Festivals Holidays

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Early fall is a great time to attend various festivals in Kyiv: 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 autumn 2016 Kyiv festivals to catch.

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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.

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Be mesmerized by the exhilarating jet demonstrations, world-renowned aerobatic performers, warbirds, vintage aircraft and an endless variety of interactive displays at the annual Avia Fest in Kyiv.

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Manhattan Short is the world's most 'People Powered' Film Festival. During the week of Friday September 22 to Sunday October the 1, 2016 over 100,000 film lovers in over 300 Cinemas across 6 Continents will unite to view & vote on the Finalists Films' in the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Manhattan Short is coming to Ukraine as well.

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Lviv gets exceptionally busy in fall. With all the bookworm crowd leaving the city after the biggest Ukrainian Book Forum in September, it’s the foodies who will take the stage in Lviv. «Destinations» brings the list of top gastro festivals in Lviv happening this fall.

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«Jazz on Dnipro» is a major music event that will be held in Dnipro (formerly «Dnipropetrovst») during the upcoming weekend. The headliner of the festival is a world famous trumpeter and Grammy award winner Randy Brecker.

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RESPUBLICA Festival – an annual festival of modern street art will be held in Kamyanets-Podilsky during the first weekend of September. Enjoy some good quality music from the best Ukrainian bands in the picture-perfect setting against legendary Kamyanets-Podilsky fortress.

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Radio Skovoroda, the first indie radio station in Lviv, offers to spend the last Saturday night of summer with some good Ukrainian music and delicious drinks and snacks – the key ingredients of ultimate summer fun.

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There is still one more month of summer you should definitely make it as cool and unforgettable as possible. If you are going to spend these last hot summer days before autumn in the Southern Pearl of Ukraine, here is the list of top-5 events you need to visit in Odessa in August 2016.

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For the first time, Kiev will host Red Bull BC One Camp that will take place at Platforma Art Zavod during the weekend of August 12-14, 2016. 

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Any passerby in an urban cityscape has observed the colorful, provocative, illegal "eyesore" that is graffiti. Although many consider the spray-painted pieces a nuisance, graffiti has been gaining recognition from the art world more and more as a legitimate form of art.

Hayao Miyazaki is sometimes called the "Walt Disney of Japan». He is considered to be one of the most famous animation directors in the world. Miyazaki has produced many extraordinary works such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. Visit Hayao Miyazaki Cartoon Festival in Lviv this upcoming weekend.

KOTOfest (CATfest) is not a cat show as you might think judging from its name. KOTOfest is an atmospheric festival of contemporary art happening in Odessa on the first weekend of August.

Z-Games: The Spirit Of Action is one of the biggest sports and music festivals in Europe. In August 2016 this massive event will take place in Zatoka - beachfront town in Odessa Region.

Taking place at one of the more remote and industrial districts of Lviv, Sergey Parajanov Festival in Lviv aims to start the whole new cinema art movement in Ukraine.

Hedonism is cultural-educational philosophy, embodying carefree life. This is going to be the motto of the last three days of July at one of Kiev’s beach clubs – ‘UBK’ - during Hedonism Festival, a sensual public and multilayer stream of your favorite music.



The biggest open air festival in Ukraine invites true music fans for another wild summer weekend bash on August 19th-21st, 2016.

Wiz-art Lviv International Short Film Festival is an annual film festival, one of the most significant and influential in Ukraine. The Festival is meant to present the innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

The main and the primary idea of ​​the Theater Festival is creation of a comfortable space to organize and invite people who are ready to experience the bliss of creativity in its pure and original form.

Night tours became another popular tourist attraction of Lviv. The cultural life of the city continues deep into the night. The "Night in Lviv” festival is held twice a year, however this year due to political and economic situation in Ukraine it will be happening only in July.

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