Vertep Fest – 2017
Vertep Fest 2017 is a large-scale two-day feast that will gain on Kharkiv on January 13th and 14th – the days of the old style New Year. Vertep ((Nativity Play in English)) theatres will put on vivid performances as well as Kolyadki and Shchedrivky singers. The attendees of the festival will be thousands of Kharkivites and guests of the city that have been invited to the city by partner travel agencies to enjoy the festivities.
Vertep crews, folk performers, Shchedrivky and Kolyadki singers and actors from all parts of Ukraine are welcome to become part of the festivity! No format restrictions are envisaged – traditional and modern, children and adult, music and drama verteps are welcome – amateur or professional, or the ones that coalesced for the holiday season to welcome friends and viewers. The main requirement for them to meet is to be founded on the principles of tolerance and remind the viewer of the victory of the light over the darkness. Hence the slogan of the festival: “The Light is what defeated the Darkness”.
Those Vertep crews are particularly welcome that would dwell on the events of our days: where apart from the characters of the Bethlehem legend, the modern realia would be reflected.
More details on Terms, Conditions and Registration procedure are available at:
13:00. Vertep parade in the city centre. Two lively columns will move towards each other starting off from two main squares of the city – Konstytutsii and Svobody squares.
14:00 – 19:00. Vertep theatres start performing. Ground and stairs before Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after MV Lysenko, space near Taras Shevchenko monument and the Church of St. Johnsonian (105 A, Velyka Panasivska Str (former Kotlova Str.)
17:00. Festive performances for orphans, IDP children, children with disabilities, children of volunteers and children of military servicemen. Theatre and concerts hall (small hall of Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after MV Lysenko).
For invitations turn to Olena Rofe-Beketova, Project Coordinator.
11:00. Programme continued. Vertep crews perform. Ground and stairs before Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after MV Lysenko.
12:00 – 19:00 – Performances continued at festival locations and alternative grounds: space near Taras Shevchenko monument and the Church of St. John the Evangelist (105 A, Velyka Panasivska Str (former Kotlova Str.) , festive performances for orphans, IDP children, children with disabilities, children of volunteers and children of military servicemen.
The agenda may be amended.
Some of the crews will perform in children’s hospitals, military hospitals, entertainment and shopping centres, etc. Invitations from various social and specialist institutions are welcome. Please, contact Olena Rofe-Beketova.
During the whole of the festival a food court will work at festival main location – stairs before Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after MV Lysenko- offering hot dishes of Slobidska Ukraine cuisine. The City of Traders will be open for visitors offering a display of handicraft and workshops for children and adults.
Do you have more ideas? Contact us!
The event on VKontakte: https://vk.com/event135674464
Organising committee hotline: +38 066 823 999 2 або +38 097 630 73 76
Project coordinators are Olena Rofe-Beketova and Andrii Polishop.
Participants registration: Yevheniia Levinstein.
Initiators and organizers are “ Kharkiv z Toboyu” Charity Fund
- Yuliia Svitlychna, Head of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration
- Department of Culture and Tourism of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration
- Department of Science and Education of Kharkiv Oblast State Administration
- “Toloka” Kharkiv Community Fund
- “ACCentr” – center for adaptation and culture
- NSOU “Plast” “Station Kharkiv”
- Kharkiv Diocese of Ukrainian Orthodox Church– Kyiv Patriarchate.
PR-support – “Bagels & Letters” PR-agency
- “Equator” entertainment and shopping centre
- “Frantsuzskii Bulvar” entertainment and shopping centre