As an old Soviet tradition, our cities have big and colorful road signs entering the city border.
Here you can see huge letters CTAXAHOB and at the opposite side of this sign you can see the city coat-of-arms.
There are a lot of amateur performances and concerts in the city.
Many amateurs became prize winners of regional amateur activities festivals and contests.
Several amateur groups from Stakhanov enjoy popularity in the entire Luhansk region, among them:
>> Nika cultural and entertainment center;
> Samotsvit folk dance ensemble;
>> Fantasy ball dance ensemble;
> Dzherelo men’s choir;
>> Guards veterans’ choir and others.
These amateur activities groups took part in the jubilee concert in 1998 and won the first place among all the towns, cities and districts of Luhansk region.
They also took part in the All-Ukrainian festival.
There are several memorial plaques in the city.
You will be impressed by three memorial plaques at the entrance to Stakhanov Coalmining and Economic Technical School in Lenin Street.
The memorial plaque on your right reads,In 1950-1951
a Soviet intelligence officer
“Colonel Kalinovsky” -
Kazin Nickolay Alekseyevich -
used to study at the electric mechanical faculty
of Kadiyevka coalmining technical school.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1979-1989
who perished in Aghanistan~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here in August 1941
detachments of volunteers
mobilized from Kadiyevka were enlisted
and later became regiments
of the 395th Coalminers Infantry Division
formed in Voroshilovgrad
bearing the name of Red Banner Taman Division
that moved with battles from the Caucasus to Berlin.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
There is the city hymn sung at many festivities in the city (by those who know it).
I decided to translate it for you, fellow travelers:
Hymn of the City of Stakhanov
Words by V.Chistiakov
Music by V.Kozlov
Stakhanov’s glory resounded throughout the world,
He brought fame to his city
Therefore our city is called Stakhanov
And this gives us the right to be proud of it.
Glory to everybody who won a victory!
We are all thankful to these toil-hardened hands.
This city is the only one in the wide world
That was named after a coalminer.
And we believe Ukraine will flourish
For the working hands
Bring fame to it.
We love this city
It’s our native city
For our parents and grandparents live here.
We were born, we live and work here
And, as usual, we bring fame to our Motherland.
(Translated by hunterV)
Concerts of amateur activities are held on City Day and in June.
In June the concerts are the result of young people's amateur activities throughout their school year. The concerts are held at GDK - the city leisure center.
The young people demonstrate their new abilities and show their new repertoir.
The young people get prizes and diplomas for their active participation in social work in the city.
Video of “Pearl of Stakhanov-2009” Beauty Contest
Anna Nochka, a city militia officer, got the prize of “Miss of Spectators’ Liking”.
The video is from the city militia web site.
Stakhanov is also known for its Svit International Film Festival
of Non-Feature Films that is organized and held by the city council.
The name of the festival means "World" in English.
This festival attracted many directors from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Switzerland and other countries who brought their non-feature films.
There were free film shows for the city residents at the movie theater.
There is Saturn film studio in the city that makes different films.
The memory of this legendary coalminer and his labor feat lives in the present generation, especially in the city of Stakhanov.
Picture #1 here:
Portrait of Stakhanov by Leonid Kotliarov (1938)
Source: Gleb Prokhorov, ed.: Art Under Socialist Realism: Soviet Painting 1930-1950. Roseville East, Australia: Craftsman House. 1995.
Picture #2 here:
Long Live Stakhanovites! a poster by Gustav Klucis(1936)
Long Live the Stalinist Order of Heroes and Stakhanovites!,
this is what the inscription on the poster reads.
Source: Dawn Ades, Tim Benton, David Elliot, Iain Boyd Whyte, eds.: Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators 1930-45. London: The South Bank Centre. 1995.
The city's coat-of-arms reflects the most important things for the city and you can see the foundation year of the first long-term settlement on the territory of the present city of Stakhanov.
You can see the city name written in white letters on a red background: CTAXAHOB.
The shield has the colors of the Ukrainian national flag with the symbols of the industrial glory of Stakhanov.
You can see black slug heaps in the lower part of the shield. They are the symbols of the coalmining industry of Stakhanov.
Here you can also see the Soviet times coat-of-arms of the city.
The Soviet coat-of-arms of Stakhanov was introduced on December 28, 1972 by the decision of the City Council.
The Soviet coat-of-arms was created by V.F.Shilov and M.N.Pushkaryova.
The city’s flag was approved by the city council in 2003 and has been used since that time.
It is a dark blue flag with a red pillar that is a symbol of a powerful creative start and determination.
There is a circle on the red pillar. The circle contains the colors of the Ukrainian national flag with the symbols of the industrial glory of Stakhanov.
You can see black slug heaps that are symbols of the coalmining industry of Stakhanov and the foundation year - 1814.
The locals are lucky for they can say, "Let's meet under the clock!" unlike the residents of other towns and cities of Luhansk region and Ukraine where there is no city clock.
The clock tower is downtown in Lenin Square next to GDK - Gorky Palace of Culture - the city leisure center.
It's a good tradition with many young people of the city to spend a night at Comfort Leisure Center dancing, eating and drinking.
The dance club has a bar area that is called Orange Hall where you also have to pay an entrance fee, a dancing area and a 777 casino upstairs.
There is a huge window covered with blinds that are opened during the disco night. You can sit and relax and then join the hot dances...
The disco usually starts at about 9 p.m.
Since the hall is not too big, the tables have to be reserved well in advance.