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INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL CONTRASTS was launched in 1995. The Festival is organized by the National Composers' Union of Ukraine, Lviv Branch, and the Centre for International Cultural Initiatives, Lviv, in cooperation with Lviv Philharmonic Society and M.Lysenko State Music Academy. Lviv regional administration, embassies of foreign countries, various cultural foundations are supporting the Festival Contrasts.
The Ukrainian culture has been shaped on the historical, national and religious crossroads, Lviv serving the best specimen of it. In the past the city had always been a glorious place for the birth and thriving of new artistic ideas and endeavours. Thus Lviv has always been an important centre of world culture. To renew this tradition is the goal of the organizers of the Festival.
The concept of the Festival is based on the aspiration for representing the contemporary Ukrainian music in the context of world culture. The programme includes compositions by several generations of Ukrainian composers. The music of Eastern and Central Europe is the focus of attention. An important part of the Festival's programme includes the classical marterpieces of 20 century. Each year many compositions are premiered (either in Ukraine or worldwide) at the concerts of the Festival.
Both most celebrated musicians of the world and young promising artists participate in the Contrasts. The superior level of performance, the integrity of the programme are supplemented by a solid reference book with detailed biographical data and mostly author's commentaries to the compositions.
The Contrasts Festival has no intention of becoming a kind of anthology of modern styles and trends and thus representing absolutely everything deserving attention in modern music. Nonetheless, the audience will enjoy the possibility of listening to many creations typical of our times and contemporary music in general.
The Contrasts Festival is held in the best music halls of Lviv. The high level of organization and academic character of the Festival are combined with a friendly atmosphere where every participant and every visitor are encouraged by the attention of the organizers. The strengthening of creative collaboration between Ukrainian and foreign musicians is one of the main assignments of the Contrasts.
All the above characterizes the Contrasts the most large-scaled and prestigious new music festival in Ukraine.
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