Festival”Bird” in its 6th year!

We are looking for your support this year! Please donate money through our blog. Only 2 weeks to go!

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Ukrainian Fundraising Evening Success!

A big thank you to all who came to our Ukrainian themed Ptah Festival awareness and fundraising evening!

Over 80 people came to enjoy traditional food, drink, dance and music, as well as a live auction!

Thanks to your generous donations and support we raised £934,90!

All money is going to support children and youth festival of
performing arts”Bird”.

As part of this years ongoing fundraising activities the evening was a great success and will contribute greatly to making this years festival (7-9 June 2013) the best yet!

Ukrainian Evening Poster Jan 13

We are looking for your support in 2013!

Children and Youth Theatre Festival ‘Bird’ – helping disadvantaged young people living in remote rural communities in the Ukraine connect with the Arts, to be exposed to positive experiences through art and to participate in enriching, meaningful activities

The 6th International Children and Youth Festival of performing arts named “Bird” is starting its preparation now.

It will take place in Nizhnje Selishe, Transcarpathia, Ukraine on 7th,8th and 9th of June 2013.

The festival program will expand to many times. This year, in addition to theatre we would like to attract artists who work in different fields of art expression and dedicate their work to children and young people.

The organising Committee announces search for active young emerging artists, established artists and volunteers in Ukraine and abroad to participate.

All who wish to join the Festival – we welcome your feedback and look forward to working with you.

We are looking for:

1. Children’s theatre groups.
2. Youth theatre groups.
3. Fire show performers
4. Bands that play live, high-quality and interesting music.
5. Storytellers.
6. Young poets and writers who could present the festival their creativity.
7. Artists, craftsmen to create children’s books, comics.
8. Photographers who have in their port-folio pictures with children.
9. Dance teachers (any style).
10. Jugglers and acrobats.
11. Artists of sculpture, weaving, carving and everything beautiful that you can make using your own creative hands.
And most importantly … we are waiting for like-minded, creative and interesting personalities who have the desire to create fun, creative experiences that provide young people with everlasting memories.
Festival is created and run by volunteers!

For more information about festival, please visit

Theatre Festival PTAH “Bird” huge success!


Thanks for returning to the blog!  Your support meant that the festival was a huge success!

Children enjoyed three days of fun, new experiences and excellent performances from theatre groups from Ukraine (interactive theatre games and activities) Russia (animations and video art including an animation completed at the festival see- below)Germany (circus workshops), Austria (building and construction), Poland (violin folk infused with poetry reading performance), Romania (traditional dancing workshop) and Hungary (live performance traditional music and dancing workshop), other volunteers were from France, Belgium and England.

Children, young people their friends and families from the local villages, towns and cities attended the festival providing them with opportunities to take part in something that may otherwise be out of reach.  Children and adults alike danced to traditional music (performed by the highly acclaimed HUDAKI Village Band http://www.hudaki.org/) around a trio of bonfires on the opening night, near an outdoor stage made wholly of natural materials constructed using age old methods.  Throughout the weekend passing drivers tooted their horns and curios onlookers came closer attracted by the commotion of the festival goers, the lights of the stage, the sounds from the main auditorium and smells from Shaslick being cooked over coals.  The locals witnessed the transformation of the old soviet era “club” building into a vibrant, colourful place full of life.  The local headmaster, police chief and government official smiled continuously as they saw their children laugh, dance and sing.

Enjoy looking at the photos (and video) below, more will be added!

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Priviet! (Hello!)

WELCOME!!!  This blog site is in support of the forthcoming International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts”PTAH” (BIrd) due to take place on 6-8 May in Nizhne Selische, Ukraine. The festival takes its name ‘PTAH’ (Bird) as a metaphor for flight and endless possibility.  The festival aims to provide disadvantaged young people living in remote rural communities in the Ukraine connect with the Arts, to be exposed to positive experiences through theatre and to participate in enriching, meaningful activities.

We hope you enjoy reading information about the festival (follow the About the Festival link at the top of the page), looking at photos and videos from the previous 4 festivals, and finding out how to support the project.

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