Last year there were 36 thousand tourists (2016) who visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the number is almost doubling every year. There are also over 5000 workers – who take care of the zone itself, the Chernobyl Power Plant and are still working on the New Safe Confinement.
And, last but certainly not least, there are around 150 Self-Settlers, also called the ‘Chernobyl Babushkas and Dedushkas’, who are well known for their warm hearts and who live in the zone in very poor conditions.
The festival is directly dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the zone for our next generations and to it's inhabitants – for medication and to improve their standard of living.
However, these three worlds stay completely separate within this unique place on Earth. They rarely talk, learn from or help each other, although they all have this common thread.
This ‘radioactive’ festival will join together the people who love Chernobyl, Pripyat and the Zone itself, who want to further explore it and get to know the human side of it more, through the unique festival atmosphere. As well as 3 full days of adventure, new friendships, fun and relaxation, there is also a strong aspect of altruism - with the important focus on preserving the zone for our next generations.
CHERNOBYLING is on
AUGUST 30th, 31st and September 1st 2017 in:
(the city built for the evacuated inhabitants of Pripyat)
3 FULL DAYS of concerts, lectures, workshops, presentations, quests, activities…and of course unique themed trips into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - PLEASE SEE WEBSITE
- Art/Photography, UrbExing & Geocaching Groups for up to 2000 people
- Various camping facilities including tents and rental tents and the opportunity to stay at the homes of locals
We need your help to make this great project come to fruition, please donate as soon as you can and come along and join in this 3 day extraordinary outdoor event!
Your donation will help us organise, publicise and put on the festival, subsidising participating artists, street artists, photographers, musicians and speakers as well as art & photography workshops and the creation of new Street Art in Pripyat. Our aim is to bring all these worldwide communities together and share the knowledge and experiences of the heroes of Chernobyl.
ONE moment changed people‘s happy lives forever. And also, the history of all mankind.
On April 26th 1986 at 1:23 there were two explosions at reactor number 4 of the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Not a single place in the world was unaffected by these events at Chernobyl.
Risks and challenges
We have carefully calculated the minimum number of people (431) we need to make the festival a success and are more than confident that it will appeal to many more people than the minimum required. In addition to this, the people of Slavutych and the Chernobyl Zone can visit the festival as hosts, free of charge. They are welcoming the festival with open arms. We envisage at least 5,000 from the local community to enjoy some or all of the 3 day festival.
There are many aspects to the organisation of the festival which is why we are working with, talented, creative and business minded people. We have close links with the local council and the Zone Administrators.
Necessary permissions have been sought and to date, granted.
Health & Safety:
The festival is situated in the city of Slavutych which is not far from the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Both places are completely safe and there is no need to worry about radiation. (You will be exposed to more gamma radiation per hour on your flight than you will here.)
Entering the exclusion zone is optional and you have the choice to stay and enjoy the secure festival area. (The local police and home security will be present throughout the festival.)
Slavutych is a blooming city with actually the lowest unemployment figures in Ukraine.
Also, don't worry about the political situation in Ukraine, the festival is located many hours away from Donbas (750 km) which nevertheless, currently has a ceasefire.
CHERNOBYLwel.come have a longstanding and good relationship with the local authorities and a wealth of experience and knowledge of Chernobyl.
The director, who has initiated this project, has a high level of business acumen and qualifications and a passion, as has the whole team, for Chernobyl and to make this project work.
Personally I have experience of the arts, management and working with groups; I am founder of the 26:86 Collective, I work in higher education and have many relevant personal qualities and transferable skills. I am very organised, operating at a professional level: I have successfully organised every aspect of trips to Ukraine and have managed and curated numerous art shows and as a practising artist, participated in many national and international exhibitions.
Our team is a worldwide amalgamation of experts in their fields, combined experience equaling a more than qualified and energetic, enthusiastic group of proactive people.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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