BANDERA AND OUN ANNIVERARIES COMMEMORATED IN UK

Bradford
25.10.09



Stefan Romaniw addressing the audience

AUGB Bradford’s Cultural Centre was the venue for a concert yesterday to commemorate three key anniversaries:  80 years of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), 100 years since the birth of Stepan Bandera and 50 years since his assassination.

A packed hall was addressed by the current leader of the OUN, Stefan Romaniw, who spoke about the organisation’s past and present activities.

Wolodymyr Karpynec read out a message of support from the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK, Dr Ihor Kharchenko.

Also taking part in the event were the Kobzar Brotherhood from Bolton, the Ukrainian Youth Association girls choirs from Bradford and Manchester and the Hoverla Dance Ensemble from Derby.   Yulia Mandziuk (Plast), Viktoria Mulka (AUW), Hryhoriy Bolubash and Petro Kormylo gave poetry recitals.  Opening and closing remarks were given by Myron Pilak and Volodymyr Szlachetko respectively.

The OUN was founded in 1929 and was guided by one main aim – to establish a free and independent Ukraine.  Bandera led the OUN from 1941 until his death at the hands of a KGB agent in 1959.
 
For a full report on the event, please see the next issue of the Ukrainian Thought ("Dumka").



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