UKRAINE – Go_A’s Eurovision 2021 entry SHUM is inspired by a folk song from the same region where Chernobyl nuclear station is situated.
Today marks 35 years since the Chernobyl disaster, and ahead of this, Go_A went to visit the area.
In addition to witnessing what the disaster has done to the surrounding towns and environment, they took the opportunity to experience the local musical tradition on which SHUM has been inspired.
The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday 26 April 1986, at the No. 4 reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR.
It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history both in terms of cost and casualties, and is one of only two nuclear energy accidents rated at seven—the maximum severity—on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.
The initial emergency response, together with later decontamination of the environment, ultimately involved more than 500,000 personnel and cost an estimated 18 billion Soviet rubles—roughly US$68 billion in 2019, adjusted for inflation.