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!