Gogolfest: 200 art events of Kyiv at one place

Author : Anastasia Mitina

Source : 112 Ukraine

From Venal Art Exhibition to burning a three-meter African idol: find out the brightest events of the season
19:28, 19 September 2016

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The 9th grand festival of contemporary art known as Gogolfest started in Kyiv. Gogolfest first opened its doors in 2007. Since then, a lot of things have changed: place, scope, and headliners. Once a modest festival has become noticeably stronger, and now it is one of the most significant and long-awaited events of the Ukraine’s capital. Eloquent proof of its scope is the size of the festival program.

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Gogolfest inculdes more than 200 events, 22 locations, located in an area of 120 square meters. The opening of the festival was really spectacular. Vlad Troitsky, the founder of the festival, presented his creation "Shaw B." multi-genre performance that combines theatre, music, circus, opera, puppet theatre and media art. The Dakh Daughters interlace the show with their new songs.

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Shocking staff "Hamerman destroys viruses" discovered "Venal Art Exhibition," and in the end of the performance they litterbug with money. And at the end of the first day of the festival, its participants set fire to three-meter African idol.

The audience seemed to be specially delighted with six girls, who appeared at the scene wearing the same tracksuits and bright wigs. Dakh Daughters began with a kind of aggressive rap, then took to perform the usual folk music with rock patches.

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The evening continued with the opening of " Venal Art Exhibition." Volodymyr Pakholiuk and Albert Tsukrenko (from Hamerman destroys viruses) prepared a part of a huge interactive bio-installation “Sell with us, sell like we, sell better!”  At the end of the show, they handed out real money to the participants.

Close to midnight, the participants of the festival set fire to three-meter idol - a symbol of all oppressive entities that  fills the man. After this the first festival day came to an end.

The week filled with art, performances, and concerts is still ahead, so do not miss it!

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