Family-inclusive festival "Just Like Me", held on June 10 in Shevchenko park (Kyiv) every year attracting more and more organizers, participants and guests to his Family.
"Just Like Me" is a space without restrictions, where everyone feels free and can play, communicate without regard to certain restrictions. The aim is to demonstrate the potential of an inclusive society in which people with disabilities are full participants in the educational or entertainment process, in which there are no obstacles to personal development, communication, respect, tolerance and understanding.
The history of the festival began 3 years ago from a small flashmob at the initiative of the NGO "RODYNA". This year, the event gained the scale of the festival with a complete concert program and many different locations, where all the guests had the opportunity not only to entertain, sing and dance, but also learn, play sports and get a lot of useful information. Of course, there were sweets, drinks and all sorts of surprises in the form of animators, soap bubbles show, etc.! Each participant had an unique opportunity to become a true actor and to take part in the filming of the KITUTIK band.
For the first time guests and artists of the festival were boys from the Bila Tserkva orphanage and girls from the Pugachiv psychoneurological orphanage.
Already this year, two organizations - the "Just Like Me" co-organizers: “Rodyna” NGO and the United World Cultures Foundation, which joined the initiative last year.
United World Cultures Foundation set up several locations at the same time: all those willing to check blood pressure and get advice from medical volunteers; Volunteer Olga Donchenko invited children to a bright aquagrum; with volunteer Valentina Logvinenko, all athletes were doing yoga and playing table tennis.
The three-hour concert program has become rich and diverse thanks to the invited artists - KITUTIK band, the participant of the TV project "Voice of the country" Victor Daniuk, the singer Rostislav Bramersky, the student of the Utiosov circus academy - Fedorenko Antonina, volunteer students of the Third Medical Faculty "Pediatrics" of the National Medical Bogomolets University.
The colors of the beautiful concert program was also reached by the winner of the National Contest of Beauty and Talent "Queen of Ukraine 2018", Jana Laurinaichute, who held a beauty contest among the girls and awarded the winners in the nominations "Little Actress" and "Mini Miss Model".
In addition, special kids revealed their talents and showed them to the general public. The concert began with the inclusive number of the "Khvylu Trimay" drums played by the pupils of the Rodyna Center under the guidance of the teacher Lilia Vasilevskaya. A representative of the Kyiv city center for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities, Kogay Leonid demonstrated his recitation skills, and a four-year representative of the 9/11 Center Nemchenko Ksyusha presented a gymnastic number. Boys from Bila Tserkva Orphanage were entertaining songs and dancing for the guests of the festival. Magic Sounds presented creative young guys from Rise Up with children from 9/11 rehabilitation center. The winners of many Ukrainian and international competitions, nine-year-old Maxim Grib, Anna Proskurnya and a representative of the Goryatko Dobroty project - the center for studying the profession and day-time employment - Olena Stavytska, conquered the audience with their voices. An Inclusive studio BT "Dzherela" and young capoeirist surprised the audience with their numbers.
The festival ended with a very sincere song about mother and the launch of the balloons into the sky!
Thanks to all the participants for participating in the family-inclusive festival "Just Like Me"! See you next year!