Spilno Rizdvo is a festive space for children and youth in Kyiv

In the capital, on Arsenal Square, during the New Year holidays from December 22 to January 28, the winter space “Spilno Rizdvo” was opened by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Catholic University and the NGO “Cultural Platform”.

During three weeks, children and young people had the opportunity to visit creative workshops and lectures on socially important topics.

The program consisted of lectures and workshops aimed at supporting children and young people, as well as improving their psycho-emotional state and giving them a festive mood.

On the territory of the “Spilno Rizdvo” space, one could record a track of Christmas carols and schedrivkas with young Ukrainian performers, create your own Christmas card, make a straw “spider” or make a mask for the Malanka holiday. The participants also learned how to improve their physical and mental health, eat healthy, and learned the rules of mine safety in a playful way.

The very idea of the “Spilno Rizdvo” project is to encourage people to come together around cultural traditions and explore important topics for contemporary society. “Spilno Rizdvo” is part of the UNICEF program to create child-friendly spaces and services in Ukraine.

In 2022, within the framework of the national humanitarian program “Spilno”, UNICEF and partners opened 140 “Spilno” children’s centers throughout Ukraine to provide inclusive social services to children and their guardians. Almost 400,000 visitors to these spaces had the opportunity to play, develop, participate in workshops and master classes, receive consultations from doctors and psychologists, and access information about UNICEF’s humanitarian support.

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Anyone between the ages of 7 and 17 was able to visit the “Spilno Rizdvo” location and participate in the activities in Kyiv. There were at least three different events every day.