XIV International inter-religious youth seminar “Ark-2019”, which lasted from July 18-26, is over. Representatives of Ukrainian, Jewish, Polish, Crimean Tatar youth traditionally became its participants.

The thirteenth International Inter-religious Youth Seminar “The Ark-2018” was completed. It lasted from July 2 to 10. As usual, representatives of Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar youth, organized in four groups, became participants of the event.

During July 16–24, 2017 Univ (Lviv region) hosted “The Ark 2017” 12th International Youth Seminar that gathered Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar youth. The seminar is organized by General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, NGO “Crimea-SOS”, H. Khotkevych City Palace of Culture. Traditionally the event was held at Holy Assumption Univ Lavra (Lviv region), where during WWII Greek Catholic clerics, in particular, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, rescued Jewish children.

During July 17–25, 2016 Univ (Lviv region) hosted the 11th International Youth Seminar “The Ark” for Ukrainian, Polish, Crimean Tatar and Jewish youth. This traditional youth forum was organized by Consulate General of Poland in Lviv, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), NGO “Crimea SOS” and Hnat Khotkevych City Palace of Culture. As in previous years, the seminar took place within the precincts of the Holy Assumption Univ Lavra – a symbolic place for the Ukrainian, Polish and Jewish peoples, where during the Second World War Greek Catholic clergy rescued Jewish children.

The 10 International Inter-religious Youth Seminar “The Ark” is over. The event was organized on July 19 – 27 and involved 40 participants. Traditionally, representatives of different nationalities (Ukrainians, Poles, Jews and Crimean Tatars) from Ukraine became the participants.

“The Ark” program traditionally consisted of several main blocks:

-                   Educational – block of lectures and seminars conducted by Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Tatar scholars, representing the diverse views on important and interesting problems of history and culture;

-                   Interactive – debates, "round tables", workshops, psychological and Integrational trainings, master classes;

-                   National and cultural presentations – during Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar thematic days participants demonstrate features of national traditions and cultures, teaching representatives of other ethnic communities. “The Ark” Participants create the real fireworks of Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish and Crimean Tatar folk ceremonies, dances, songs, games, historical stories, etc.;

-                   Spiritual and religious – this thematic block was first separated into individual day in 2014, it is dedicated to the common and especial in religious issues.

Scholars and public figures from Ukraine, Poland and Israel participated in the training program of the seminar. Among them: Dr. Aharon Weiss, Taras Boznyak,Dr. Igor Shchupak, Prof. Myroslav Marynovych, Dr Pavel Koval, Ulviye Ablayeva, Alim Aliyev, and others.

Another interesting fact of “The Ark” life is sightseeing seventh day. This year the participants visited the castle in Krasiczyn, which refers to the Renaissance castles on the territory of modern Poland, as well as a Przemysl, which belongs to the oldest Polish cities. Participants were able to see the ancient city center and enjoy its superior architecture.

“The Ark 2015” is over, but communication between the parties did not stop. Indeed, during the eight days seminar participants became not just friends, but a real family, which continues communication outside “The Ark” as well.



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