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Ukraine Rave Culture

 

The rave culture in Ukraine is massive and have visitors from all around the world. In May 2021 Die Dada Welt went to an amazing ware house rave arranged by Povitrya // @povitrya_od in Odessa. Curious about the background for the Ukraine rave movement we had a chat with the Povitrya team.

“Initially, the rave movement in Ukraine originated in the late nineties. Specifically in Odessa, the rave movement was in high demand in 2004-2007. In 2010, the entire electronic scene in Ukraine fell into decay, sponsors left and large festivals disappeared. After the Revolution of Dignity and the Maidan protests, which took place in 2014-2015, people felt depressed and tried to look for new ways of self-expression. This is how a new era of the Ukrainian electronic scene was born, which quickly spread across the region.”

Povitrya started in 2017 with friendship and shared musical interests.

“In Odessa nothing like the rave movement of today existed back then. We acted on the principle: if you want a cool rave, then take it and make it.”

In general Povitrya have no problems with the authorities, since their events have a legal status. However, arranging large events in Ukraine especially under Covid-19 is not without difficulties.

“Covid-19 seriously affected our plans for 2020. We suffered certain financial losses associated with the cancellation of our 3th year anniversary event in April 2020. And our next event in late August 2020 was insanely difficult in terms of organization, but we did quite well. We are constantly consulting with the local authorities, so we understand the full degree of responsibility during the Covid-19.”

Today the rave scene in Ukraine is going through a renaissance having visitors from all over Europa.

“This is a fantastic time, everything happens with an insane speed and energy, which we celebrated together with all our foreign visitors. In our opinion, the potential of the rave scene in Ukraine is still huge. We must show our country to the whole world.”

 

Video: Bahadir Onder
Text: Steen Andersen

 

 

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Mary

Mary. Student. Kyiv.
@mrmrblunt

We spotted Mary outside Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev. Mary is original from the city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, but studies graphic design in Kiev. She loves going to galleries with friends and to the many parties in Kiev. Her favourite club is Kyrylivska 41 – known as the “mysterious” club because it doesn’t promote its parties to the general public, post no signs outside its building and have no name. People only know it for its street name. Since its opening in August 2020 it has with its star line-ups of top international djs, queer-friendly approach and respect for all types of visitors introduced new quality to the capital’s electronic music scene attracting local ravers to its industrial building in the city’s old Podil District. Unfortunately Kyrylivska 41 was closed due to Covid-19 when we were exploring Kiev, but it is definitely a place we are going to check out in august when we return to this amazing city in eastern Europe.

 

Photo: Sila Yalazan
Text: Steen Andersen

 

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Vlada

Vlada. 21 years. Kiev, Ukraine.

We spotted Vlada outside a small coffee shop opposite the A.V. Fomin Botanical Garden in Kiev. Here she sits wrapped in a blanket and smokes cigarettes with a thoughtful smile. Her black and reddish coloured hair, pieced nose and the “fake” and “reality” tattooed on each side of her face attracts our attention. She speaks good English and opens up to us almost immediately.

“My Fake and Reality tattoos is a comment to peoples hypocrisy, how they pretend to tell the truth to others, but in reality they just become even more fake in doing so since it is their own interpretation of the truth that they try to force onto other people.”

Vlada studied to foreign language teacher in Odessa, but left her studies because she believed they were the reason for her increasing depression. Thereafter she went to a therapist and was diagnostic with a genetic depression. She shows us cigarette burns on her arms and scars on her legs.

However, she has one great passion in life that keeps her going.

“I want to be a tattoo master. I always have wanted to be that. When I told my mother, she, however, disapproved it. She told me that all her friends would gossip about me and our family. So I left home and got a tattoo a place where everyone could see it.”

Today she has tattoos all over her body. They are made by different tattoo artists so she could have learn of their professional skills. She don’t communicate with her mother any more.

“My mother still can’t accept it. She don’t understand that I want to use my life making tattoos. Going to university and studying language was something she could approve of, even that it made me sick. So now I live my life as I want, trying to save enough money to buy a tattoo machine so I can become a tattoo master.”

Besides being a tattoo artist, Vlada dreams about travelling to Canada. She like mountains and nature.

“The problem is that I’m afraid of water, and that could be something of a problem in Canada,” she smiles and look thoughtfully towards the traffic passing by the coffee shop.

 

Photo: Sila Yalazan

Text: Steen Andersen

 

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Sergii Tkachenko

Sergii Tkachenko. Bodybuilder. From Lviv.
@seregatkachenko89
@vikki_wellnessfitness

 

Strolling down the pedestrian street of Lviv in the northern Ukraine we spotted Sergii Tkachenko and his friend walking with the dogs: Jack, Sky and Persik. When Sergii saw our camera we did not even have to ask him what we wanted. He at once exclaimed with a smile: “You want to take a photo of me and the dogs. I’m all yours!” We asked him if he was used to people wanted to take photos of them, to which he replied: “We are the most famous in Lviv” Segrii is used getting the attention and to pose in front of a camera, since he is the Ukrainian Bodybuilder Champion 2018 and Vice World Bodybuilder Champion 2019. He is born in Lviv where his family still lives. The three dogs is his sister Viktoriia’s. She is a wellnessfitness Elite Pro athlete.

 

Photo: Sila Yalazan
Text: Steen Andersen

 

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Oleg Brovks

Oleg Brovks. 23 years. From Uman in central Ukraine.
@brovko_oleg

We meet Oleg at the Flea Market in Nebesnoi Sotni Street in Uman where he was selling coffee from a small booth. He tries to save money so he can go to the EU and work in either Poland or the Czech Republic. He has calculated that it will cost him around 1.000 Euro for a work visa, travelling expenses, insurance and cost of living until he is proper settled. He don’t want to live in Ukraine and is not interested in Ukrainian girls since he believes many of them is too posh and just want a husband with money that can buy them a house, a car and luxury goods. Instead he dreams of travelling and at some point buy a house somewhere in the EU and find a nice independent girlfriend.

 

Photo: Sila Yalazan
Text: Steen Andersen

 

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Marx Chernega

Marx Chernega. Fisherman and sailor from the small city of Vylkove, at the utmost southwest of Ukraine. We met him by chance while trying to find a captain who would take us on a tour around the many channels in the Danube Delta separating Ukraine and Romania. Most people in the south and west of Ukraine speaks only Ukrainian and Russian, which is an tongue out of our league, so when Maks came over and began translating between English and Ukrainian we soon had a deal with Alex the Captain. An hour later we sailed out in a small four passengers motor boat Maks translating Alex’s stories and anecdotes about the Danube Delta with its swamp settlers living in self-build sheds and houses without electricity and internet, growing their own vegetables, brewing their own vine, chicken and gooses wandering around freely in this unique timeless corner of Ukraine.

 

Photo: Sila Yalazan
Text: Steen Andersen

 

 

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