Slavalachia is an alliance of folk musicians and creators from Belarus, Ukraine, and the Appalachian region of the United States. The alliance began in 2019. Nadzeya, Quintin and Bart, organized a visit of Brother Hill and Benya Stewart to Belarus and Ukraine. The most life-changing moment for Slavalachia was visit to Lviv, Ukraine, where they met Marichka Chichkova and her band, Torban. Marichka, Arthur and Sviat joined the alliance, and together they went to the Karpaty mountains where future plans were outlined. The year of 2020 brought a lot of challenges to the entire world due to COVID-19 and the revolution in Belarus. Musicians were locked down in their homes, belarusian musician Siarhei went to protest against dictator. Slavalachia decided to make a song to support his fight and produced a rendition of Which Side Are You On in three languages. After 20 months apart they managed to reunite in Ukraine in August 2021 where Marta Bodnar joined the alliance. In spite of limits in time and funds, the Slavalachians arranged their first album, written in the Carpathian mountains and recorded in Ternopil. It was unknown then to the band and to the wider world that Ukraine was on the brink of all-out war with Russia – a war that would make such an alliance more poignant and important than ever.
Our past performances
Dzyga Art Centre - Lviv, Ukraine - January 2020
Slavalachia joint performance with Siarzhuk Douhushau, Torban and Brother Hill
America House - Kyiv, Ukraine - August 2021
Online performance from Carpathian Mountains
ZAHIDFEST 2021 - Ukraine - August 2021
Performance at the biggest festival in Western Ukraine
Nyzhniy Zal - Lviv Puppet Theatre - Lviv, Ukraine - September 2021
Slavalachia Fest - Three days festival of Belarusian, Ukrainian and Appalachian cultures.
Please, for all booking, press inquiries or documentary production questions/requests contact our manager Nadzeya Ilkevich through our official email: [email protected]