MIP: Final Concert of Tvoia Kraina Fest Held Close to Belarusian Border

On 29 September 2018, Tvoia Kraina Fest, a Ukrainian music festival, took place in Sarny, Rivne Region, with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.

The bands “Mandry”, “Antytila”, GrozovSka Band, Ivanka Chervinska, Maria Burmaka, and Gypsy Lyre set off a true Ukrainian music holiday close to the border with Belarus.

The Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine and the Hero of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zhemchuhov, spoke to the residents of Sarny at the concert. “I, too, am from a town in Donbas, close to the Ukrainian border, though from the other side of it. I understand how you feel because I remember how musicians and singers we only saw on TV would come to us from the capital on the Miner’s Day,” he said.

This was the seventh and last concert within the framework of Tvoia Kraina Fest festival, with the previous six held in Izmail, Henichesk, Mariupol, Konotop, Mukachevo, and Novoselytsia.

“We have done it! Ukrainian music blew up in seven frontier towns of Ukraine. And public feedback means only one thing — we must carry on,” says Serhiy Fomenko (Foma), frontman of the band “Mandry”.

“The festival has met its goal of bringing modern Ukrainian music in to the remotest corners of Ukraine. As was expected, people want to listen to Ukrainian [music], be it Konotop, Mukachevo or Izmail. And we have something to offer them. This is just a beginning, and what comes next is even more interesting,” the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Yuriy Stets, was quoted as saying.

Earlier, on 22 September, Tvoia Kraina Fest, a Ukrainian music festival, took place in Novoselytsia, Chernivtsi Region, near the border with Russia and Moldova; on 15 September, in Mykachevo, Zakarpattia Region, near the border with Romania; on 8 September, in Konotop, Sumy Region, close to the border with Russia.

On 24 August, the festival was held in frontline Mariupol, Donetsk Region; on 18 August, in Henichesk (Kherson Region), close to the administrative border with occupied Crimea; and on 11 August 2018, in Izmail (Odesa Region), near the border with Romania.