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Kyiv gets exceptionally beautiful in winter. To set you in that special winter holiday mood, "Destinations" rounded up a list of interesting December 2016 events in Kyiv.

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Ukrainians like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family. And in spite of freezing temperatures, they often toast the New Year outdoors, when the sky lights up by fireworks.

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Winter in Lviv starts with jazz. This good tradition was started by the oldest jazz festival in Lviv, Jazz Bez. Great live gigs, popular Lviv venues and late-night jam sessions, Jazz Bez festival got Lviv jazz fans covered in December.

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Most popular and beloved winter holiday in the Western Ukraine has been conquering the attention in other regions of Ukraine recently. St. Nicholas, the Ukrainian version of Santa Clause, brings something more than just presents for kids, St. Nicholas day marks the beginning of the winter holiday season in Ukraine.

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Candle Festival which marks the start of the winter festive season in the capital of Western Ukraine is one of the newest and most beautiful festivals in Ukraine. Lviv has seen many festivals, however this one is somehow special, locals say. Come and see for yourself the magic of medieval city being revealed in the blinking lights of hundreds candles.

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What do a 2016 Cannes prize-winning selection, a David Bowie tribute and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ short film series have in common? These and more fill the card of the 16th New British Film Festival, which will open on 10 November in Kyiv, and travel on to five other cities in Ukraine by the year’s end.

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Summer is over, however it seems like the music festival season in Ukraine keeps spinning. Festive fall in Ukraine offers a diverse program of events with something for everyone. «Destinations» rounded up top music festivals of autumn totally worth visiting.

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Annie Hall or Bananas? Blue Jasmine or Sleeper? What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? In case you will be in Lviv over the next week don’t miss a chance to re-watch all time cinema classics at «Woody Allen Movie Festival».

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Autumn festival and concert season in Odessa brings bands and musicians of various genres and kinds. «Destinations» rounded up top autumn music events in Odessa.

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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.

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