DAGADANA, panel discussion and exhibition: Ukraine at Budapest Ritmo

This year’s edition of Budapest Ritmo, 12 to 15 April, has become one of the key events for Central European countries. This year, one of the topics chosen for discussion during the conference is Music and Solidarity. The Ukrainian Institute will join this event for the first time and will present the exhibition Ukrainian jazzmen at war as well as take part in panel discussion Music Through Conflicts and Social Changes 

Budapest Ritmo has been a gem of city festivals ever since 2016. One of Europe’s most prestigious world music showcase festivals, Budapest Ritmo presents a carefully selected lineup, showcase concerts, and more. Budapest Ritmo welcomes the biggest names in world music in three atmospheric inner-city locations. This year, the festival expands with a film section with original music film premieres and documentary screenings. 


Friday, 14.04.  

14:00 Panel discussion Music Through Conflicts and Social Changes (House of Music, Lecture Room). Details 

How can music help overcome displacement for individuals and communities? What is the power of music in enhancing individual inclusion, group cohesion, and cross-community work in post-conflict environments? How can sharing our personal story make our communities stronger? 

The third panel on Solidarity and Music focuses on the individual in midst of social changes and conflicts, the role music plays in rebuilding a community and resilience. 

Golnar Shahyar, Yalda Yazdani and Mariana Bondarenko, musicians, ethnomusicologists, program managers and curators share how music becomes a driving force in creating small scale projects while forming networks and crossing cultural borders. 


22:00 DAGADANA (PL\UA) concert (Akvárium Klub, Lokál). Details 


Polish-Ukrainian bonding set to a catchy ethnobeat, adorned with the coolest traditional headdresses. Daga from Poland and Dana of Ukraine transform folk heritage with style and rapport; add jazz and electronica to the mix; and make the case for cultural kinship evident. Their busy tour calendar (featuring Paris, Lisbon, Glastonbury) is proof of their proposition on the current sound and connecting power of folk tradition. Mikołaj Pospieszalski (double bass, bass, violin) and Bartosz Mikołaj Nazaruk (drums, percussion) append the female duo to create a jazz and funk infused whole. Since the war in Ukraine broke out, Dagadana turned up the volume on their message of hope and unity. Experience their charismatic presence and danceable yet layered ethnobeat at Budapest Ritmo. 


Exhibition Ukrainian jazzmen at war (House of Music, Lecture Room)