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The 5th Annual Charity Ball-Masquerade Karnavalia was held at the Blue Hall of the Central Railroad Station on February 12 2011. It was organized by the Tetyana Lohush International Charity Fund Mystetska Skarbnytsya under the patronage of the Ministry of Transportation of Ukraine and of the Pivdenno-Zakhidna Railway Department.
The Blue Hall of the Central Railroad Station is a venue of various particularly important events of cultural significance, and no wonder it was chosen to hold the Charity Ball-Masquerade Karnavalia. Over a thousand guests, who represented the political, business and artistic elite of Ukraine, were invited to take part.
The masked guests, wearing formal but highly elegant and fashionable dresses, and walking along the red carpet to the accompaniment of the Kyivsky Municipal Academic Brass Orchestra, passed by the retro-style train that stood at the platform as a greeting to the arriving distinguished guests, and then they entered the impressive cathedral-like Blue Hall, lavishly decorated to suit the occasion.
The Ball symbolically took the guests to various places on the globe and to various times – the Ukrainian Feast of Stritennya, Vienna’s Ball, Argentinean, Brazilian and Venetian Carnivals, Chinese Feast, Indian Carnival Golli, and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Several orchestras, including a symphonic orchestra and a jazz band, played to provide music for each separate occasion. Opera singers, jazz musicians and pop stars added their highly appreciated touch to the unfolding show.
The MCs — the TV presenter Tetyana Honcharova, the actress Olga Sumska, the TV presenter Marysya Gorobets, the well-known DJ Pasha, the TV presenter Hryhory Herman, guided the guests through the events of the evening.
The representatives of foreign diplomatic missions of Argentina, France, India, China, Brazil, USA, Rumania as well as the Ambassador of EU to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira attended the event.
The Mystetska Skarbnytsya Fund, headed by its founder Tetyana Lohush, aims at promoting Ukrainian culture and has already carried out a number of cultural projects and events.
The proceeds from the Ball, which is a charity event and fund-raising venture, will be used to provide schools and libraries in Kyiv, Zaporizhzhya, Chernivtsi, Poltava, Brovary, Yalta and Ternopil with books of fiction, reference books, books on history and culture.
Tetyana and Yury Lohush, the organizers of Karnavalia Ball.
The MCs of the Ball — Marysya Gorobets, a TV presenter,
Panorama of My Country International Photo Salon
The National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine and the Management of the Kyiv Photo Fair invite photographers from around the globe to take part in the 2nd International Photo Salon Panorama of My Country.
This year the Photo Salon which is also a photo contest, will be held under the patronage of the international association of photographers Image sans Frontiere (ISF).
The photographs to be sent to the Salon should show the most characteristic features of the countries the photographers represent — specific national features, traditions, ethnic features, history, landscapes, important events, and architectural landmarks.
The contest will be held at two stages in two formats — Panorama Format and Traditional Format.
The jury will include well known photo artists from Ukraine, France, Slovakia and Rumania.
Many prizes and presents will be awarded as well as ISF diplomas and those of the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine.
The last day when the photos will be accepted is April 11; the Salon is planned to be opened on May 5.
Find out more at http://photospilka.com/
Ukrainian Poetry in Translation
A special bilingual Ukrainian issue of the journal International Poetry Review which was published in the fall 2010 (Volume XXXVII, Number 2) is dedicated to Ukrainian poetry. The founding editor Evalyn Pierpoint Gill’s idea that “the world will be a better place as we cross language barriers to hear the voice of the poet in different countries” finds an implementation.
This special issue is one of the largest in the history of the journal and was made possible by generous support from the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s Ivan and Elizabeta Khlopetsky Fund. The cover design includes a painting by Ukrainian artist from Lutsk Mykola Kumanovsky.
The issue is edited by Michael M. Naydan, Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, who provides a brief introduction, and includes 47 poems by 22 poets who have emerged over the past 25 years of creative freedom in Ukraine. The volume is dedicated to three Ukrainian poets who tragically died in recent years — Ihor Rymaruk, Nazar Honchar and Attila Mohylny. Other poets represented in the volume include Oleh Lysheha, Natalka Bilotserkivets, Oksana Zabuzhko, Vasyl Herasymiuk, Viktor Neborak, Ivan Malkovych, Yuri Andrukhovych, Serhiy Zhadan, Vasyl Makhno, Kost Moskalets, Ludmyla Taran, Maria Rewakowicz, Maryana Savka, Oles Ilchenko, Borys Shchavursky, Hanna Osadko, Mariya Tytarenko, Iryna Shuvalova, and Bohdana Matiyash and range in age from 24 to 62. Translators include Mark Andryczyk, Svitlana Bednazh, Larysa Bobrova, James Brasfield, Sarah Luczaj, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Orest Popovych, Olha Tytarenko, the team of Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, and Michael Naydan.
Ukraine Is to Hold a F1 Powerboat Racing Event
In July 2011, the lake near the town of Vyshgorod, not far from Kyiv, will be the venue of a F1 powerboat racing event, a qualifying stage in the world championship.
The agreement to hold the competition was recently signed by Anatoly Prysyazhnyuk, head of the Kyiv Oblast State Administration and the promoter of F1 on water, Lavinia Cavallero, Vice President of the Company Idea Marketing SA.
Inaugurated in 1981, F1 powerboat racing is a Grand Prix style event, similar to Formula One automobile racing, in which teams compete at various venues around the world each season.
As the F1 gains in prestige, more and more countries compete in getting the right to stage F1 powerboat racing events.
A big artificial lake, Kyivske More, which is located near Vyshgorod, is an excellent venue for holding a F1 powerboat racing event and though a lot will have be done to get the venue fully ready to stage the event, the local administration is convinced everything will be done in time and the event will be a success. It is hoped that F1 powerboat racing events will be regularly held in the future at Kyivske More near Vyshgorod.
A New Way of Producing Diesel Fuel Patented
Kostyantyn Maletsky, a Ukrainian from the town of Horodok, Khmelnytsky Oblast in Western Ukraine, has invented a new way of producing diesel fuel and patented his invention.
Used plastic bottles are processed in a special way to produce diesel fuel. Mr Maletsky and his friends built a shop for fuel production and tested their fuel, with both tractors and cars successfully using it.
Discarded plastic bottles are collected not only in Horodok but in neighboring towns as well. Production of diesel fuel turns out to be beneficial for keeping the country clean.
Mr Maletsky says that “we shall clean the environment from plastic bottles, which are one of the most obnoxious pollutants, and we shall produce diesel fuel at a reasonable price! Double gain!”
Incidentally, a ton of plastic bottles and similar polymer products provides fuel which is 60 percent diesel and 10 percent gasoline. It takes about three tons of raw oil to achieve a similar proportion in production of fuel.