldova on Monday with ceremonial church liturgies in memory of Saint Apostles Kirill and Mifody.

As journalists learnt at the press service of the Bureau of Interethnic Relations of the Republic, this festival, which was organized jointly with Slavonic ethnocultural organizations of the country, is being held in the Republic for the seventeenth time.

“The holding of Days of Slavonic Written Language and Culture promotes strengthening of the interethnic world, accord, and tolerance in Moldova,” director of the bureau Olga Goncharova said.

Flower-laying ceremonies to monuments of outstanding figures of Slavonic culture were also held in Chisinau and other cities of the Republic on Monday.

Professional and amateur creative collectives from Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova will take part in the festival which will last until May 28.

Festivals, concerts, literary meetings, meetings with writers, book and art exhibitions will be held in cities and villages of the Republic."

ITAR-TASS News Agency "Days of Slavonic Written Language and Culture begin in Moldova" May 22, 2006


KIEV, May 20 (Itar-Tass) - "The Day of Europe is being held in the centre of the Ukrainian capital on Saturday. The Kreshchatik, the central street of Kiev, has been turned into a sort of “European city” providing both entertainment and information.

Every country, integrated in the European Union, opened its pavilion in the Kreshchatik Street, where Kiev residents and guests are given propaganda booklets, journals and souvenirs. Reports are made in the pavilion of the European Commission about the advantages of Ukraine’s cooperation with the European Union in various spheres. EU representatives, diplomats, deputies to the Supreme Rada (Ukrainian parliament), major businessmen and writers are doing the explanatory work. The “school of European languages,” the “European food section” and the “European music section” were opened.

The festive mood of enthusiasts of European integration was spoiled by a protest action of some 100 workers of pipe-making plants. They are sitting right on the ground in the Maidan (Independence Square), pounding their helmets on the asphalt. The workers are protesting against the EU anti-dumping duties on the Ukrainian pipe deliveries....

A concert with the participation of popular Ukrainian and European singers will take place in the central part of Kiev at night."

ITAR-TASS News Agency "Day of Europe held in Ukrainian capital" May 20, 2006

All Saints Orthodox Church in Chisinau, the Capital of the Republic of Moldova. With a population of about 750,000, Chisinau is approximately the same size as the Eastern European Cultural Capitals of Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; and Riga, Latvia.

Photo credit: Tan Wee Cheng. Singapore. With thanks.


UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Struve Geodetic Arc [2005]

The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries [Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden, and Ukraine] and over 2,820km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped establish the exact size and shape of our planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause.


"Formerly part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. The poorest nation in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.

[U.S.] Central Intelligence Agency "The World Factbook"


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