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24.11.2016

Organizers of the unique event announced the second round of the best record proposal competition

Organizers of the unique event announced the second round of the best record proposal competition – the record that would get Slavutych signed in the world-known Guinness Book of Records.
Projects of Czech artist Kateřina Šedá attract attention all over the world. She has had exhibitions in Frankfurt, London, New York; she became the first Czech, who got the exposition at the legendary London gallery Tate Modern. Her artistic work is being identified as social architecture or work with the community. She says: "I don’t want to brand my works. I even long for detachment from the art, and try to come up with something completely different. In my creative work I first of all try to bring people together, based on what divides them. I'm trying to create something that could force people to change stereotypes they’re living in". Kateřina Šedá has located her following project to Slavutych. The aim of the project “Made in Slavutych” is to bring the Ukrainian town built on the green grass shortly after the Chernobyl tragedy to the Guinness Book of Records.
It is up its inhabitants to find the way Slavutych could get into the Book of Records. "It must be a shared action, so that all people knew that they had participated in the record hand in hand. This record should bring Slavutych closer to the readers and fans of the Book of Records worldwide. Slavutych might even inspire other cities. Maybe we can prove that doing something together still makes some sense," – Kateřina Šedá describes her intentions. The project, by which artist wants to bring Slavutych into the sight of the world runs in cooperation with the local NGO "Festival 86" and the Czech Centre in Kiev.
Šedá had announced the competition for the best record proposal during the Day of Slavutych on June, 4th. The best proposal should become the basis for future realisation of the record, and its author would receive a voucher for a seven-day trip to Czech Republic, gift package and the opportunity to study Czech language for 3 months in some of the cities where the Czech centre organizes the language courses (Kyiv, Lviv , Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnitsa and Kharkiv). Finally more than six hundred proposals were collected, proposed by Slavutych citizens of all age categories.
The proposals were evaluated by Kateřina Šedá and program director of the "Festival 86" Ilya Gladshtein.
"We had to eliminate records that couldn’t be measured anyhow, as well as those that might have been dangerous, or those that copy something that happened somewhere else before. We are also dealing with the question, what novelty would the record bring to town, and what information about Slavutych would it deliver to the world, " – said Šedá about criteria that influenced the selection. Although there were plenty proposals to choose from, there wasn’t a chance to announce the winner in the first round. On September, 24th, 2016 the organizers presented 8 best proposals as part of the "Town Code" Project. The Mayor Yuriy K. Fomichev and the authors of projects were present there, and they had an opportunity to comment on their proposals in front of the public.

Hug the town

The idea to shroud Slavutych by the living chain of its inhabitants was quite popular among Slavutych citizens. We received 5 applications with the proposal based on a human circle around the city. They have different titles and different ideas of action people should take – to dance khorovod, to fly the balloons, etc.

The flash of millions

The idea is that all inhabitants would flash the cameras and phones simultaneously. Therefore it’d seem from space as if a new star were ignited in Slavutych.

Roofs of Slavutych

Every Slavutych citizen has to get onto the roof of own house and fly Chinese lanterns into the sky. No Slavutych resident should be left downstairs!

The largest picnic

All Slavutych inhabitants should gather at the main town square and share a picnic. The problem of this project is that India has reached the record with 22 000 participants.

Slavutych as a film director

Filming with the highest number of directors and members of the shooting. The whole town turns on the film set and people film each other.

“Exchange” of towns

There was an offer for inhabitants of Slavutych and Chernihiv to exchange their town of residence for one day. However, the question is how to place 300 000 people of Chernihiv in 25 000 Slavutych.

The cleanest town

Another popular idea was to present Slavutych as the cleanest town. Some girls offered to organize a mass cleaning of the town.

Drink together

8-year-old girl from Slavutych proposed this idea. She hasn’t exactly stated what should the Slavutych citizens drink and in what amount.
All 8 proposals, approved in the first round could be modified and updated by the authors. They can take part at the second round that is open to the contributions of other Slavutych residents, too. This round should bring the final version – the idea, which will be used by Kateřina Šedá to create the final version of the project. Proposals can be submitted until November, 30th, 2016, in particular, on the web-site http://madeinslavutych.org/ #rekord or http://madeinslavutych.org/ en-presentation/. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ madeinslavutych/.
Kateřina Šedá will present the key idea based on which the record will be delivered in January 2017.
The record will be delivered in May 2017.
Made in Slavutych office: Prospekt Druzhby Narodiv, 7 («Energya» Building, 3rd floor)