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Environmental graffiti contest held in Kobryn

Environmental graffiti contest held in Kobryn

On April 22, an environmental event on the occasion of the Earth Day was held in Kobryn (Brest region) by the EU/UNDP project Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus. The purpose of the event was to draw the attention of adolescents and young people to environmental issues and to remind about the necessity of waste sorting and to demonstrate to the town's residents that container sites can become a good adornment to the courtyards of the town.
Best graffiti artists gathered at the local park to match their skills and to decorate the town streets with their artwork. This time none of the adults present objected to such manifestations of youth subculture. Quite the opposite, the young people competed for valuable prizes and used containers for separate waste collection procured within the EU/UNDP project as canvases for their art. A total of 5 teams took part in the environmental graffiti battle consisting of the students of Green Schools and the local art college. Moreover, the young people were assisted by the students from the Academy of Arts who came from Minsk to support them and to give valuable advice on how to turn ‘vandalistic' drawings into works of art.
The graffiti contest themes included environment, separate waste collection, environment protection. Ideas and images had no restraints and fantasy and creativity had total freedom. During two hours the teams toiled over their works which turned out to be quite interesting and unlike each other. Besides, the guests of the park were given a concert with numerous performances including a local teenage cover band, and roller skaters and skateboarders showed their skills on an improvised stage. The event attracted much attention from the park strollers, young mothers with their children and local school students.
The unusual event aimed to draw the attention of adolescents and young people to environmental issues and to remind about the necessity of waste sorting and to demonstrate to the town's residents that container sites can become a good adornment to the courtyards of the town.
More information can be given by the EU/UNDP PR specialist Alena Sedach by phone: +37517 2679623, +37544 7865556 or by e-mail:alena.sedach@undp.org.


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