Ukrainian House

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Not to be confused with Palace "Ukrayina".
Ukrainian House
View of Ukrainian House
Ukrainian House
Address № 2 Khreshchatyk Street, European Square
Location Shevchenko Raion, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
Coordinates 50°27′11″N 30°31′37″E / 50.45306°N 30.52694°E / 50.45306; 30.52694Coordinates: 50°27′11″N 30°31′37″E / 50.45306°N 30.52694°E / 50.45306; 30.52694
Owner State Management of Affairs
Operator National center of business and cultural cooperation
Built 1978–1982
Opened 1982
Former name(s) All-Union Lenin Museum (1982–1993)
Meeting room seating 50–500 (8 rooms)
Banquet/ballroom 50–3000
Theatre seating 500 (concert hall)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 8,850 m2 (95,300 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft)
 • Ballroom 782 m2 (8,420 sq ft)
Website www.icc-kiev.gov.ua

The International Convention Center "Ukrainian House" (Ukrainian: Український дім. Міжнародний конгрес-центр) is the largest international exhibition and convention center in Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine. Popularly referred to as just "Ukrainian House", this five-storey building is the host venue for a variety of events from exhibitions, trade fairs and conferences to international association meetings, product launches, banquets, TV-ceremonies, sporting events, etc.

Location[edit]

Ukrainian House is situated on 2 Khreshchatyk Street, overlooking European Square in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. The rear of the center adjoins the southern outskirts of the Volodymyrska Hill Park. The building is not far from the main square of the country - Maidan (Independence Square), as well as Dnipro Hotel, Khreschatyk Hotel and Hotel Ukraine.

Visitors can easily reach Ukrainian House by any public transport including the Kiev Metro. On-site parking space is also available. All major attractions of the city are within a walking distance from the center such as Independence Square, St.Sophia’s Cathedral, Michael’s Golden Dome Monastery, Andrew’s Street (Uzviz) with souvenirs, and numerous shopping centers, fine restaurants and hotels.

History and use[edit]

Built in 1978–1982, this monumental building was originally erected as a Kiev affiliate of the All-Union Lenin Museum, displaying materials documenting Lenin's life. The building was designed and built by the "Chief Kyiv Project" architects group led by Vadym Hopkalo, with assistance by Vadym Hrechyna, Volodymyr Kolomiyets, and Leonid Filenko. In 1985 the authors of the project received the Shevchenko State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR.

Since 1938 the Kiev city exhibition of the All-Union Lenin Museum was located in Teacher House at 57 Volodymyr Street. The museum was moved to the Ukrainian House building when it was opened in 1982, where it remained until after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. On April 2, 1993 the building was renamed and converted to a conference and exhibition hall. The Lenin museum exhibition was dismounted and placed into storage funds.

In 2004 the entire collection of the Museum of the History of Kyiv was moved from its location at the Klov Palace to the fourth and fifth floor of Ukrainian House, where much of the collection remains to this day.

Operations today[edit]

Internal view of the building during the "Kyiv Kazka" doll trade fair.

Today, the Government company National Center of Business and Cultural Cooperation "Ukrainian House" (part of the State Management of Affairs agency) owns the structure and arranges concerts, cultural festivals,[1] local exhibitions, conferences, conventions, trade fairs, symposiums etc.

Ukrainian House has 5 storeys with fully flexible spaces and halls to fit any needs from small private meetings to large-scale gatherings for up to 3,500 participants. It has all the necessary facilities from conference halls, exhibition spaces and auditoriums to an on-site restaurant and outdoor terraces.

Euromaidan protests[edit]

Ukrainian House was taken over in December 2013 by the Berkut special police forces during the Euromaidan protests. There were claims that the Berkut unit ransacked the building and possibly pilfered some of the museum collection.[2]

On the 25th of January 2014 the House was besieged by Euromaidan protesters. After a long confrontation the police launched a counterattack on the main barricades and many retreated in order to secure the barricades but a number stayed. At around 11pm GMT a truce was called where no side attacked each other.[3][4] A long bout of negotiation followed. The final result being the 200 police officers still inside leaving through a side window.[5]

When the Euromaidan protestors gained control over Ukrainian House, it provided a community shelter for fellow civilians and protestors who were engaging in the revolution. The Ukraine House center provides free legal advice, a place to sleep, medical care, travel information, and psychiatric help. With all the chaos that was happening during this struggle, one couple, Viktor Bisovetskyi and his wife, Inna, joined the occupants of the building and opened a library during this anti-government movement known as Euromaidan. Since most of the space was occupied, the couple found room in the corner of the basement. There, countless librarians, friends, and civilians donated books, travel guides, magazines and philosophy texts to this library.[6]

As of late March 2014 and the Crimean crisis and masked Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian House is acting as a base for the "Self-defense of the Maidan", one of the major Euromaidan militias. It is also currently an assembly area and public relations coordination site for the National Guard of Ukraine.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Державне підприємство "Центр ділового та культурного співробітництва "Український дім"". Державне Управління Справами. Retrieved 26 June 2014. (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ "Активіст Майдану: силовики перетворили Український дім у сміттєзвалище". Tyzhden (Ukrainian Week). 2014-01-26. Retrieved 26 June 2014.  (Ukrainian)
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/427216713382256640
  4. ^ Ukrainian opposition calls for snap elections, talks with govt continue RT.com. January 26, 2014
  5. ^ Ukraine crisis: Mourning in Kiev while protests spread BBC News. 26 January 2014. Accessed 27 January 2014.
  6. ^ Waldie, Paul (2014-01-29). "The Globe in Kiev: Ukrainian opposition movement has its own library". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Langston, Henry (19 March 2014). "A Look Inside Ukraine's Volunteer National Guard". Vice News/Vice UK. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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