Hot days have finally come, so we feel completely ready for adventures and partying! In summer 2018, we are welcome to join bright thematic festivals all over Ukraine. There are so many options that we might feel like kids in a candy store: colorful Holi, crazy night disco parties, smooth sound of jazz and classic music, retro cars, silent cinema and many other… Let`s learn more details about the best June 2018 festivals in Ukraine!
Holi Fest in Kyiv
The multi-color festival is going to be celebrated in Kyiv for the 6th time. In India, people dedicate this holiday to the beginning of the spring and to God Vishnu, who has defeated the demon. With help of bright paints and water, Hindu people banish evil spirits and praise God. In 2018, the program of Holi in Kyiv includes such exciting options as dry paints battle, music show, body art and mehendi, workshops, photo areas, delicious dishes of Hindu and Ukrainian cuisine, souvenirs fair and special area for kids with professional animators.
Where: Ledovy Stadium, 9, Glushkova avenue, Kyiv
When: June 9, 2018
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White Nights (Beliye Nochi) Music Fest in Kyiv
White Nights vol. 6, a large dance event in Kyiv, will offer its visitors performances of more than 100 artists playing in different genres, 5 dance floors, photo- and chillout areas, astonishing light installations and drinks from the best Kyiv bars. Gourmands will surely enjoy food courts from well-known Ulichnaya Eda food festival.
Where: Platforma Art Zavod, 1, Bilomorska street, Kyiv
When: June 15-16, 2018
Leopolis Jazz Fest in Lviv
Leopolis VIII international festival in Lviv will become a precious gift for all lovers of jazz. The list of headliners includes American multi-instrumentalist and two-time Grammy winner Marcus Miller, and popular British vocalist, pianist and composer Jamie Cullum. Besides, well-known Swedish musician and composer Lars Danielsson will present special program with INSO-Lviv academic symphonic orchestra.
Where: three stages in Lviv: main stage in Khmelnytsky park, stage on Rynok square and stage in Pototsky palace yard.
When: June 27 – July 1, 2018
Odesa Classics IV International Festival
The festival of classic music, organized by famous Odesa pianist Alexey Botvinov, will last for 10 days. The guests of the event will enjoy soul-uplifting performances of Berlin chamber orchestra, virtuosic violinists Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope and Roby Lakatos, Austrian pianist Stefan Vladar, Brazilian-Swiss cellist Antônio Meneses, Swiss clarinet player Dimitri Ashkenazy and many other. The program also includes section of new Ukrainian classic music.
Where: Odesa Philharmonic Hall and Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
When: June 1-10, 2018
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Nimi Nochi (“Mute Nights”) Cinema Fest in Odesa and Kyiv
In 2018, the only one Ukrainian festival of archived movies called “Mute Nights” will take place in Kyiv and Odesa at the same time. During three days, Ukrainian and foreign musicians will add sound to eight films from Ukrainian and international archives. This year, the festival concept is called “Return”, which symbolizes presentation of two Ukrainian archived silent movies that have been considered as lost for a very long time.
Where: Dovzhenko center in Kyiv and Green Theatre in Odesa
When: June 28-30, 2018
Retro Fest in Kamianets-Podilskyi
In the beginning of summer 2018, beautiful fortress city Kamianets-Podilskyi is going to host Retro Fest III. The program of the event includes plenty of exciting activities: retro cars show, live music and vivid dances such as rock`n`roll, boogie-woogie and twist, art space and play area for families with kids. The unique project “Evolution of DJing” is preparing an atmospheric disco party with special equipment called “from gramophone to smartphone”. Any guest will be welcome to try on retro look, to take part in retro clothes contest and to take unusual pictures in thematic photo area.
Where: Virmensky Rynok square, Kamianets-Podilskyi
When: June 8-10, 2018
Respublica FAMILY FEST in Kamianets-Podilskyi
In 2018, organizers of well-known Respublica festival decided to hold two events. One of them is for family people who wish to enjoy good music and modern art together with their kids, so this festival is scheduled for June when all children are free from school. Respublica Family Fest will be a great family adventure: 3 days, 2 stages and more than 30 music bands including such talented artists as Odyn v Kanoe, DAKOOKA, Ptakh_Jung and DZ'OB. Besides, on festival days the city will host “Brukivka” cinema fest and plain-air painting event.
Where: Ruska Brama, Kamianets-Podilskyi
When: June 22-24, 2018
The main purpose of OperaFest Tulchyn II international festival is to present Tulchyn city as a regional cultural center and to draw audience`s attention to the historical monument of the XVIII century, where Tulchyn culture school is located nowadays. The list of festival participants includes more than 30 soloists from Austria, Germany, the USA and Ukraine, 300 orchestra musicians, 50 dancers, 180 choristers and 4 world-famous band-masters. The guests will be delighted by “Don Juan”, one of the best operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the best arias from the most famous and legendary operas.
Where: Pototsky Palace, Tulchin, Vinnytsia oblast
When: June 8-10, 2018
Air Balloons Carnival in Lutsk
Aerosfera air balloons festival in lovely Lutsk will gather the best professionals of aeronautics to impress city dwellers and guests with amazing aerostats show. During two summer days, everyone interested will have a chance to fly on an air balloon and to see many beautiful colorful balloons in the sky.
Where: Teatralny square, Lutsk
When: June 16-18, 2018
Kostyolna Street Holiday in Kyiv: Francophonie Day
Kostyolna street in the center of Kyiv is well-known for its special French flavor, so it is no surprise that a big French-dedicated event will be organized here. The organizers of the holiday promise to present rich culture of Francophone countries in the format of European fair with French charm. The guests will be welcome to enjoy handmade fair, street theatre, 2 music stages with non-stop performance of live bands and DJs, culinary workshops, photo area, photo exhibition, play area for kids, food courts with delicacies, educational section and many other.
Where: Kostyolna street, Kyiv
When: June 10, 2018
Besides, do not forget about BeLive music festival that will take place in Kyiv on June 21-24. In the course of this music event, you will have a chance to hear such worthy artists as Jamiroquai, Everything Everything and Hurts.
Read: Summer 2018 BeLIVE Festival Guide
Summer 2018 in Ukraine offers just as many festivals as we need to enjoy our lives to the fullest. Let`s get the party started!
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