Cultural and humanitarian cooperation
The humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and Thailand gradually obtains its dynamic. People-to-people contacts between citizens of the two countries are also developing steadily.
The number of Ukrainian tourists to Thailand constantly increases. According to the data of the Migration Service of Thailand, in 2017 more than 65 thousand of Ukrainian citizens visited the Kingdom, including approximately 50 thousand of tourists.
Bilateral cultural cooperation between Ukraine and Thailand was launched in autumn 2004 in Kyiv by the event ‘The Week of Thailand’ which consisted of artistic shows and the presentation of the national Thai cuisine. Since then, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Thailand has been encouraging and promoting the cultural exchange between artistic groups of two countries particularly, by providing of a corresponding assistance during festivals, exhibitions and other cultural events and activities held both in Ukraine and Thailand. The Embassy supported trips of Thai folk groups to the ‘Polissya Summer’ festival (the city of Lutsk, Ukraine), assisted in establishing of contacts and launching the student exchange between the Institute of Arts of Thailand and the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts. Under the Embassy’s aegis ‘The Days of Ukrainian Cuisine’ in Bangkok were held. In 2008-2013 the Embassy has given its support endorsing the participation of Thai children in the International Children’s Festival ‘Let’s Change the World for the Better’ held in the ‘Artek’ children resort (Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine).
On September 10-11, 2012 in Bangkok, on the occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand, concert of the world-famous ‘Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Ensemble’ was held in the framework of the annual International festival of dance and music under the patronage of the Royal Family of Thailand. The Embassy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, the State Company ‘Ukrspetsexport’ and the ‘AeroSvit Airlines’ company have provided an active support and sponsorship to organize the concert. The high level of artistic skills and virtuosity of the dance techniques during the performance of the Ensemble have gained a tremendous appreciation and recognition of the Thai public. Concert of the ‘Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Ensemble’ made a remarkable input into the development of cooperation between Ukraine and Thailand in the field of culture and fine arts and greatly contributed to further strengthen of the bilateral Ukrainian-Thai relations in a broader context.
Humanitarian interaction between Ukraine and Thailand was especially active during 2004-2005, when the Ministry of Health of Thailand has transferred humanitarian aid - medical equipment to the Hospital of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Ukraine provided humanitarian assistance to Thailand to support the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
In the context of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand in 2017 the Embassy has issued illustrative booklets, dedicated to main events in the history of bilateral ties between the two countries. Besides, on the occasion of the Anniversary a large-scale exhibition of paintings of the world-famous Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk was held in the period from October 31 to November 12 in the premises of the most world-recognized exhibition center of the Thai capital – ‘Bangkok Art and Cultural Center’. The second part of the collection of works of Ivan Marchuk was presented in the premises of the prestigious Royal Exhibition Center of Thailand – ‘The Queen’s Gallery’ within November 2-16, 2017.
On November 27, 2017 the Embassy of Ukraine and the Embassy of Canada in the Kingdom of Thailand held a joint commemorative event at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Headquarter in Bangkok, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Great Famine - Holodomor in Ukraine of 1932-1933. The event started with the opening of the thematic exhibition organized by the Embassy of Ukraine (exhibits were cordially provided by the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and the National Museum ‘Holodomor victims Memorial’). The second part of the event consisted of the review of the Canadian feature film ‘Bitter Harvest’. After the video-session participants of the event lighted up candles of memory as a symbolic sign of grief over intentionally starved-to-death millions of innocent Ukrainians.
In order to expand the legal framework in the area the Parties continue their work on draft bilateral agreements on cooperation in the spheres of education (at the time is ready for signing), culture and tourism. Given the significant increase in the number of citizens of Ukraine who visit Thailand as tourists, the Parties has also begun elaboration of the bilateral draft Treaty on a visa liberalization.