Ukrainian Society at the University of Bern

April 2022

This is our first "Pick of the month" selection. Thus, we decided to provide a good read accompanied by picteresque drawings, delicious snack and cheerful music to set up the mood.

Mari Cheba - Misce Syly (Place of Power)

The main message of the song is how to find a place of power during difficult times. Don’t be inclined during tough times, because the real place of power lies within each of us.

Ivan Honchar museum

Ivan Honchar (1911-1993) – Ukrainian sculptor and ethnographer. Having collected historical and ethnographic materials throughout Ukraine, in 1960 he set up in his apartment a private museum of over 3,000 items (tools, folk costumes, ceramics, icons, embroideries, Easter eggs “pysanka”, and old books). His collection later became the basis of the Ukrainian Center for Folk Culture «Ivan Honchar Museum».

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Recipe of Ukrainian garlic bread “pampushky”

Jamie Oliver will introduce you to the most incredible garlic bread.

Mykola Gogol (1809-1852)

Gogol was born in the Ukrainian Cossack town of Sorochyntsi (at that time occupied by Russian Empire). He was the first among his coevals to describe the spirit, style, mode of life, and code of morals of the Ukrainian Cossacks, who always had honor and freedom as their symbols. 

Some of the most known Gogol’s works are "Taras Bulba", "Viy", and "Evenings on a Farm Near Dykanka".

In October 1836, Gogol spent almost a month in one of the most beautiful towns of the Swiss Riviera, Vevey, where he wrote several chapters of his world-renowned "Mertvi Dushi" (Dead Souls). 

In 2007 the international festival of contemporary art and cinema named after Mykola Gogol was created. Since its creation GOGOLFEST has gained lost of popularity and showcases theater, music, film, literature, and visual art.

monument to Mykola Gogol
The monument to Mykola Gogol was unveiled in Vevey in 2009.
GOGOLFEST advertisement.
GOGOLFEST advertisement.