Three countries. Three music traditions. One dream.
SLAVALACHIA
The cross-cultural collaboration of folk musicians from Belarus, Ukraine and Appalachian region of USA. The main goal of the project is to create a new revolutionary culture rooted from old traditions.
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Participants
Siarhei Douhushau & VURAJ
Belarus
Siarhei Douhushau is a singer, musician, ethnographer, and a cultural projects manager. He actively and relentlessly promotes Belarusian ethnic songs, organizes ethnographic expeditions, and collects Belarusian folklore. In the last three years he produced three albums with the group Vuraj, an album of traditional songs of Miyor krai and organized a several folk festivals.
Brother Hill and the Hill Spirits
Appalachia, USA
Ohio-based folk band that blends the modern style of songwriter Brother Hill with the Appalachian, early American, and old-world folk themes of quartet "the Hill Spirits". After successfully performing in a number of folk festivals across the U.S., the collaboration is on the verge of its first release.
Marichka Chichkova & Torban
Ukraine
Ukrainian folk band that carefully experiments with archaic traditional music and pre-christian ritual songs. Formed in 2016, Torban Folk Band released album "Vesna" and successfully toured across Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.
Our goals
PERFORMANCE
Musicians are working on a musical performance. Talking through the music regardless of the language, musicians from Slavic and Appalachian "worlds" will share their own traditions and teach the audience and each other.

ALBUM
All tracks created during the collaboration will be included in an album.

DOCUMENTARY
A full length documentary The Road to Slavalachia will tell a story about all the musicians participants.The film is following their "journey" to Slavalachia, an uncharted land that exists only in their shared creativity. During this odyssey, the musicians will face challenges, overcome language and cultural barriers, share their cultures and create a new one through music.
Winter Experience
Outcomes from the January Exchange
Brett Hill and Benjamin Stewart visited Belarus and Ukraine in January 2020
The trip proved that real success may be possible. The musical portions of the trip were incredibly fun, fulfilling, and enriching. Through this global collaboration, the participants have fallen only more in love with their own musical traditions, and are working hard on becoming better representatives of their culture. The hearts of the musicians were set on fire by the wilderness of the Belavezha and the Bohemian artistic paradise of Lviv. American guests presented their music, a blend of traditional and original songs, with much success to Belarusians and Ukrainians alike.

They also learned many beautiful songs from their Slavic counterparts and have begun incorporating them into their musical set back in Ohio.
The participants created an outline for future trips and exchanges, began work-shopping their world-premiere at the festival in Belarus, and established rich friendships with one another.
Belarusian and Ukrainian musicians planned to come to the USA to the Appalachian mountains, explore new territories and traditions, and face new challenges. However, plans has been changed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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Support and Partnerships
Slavalachia project fundraising
All donations go towards cross-cultural exchange between Appalachia, Belarus and Ukraine, and documentary production!
(PayPal and Credit/Debit Card)
partnerships
We are looking for partnerships and sponsors.
We can offer personalized packages and promo opportunities.
Slavalachia is the unique opportunity to support traditional cultures and international cooperation.
BOOKING
SLAVALACHIA performance is available for booking for summer 2021.
Participants are available for a solo performances as well.
Contact us:
+1 740 590 8264 (Telegram)
[email protected]
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Team and Partners
Nadzeya Ilkevich
Executive producer
Bart Kuraga
Documentary Film Director
Wioletta Nikitik
Producer, Project Manager
Quintin Schomaker
Producer, Cinematographer
Cultural Organization
Belarus
CreateCulture Inc.
USA
Civil Society Organization 17
Ukraine

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