The participants of the Olympic Dreams project joined the presentation of the "TravelBook. Cities"

Yesterday, on the 16th of April, Iryna Taranenko, the author of the all-Ukrainian project "TravelBook", together with Taras Topolya and Oleh Mykhailuta (Fahot), presented in Kyiv a project about indomitable Ukrainian cities - "TravelBook. Cities". It is being implemented in two formats: books and cartoons which are uploaded to the YouTube channel of the "TravelBook. Ukraine" community and dedicated to indomitable cities: Kharkiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv and Chernihiv, which has suffered from enemy attacks once again today.

Together with the authors of the project of the series "TravelBook. Cities" project, each of the cities was presented by the participants of the Olympic Dreams project. The young Olympians have already become a kind of ambassadors of the "TravelBook" in the world, and along with their sporting achievements, they carry the Ukrainian cultural code, including its literary component.

Photo by Kyrylo Avramenko

The event was also attended by Acting Minister of Culture and Information Policy Rostyslav Karandieiev, representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Kyiv City State Administration, cultural figures, opinion leaders and educators.

«This is a great project that really helps to develop the educational and cultural component, and also encourages everyone who opens this book to get to know the country better and love it even more. Ukraine has more than 600 cities, large and small. They have their own history and residents who are proud of their cities. Thanks to this project, we will be proud not only of our hometowns. I am grateful to everyone who contributed to the implementation of the TravelBook. In the future, the state will support such projects, as they are extremely important for preserving the Ukrainian spirit,» said Rostyslav Karandieiev.

Rostyslav Karandieiev. Photo by Kyrylo Avramenko

The event took place at the Oscar Cinema in Kyiv, where the project authors showed the first six books and animated films about indomitable cities. The next week, from 17 to 23 April, Kyivstar TV will continue to host charity screenings of the cartoons, which anyone can join.

According to the project's author Iryna Taranenko, the project «TravelBook. Cities» project aims to tell about Ukrainian culture and history and preserve Ukrainian identity.

«For many years, we have been captive to the Kremlin's narratives, and now our children finally have the opportunity to study their own history, our traditions, and read books in our own Ukrainian language,» – said Iryna Taranenko, the project's author and co-founder of the animation publishing house Books&Cartoons.

Iryna Taranenko, Oleksandr Pertsovskyi and James Hope. Photo by Kyrylo Avramenko

Books about the cities were written by well-known Ukrainian authors, including Serhiy Zhadan, Irena Karpa and the Kapranov brothers, and famous figures voiced cartoons.

For example, Taras Topolya became the voice of his hometown Kyiv, and Fahot became the voice of Kharkiv.
Taras Topolia. Photo by Kyrylo Avremenko
Fahot. Photo by Kyrylo Avremenko
Ukrzaliznytsia is among the project partners. According to Oleksandr Pertsovskyi, a member of the UZ board and head of passenger services, books and cartoons from the project will soon appear on some Ukrzaliznytsia trains.

«Despite the war, Ukrainians continue to explore their country. The railway provides an opportunity to discover it, and learn more about our history and culture.

Projects such as the «TravelBook. Cities» are becoming important guides on this journey. Therefore, we are pleased that the books of the series will soon appear on some routes so that passengers can read them during the journey and admire the thousand-year history of our country,» said Oleksandr Pertsovskyi.

Oleksandr Pertsovskyi. Photo by Kyrylo Avramenko

The project «TravelBook. Cities» project is implemented with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ukraine Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI). According to James Hope, the Agency's Mission Director, who personally attended the event, these 6 books and cartoons convey the spirit of Ukraine's indomitable cities.

The premieres of cartoons and offline presentations of books about Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv and Zaporizhzhia took place in these cities back in March and throughout April 2024.

Social media of the project:
TikTok: @booksandcartoonsua