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04.04.2017

Interview with the finalists Made in Slavutych

Illia Makarov

Illia Makarov (18 yo) – winner of the Made in Slavutych record contest. Student of the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Before university he has lived in Slavutych from the age of five. He tell about his dream: “When I am old and look back at my life, I will smile to the feeling that I haven’t lived my life for nothing, and I will be happy”.
How would you describe your country to a foreigner, particularly the problems you consider the main ones?
Although there are a lot of problems on all levels in our country, it’s people who make it better, because they can make any problem into a joke and laugh about it. And if such problems make people’s lives very difficult, they will not remain silent, they will solve the problems together.
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Kateryna Honchar

Kateryna Honchar (19 yo) – finalist of the Made in Slavutych contest («Give the Light» record). Born in Slavutych, studies journalism in Kyiv. One of her dreams is studying abroad and publishing her own book.
How would you describe your country to a foreigner, particularly the problems you consider the main ones?
If we separate the country from the state, Ukraine is beautiful: fertile soil, talented people, rich heritage. However, if we talk about our high officials, we have bad luck there. Those people want only to acquire their own wealth. Fortunately, after the Revolution of Dignity people started fighting corruption and defend their rights.
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Aleksander Krolikowki

Aleksander Krolikowki (34 yo) – finalist of Made in Slavutych contest («Hug the Town» record). Artist, works in a duet Krolikowski Art. Has been living in Slavutych for two years. His life goal is making the act of life into an act of art. His dream is to die only after completing his mission.
How would you describe your country to a foreigner, particularly the problems you consider the main ones?
Ukraine is a country with huge potential. Thanks to the fact that its people are smart and talented, the Ukrainian society has all the chances of becoming a developed and progressive one. The problem is that such people mostly leave the country or are defeated by the lumpen culture. Ukraine’s problem is not the problem of corruption or populism. It is first of all a problem of post-Soviet aesthetics, lumpenisation of the society, proletarian culture, post-totalitarian fear, which turns Ukrainians into salamanders from the novel by Karel Capek.
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Made in Slavutych office: Prospekt Druzhby Narodiv, 7 («Energya» Building, 3rd floor)