On April 25th 2012 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the People’s Republic of China, the Opening ceremony of the «Cultural Days of Ukraine in Shanghai” started with unveiling of the monument to the prominent Ukrainian writer and dramatist Mykola Gogol.
The Cultural festival is jointly organized by the Consulate General of Ukraine in Shanghai and "Ukraine-China" Association from the Ukrainian side and Shanghai friendship association with foreign countries, the Shanghai Women's Federation and the Shanghai Academy of Performing Arts from the Chinese Side.
The Ambassador of Ukraine to China H.E. Mr. Yuriy Kostenko and the Director of Shanghai Theatre Academy Mr. Han Sheng delivered speeches at the Opening ceremony.
The monument to Mykola Gogol created by famous Ukrainian sculptors – Mrs. Olexandra Ruban and Mr. Victor Lipovka was set on the Comedy Masters Alley in the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
On the same day the Exhibition of modern Ukrainian oil painting "Beautiful Ukraine" was opened in the Shanghai Theatre Academy Hall. Over hundred of paintings of the Ukrainian artists, including Mykola Andrushchenko, Ivan Gryshchenko, Eugen Leshchenko are exhibited.
One of the brightest events of the "Cultural days of Ukraine in Shanghai" was a concert-presentation of the poetry book "Melody of the four seasons” written by the famous Ukrainian poetess Lyudmila Skyrda. Lyudmila Skyrda and President of the Shanghai Women's Federation Mrs. Zhang Lili opened the gala-concert.
The “Cultural days of Ukraine in Shanghai” was followed by the evening reception.”