Otel’ nightclub based in Kyiv has started its own fundraiser to help pay utility bills that have built up since the start of the Russian invasion.
Known for being a popular experimental club, the venue has now been transformed into a space to support the Ukrainian defence with food and supplies stored there.
In an interview with Resident Advisor owner of Otel’, Pavlo Derhachov explained that the bills began to soar once the weather was cold therefore heating was required.
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"At the very beginning of the war, our team and volunteers prepared Molotov cocktails for civil defence [forces] after Russian troops invaded the city," he said. "Otel' was solely used as a logistic space, but now the flow of money is important so we can pay bills, keep our economy alive and continue to work [...] It's a non-stop process. All facilities of the Otel' club, including walkie-talkie radios, were given to defence."
Derhachov added that himself and the team have been trying to stay positive by plugging into Facebook group The Worst Techno Memes Ever. "We have to stay inspired, and this keeps us in a good mood as it resonates with our big love of electronic music."
Read their statement on Instagram below.
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Otel' is working with ticketing platform OTTRY to sell one-off tickets to future events at the venue. You can also donate directly here to help them reach their target of 90,000 UAH (£2448).
[Via: Resident Advisor]
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