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What is the Dovzhenko Centre?

Art

What is the Dovzhenko Centre?

Until 2006, almost all films screened in Ukrainian theatres were exclusively dubbed in Russian, and few could have ever imagined that dubbing in Ukrainian was possible. And, while by 2014 few Ukrainian movies were successfully making film distribution deals, now...

Kremenets. The only wooden luge track

Sports

Kremenets. The only wooden luge track

When luge sports were just getting off the ground in Switzerland, Ukraine already had its own luge track in the city of Kremenets, Volyn. Nowadays, it is the only place in the country where lugers can train. Athletes fondly refer...

Starobilsk. The new life of a library

Education

Starobilsk. The new life of a library

In 2014 an influential academic library moved from Luhansk, which was occupied by Russian terrorist groups, to the small city of Starobilsk. All they had back then were documents, a rubber stamp and no books at all. In order to...

An entire hamlet saved during the Holodomor

Holodomor

An entire hamlet saved during the Holodomor

When the Holodomor (famine genocide in Ukraine) occured, Tetiana Krotova’s family lived in the hamlet of Shevchenko, situated near Kropyvnytsky city. The head of the local collective farm (“kolhosp”) became a criminal to the Soviet government and secretly gave food...

They even took pillows away

Holodomor

They even took pillows away

Nadiia Korolova was born in the village of Ivankivtsi in Podillia region. When the Holodomor broke out, she was 10 years old. Podillia was among the first regions to start rioting against mass compulsory collectivisation (making villagers forcefully join collective...

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