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ІX International vocal and choral contest-festival “Let a Song Gather Friends” took place in Chernivtsi in April 2018 for the first time. The purpose of this musical forum was the popularization of vocal choral singing.

For eight years the youth forum has been held in Luhansk region at Taras Shevchenko Luhansk National University. However, due to the forced evacuation of the university at that time, the contest-festival ceased to exist. The festival was revived as part of the “East + West = Peace” project.

The founder of the contest and ideological inspirer is Olha Churikova-Kushnir, the associate professor at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. The forum immediately has become popular among supporters of vocal-choral art, famous performers, musicologists and representatives of Chernivtsi cultural community.

About 800 participants took part in the festival last year. There were both collectives and solo performers. The members of the jury were prominent figures in the musical arts of Ukraine and foreign countries such as Austria, Italy, Romania, Moldova and China.

The unique musical project brought together outstanding professional and amateur choral and vocal groups, as well as vocalists from all over the country at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and the concert halls of the city.

The contest-festival presented the audience with vivid emotions from performing vocal choral singing, giving participants the opportunity to share creative achievements and to get to know each other better. Within the framework of the event there were concerts of participants with a free program at various concert venues of the city and Chernivtsi National University. Performers had the opportunity to communicate with famous singers, composers, conductors, improving their professional level.

Since 2019, the Contest-Festival is under the patronage of the Ukrainian National Commission for UNESCO. Since that time the historical city of Chernivtsi has gained a new status – the capital of vocal and choral art.

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