PORTO FRANKO is an International festival of modern performing, visual & media arts which is hosted by a Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk that is lost on the border of feuding empires and parallel epochs. Each and every arts event of the festival is aimed at re-discovering the city and its potential for development of art projects and creative economy as a whole.
PORTO FRANKO is an art festival of the future in Ivano-Frankivsk – the gate to mysterious Ukrainian Carpathian mountains.
PORTO FRANKO is a five-day post-modern opera in which the entire city with its baroque squares and post-Soviet factories, railway and bus stations, parks, cemeteries, cafes and churches morph into an impressive stage scenery.
PORTO FRANKO is a performance-based dithyramb to architecture.
Since the day of its foundation in 2010, PORTO FRANKO has become a hospitable art port for more than 1 000 musicians, artists, dancers, performers, poets, writers and treater people from Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.
The idea of PORTO FRANKO is an open art port, in which all kinds of art co-exist, mix and generate new forms and sorts.
The aim of PORTO FRANKO is production and presentation of unique performances to encourage dialogue with a local community and architecture.
PORTO FRANKO came into being as a performative reaction to a literature myth born by Ukrainian writers of “Stanislavsky phenomenon” (a new generation of Ukrainian writers Yuriy Andrukhovych, Taras Prokhasko, Volodymyr Yeshkilev and Yurko Izdryk, who turned the course of Ukrainian contemporary literature into a post-modern format), with the main poetic component of the festival core concept being Taras Prokhasko’s essay “Port Frankivsk”.
PORTO FRANKO is a “place of power”, where incompatible things blend into a whole, where different styles and trends, languages and religions mix, where you feel free of class, social, political and other conventions, free in creation and perception of authentic art.