The latest edition of Non Stop Media, a multidisciplinary arts festival that first took place in Kharkiv in 2003, began over the weekend, and will run until this Friday.
Billed as a “youth festival of projects” and now a biannual event, the festival is credited with helping to launch the careers of prominent Kharkiv artistic figures such as Hamlet Zinkovsky, Roman Minin and Artom Volokitin.
Tetyana Tumasian, one of the initiators of the festival, said that its main purpose is to promote the work of artists under the age of 30 by enabling them to show their work in galleries and to gather feedback from the public.
“This year we received about 150 applications, and selected 10 out of them”, Marina Koneva, deputy director of the Municipal Gallery, one of the festival’s main venues, told KhO. The artists selected come from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, as well as from Poland and Lithuania.
The selected artists are presenting their work at six venues across the city – making the event of a larger than it has previously been, according to Tumasyan. The venues include Come In, Vovatanya and Municipal galleries, as well as the English school International House and HudpromLoft at the Academy of Art and Design.
There is also a parallel program of additional events, including a musical performance from Serhiy Zhadan and his band Sobaki.
On Sunday, performances in Shevchenko Gardens by a group of British and Ukrainian artists drew crowds from around 8pm until 1am, defying concerns that had been expressed over the viability of such a long event.
Talks and educational events included lectures from Berlin-based curator Rachel Ritz-Volloh, British artist Harriet Fleriot, and curators from Kyiv’s Pinchuk Art Centre.
The festival, all of whose events are free to attend, receives financial support from private funds, galleries, and curators, but gets no state funding.
On Friday, as the festival closes, a “winner” will be chosen from among the participating artists to receive a place on an artist residency in Poland, and the chance to hold a solo exhibition in 2017.
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