Items tagged with: Festivals

Ukrainians like to celebrate the 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.

With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to discover new places and enjoy every moment of holiday season. Whether you’d like to be sipping mulled wine at Lviv’s iconic Christmas market on Rynok Square or go to the mountains for spectacular winter scenery and skiing, here are some ideas for where to go in December in Ukraine.

On October 14, Ukrainians celebrate Defender Day in order to honor heroism and courage of brave warriors, who protect independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and to consolidate the spirit of patriotism in society. In 2017, Ukrainian Defender Day falls on Saturday, so the official holiday will be shifted to Monday, October 16. In such a way, Ukrainians are going to have three days off in a row. Let`s check out how Ukrainian cities will celebrate Ukrainian Defender Day 2017.

Festival calendar in Ukraine gets exceptionally busy in fall. Lviv is flooded with the bookworm crowd arriving to the city for the biggest Ukrainian Book Forum in September, Kyiv attracts many visitors for the major art festival of the year Gogol Fest, that’s just to name a few. «Destinations» gathers together a list of the most interesting autumn 2017 festivals in Ukraine.

Lviv is considered to be a festival capital of Ukraine. It seems like Lviv dwellers have a festival of almost everything these days: coffee festival, beer festival, Pampukh (traditional Christmas donut) festival, «Nalyvka» and «Nastoyanka» traditional strong liquors festival, cheese and wine festival and many more. However, one of the oldest and most beloved festival in Lviv is festival of Chocolate also known as National Chocolate Holiday.

As usually, in autumn Kiev becomes the capital of festivals. This beautiful season inspires people to create and attend the most exciting events. Let`s taste delicious food, wine and beer, listen and dance to vivid music, watch fancy retro cars and costumes and just enjoy life to the fullest at autumn festivals in Kiev.

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 festivals in Lviv happening this fall.

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.

The last and the hottest summer month is going to be full of bright impressions. Apart from relaxing beach days and outdoors picnics in nature with friends, there are also some interesting music events to come. All music fans who stay in Odesa and Lviv this August are welcome to enjoy exciting concerts and music parties.

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.

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.

This year Kyiv will celebrate its 1535th birthday. All the celebrations and festivities will be happening not only on May 27th and May 28th, but for almost the whole week. There are over 30 special events planned to celebrate the capital’s birthday, which would be really tough to squeeze into these two days, so Kyiv City Council announced that the celebrations will last for several consecutive days.

«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. 

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