The V-ROX team decided to suspend the festival in 2018 and now is looking for ways to further development of the project. We follow the feedback and comments of V-ROX fans, develop new concepts and continue to help creative people.
V-ROX is developing a technology to support young musicians, which will enable them to earn their own on international markets. We are searching for opportunities to present indie musicians on a global level.
Having studied the existing trends in the field of modern technologies, we will present a joint project with a world music digital platform that will allow musicians to earn real fees on their own, but also attract the attention of international investors to Vladivostok.
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Ilya Lagutenko and the Organizing Committee of the V-ROX Festival
photo: V. Martynenko
Ilya Lagutenko: “The V-ROX festival has a huge audience recognition being a unique cultural event for Vladivostok in the field of international cultural cooperation. Despite of this in the last two years there were continuous financial difficulties connected with the festival. It is very important that all the events during the festival – concerts, master-classes, discussions – have been free for everybody. We (Mumiy Troll band members and me personally) were spending our own money for this. We were hoping for the financial support from corporate sponsors and local business and administration.
The V-ROX festival it is not only the selection of bands and musicians, communication with international partners from other festivals and professionals of the creative industry around the world. The V-ROX festival is a lot of prosaic items: travel expenses, accommodation, meals for several hundred participants. The festival is a stage and sound installation, rent of the concert equipment, security, cleaning service and much more.
In connection with the unstable economic and political situation in 2018, the V-ROX team could not find financial support from private sponsors, business structures, international organizations, local administration, etc.
Despite such difficulties, I continue to believe in the importance of Vladivostok as a platform for international cultural exchange between the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which can set the creative industry development and new technologies in the city and country.
Together with the V-ROX team we made a difficult decision: we suspend the festival activities and events in the format, V-ROX existed during the last five years. We have to revise the concept of the event and its management. We were the first in Russia to realize the new type of music, cultural and creative event – showcase festival. But the realities of music industry in our country are so, that we have to create a new concept of V-ROX using not only our own experience and imagination, but also in a dialogue with volunteers and audience of V-ROX 2013-2017”.
Dear V-ROX friends!
In 2018 the festival will not accept the applications from the musicians for V-ROX in Vladivostok. Unfortunately, due to general economic difficulties, we could not find an opportunity for sufficient financing of the festival and holding it in the format it existed for five years.
The V-ROX Festival intends to continue working, creating a new conception and format of the festival. If you are interested in V-ROX and have any thoughts and suggestions about it – we’ll be glad if you share your thoughts with us via e-mail: email@example.com
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Organizing Committee of the V-ROX Festival: Yuri Lozhechnik, Alisa Seregina
A huge image of the Far Eastern leopard appeared on the wall, located on one of the highest points of Vladivostok – Orlynaya Sopka (Eagle Knoll). It was painted by Sonny – South African street art artist. This art object was created in Vladivostok for the fifth V-ROX festival and became part of the international project on the protection of rare and endangered species of animals «To the Bone». Ilya Lagutenko, curator of V-ROX, is a member of the advisory council of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Russia and an active protector of the Amur tiger and the Far Eastern leopard.
Ilya Lagutenko, curator of the V-ROX Festival: «This action is organized by the artist in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and attracts attention to the problem of the extinction and extermination of rare species of animals. We are grateful that the action was supported in Vladivostok by «Far Eastern Leopard» national park, Far Eastern Federal University, city administration of Vladivostok».
It took seven days and 240 liters of paint to create the graffiti and the work was completed on time in spite of Vladivostok unpredictable and changeable weather. As Sonny says it was a real pity that he couldn’t see all the festival gigs as he was working during all the daylight hours. Now his leopard «watches» the city, reminding both the jubilee V-ROX, and the need to preserve and protect the Far Eastern leopard.
The fifth international music festival and conference V-ROX took place in Vladivostok during the first August week-end. Bands from 11 countries played their fantastic gigs on the main stage on Sports Quay and in the clubs during three days.
Every day became an exciting musical journey – “On the Earth, in the Sky and Sea” – this was the motto of V-ROX 2017. The power of music moved the promised typhoon – the main festival of the free port of Vladivostok was accompanied by good weather. Thousands of happy people, music and a special atmosphere of V-ROX – together with you we will remember the festival for a long time!
A real gift to the locals and guests of the city was the gig of Mumiy Troll – the day after their sold-out concert in Fetisov Arena, the band played on the main stage on Sports Quay.
Ilya Lagutenko: “What did we learn during the five years of the «Vladivostok Rock» Festival? We know how to create international multi-genre music program for the festival, which have no analogues in Russia. We interact with international festivals and promotional organizations, embassies of different countries, local administration and city services, and simply with interesting people – this allows to expand the boundaries of performances and find ways of business development.
Once again we realized that no financial crisis or cold war couldn’t stop openhearted people. We understood that it is possible to connect music, cinema, fashion, gastronomy, sport, ecology, and concentrate only on local products and interests.
I believe that the most important achievement is that city points of club and social life began to interact with each other, realizing that it is mutually beneficial for everyone. In the fifth V-ROX participated 11 clubs and restaurants of the city, more than 30 local brands participated in the design market. The same days the sailing regatta in the Peter the Great Bay and the Chinese ballet tour were held in the city – it also showed the power of V-ROX vacation. I see the development of the festival – from the city holiday on the embankment the festival has transformed into a network of creative laboratories on various city venues with enthusiastic people. This is my continues dream of Vladivostok 3000».
This year festival gathered a lot of people – more than ever during 5 years. Thank you all for being with us! The festival team goes on vacation, but music and emotions are still in our hearts. We are waiting for new meeting in Vladivostok! We VROX YOU!
The fifth V-ROX festival will start in Vladivostok on August 4, its main stage is located on the Sports Quay. A detailed program of the festival has already been published on the festival’s website. The entrance to the daily concerts on the main stage is free.
Musicians, DJs, artists, producers and public figures from China, Indonesia, Taiwan, USA, Singapore, India, Japan, Israel and other countries will come to the main festival of Vladivostok free port. For three festival days, several dozens of performances will take place on the main stage and in clubs: Mumiy Troll Music Bar, Bar Druzhba, Ozzy Bar, Street Bar, Black Rabbit, Cat & Clover, DAB, RA Club and Stereotypes.
The special festival bar game “Chesamuzyka” (What music is that) will be held on August 4 at 16:00 in the karaoke bar Salon, and the chefs from Japan will give master classes in the restaurant The Kitchen.
Lecture program of the festival and film shows will be held at the cinema “Ocean IMAX”: Alex Michaelson (USA / Japan), musicians and producers, musician and shaman Sangpuy will tell about his experience of promoting artists around the world about the art and culture of the aborigines of Taiwan. In the Year of Ecology on V-ROX, their vision of environmental problems will be shared by musicians from Indonesia, representatives of the National Park “Land of the Leopard” and the environmental project “Island of Dreams”. The work of street art artist Sonny will also be devoted to the protection of nature: he will draw a giant leopard.
A traditional V-ROX race will also take place: a 2-km route will start from Burny Cape and end on the Sports Quay.
The jubilee V-ROX will be held from 4 to 6 August on the Sports Quay. Every day there will be live concert internet broadcasting from the main stage. It’s a unique chance to feel the atmosphere of the main festival of the free port Vladivostok and to listen to all the gigs by musicians from around even you are far away from Vladivostok.
Concerts can be viewed at the official Tele2 YouTube channel
and Tele2 social networks
The broadcast will also available at «V-ROX online» YouTube channel
Friday, August 4 – from 17:00 to 22:00 (Vladivostok time) or from 10:00 to 17:00 (Moscow time);
Saturday, August 5 – from 13:00 to 23:00 (Vladivostok time) or from 06:00 to 16:00 (Moscow time);
Sunday, August 6 – from 13:00 to 18:45 (Vladivostok time) or from 06:00 to 11:45 (Moscow time).
Thanks to Tele2, even if you are thousands of kilometers away from the Sports Quay you can feel yourself in the center of musical events, see gigs by musicians from all over the world: Russia, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, USA, Singapore, India, Japan, Israel and other countries.