The beauty of a rave is it knows no bounds. A nightclub? Built for a rave. A desert? Nothing stops a rave out there. An abandoned prison? Why not? However, no one expected Chernobyl of all places to hold a rave. Well, this is 2018, and this weird year ain’t over yet.

Turns out a rave can really go anywhere, as Chernobyl hosted its first-ever rave, called ARTEFACT. OK, ARTEFACT isn’t officially a rave per-say. The website calls it a “contemporary art and media object” to spread awareness of Chernobyl’s struggles. For those who don’t know, the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. It ruined the neighboring Ukrainian town Pripyat, and resulted in the direct deaths of 31 people.

More than 30 years later, ARTEFACT brought live art, music, VJing and more to the abandoned nuclear site. The Guardian documented the event, which is officially supported by the Ukraine military. Light projections decorated the abandoned buildings, and in photos you can see guests holding selfie sticks and gathering together. Both Ukrainian and international artists helped the event come to life.
There may be dark subtext behind organizing an event like ARTEFACT at Chernobyl, but there’s hope behind it too. Raves bring us together, even in the darkest times…and in the seemingly darkest places.