our interest in a new visit to Ukraine is great. Contacts are already made
The city of Dnipro is located on the Dnipro River, and with its population growth of minus 16.87%, * it tops the list of the fastest shrinking cities in the world. It was everything we knew before to come to our recent travel destination in eastern Ukraine.
The 6th International Construction Festival, moderated by Andrey Palash, Kate Rusetska and Julia Ovcharenko, took place from 7th till the 9th of June 2019. We were lucky to get invited and to participate at the festival as Siedl/Cao. The Austrian Cultural Forum supported us and the Construction Festival in this cooperation.
You can’t actually believe in the population growth statistics of Dnipro because the liveliness of this city speaks for itself.
Thanks to the “Dnipro Center of Contemporary Culture”, the art scene of Dnipro has received a spectacular spot in the heart of the old city and Dnipro itself – an active response to the image of the post-industrial “rocket city”. During the “Construction Festival for New Media and Audiovisual Art in Urban Space” a large number of screenings, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and discussions of about 60 Ukrainian and international artists took place in the spacious premises of the building under construction.
Our sound performance during the opening night of the festival attracted an interesting and interested audience and was well attended by around 200 guests. The festival team and volunteers had previously decorated the beautiful hall in the style of the 19th century as an “ambient garden” with a variety of Ukrainian and tropical plants and cool neon lights –its surrealistic atmosphere created an ideal setting for our performance; we interacted with plants that were transformed into haptic musical instruments.
The day before we had the pleasure to share our experience at the workshop at the “College of Culture and Arts“ with students of musical educational establishments of Dnipro. We talked about multimedia composition and interactive sound systems as well as about the prospects of students and festival participants. The workshop was held in cooperation between Construction Festival and the educational institution and we found it very positive because it enabled personal contact and direct exchange of thoughts with the students.
What else did we experience during our three-day stay?
Ukraine is the largest European country whose national borders run entirely in Europe. Dnipro was also called the Rocket City because it used to be a highly productive centre of rocket engineering and space technology. Nikita Khrushchev proclaimed in admiration that in Dnipro “rockets are made like sausages”.
Talking about food: in Ukraine Pierogi are called Wareniki and are deservedly national dish.
After our very positive stay which was unfortunately too short, our interest in a new visit to Ukraine is great. Contacts are already made. We hope to see you soon. Do pobatshennya!
* Statistics of the population growth: https://www.businessinsider.com/cities-that-are-shrinking-2012-10?IR=T
Translation from German by Anna Khomutkova – Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv