John Hughes’ bicentenary was commemorated in Cardiff
Ukrainian state flag was raised over the Cardiff harbor on November 13. It marked an opening of an art exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of John Hughes, Welsh engineer and founder of city Donetsk. The event was organized by the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom.
First Minister of the Welsh Government Carwyn Jones, Mayor of Donetsk Olexander Luk’yanchenko, Mayor of Cardiff Derek Morgan, members of the National Assembly of Wales, Ambassador of Ukraine Volodymyr Khandogiy and representatives of the Ukrainian community attended the opening of the exhibition of Ms Tetyana Ponomarenko-Laverash, honored artist of Ukraine. The exhibition “Hughesovka. The future begins in the past”, will be on display until November 17 at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre.
During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Khandogiy emphasised that, having invested his skills and inspiration in Ukraine Mr. John Hughes proved that advanced technology can bring great improvements, modernization and development despite political boundaries. “Thus, we can say that Ukraine’s advancement on the track of the European integration in its practical dimension has started a long time ago, in particular with the help of such pioneers as John Hughes”, said the Ambassador.
In his turn Carwyn Jones, First Minister of the Welsh Government, underlined the importance of such cultural projects for developing bilateral regional co-operation between Ukraine and Wales.
Welcoming the VIP-guests on behalf of the Donetsk City Administration Oleksandr Lukyanchenko stated that the name of John Hughes was remembered and respected in modern Donetsk. His innovative and creative approach to business serves as an example for the people of Donetsk today. On this occasion Oleksandr Lukyanchenko invited the guests to visit Donetsk next year and to participate in the celebrations dedicated to the commemoration of John Hughes’ bicentenary.
During the event the Mayor of Donetsk presented the picture “Hughesovka” by Tetyana Ponomarenko-Laverash to the city of Cardiff as a sign of friendship. This extraordinary piece of art was created with the help of children with disabilities.
The Mayor of Donetsk Oleksandr Lukyanchenko and Ambassador Volodymyr Khandogiy also laid a wreath to the monument of John Hughes in West Norwood in London. This monument has been restored with the financial support of Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation «Development of Ukraine». The ceremony was held with the assistance of Bob Flanagan, President of the “Friends of West Norwood Cemetery” community.