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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Moravian Gallery in Brno
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