This month has begun with grand celebrations of the Day of Lviv and towards the end of May, the capital of Ukraine will celebrate its own big date — the 1536th anniversary of Kyiv. The massive celebrations will take place on May 27 and will include various festive events from live music on Sofiiska Square to food festivals and a charity race.
The founding of Kyiv is often told through a famous story: 3 brothers Kyi, Shchek, and Khoryv, and their sister Lybid founded the city near the Dnipro river and named it after the oldest brother Kyi. The event is described in the 9th-century historical document Primary Chronicle and is said to have happened in 482. Various archeologists back up the written data with artifacts from the settlements of the East Slavic tribe Polans.
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Each year the Day of Kyiv is traditionally celebrated on the last weekend of May. In 2018, however, various celebrations for the UEFA Champions League Final will take up the whole weekend. That’s why the official date of the Day of Kyiv this year is May 27.
The massive celebrations will traditionally begin with the official opening on Sofiivska Square, where musicians and dancers from all over the country will entertain the eager crowd. The concert will feature traditional Ukrainian music and dances, as well as modern hits.
Another usual part of the Day of Kyiv celebrations is the Chestnut Run charity marathon.
The largest sport and charity event in Ukraine has been held annually since 1993. For the past 18 years, the Chestnut Run participants helped children to overcome the congenital heart disease. Funds collected during the Run will be used to purchase medical equipment for Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac of the Health Ministry of Ukraine. Route of the race hasn’t changed much over the years: Mykhailivs'ka Square - Volodymyrs'kyi Passage - Sofiivs'ka Square - Volodymyrska Street - Bohdana Khmel'nyts'koho Street - Khreschatyk Street - Maidan Nezalezhnosti - a turn to Khreschatyk in the opposite direction.
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As for the food & drinks, Expocenter of Ukraine will host the largest in Ukraine Craft Beer Fest 2018.
More than 30 breweries will gather on the territory of Expocenter to present 100+ beer types from all over the country. The visitors will have a chance to taste the pioneers of Ukrainian craft beer like Tsypa and the new-comers of the market that will present their products on May 26-27. The ticket price is UAH 150.
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Finally, the kids-friendly event of the Day of Kyiv will take place in the open-air museum Pyrohiv.
On May 27 the famous spot invites kids to compete in the kite-flying tournament. The entrance to the tournament is free.
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Mind that from May 12 to May 31 traffic in the center of Kyiv will be restricted or completely banned on major streets like Khreshchatyk, Prorizna, Lva Tostoho, Saksahanskoho, and Lesi Ukrainky Boulevard.
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