On December 7 and 8, 2022, we invited young people in refugee crisis, aged 14-18, to the Nizio Gallery. The participants took part in a singing workshop led by artist Dana Vynnytska.
During the two days of 4-hour classes, we worked on proper breathing and articulation, learned how to listen to each other and interact in a group, focused on consonance so that our voices would fill the space with sound, worked on free improvisation, experimented with sound, searched for new timbre and tone of voice, and, last but not least, through music and singing, learned ways to focus and calm down.
During the class we learnt ethnic songs from Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland, as well as rhythmic games from India.
The workshop was led by Dana Vynnytska – vocalist and pianist, composer from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine; graduate of the Lviv Music Academy, winner of many prestigious awards and scholarships. In Poland, she is known in particular as one of the leaders and co-founders of the Polish-Ukrainian group DagaDana, vocalist of the bands Babooshki and Shockolad.
The workshop ‘Creators – art workshops for refugee children and adolescents’ was implemented with funding from the budget of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.