Ukrainian members of Interpret Europe initiated a multisectoral discussion about the implementation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). 

A Ukrainian community of heritage professionals, experts and NGOs will present the Road Map on the implementation of EYCH 2018 in Ukraine to the governmental bodies and public agencies, focusing on the need for a multidisciplinary approach and inter-agency cooperation. The Road Map was drafted during the multisectoral round table, organised by the Ukrainian members of Interpret Europe (Nataliya Gudkova, Tetyana Oliynyk, Tetiana Karpiuk), in cooperation with the Ukrainian bureau of the Creative Europe programme and with the support of the Goethe Institute in Ukraine, on 29 January, 2018.

More than 100 people took part in the round table, including representatives of the public, ministries and departments (including the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Ecology, the National Geographical Inventory, the Ministry of Youth and Sport), as well as international institutions, think tanks, and research centers (EU Delegation to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Center of Cultural Research, the National Science Academy, Kennan Institute).

IE members in Ukraine thought it was important to discuss how the EYCH could be related to our work in our country. Catherine Magnant, Head the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Task Force, addressed the participants via Skype from Brussels. Tetyana Oliynyk, IE member, presented her research of the transformation of the concept of heritage in the European international conventions, declarations and treaties; in particular, the interdisciplinary and integrated approach, which now prevails in understanding and managing heritage. The representatives of the Ministry of Culture, MFA, Creative Europe and EU Delegation to Ukraine presented the programmes and initiatives of the respective agencies, planned in relation to EYCH 2018.The presentations were well received and everyone agreed to work together to maximise the impact of EYCH for Ukraine.

Tetyana Oliynyk is a Director of the travel agency, Karpaty Travel (Lviv, Ukraine). You can get in touch with her at:

Nataliia Gudkova is an Associate Professor of the State Ecological Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management (Kyiv, Ukraine). She is also the IE Country Coordinator for Ukraine. You can get in touch with her at:

To cite this article: 
Oliynyk, Tetyana & Gudkova, Nataliia (2018) ‘EYCH 2018 discussions in Ukraine’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 1-2018, 28. 
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