Festivals Holidays

Very soon the vibrant blue and yellow colors of Ukrainian flag will adorn the streets of every city to commemorate the important national event of our Ukrainian Independence Day. All region capitals will celebrate this event. Meanwhile, Kyiv had begun preparing for this day a couple of weeks in advance.

Z-Games: The Spirit Of Action is one of the biggest sports and music festivals in Eastern Europe. In August 2017 this massive event will take place in Zatoka - beachfront town in Odesa region from August 21st, 2017 and will last for 7 days till August 27th.

July in Kyiv might seem to be a bit slow in concerts and festivals after amazingly rich for events June, but still has quite a number of exciting events to offer. «Destinations» narrows down some of the most interesting July art events in Kyiv to attend.

During the summertime festival calendar in Ukraine is full of interesting events to attend. July 2017 summer festivals in Ukraine come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional country feasts to world-class sporting events and quiet, intellectual affairs. What’s more, there’s something to suit all tastes and interests.

Ivana Kupala Day is the day of summer solstice celebrated in Ukraine on July, 7th in the Gregorian or New Style calendar, which is currently June, 24th in the Julian or Old Style calendar still used by many of the Orthodox Churches. Initially, this day had pagan character. Since ancient times it had been dedicated to the Slavic god Kupala and sun. Ivana Kupala  in Ukraine is a summer fest where love, magic, happiness, pagan and Christian traditions come together in a most mystical, vibrant and authentic summer holiday.

The music festival season in Ukraine starts spinning. Ukraine is not the main destination for music fans and festival enthusiasts, however it looks like the lineups of Ukrainian music festivals in 2017 are going to change that. With the world famous musicians performing on stages all over Ukraine, the summer of 2017 will become memorable for many music fans of most different genres.

American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of the year of foundation, Chamber dedicated its Annual American Independence Day Picnic to the “Best of the 90s”.

Since 2011, the Ukrainian city of Lviv has been home to a new Jazz Festival. Here the "blue note" meets Eastern Europe, with lively improvisation, available to all. Alfa Jazz Fest is a festival on an international scale. The festival will not only bring the world’s best jazz artists together; it will plunge the city into the spirit of European-level music performance during upcoming summer weekend.

As one of the key events in the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relationship between Ukraine and Switzerland, the Embassy of Switzerland to Ukraine organizes the first Swiss Film Week, which will take place in Kyiv from 15 to 19 of June in Kyiv cinema theatre.

Festival culture in Ukraine has taken what looks like a quantum leap in recent years and has put the country on the map of major European summer festivals. The list of 2017 summer festivals in Kyiv is seriously impressive. All the music enthusiasts regardless their genre tastes will find something interesting for themselves in the long list of capital’s music festivals.

Jack Russell terriers have been getting plenty of attention lately, thanks to a scene-stealing pooch named Uggie, who starred in Oscar-nominated film “The Artist” as well as “Water for Elephants» and the iconic comedy «Mask». On June 11th, 2017 Kyiv is getting ready to host the first ever in Ukraine Jack Russell Terrier Parade.

On June 11th from 10 AM to 10 PM one of the most French streets in Kyiv, Kostel’na street, invites to attend the annual fair «Francophonie Day». The street will turn into pedestrian area for the whole day. The guests will have a chance to discover the diverse culture of francophone countries.

«Street Food So Good» Festival has become a much anticipated event among Lviv street food enthusiasts. At the event numerous guests can devour delicious street food, enjoy music of the hippest Ukrainian bands and DJs, play in the sunshine with friends and family. This Street Food Festival in Lviv is meant to satisfy all of your first warm days outdoor cravings.

Over the last weekend of May, Platforma Art Zavod will host one of the most popular charity events in Kyiv Kurazh Night Market. This time the event will be themed around mysterious India and will offer ultimate entertainment Bollywood style.

May 18th is Ukraine’s Vyshyvanka Day, a national holiday which salutes the traditional embroidered garment. And without any doubt, vyshyvanka truly deserves it! The embroidered, centuries-old frock (as well as a shirt) made from forbidden symbol of Ukrainian national identity during gruesome Soviet oppression to the most chic and fashionable wardrobe item far past the Ukrainian borders. 

In 2016, British Council in Ukraine started its cooperation with International Birmingham Literature festival (England) and established “3x3” residential program for Ukrainian writers. This year Birmingham Literature festival will become the first foreign organization presenting its Alternative Albion curatorial project in the context of VII Book Arsenal festival 2017 in Kyiv.

Arsenal Book Festival in Kyiv is the largest event in Ukraine where art and literature come together. This is major annual book- and literature-themed event in Eastern Europe, held since 2011. In 2017 Kyiv will be hosting the 7th Arsenal Book Festival, which will traditionally become a platform for writers, philosophers and artists, literary agents and book industry professionals from more than 20 countries to network and share their experience.

On May 17-21, the Art Arsenal will host the 7th Book Arsenal International Festival. This platform brings together literature and art, representing new products from more than 150 publishing houses. It hosts a Section of Illustrators and offers various programs by authors and topics, as well as special projects designed by the team of curators that includes independent young critics, art managers and well-known writers.

A very special event will be held in Kyiv this May in connection with upcoming Eurovision 2017. This is Kyiv Lights Festival – the first festival of lights and media art in Kyiv. For three days, from 12 till 14 of May, Ukrainian and foreign video artists will transform ordinary buildings in the center of Kyiv into huge screens with spectacular video projections to demonstrate the great power of modern technologies.

WWII Victory Day is a national holiday in Ukraine on May 9 to remember victory over the Nazi regime during World War II and commemorate war victims. This holiday has complicated and controversial history in Ukraine, find out why.

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