In front of the main entrance to the Ukrainian House, the organizers equipped a photo area with large voluminous letters UKRAINE, and the visitors of the event were met by witty robot Mario. Uncle Zhora, Ukrainian star and showman, was a host of the contest awards ceremony and various interactive games for children.
All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest UKRAINE OF THE FUTURE became the largest in its history. During the contest, for the consideration of the jury was sent a record number of 1053 works of young artists aged 5-17 years from 23 regions of Ukraine: Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Zaporozhye, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kiev, Kirovograd, Lugansk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv, and even Italy.
The most active artists of creative works were from the Region of Dnipropetrovsk, the City of Kyiv, the Region of Donetsk, Odessa and Kyiv.
«I congratulate everyone on the final of our 6th All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest! This year's interest in the contest is simply colossal: surprisingly, we received a lot of works — almost twice as much than usual from almost all regions of Ukraine. The fantasy of children about the future and the way they see it, and how the works were written is just amazing. It is very important that parents give children more opportunities to do something on their own, and it does not matter what it looks like. Children are our future and it is up for them to change our country for the better. My Foundation, in turn, will continue to engage in this charitable cause in the future, and next year we will come up with something interesting again» said the founder of the Initiative for the Future Charity Foundation, businessman and philanthropist Igor Iankovskyi.
The expert jury of the contest this year included: Svitlana Yatsenko, art critic, deputy general director for development of the National Museum of History of Ukraine, teacher of the course History of Art for Children; Anatolii Zvizhynskyi, director of the Initiative Centre for Contemporary Art public organization, art expert; Oleksandra Makarska, Ukrainian artist, resident of Dukley European Art Community (Montenegro, 2015‑2016), as well as Centre for Contemporary Art, founded by George Soros at the National University of Kyiv‑Mohyla Academy; Giampiero Pierini, Italian artist, member of the Aquarellist National Association of Italy (A.N.A.I.); Liliia Doroshenko, young winner of the 4th UKRAINE: THE WAY TO PEACE and the 5th UKRAINE — THE LAND OF TALENTS All‑Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest.
Following the results of the professional jury, 33 winners in 11 nominations were selected. In the age group from 5 to 7 years old, the finalists were: Vladyslava Mykhailiuk (Kryvyi Rih), Daryna Parokhniak (Galich, the Region of Ivano-Frankivsk), and Anastasiia Sytenko (Pokrovsk, the Region of Donetsk) took first place with the work UKRAINE OF MY DREAMS. In the age group from 8 to 12 years old, the finalists were Sofiia Riabukha (Pavlograd, the Region of Dnipropetrovsk) and Mariia Heredzhuk (Kolomyia, the Region of Ivano‑Frankivsk); Anton Kosheliuk (Kherson) took the first place with the work INNOVATIVE UKRAINE. Leaders in the oldest age category of the contest for the age group from 13 to 17 years old were Dariia Varava (Poltava), Oleksandr Tsanko (the Village of Yurivka, the Region of Kyiv), and Liubov Vlasova (Konotop, the Region of Sumy) won the main prize and took the first place for the artistic work LET'S PRESERVE TRADITIONS FOR THE COMING DAY BECAUSE WITHOUT THE PAST THERE IS NO FUTURE.
Traditionally, all participants of the 6th All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest UKRAINE OF THE FUTURE received honorary diplomas from the organizers, and the finalists were awarded with excellent artistic sets for further development. The winners of the 6th All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest UKRAINE OF THE FUTURE received a trip to the Edelweiss children's camp for creative health‑improving winter recreation. It should be noted that from September 23 to October 5, a unique art exhibition of hundreds of contest finalists' and winners' works was opened in the Ukrainian House.
The event was attended by artist Denys Dytyniuk, grand finalist of the show Ukraine Got Talent, who won hearts of viewers from many countries with the help of his work, including the USA, Italy, Azerbaijan, Russia, France, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Germany, Slovakia, Egypt. The master of unique artistic performance in front of guests and participants created a unique work of 3D art — Ukraine of the future.
In the end, the organizers gave children a variety of sweets and coloured burgers. The Igor Iankovskyi Foundation has also prepared various creative workshops: colouring of t-shirts, making of wreaths and embro drawing. Also, the visitors of the event were able to create unique pictures in the virtual reality and take them with them.
For many years, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation — Initiative for the Future — has been patronizing the creative generation of young talented Ukrainians. Thanks to its support, children reveal their creativity, spirituality and imitate the creative generation of Ukrainian artists. Works of finalists and winners are exhibited not only in Ukraine but also abroad. In particular, the works of the participants of the 3rd All-Ukrainian Children's Drawing Contest FAITH. HOPE. LOVE. were presented at the UN General Assembly building in New York. Furthermore, exhibitions of children's paintings included in the final of the Drawing Contest were presented in Belgium, France and Poland.