NUR-SULTAN- IV International Festival of Ukrainian Folk Art "We are together, we are one family!" was held. In the course of the festival the republican exhibition of decorative-applied art, as well as the republican photo exhibition within the framework of the "Year of Youth" "Young people of the XXI Century in Focus" was organized.
The event was organized by the Republican Association of Legal Entities "Rada of Kazakhstan’s Ukrainians", "Ukrainian Association "Obereg" NGO with the assistance of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Ukraine in Kazakhstan.
The main purpose of the event was the strengthening of public consent and national unity, popularization of culture of Kazakhstani ethnic groups, formation of civil identity, expansion of cooperation and strengthening of friendly relations between brotherly peoples of Kazakhstan.
The International Festival was attended Zhanseit Tuimebayev, by Deputy Chairman of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan - Head of APK’s Secretariat of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Yury Timoshchenko, Deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Republican Legal Entities "Rada of Kazakhstan’s Ukrainians", deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ivan Kuleba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Regional Vice-President of the World Congress of Ukrainians for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia Sergey Vinnik, representatives of state bodies, foreign diplomatic missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan, scientific and creative intellectuals, civil society institutions, youth organizations, heads and members of ethno-cultural associations.
A significant role in strengthening the traditionally friendly relations between Ukraine and Kazakhstan at the state level is played by Nazarbayev Interstate Institute of Ukrainian-Kazakh Relations, which is located in Kiev. Trade and economic cooperation remains the core direction. The main areas of bilateral economic cooperation are discussed in the framework of the Joint Kazakhstan-Ukraine Interstate Commission on Economic Cooperation.
In the course of his welcoming speech Zhanseit Tuimebayev noted that the friendship between Kazakhs and Ukrainians is closely connected with the name of the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Professional development of friendship took place in the Ukrainian city of Kamenskoye. "Today representatives from all regions of our republic and abroad have gathered here. Your Shevchenko Readings, festival "With Ukraine in the Heart", exhibitions of applied art became the hallmark of the Assembly of the people of Kazakhstan. Creative collectives created by you, youth wing "Charyvni Dzherelo", ethnolinguistic school "Ridne Slovo" became the real school of continuity of generations and education of the Kazakhstan patriotism. Assembly of the people of Kazakhstan under the direction of the First President - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev created all necessary conditions for satisfaction of requirements of representatives of all ethnoses, there is all-round support to ethno-cultural associations, including the Ukrainian one. I wish your public association new creative achievements, fruitful work, inexhaustible energy and further success for the benefit of our beloved homeland," said the Deputy Chairman of the Assembly.
The Ukrainian ethnos in Kazakhstan is one of the largest. The history of Ukrainians in Kazakhstan dates back to the end of the XVIII century, when in 1768 participants of the Gaidamat national liberation movement in Right Bank Ukraine against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire, known in history as "Kolyivshchyna", were exiled here. Later, after the destruction of Zaporozhskaya Sich in 1775, Cossacks were also sent to Kazakhstan to protect new lands. A significant number of Ukrainians were relocated to Kazakhstan in 1939-1940 as a result of deportation from Western Ukraine. During the Second World War, a considerable number of factories were evacuated from Ukraine, along with tens of thousands of specialists, who later stayed in Kazakhstan for permanent residence.
In turn, Yury Timoshchenko, the deputy of the Mazhilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the chairman of the Republican association of legal persons "Rada Ukrainians of Kazakhstan" noted that the Ukrainian ethnos is always ready to contribute to the development of Kazakhstan. "We, Ukrainians of Kazakhstan, make a worthy contribution to the development of the economy, culture and education. I am proud to say: "We are a single people of Kazakhstan. We express our great gratitude to our Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, our President Kassym-Jomart Toqayev. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to develop our language, culture and traditions in this beautiful and blessed land," said Y. Timoshchenko.
In general, the history of migration of the Ukrainian ethnos can be divided into four periods: the first one is 1930-1931, when the process of forced eviction of the so-called "kulak peasants" took place in the times of total collectivization. The second is the "enemies of the people", who were repressed and convicted in 30 years for different terms and served their sentences in different camps of the Gulag and were sent to the Kazakh steppes for settlement. During this period, a large number of intellectuals turned out to be among the migrants.
The third period is the time of resettlement of the so-called "enemies of the people", who were convicted after the accession of Western Ukraine to the USSR during the Second World War. Basically, they were members of the national liberation movement in Western Ukraine, who either served their sentences in Karlaga and were left in Kazakhstan, or were sent here from other camps for settlement.
The fourth period - the youth of the 50-60s, who arrived in Kazakhstan on their own will or at the invitation of the development of virgin lands, as well as the construction of mining and industrial giants. In development of virgin lands took part more than 300 thousand representatives of the Ukrainian nationality. Working collectives of a number of newly formed state farms in Kostanay and Akmola regions almost entirely consisted of Ukrainians.
At the end of the event there was an awarding ceremony for the participants of the festival - the deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the chairman of the association of legal entities "Rada of Kazakhstan's Ukrainians" Yury Timoshchenko and Ivan Kuleba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan.