The Chernobyl disaster that took place in 1986 was the worst nuclear accident ever recorded. The forced abandonment of the city displaced nearly 300,000 people with effects of radiation leaving Chernobyl inhabitable for another 20,000 years. Recently, movies and pop culture have sparked many people’s interest in the now mysterious city leading to tours being offered in non-restricted areas. While the area may not be safe to live in long-term, it is has been recorded that a one month stay in non-restricted ares has no effect on human health.
It interesting to note now that a music festival is returning for its second year to Chernobyl and the nearby by city of Kiev. The same company (ChernobyWEL.COMe) who organizes tours of Chernobyl will be in charge of the music festival. Hosting 15 rock/metal bands, DJs, extreme sports, street art demonstrations and of course tours of city, Chernobyling is a festival of its own league.
While some see this festival as controversial, a former resident of the city had a different view of the event.
“I’m glad that people are interested in these stories, and the memory of it will not fade away. I’m happy to share it, so the memories of my colleagues, the Chernobyl heroes will live on. People should know about them” – Aleksey Moskalenko – Chief-man of the zone in 1986
To top it off, ALL festival profits will be going to help the Chernobyl babushkas and children affected by Chernobyl disaster in the city of Slavutych. It will dubbed as the world’s first Urbex, Art, Post-apo and Geocaching Festival and will take place on August 31-September 2. You can learn more about Chernobyling, their ‘Pit’ tours, and more at the official website.