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GlobalShevchenko: Wherever you are, join in!


To celebrate the birthday of Taras Shevchenko two Ukrainian NGOs “Motherland young” (“Україні молода”) and “Ukrainians” (“Українці”) are organizing an international flashmob «Global Shevchenko». The purpose of the flashmob is to commemorate the life and works of the great poet, showing monuments installed both worldwide and in Ukraine, that testify to the universal recognition and love for the Kobzar.


Flashmob rules are very simple:


1) From 13 February to 8 March make a photo / selfie near a monument to Taras Shevchenko in your town;


2) Post the photo on the official website of the flash mob –, as well as on your pages on social networks, be sure to include the hashtag #GlobalShevchenko, the country and the city where the photo was taken. For example, Lviv, Ukraine #GlobalShevchenko or Washington, USA #GlobalShevchenko.


March 9 at 16:00 (local time) Ukrainian organizers are calling on the world to come to the monuments to Taras Shevchenko and simultaneously read the poem “In the dungeons” («В казематі» (Мені однаково, чи буду…)). This will be the largest simultaneous reading of Shevchenko in history.


In the world, 1385 Kobzar monuments have been erected, including 1256 monuments in Ukraine and 129 monuments in  35 other countries. It is the world’s largest number of monuments to a cultural figure. In Ukraine, the majority of monuments can be found in the Carpathian region.

It Makes No Difference To Me

It makes no difference to me,

If I shall live or not in Ukraine

Or whether any one shall think

Of me ‘mid foreign snow and rain.

It makes no difference to me.

In slavery I grew ‘mid strangers,

Unwept by any kin of mine;

In slavery I now will die

And vanish without any sign.

I shall not leave the slightest trace

Upon our glorious Ukraine,

Our land, but not as ours known.

No father will remind his son

Or say to him, “Repeat one prayer,

One prayer for him; for our Ukraine

They tortured him in their foul lair.”

It makes no difference to me,

If that son says a prayer or not.

It makes great difference to me

That evil folk and wicked men

Attack our Ukraine, once so free,

And rob and plunder it at will.

That makes great difference to me.


Taras Shevchenko

St. Petersburg Citadel Prison May, 1847

Translated by Clarence A. Manning Columbia University New York, 1944

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