The first youth forum took place in 2007 at Taras Shevchenko Luhansk National University.
The idea to establish a contest-festival was suggested by Olga Churikova-Kushnir, the associate professor, and it was supported by Vitalii Kurylo, the rector, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, professor, corresponding member of National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine, Merited Worker of Education of Ukraine (a current Deputy of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine): “This musical forum proves, that vocal-choral art is everlasting. The crucial fact is, that a new generation still remains active and creative. The festival is the event that passionately calls for every person’s emotions as the language of music is appealing to everyone, regardless the nationality and artistic preferences. It stirs our feelings and is the means of emotional and spiritual connection between people”.
Significant support for the music forum was provided by Luhansk City Council and Luhansk Regional State Administration, in particular the head of the Department of Culture and Arts of the Lugansk Regional State Administration Anna Ovcharenko (2007-2008).
This unique event has united amazing choirs and vocal groups, solo singers from all over Ukraine and from abroad in all concert halls of Taras Shevchenko Luhansk National University. The audience of the contest-festival observed brilliant choral art performances while the contestants had an opportunity to get to know each other better and share their artistic achievements. The performers were given a chance to sing on different platforms, chat with famous musicians, composers and conductors in order to master their proficiency.
Owing to the contest-festival Luhansk has become a real capital of choral art gathering audience to enjoy clear voices!
Finally, the International Vocal-Choral Contest-Festival “Let a Song Gather Friends” starts functiong in Chernivtsi!
Almost 10 years ago at Luhansk National University named after
Taras Shevchenko one of the most popular youth music forums was founded. It has been enriching spiritually all of us (from organizers to participants) during the time of its existence. Performances of vocal and choral songs by participants on a high level always got sincere and passionate reviews from the audience.
For several years when the festival took place, musical vocal and choral forum has become one of the foremost art events of Luhansk region. It has attained international acclaim, has revived the prestige of performing vocal and choral songs in Ukraine and has given the young participants possibilities to reveal their talents.
Due to a complicated situation in the East of the country, Luhansk University has been in evacuation for several years. It creates difficulties to carry out the music festival in its traditional way. We are both frustrated and hurt by this fact, but at the same time we are happy, that the contest-festival is being revived. We see no future without festivals like this one.
An enthusiastic and creative team, which aspires to make the contest-festival better and even more unforgettable, is working on its organization and holding now. It is the team of people with creative thoughts, light souls and hearts, devoted to songs.
We entrust our colleagues from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University to carry out the contest-festival “Let a song gather friends”. We hope and have great expectations for new artistic accomplishments within the framework of the project “East+West”.
I am sure, that a new venue at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University will bring success to the contest-festival, will promote the revival of our artistic strivings, will continue to inspire creative youth and artistic society to accomplish in art more and realize extraordinary ideas.
I wish every participant a burning thirst for victory, let our jury discover new talents and let our spectators get unforgettable impressions.
I sincerely congratulate all the participants and friends of the IX International contest-festival “Let a song gather friends”!
Rector, Corresponding Member of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Sergiy Savchenko
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University is a precious amalgam of a generous and luxurious wreath of art. It is situated in ‘little Vienne’, where the streets used to be swept with bunches of roses, and where the Viennese Waltz by Strauss sounded majestically in a magnificent constellation of famous musicians’ performances including Franz Liszt.
It is a pleasure for me that Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University entrusts us with its incredible creation – the contest festival. It will take place in the capital of Ukrainian songs – Chernivtsi, in particular, in the pearl of the city that is Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
I am sure, that Luhansk Forum in Bukovyna will be in safe keeping.
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University will guard this unique piece of art on Dominic Mountain, where it is situated; will value the piece of art that was donated from Luhansk region. We open the university gates for the good, tolerance and songs as symbols of our national union!
Rector of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University,
prof. Stepan Melnychuk
Nowadays, when Ukraine struggles its way through difficulties, the rebirth of the International Vocal-Choral Contest-Festival is a remarkable event for all of us. Being originated in the east of the country, in Luhansk region, the musical forum renews its work in the west, particularly in Chernivtsi. I consider it as a symbol of our reunion and better future.
When we were establishing such a multi-facet event, we didn’t consider it to be such a great success, because at that time choral singing had not been so popular. However, during the first year of its life bands, choirs and groups from many music and art schools took part in the musical forum. The contest revealed high level of performance and work of talented tutors.
For eight years the contest-festival has united contestants from several countries in Luhansk in our Taras Shevchenko National University. The event was supported by many investors and friends from Austria, Belarus, Moldova and others.
The International Vocal-Choral Contest-Festival “Let a Song Gather Friends” has become our best cultural event which makes singing in Ukraine more prestigious and gives the chance to promote talented youth.
Now, in its revival, the festival will offer new opportunities, will show way to success, will reveal new talents. Unfortunately, the involuntary evacuation of Luhansk University gives no chance to continue the work of the forum in this region. I am sincerely grateful that Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University will follow our achievements and will bring the contest into life.
I wish all the contestants to live through incredible feelings and to experience creative growth. I hope that everybody who organizes such a big musical event will feel the power of musical art again. I am truly convinced that the International Vocal-Choral Contest-Festival “Let a Song Gather Friends” will come back to Luhansk and will take place in both cities.
People’s Deputy of Ukraine
Dear friends! We live in a world with a mix of tunes and melodies that sound in a single entity. People of Ukraine have a unique and delicateperception of rhythms so they managed to create more than three hundred thousand folk songs known and approved around the world.
Our songs along with different motives (whether it is with passionate Carpathian rhythms or with restless intonations of the Crimean Tatars) go beyond the borders as they have the vivacious spirit of Ukraine.
I am really pleased to note that the international competition-festival “Hai pisnya sklykae druziv” (“Let the song unite all friends”) which was first initiated in Luhansk 10 years ago is going to continue its work in Chernivtsi, on the melodious land of Bukovyna.
And this is no accident, because the world-known and unsurpassed composers and singers as Joseph Schmidt, Dmytro Hnatyuk, Volodymyr Ivasyuk and Nazariy Yaremchuk come exactly from Bukovyna.
The competition-festival “Hai pisnya sklykae druziv” is held in the framework of the International project “East+West=Peace” and now it is launched in Chernivtsi.
I reckon that it will become a peculiar platform for annual meetings putting together not only artists but also businessmen, diplomats and politicians – not because of their posts but because of their love to music in the name of peace and prosperity of independent Ukraine.
With all my heart I warmly welcome every participant of the festival to one of the oldest classical universities of Ukraine, to a real gem of architecture – Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. You will have a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, to meet new personalities and prove that Art is a universal language and important tool for a soft power conception’s implementation, intercultural dialogue, and public and cultural diplomacy.
Vice Rector of Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University,
Prof. Tamara Marusyk