On May 11, at the “Square of Stars”, which is a symbol of recognition, support and popularization of national culture, art and sports, three special stars appeared. The first “caught fire” in honor of Oleg Blokhin - Ukrainian football player and football coach, winner of the “Golden Ball”. The second - in honor of the Ukrainian biathlon, Honored Master of Sports, Olympic champion - Helen Podgrushnaya. And a memory star to the outstanding long-term mentor of Dynamo (Kiev), at the head of which he twice won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - Valery Lobanovsky.
On this day, Gulliver gathered many registered guests, including: Deputy Ministers of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Nikolay Danevich and Yaroslav Voitovich, winner of the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in South Korea Alexander Abramenko, Ukrainian swimmer and four-time Olympic champion Yana Klochkova, the strongest woman planets Olga Lyaschuk and others.
The stars Oleg Blokhin and Elena Podgrushnaya were opened personally by the athletes themselves. So the Ukrainian biathlete noted that she was happy and pleased that the star of the biathlon caught fire in the center of our capital. “This is a great pride and incentive to work much better, reaching new heights,” - said Elena Podgrushnaya. A special place on the "Star Square" of prominent Ukrainians took this day and the star Valery Lobanovsky. It was opened by the grandson of an outstanding coach Bogdan Lobanovsky and daughter Svetlana Lobanovsky. She noted that she was very pleased that the titled coach in the history of world football is remembered. “It is very important that Ukrainians do not forget about people like my father, not only the younger generation. And I am sure that as long as the memory of Valeria Lobanovsky lives, we will continue the work of his life together”, - Svetlana Lobanovskaya commented.
“Square of Stars” was opened on November 14, 2015 at the intersection of Lesya Ukrainski Boulevard, Esplanadnaya Street and Sportivnaya Street, at the entrance to the shopping center Gulliver. This is an all-Ukrainian social project whose goal is to support and popularize national culture, art and sports. Stars of prominent Ukrainians, people who have achieved the best results in their work in three categories: THEATER / CINEMA, MUSIC, and SPORTS "are lit" in the city center.
Commemorative signs are located along L.Ukrainki Street, Esplanadna and Sportivnaya Square. They are made of brass with a size of 30 by 60 cm, they have an index of the laureate's contribution (cinema, music, sport) and a QR code that leads to the project page and tells about the achievements of the laureate. Now Kiev residents and guests of the city can come, see and take pictures with nominal "stars" of people who are considered famous in Ukraine, namely: Vladimir Goryansky, Ada Rogovtseva, SKY and TNMK, Nina Matvienko, Viktor Postol, Olga GRITSENKO, Alexander Abramenko, Olha Kharlan, Daria Bilodid, Olha Polyakova, Bogdan Stupka’s commemoration stars and Maria Primachenko and others.
“Square of Stars” is intended to become pride and a reminder for every Ukrainian about the great achievements of our compatriots, to stimulate the development of the city and the nation as a whole, to become a cultural heritage for future generations. Become a public landmark.
Stars on “Square of Stars” appear on the basis of several selection stages: recommendations of the expert commission, namely, representatives of the Gulliver shopping mall, the public (CSO joint victory), the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Information Policy, media market experts (MusicBOX TV channel) ). And also: an orientation towards candidates' awards and recognition in the professional sphere, the presence of these figures in the media space and popularity ratings, an analysis of the reactions and opinions of people in social networks, surveys among the public and visitors to the mall. Based on the results, the commission draws up the final list.
Today on the "Square of Stars" laid 22 stars.