Ravers rel­ishli h up­com­ing Cx­ema techno party in Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle -

When artist and di­rec­tor Yarema Malashchuk, now 25, vis­ited a rave party in Kyiv back in 2013, it was a gath­er­ing of about 100 peo­ple danc­ing in a rather small club.

Since then, Ukrainian raves, dance mu­sic par­ties held at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions with min­i­mal­is­tic fur­nish­ings, have grown into a ma­jor move­ment, with one of the big­gest par­ties, Cx­ema (pro­nounced “Skhema”), gath­er­ing thou­sands of par­ty­go­ers.

The next Cx­ema will take place at the Dovzhenko Film Stu­dio on July 14. The or­ga­niz­ers re­fused to give any other de­tails to the Kyiv Post.

Malashchuk says that what makes Cx­ema is the peo­ple on the dance floor, rather than the venue.

“There is no in­com­pre­hen­si­ble decor — every­thing is very min­i­mal­is­tic, with a com­plete fo­cus on rave,” he says, com­par­ing the party to a so­cial move­ment with no marginal­iza­tion, and no putting la­bels on peo­ple.

An­other fre­quent Cx­ema par­tic­i­pant is 37-year-old Sergii Leshchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker with the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko fac­tion in par­lia­ment.

“The mass char­ac­ter of this event, the spirit of unity and the young au­di­ence make it unique for modern Europe, and for many peo­ple Cx­ema is a ref­er­ence to the raves of 1990 held in Ber­lin and Manch­ester,” he says. “In fact, Europe now rec­og­nizes it­self in Ukraini­ans.”

More than a party

Orig­i­nally, rave cul­ture ap­peared in Ukraine in the form of closed un­der­ground par­ties, held in garages, hangars, and small clubs, mainly for peo­ple who knew each other.

Cx­ema was first or­ga­nized by Ukrainian DJ Slava Lepsheev in 2014, af­ter the EuroMaidan Revo­lu­tion ousted Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych on Feb. 22, 2014. The party soon be­came one of the big­gest raves in Kyiv.

Ac­cord­ing to Malashchuk, the tim­ing mat­tered.

“Peo­ple usu­ally won­der how the EuroMaidan Revo­lu­tion could af­fect the nightlife of Kyiv and boost the rave cul­ture, but it did, as peo­ple got rid of their com­plexes,” Malashchuk says.

Malashchuk, to­gether with his friend, also a di­rec­tor, 26- yearold Ro­man Himey, de­cided to film a movie about Cx­ema dur­ing its last party on April 21. The film is yet to be re­leased, but it re­flects the mys­tery of the event, they say.

The at­mos­phere at Cx­ema is also one of tol­er­ance and mu­tual re­spect among the dancers, ac­cord­ing to Malashchuk.

“The or­ga­ni­za­tion of Cx­ema is done at a very high cul­tural level. When we were mak­ing the movie there, and some­one ac­ci­den­tally touched some­body, there was no ag­gres­sion, ev­ery­one im­me­di­ately apol­o­gized. This is what we need to show the older gen­er­a­tion,” Malashchuk says.

Ro­man Para­monov, a 20-year-old stu­dent at the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Kyiv-Mo­hyla Academy, plans to at­tend the next Cx­ema rave.

Hav­ing at­tended five rave par­ties since 2015, and writ­ten a term pa­per on so­cial ori­gins of rave cul­ture in Ukraine, Para­monov be­lieves that rave is not only about a style of mu­sic or clothes.

“This is about peo­ple’s he­do­nis­tic state of mind, and a chance to es­cape re­al­ity.”

Cx­ema. Dovzhenko Film Stu­dio. 44 Per­e­mohy Ave. July 14. 10 p.m.— 10 a.m. Hr 340–450. The lineup in­cludes such DJs as N.M.O, Via App, Kon­akov, Voin Oruwu, Alek­sei Po­dat and oth­ers.

Ravers dance at Cx­ema party at Dovzhenko Film Stu­dio in Kyiv on Sept. 16. (Raw Unkut)

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