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Festival of modern art “Two Days and Two Nights of New Music”


23th Festival of Modern Art “Two Days and Two Nights of New Music” will take place on July 17-18, in Odessa Philarmonic. The peculiarity of the festival is that it has a 48-hour non-stop action (two 12-hour sessions). Spectators will be shown theatre musical performances combined with visual art, sound and multimedia installations.


According to the president of the festival, Bernhard Wulff, this music forum is a meeting place for musicians from the East and West, where they can share their experiences. Perhaps both the residence and the school become unimportant; on the first places are professionalism and talent.

The International Festival of Modern Art TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS OF NEW MUSIC/2D2N is an annual event that appeared on the musical map of Ukraine in 1995. The festival has been organised and held by the International public organisation Association New Music /ANM, the Ukrainian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music /ISCM. Its President, composer Karmella Tsepkolenko is the festival’s Artistic Director since the festival concept was being elaborated. The musician and manager Oleksandr Perepelytsya is the Director of the festival. The festival’s President, percussionist and conductor, Professor of Freiburg High Music School Bernhard Wulff has always fostered development of the festival as an international event.

On July 15 and 16, prelude concerts and master classes will be held. The best performers of modern academic music from different countries will come to our unique marathon.

The annual International Festival of Modern Art Two Days and Two Nights of New Music is one of the largest festivals for New music and performing art in Ukraine. This action is unique because it has been designed upon the logics of composer’s thinking and author’s conception as a grandiose 48-hour event, where various kinds of art are organically combined, a non-stop music spectacle, a grandiose composition-performance with an especial atmosphere that performers and audience enthusiastically participate in.

During the festival’s existence hundreds of Ukrainian and foreign artists have participated in the events held by the ANM. The annual audience has included thousands of Odessans and guests coming from other cities of Ukraine and from abroad.

Best recordings from the Festival were released on the CDs. As the Festival is non-commercial, its organising and holding costs have been received through contested grants from public, private or governmental Ukrainian, foreign and international foundations and organisations. International Renaissance Foundation for many years is the general sponsor of 2D2N. Other sponsors have been involved also, namely: Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine, Odessa Regional Administration and Odessa Municipal Council, Foundation for Arts Development Assistance (Kyiv, Ukraine), Charity Foundation Ciacan (Odessa, Ukraine), Pro Helvetia Foundation and Swiss Cultural Programme Ukraine (Switzerland), Austrian Embassy, Austrian CulturForum Kyiv and KulturKontakt (Austria), British Council, Greek Culture Foundation and Greek Consulate in Odessa, Gaudeamus Foundation (the Netherlands), Goethe-Institut and Ernst von Siemens Foundation (Germany), French Cultural Centre in Ukraine and AFAA Association (France), Swedish Institute and others provide permanent support as well.

The artistic director of the festival composer K. Tsepkolenko believes that the forum will create an atmosphere of fruitful creative contacts, friendly communication between participants and guests, fans and music connoisseurs, who will be accomplices of the musical event for 48 hours.