Dancing like electrons
April 29, 2021

Chillnobyl - a rave in Chernobyl

Electrons dancing to the beat of techno...

"It’s like the Kyiv rave scene, taking over the Zone. I thought it was strange at first, when they asked me to play here. But then I thought, why not? Chernobyl is ours, it’s our history" - a DJ who played at Chillnobil, an illegal rave deep in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, told Literary Hub about bringing life back into the heart of the nuclear disaster. The organizers call themselves AVO, Anarkho-Vandalskyy Otryad, a “performance art theatre” whose aim is to "transform Pripyat - not destroy it as some are saying, but to use performance to bring attention to it".