The National Taras Shevchenko Prize, the highest state creative award in Ukraine, has unveiled its selection for the second round of the 2024 competition, as per an announcement on the official website. This prestigious award, first presented in 1961, is a beacon of recognition for significant contributions to the domains of culture and art. Celebrated on the birthday of Taras Shevchenko on March 9, past winners have been endowed with a prize of 397,000 hryvnias.
Renowned Artists Make the Cut
The esteemed list of participants moving forward to the next stage features a medley of renowned artists. Among these are the singer Jamala, director Dmytro Sukholitky-Sobchuk, and the creative team behind the film "20 Days in Mariupol". Literary scholar Tamara Gundorova, writer Oleksandr Mikhed, poetess Yaryna Chornoguz, and theater director Maxim Golenko have also been selected. The works are presented across seven diverse categories, showcasing the rich breadth of talent in contemporary Ukrainian arts.
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Andriy Shevchenko's Ranking Raises Eyebrows
On an unrelated note, UK magazine FourFourTwo sparked controversy in Ukraine with its ranking of the best football players of the 21st century, published on Nov. 27. Andriy Shevchenko, the 2004 Ballon d'Or winner, was placed only 31st. The top spot was claimed by Argentine striker Lionel Messi of Inter Miami CF, followed by Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo of Al-Nassr FC. Former Barcelona player Andres Iniesta completed the top three.