News Society, 24/06/2019

Kharkiv Joins World Music Day

The sixth and largest in Ukraine Music Day festival took place in Kharkiv over two days on June 21-22. About 100 music bands comprising 500 musicians performed in 60 locations around the city.

Concerts, film screenings, dance workshops and performances attracted thousands of visitors. Festival locations were opened up at 4 p.m. on June 21 and were active until the morning of June 22. Kharkiv streets, parks, squares, cafes, clubs, museums and cathedrals were filled with various kinds of music – from medieval music and jazz to hip-hop, academic music and punk rock. This year, the festival was expanded throughout the city: from Pavlovo Pole and Oleksiivka to Saltivka and Novi Budynky and other districts.

Guests from all over Ukraine including Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Odesa, Kramatorsk and Krasnokutsk arrived in Kharkiv to take part in spectacular performances. Deepwine band from Lviv, Firma4i, Yellowdog, BusiCama, Zheka Koshmar and Ku-Ku bands, Agata Vilchik and Anna Minakova singers from Kharkiv, Live Individuum from Kyiv and many other professional and amateur artistic groups participated in the event.

The highlight of the festival was the singing of “Blahodari” (English: “Give Thanks”) by the Kharkiv band SunSay. It was performed by the local Choir of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts: 50 participants are choir members and about 250 people registered on the web-site to take part in the massive performance. Two rehearsals had been held before the event but not all those registered were able to take part in it. Everyone was deeply moved by the performance that was held at the site near the Opera and Ballet Theater.

According to the festival’s organizers, the event was presented in a new format. “This year we have had a lot of records. We expanded both geographically and musically. We have a new format – jam scene behind the Opera Theatre which is a place where musicians improvise and create new music,” Oleksiy Mashchits, director of the Music Day festival in Kharkiv, notes. Jam scene became a platform for interaction between musicians, art directors, curators, public figures, audience and media.

The main idea of the festival is to create something good together, as a group, in a peaceful common space.

Funding for the event was raised through crowdfunding. About 190 people donated between 5 and 5,000 UAH. The total amounted to 103,000 UAH and Vidrodzennya International Foundation doubled it.

Reference: International Music Day also known as Fête de la Musique is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. The first all-day musical celebration was held in Paris in 1982. Now, it’s carried out in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries: from France to Costa Rica and China.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Kharkiv Today, Nakipelo