Early fall is a great time to attend various festivals in Ukraine. The festival calendar ramps up after the summer music festivals, but the days are still long and the evenings light. Explore our picks for the best September 2017 festivals and art events to catch.
GOGOLFEST 2017 (Kyiv)
GOGOLFEST is a multi-disciplinary contemporary art festival held annually in Kyiv. It’s named after Ukrainian-born writer Nikolai Gogol and is one of the city’s most spectacular art events of the year. The festival features various sections: theater, music, cinema, education, visual art, dance art, performance, literature and fashion art.
When: September 7 - 17, 2017
Where: VDNH, Dovzhenko Center.
Read: Lviv Art Museums
NEXT SOUND Festival 2017 (Kyiv)
This year for the fifth time in a row the progressive and experimental music festival NextSound offers a massive selection of stunning events that will thrill even the most demanding and sophisticated music aficionados.
The crowd will get a chance to see the most extraordinary performers, enrich their knowledge of the sound and its processing at various workshops and lectures, and dive into media art with the best Ukrainian artists.
The music vector of the NextSound will be defined by both veterans of the experimental scene and new faces of the electronic music that have already been recognized and warmly welcomed around the globe.
TRAPIST (AT), ROLY PORTER (UK), EMPTYSET (UK), FUNKI PORCINI (UK), B12 (UK), CHARLOTTE ISABELLE (FR), XOSAR (NL), SHLØMO (FR), SNTS (DE) are among the artists who will perform at the festival.
The visuals of the festival will be covered by BLCK BOX. The crew’s original, first-grade media-art is recognized by the experimental music community.
When: September 21 - 24, 2017
Where: 31, Nyzhneyurkivska street, Kyiv. CLOSER.
Vinyl Music Festival (Lviv)
If you are a beer enthusiast and happen to be in Lviv over the last weekend of September, don’t miss the chance to visit Craft Beer and Vinyl Music Festival.
Showcasing specialty, seasonal and small batch beers from local, regional and national craft brewers, the centerpiece of the event is ticketed afternoon tasting passes where aficionados will be able to sample from more than 50 craft beers from over 20 brewers each afternoon.
The event will take place at iFest Republic (24-26, Staroznesens’ka street, Lviv) creative space, one of the best venues of this kind in the city, offering a nice view over Lviv, the spacious outdoor terrace.
With vinyl making a major comeback, many music fans are looking for places to shop for their idols’ records. Of course, various on-line shops and e-bay would be the first option that comes to mind, however, many would agree that browsing through stacks of old vinyls in crates before making the final decision has a certain magic music fans long for. Craft Beer and Vinyl Music Festival offers a unique opportunity to shop for some rare records and exclusive items.
When: September 29 - October 1, 2017
Where: 24-26, Staroznesens’ka street, Lviv. iFest Republic
Futureland Festival 2017 (Lviv)
Futureland Festival is a sensational celebration of electronic music and latest technologies which takes place over the city of Lviv on the last day of September. With rousing music and some of the world’s best DJs, the festival brings together more than 5000 music enthusiasts and industry professionals at the place which proves that THE FUTURE IS NOW!
2017 will be the second year the festival is taking place, but thanks to its dynamic atmosphere and unparalleled party spirit, it has already become one of the most awaited occasions in any electronic music lover’s calendar.
When: September 30, 2017
Where: 199, Stryjska street, lviv. Arena Lviv Stadion.
Lviv Book Forum (Lviv)
Publishers and authors will flock to Lviv on the dates of September 13-17, 2017 for the Lviv Book Forum, an annual literature market and festival. In 2017, this will be the 24th Book Forum happening in Lviv. Founded in 1994, it gathers not only publishers, writers or readers, but also celebrities, sportsmen, famous politicians, educators, translators, journalists and is one of the most important social events of the season. Many new publishing homes and indie editorials are being presented here every year. Book Forum in Lviv is Ukraine’s largest event of this kind, combining book market, literary festival, and over a hundred of other various events featuring Ukrainian and foreign authors.
Lviv Book Forum is a dynamic and vibrant event that gathers thousands of guests and visitors every year. In 2017 International Publishers’ Forum in Lviv will be happening at over 60 locations all over the city and will consist of over 100 book and literature themed events. In order to check the full program of the Book Forum and have a closer look at all the interesting events that will be taking place, visit their official web page.
When: September 13 - 17, 2017.
Where: 17, Kopernika street, Palace of Culture and over 60 other various locations in Lviv.
Province by the Sea Art Festival (Odesa)
Province by the Sea is the major art event of Southern Ukraine. In 2017 the festival will take place in Odesa and its satellite town Chernomorsk for the 7th consecutive year. First of all, Province by the Sea is a vast meeting and networking platform for contemporary Ukrainian artists as well as a great chance to showcase their creations to the wide public. The festival will offer numerous art exhibitions, literature events and visual arts performances.
When: August 25th - September 3, 2017.
Where: various locations in Odesa downtown and Chernomorsk town.
Read: Odesa Art Galleries
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