Ukraine’s Cultural Diplomacy Month on Wikipedia
Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month was held on Wikipedia from February 10 to March 10, 2021. The Ukrainian Institute, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and NGO "Wikimedia Ukraine", invited everyone to join the addition and improvement of articles in foreign languages to spread factual information about Ukraine in different regions of the world.

As part of #UkraineEverywhere campaign, 172 users created and improved articles more than 1,200 times (several users could edit one article), and created at least 817 different articles in Ukrainian and foreign languages. Participants created articles about things we are used to in new languages: for example, articles "Mnohaya lita" and "Borsch" in Malayalam (India) and an article about "Executed Renaissance" in Chinese. Actively in many languages added articles to Wikipedia about the brand of Ukraine - Ukraine NOW; famous Ukrainian films of recent years - Atlantis, Donbass; Dzyga Vertov, Sofia Yablonska.

"Thanks to this project, hundreds of new articles have appeared on Wikipedia in different languages about Ukraine, its culture, achievements and potential. People all over the world will be able to learn something new about our country. I am convinced that this will encourage many of them to later visit Ukraine, study there or invest in it. We will definitely work for the development and success of this project in the future" said Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month was dedicated to famous Ukrainian artists of cinema, music, literature, architecture, design, who have made a significant contribution to world culture and about whom there are no articles in Wikipedia. As part of the campaign, volunteers created new articles in foreign languages to spread factual information about Ukraine in different regions of the world.

Portuguese, English and French became the leaders in the number of added and revised articles. The project aroused considerable interest in Asian countries. #UkraineEverywhere campaign covered 44 languages in total: Afrikaans, Arabic, Aragonese, Assamese, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Bashkir, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Egyptian Arabic, English, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malayalam, Occitan, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russain, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Telugu, Ukrainian, Urdu.

"It is important for the Ukrainian Institute that culture becomes a unifying force and helps to build Ukraine's ties with the world. In this project we managed once again to achieve it. Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month gathered participants from dozens of countries, including experienced wiki writers interested in Ukraine as well as foreign Ukrainians, students, and university professors" commented Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute.

The project included two webinars (in Ukrainian and English) that helped to get acquainted and better understand the writing of articles for Wikipedia. More than 150 participants joined the webinars.

More than 15 universities from Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and the United States of America have joined the campaign.

Ukraine Everywhere in Wikipedia
Ukraine Everywhere in Wikipedia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian Institute and Wikimedia Ukraine Launch An Information Campaign "Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month"

"Ukraine Everywhere" is the motto of the international information campaign entitled "Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month" that kicks off from 10 February to 10 March 2021. The campaign is designed to create more articles about Ukraine and its culture in Ukrainian and other languages on Wikipedia.

"The world needs to know more about creative, dynamic, innovative Ukraine. Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month is a great opportunity to tell more about Ukrainian culture through one of the most popular sources of information, both in Ukrainian and foreign languages. After all, who else to tell the world about Ukraine, if not the Ukrainians themselves? I encourage everyone to do this together to create new articles about contemporary Ukrainian cinema, music, theater, literature, and art in Wikipedia," said Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month will be dedicated to famous Ukrainian artists of cinema, music, literature, architecture, design, who have made a significant contribution to world culture and about whom there are no articles in Wikipedia. As part of the campaign, volunteers are encouraged to create new articles in foreign languages to spread factual information about Ukraine in different regions of the world. For the same purpose, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute have recently launched the Ukraine.ua website.

"For millions of people, Wikipedia is the first source of information on a variety of topics. That is why it is important to use the capabilities of Wikipedia to tell the world about Ukrainian traditions, artists, and events in languages spoken by different readers. This project is about the contribution of the Ukrainians to world culture, so we expect to attract as many like-minded people as possible," commented Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute.

More than 15 universities from Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and the United States of America have already joined the campaign.

As part of the project, two Wikipedia editing webinars are going to take place on 17 February (in Ukrainian) and 19 February (in English).


The deadline for registration is 16 February 2021: http://bit.ly/2YGDWzi


"Digital world has made everyone an author and a publisher. You can publish a text that will be available to any Internet user on a planet. Furthermore, everyone can be an ambassador of their culture. All you need is posting on the platforms where it is possible to reach your reader. Wikipedia is a great platform for this. More than 1.5 billion visits a month proves the global scale of this resource where articles can't be unnoticed" — Anton Protsiuk, programme coordinator at NGO "Wikimedia Ukraine".

We invite everyone to join the "Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month". All information about the project, the list of proposed articles, and terms of participation are available at ucdm.wikimedia.org.ua


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Link to register for the webinar
Contact on all organizational issues: info@wikimedia.org.ua
Press contact: kseniia.kalyna@ui.org.ua
"Mostly joined by users who have previously edited Wikipedia - there is a cohort of such easy-to-climb people who are interested in writing about other cultures. This is easy to expect from speakers in French or Polish neighbors, and when a user takes the time to write in Occitan or Catalan, even in two paragraphs, about something Ukrainian rather than local, it is especially gratifying. And I want to believe that the world is as open to us as we are to it" — commented Vira Motorko, project manager NGO "Wikimedia Ukraine"

Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month on Wikipedia is over, but we call you to continue to tell in Wikipedia about Ukrainian figures, events and phenomena that have shaped both Ukrainian culture and contributed to the world.

All details about the contest, the list of added articles and the conditions of participation are available at the link ucdm.wikimedia.org.ua.

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Ukraine Everywhere in Wikipedia

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