Ukraine’s Cultural Diplomacy Month on Wikipedia
#UkraineEverywhere is the motto of the international information campaign entitled Ukraine’s Cultural Diplomacy Month. The campaign is designed to create more articles about Ukraine and its culture in Ukrainian and other languages in Wikipedia.
About the programme
Ukraine’s Cultural Diplomacy Month is 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 create new articles in Ukrainian and foreign languages to spread factual information about Ukraine in different regions of the world.
Ukrainian Cultural Diplomacy Month 2023
In March 2023, Wikipedia hosted the Ukraine’s Cultural Diplomacy Month for the third time.
The campaign was joined by 154 participants from all over the world. They wrote 1,401 new articles and improved 85 existing ones in 64 different language sections of Wikipedia. In particular, they created articles about the phrase “Glory to Ukraine!” in Estonian, the play Natalka Poltavka in French, the films Earth and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in Hungarian, Ivan Marchuk in Japanese, the novel The City by Valerian Pidmohylny in Arabic, and the Kuindzhi Art Museum in Chinese.
“I wanted to help Ukraine somehow. One of the ways, I figured, was by raising awareness about the depth of Ukrainian culture. This time, I focused specifically on translating articles about places of interest in Ukraine, such as museums, theaters, and opera houses. I hope the information would drive more people to visit Ukraine after the war, bringing in some tourist revenue,”
— participant Nyagoslav Zhekov from Malaysia.
I joined your Campaign to honor my late mother. She was in Europe in mid ‘60s, and cherished the children’s book based on Ukrainian fable of a mitten hosting forest animals,”
— participant Omotecho from Japan, joined the project for the third time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of #UkraineEverywhere campaign 2021, 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.
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.
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.