The main purpose of the music and theatre program was to create preconditions for further cooperation, and future co-productions and long-term projects. The educational component was important for us, so most of the artists from Sloboda Ukraine who participated in this program of the forum were students and teachers of art universities. The program included concerts and performances for both the youngest and adults; music – including folk, electronics, academic-conservative and street-hooligan.
An important part of the program is the exchange of experience in the latest theatrical practices and the search for new formats.
Thus, theatre teachers Yulita Ran and Yaroslav Podshyvailo created a topical play together with children, which would speak in their own language about their own problems.
Director and specialist in children's inclusion Yana Zelenska not only brought an interactive play for the youngest (2+), during which you could play and run, but also held a workshop game for families with children with special needs and developmental disabilities.
In addition, we held a real Student Theatre Market: five theatres of Zakarpattia had a real staff shortage, so they were ready to compete for graduates of Kharkiv art universities.
The program also introduced an alternative intellectual theatre, which Kharkiv is famous for (plays "Radio Chanson: 8 stories about Yura Zoifer" and "Monologue about the most important", "Arabesque" theatre).
The music program gave a bit of nostalgia ("Aphrodite’s Radio", a project by Miska Barbara and Yurko Yefremov); attracted the audience to co-creation (master class on making musical instruments from everything at hand, from Alcohol Ukulele); engaged the audience to learn the best of the Sloboda authentic music (“Muravsky Shliakh” and “Farby” bands) and modern music experiments (Spiel de trois).
The curators deliberately refused to include well-known bands and performers in the program, focusing on projects that facilitated the exchange of experiences.