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March 29, 2012

3000 Songs Celebrate Ukrainian Folk and Pop Art in a Marathon

Kyiv, March 29, 2012. On March 31st the National Television Company of Ukraine starts a 110-hour marathon comprised of recognizable Ukrainian-language songs performed live. “Marathons in television aren’t uncommon but a song marathon of such scale is unprecedented,” described the upcoming project Song Unites Us Egor Benkendorf, the director of the National Television Company of Ukraine.

The televised show will begin on March 31, 2012, at 12.30 a.m. (ends on April 2, 2012, at 7.30 p.m.). All songs featured in the marathon will be sung in Ukrainian by various popular artists as well as folk teams of various national and ethnic background. Curiously, the show will feature exactly 2,012 participants.

Parallel to the TV broadcast an online show will be launched at a social TV network The online show will start as early as March 29, 2012 (at 5.30 a.m.), and end with the main broadcast at the National Television Company of Ukraine on April 2, 2012.

The televised marathon will be broadcast live to 155 countries across the globe. “The world needs to hear and see the best of Ukrainian songs,” said one of the project organizers Mykhailo Poplavskyi, an artist and professor of music.

Ukraine is most known in the musical world for its contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, where performances by Ukrainian artists typically score quite high with international audience of about hundred million viewers. In 2004 Ukraine won the first prize with the Wild Dances act by pop-folk singer Ruslana and the right to host the anniversary 50th contest in 2005.

The National Television Company of Ukraine aims to beat the current record holder in the category Longest Singing Marathon by Multiple Singers – the non-profit organization Titanus, Italy. The record was set at the Teatro Cinema Astra in Pesaro on September 21-25, 2010.

The song-singing event lasted 103 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds. The profits from the charity event went to various national health care organizations. 1,488 songs were performed during the marathon that featured both Italian and international musical pieces.

Previously, Ukraine has set a Guinness world record with a live television broadcast dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Ukraine. “We want the world to understand that 20 years of independence is an important benchmark for Ukraine,” explained the agenda of the marathon one of the organizers Yuriy Stets.

Running for 52 hours straight, the record-holding live broadcast featured interviews with over 100 major Ukrainian politicians, artists, scientists, and sports personalities. The live show broadcast at the Channel 5 was available to audiences in 50 countries on August 23, 2011.