On Friday, January 18, students of   Ukrainian Leadership Academy (ULA) presented to USUBC members an outstanding performance, Christmas Theater Vertep. The action took place in the Conference Room of the SigmaBleyzer offices, in Kyiv followed by a reception.

Christmas Theater Vertep performance was sponsored by the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), in cooperation with AgroGeneration (http://www.AgroGeneration.com), SigmaBleyzer, DAAR Foundation and the Ukrainian Leadership Academy.

Vertep, a Ukrainian Christmas theater, is a group of people going from house to house presenting short scenes and carol singing, following old Ukrainian traditions.

In the picture left to right: ULA representative; Ludmyla Dudnyk, USUBC; Nadiia Khomaziuk, USUBC; Peter Teluk, Trident Eagle Group LLC;  Ivanna Kurtyk, ULA

As part of the Ukrainian Leadership Academy's (UAL) efforts to reinforce and spread the idea of national identity, the ULA traditionally performs Verteps in various locations around Ukraine.

The ULA students created both the plot and the costumes themselves. The marathon of caroling begins with Vertep-Fest in Kharkiv and continues with performances around the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and in Kyiv


The Ukrainian Leadership Academy (ULA), http://www.ual.org.ua/en/, is a program of personal and social development, main element of which is the 10-month formational course for secondary school graduates. It combines elements of physical, emotional and intellectual development based on values. Academy’s Mission is to influence the underlying social processes in the Ukrainian society by forming a generation of young people who take responsibility for their nation and have the necessary skills for this. ULA has regional branches in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Chernivtsi and Mykolayiv.

USUBC NOTE: The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org, supports the Ukrainian Leadership Academy and held a dinner for USUBC member business leaders with the Academy leadership in November, 2018, in Kyiv.  Another USUBC sponsored dinner supporting ULA for business leaders will be held in the spring of 2019 in Kyiv.