In February-March 2022, Wikipedia hosted the “Month of Cultural Diplomacy of Ukraine” for the second time. It was aimed at creating and improving articles about Ukraine and Ukrainian culture in as many languages as possible.
“Month of Cultural Diplomacy of Ukraine” is an initiative dedicated to famous Ukrainian people of art in the spheres of cinema, music, literature, architecture, design, who have made a significant contribution to world culture. It was jointly organized by “Wikimedia Ukraine”, the Ukrainian Institute, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
During the month of the campaign, 253 participants joined it. 29 of them took part in the marathon for the second time, 224 joined for the first time this year.
“I just wanted to show solidarity with the brave Ukrainian citizens who are fighting for their freedom, although I know that our work on Wikipedia is powerless to help … tyrants, however, have always been afraid of the pen,” said the participant from Japan Sae Kitamura (user さえぼー).
In total, they wrote 3,813 new articles and improved 262 existing ones in 60 different language sections of Wikipedia. That’s five times more than last year. In particular, articles about Pavlo Tychyna in Arabic, about Anna Yaroslavna in Finnish, a painting “Moonlit Night on the Dnieper” in Chinese, a dance “Hopak” in Persian, about the Ukrainian avant-garde in German, and a novel “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” in French.
“I have always admired Ukraine and even before wrote several articles about Ukraine for Wikipedia in my own language. Through all the brutality of the ongoing war in Ukraine, I learned more about this wonderful nation that inspires me to visit it someday. To prepare for the next visit, I try to learn more about it by translating various articles about Ukraine on Wikipedia, it really helps me. I hope that one day I will visit Ukraine and take a lot of photos for Wikimedia Commons,” said the contestant, a user from Thailand Chainwit.
There are also articles in unique languages in small language sections of Wikipedia. The article about Ukraine was published in Nahuatl, about Kyiv in Shilha, Ahatanhel Krymskyi in Central Bikol, Taras Shevchenko in Tagalog, and Yurii Vynnychuk in Bashkir.
A participant from Israel, a Tanzun user, spoke about her motivation to participate in the campaign: “I decided to participate in the contest, and thereby show my solidarity and support. In addition, the theme of the competition corresponds to my interests and hobbies. I’m not a Christian or a Catholic, I’m a Jewish woman. I have my own values criteria and, fortunately, they are far from mercantile standards. My whole being rebels against the destruction. I believe that those, who destroyed their own orthodox shrines with their own hands or with their weapons (e.g.: as russian army’s orthodox christians destroyed orthodox christian church in Vyazovka) and other objects of cultural significance, have no future.” of people, cultural monuments and religious shrines in the territories of any countries.
We thank everyone who, in such difficult times for Ukraine, joined the coverage of Ukrainian history and culture in different languages on Wikipedia!
The most active participants of the “Month of Cultural Diplomacy of Ukraine” will soon receive certificates of participation and prizes from the organizers.