Urvakan (the Ghost) revives the city

02 May, 2019
In May 3-5 for the first time ever, Yerevan will host "Urvakan", the international festival of contemporary culture and new musical forms with the support of My Step Foundation. This is the case when the Foundation bridges ideas with implementation capacity. The festival is produced by Synthposium, Klammklang, HAYP Pop-Up Gallery, Mirzoyan Library, Rabitza, Radio Morpheus, Kond Gallery, Richterfest and other international independent venues and communities.

My Step Foundation supports initiatives that create new opportunities, trigger problem-solving and add value to Armenia’s attractiveness as a tourism destination. "Urvakan" is one of those. 

It is an international festival of advanced music, art and urban studies to be held in Armenia for the first time. Through a mix of concerts, club nights, artistic interventions, exhibitions and installations, as well as a conference programme, the festival provides a platform for critical experience and reflection of music, its social relevance, urban studies and the conditions within which current cultural movements are emerging. The inspiration behind the name (which means ‘ghost’ in Armenian) comes from the festival team’s interest in revitalizing the country’s abandoned and deserted sites and their ambiguous state of being neither completely ruined, nor truly alive as they were decades ago.

The festival will start with a round-table discussion about public spaces, urban voids and citizen behavior on May 3, at Aram Khachatryan Music Hall led by UNDP Armenia and Urbanlab. Experienced urban researchers, urbanists and architects will explore new strategies and developments. These platforms will trigger questions about the cross-relations of city spaces, citizens and environments.

Urvakan’s music program blends together ongoing projects of more than 80 artists from 22 countries, highlighting current trends in sonic arts, contemporary electronic, instrumental, avant-pop, and club music. The festival also aims to spark exchanges between local musicians and established artists, curators, and independent music industry professionals from around the world.

02 May, 2019

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The Foundation has provided the equipments of regional Cultural Centers
In the framework of the "Reviving Cultural Centers in the Regions'' program, the MY STEP Foundation has provided the equipment of Cultural Centers.
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Youth of Artik and Stepanavan communities went on a study tour to Gyumri
Within the framework of the MY STEP Foundation's "Reviving Cultural Centers in the Regions'' program, the volunteers of Artik and Stepanavan Cultural Centers visited Gyumri.
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The directors and employees of 9 Cultural Centers from 8 regions of Armenia participated in a two-day training in Gyumri
The directors and employees of 9 Cultural Centers from 8 regions of Armenia, the beneficiaries of the MY STEP Foundation's “Reviving Cultural Centers in the Regions” project, had a two-day training in Gyumri, August 23-25.