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A Czech Wedding in Ukrainian Style is the final part of the MADE IN SLAVUTYCH project which has been running in Ukraine since 2015. The project planned for three years was conceived by the artist Kateřina Šedá. Forty-four inhabitants of the city of Slavutych will arrive in the Czech Republic and spend a whole week there. Between 23 and 29 October 2017 they will visit Brno, Prague and Jihlava where they will be hosted by Czech and Ukrainian families living in the country. Slavutych’s inhabitants will also be guests at the wedding of a Czech couple who have taken up the challenge of Kateřina Šedá and will be wed on 26 October in the Jurkovič House.

The main theme of the MADE IN SLAVUTYCH project is crossing the borders and resolving related problems. The artist asked the inhabitants of the city, which was built as part of the evacuation plan for people affected by the breakdown of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, to make, on 3/6/2017, the largest group application for a visa to the Czech Republic, so that they could be entered in the Guinness World Records. During the celebration of the Day of the City one person was drawn from each one hundred applicants, who together with his/her partner received an official invitation to a cultural event in the Czech Republic. Forty-four inhabitants of Slavutych will arrive in Brno on 23 October 2017, then on 27 October they will visit the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava and they will spend the last two days in Prague.

During their stay the whole group will attend a number of events prepared for them – a public debate at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, visiting the Ukrainian Embassy, visits to the Moravian Gallery and other museums and galleries in Brno and Prague, guided tours of both cities, etc. But the aim of this project is not a presentation of Czech cities or heritage monuments. The key idea is creating an event from which the people from Ukraine would bring home a truly unusual experience. Enabling them make a journey after which they will get the feeling that Ukraine has become part of one “family”, a journey during which they would become convinced that neighbouring countries are interested in their life and culture and that they are not perceived solely as cheap labour. The author of the project has consequently opted for the format of A WEDDING, being an event which connects people for a whole life and is a symbol of a new shared way. Kateřina Šedá materialised her idea through a public appeal to Czech couples who desire an unusual wedding in the Ukrainian style and are willing to get married as early as 26 October 2017 in Brno.

The pair selected from among the applicants are Hana Pospíšilová and Radek Kašparovský. The ceremony will take place at 1pm in the Jurkovič House of the Moravian Gallery in Brno, a mass for friendly relationships between the Czech Republic and Ukraine will be served at 3pm at Saint Joseph’s Church, and at 6pm the wedding guests will move to the Slavia Hotel for a banquet. In addition to 44 wedding guests directly from Ukraine the ceremony for the newlyweds and the banquet will be conducted following traditional Ukrainian customs and the newlyweds will make a wedding journey along the Jihlava–Prague–Slavutych route.

The event is part of the Days of Ukrainian Culture organised by the Ukrainian Initiative in Brno. The project is taking place under the auspices of the Mayor of the City of Brno, Ing. Petr Vokřál, and has been supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Centre in Kiev, City of Brno, City of Slavutych, Czech Embassy in Kiev, Ukrainian Embassy in the Czech Republic, Ukrainian Initiative in South Moravia, Ukrainian European Perspective, Slavia Hotel in Brno, Festival of Documentary Films 86, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Centre Prague, TIC BRNO, Prague City Tourism, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Moravian Museum, Brno City Museum, Slávie Café in Prague, National Gallery in Prague and others.

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Contacts for media:
Kateřina Šedá
+ 420 608 115 169

Michaela Paučo
Moravian Gallery in Brno
T. +420 532 169 174; M. +420 724 516 672

Made in Slavutych office: Prospekt Druzhby Narodiv, 7 («Energya» Building, 3rd floor)