The eighth Music Day festival took place in Kharkiv on June 21. About 100 musicians performed in 30 locations around the city.
Musical and theatrical performances, thematic lectures, quest, film screening, procession and river rafting attracted visitors.
The bands from all over the country such as Malchik Paj (Page Boy), BusiCama, MORJ, Oleg Kadanov and Vitya Kondratov with the Sargazm project, Midni Pertsi, Fever, Original Roots Orchestra, Evshan Zilla, Agata Vilchik band, Sheetel and stuff took part in the spectacular performance.
“The festival has been held in Kharkiv since 2014. In 2020, due to quarantine restrictions, the event was carried out online, Kharkiv and Lviv were then able to be united by music streams. This year’s Music Day was very eventful. It began at 11.30 am with music quests in 10 locations and included other open-air cultural events: a fair of artwork presented by students of the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts, poetry readings, theater performances as well as film shows and master-classes of artists and musicians. But the real surprises for the audience were “Musical Rafting,” the concert on the water, and the musical march in the city downtown,” informed the co-organizer of the music festival Alina Khanbabaieva.
According to her, for the first time in Kharkiv, etno performers from the Drum Space cultural center staged rafting on the Lopan river, during which they played exotic musical instruments. In addition to the gong, the audience was able to hear didgeridoo, drums and other instruments and see the performance of dancers. With this concert, the participants joined the worldwide canpaign called “This Moment in Time” in memory of the people who died due to the pandemic.
“The traditional march gathered the musicians dressed up in costumes of clowns, pirates, angels and demons who walked from Maidan Konstytutsii (Constitution Square) along Rymarska Street to the Municipal Gallery playing their guitars, accordions, trumpets, drums, and also sang and danced and the Kharkivites willingly joined them,” added Khanbabaieva.
“Music Day is a very important tradition for Kharkiv. Music brings people together, so the more music, the better,” said the festival’s co-organizer Maksym Bohaenko.
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