Main Cultural Events 2018

Main Cultural Events 2018

New 2018 year is coming, and it will surely delight us with numerous bright and exciting cultural festivals. Though the most of art and music events are usually announced shortly before the date, the largest and the most influential Ukrainian festivals have already presented interesting information on their new upcoming programs. So which main cultural events 2018 are mostly awaited in Ukraine? Let`s check out!

Atlas Weekend
Atlas Weekend is one of the largest and most popular music festivals in Ukraine, which has been annually held in Kyiv since 2015. This festival is the incontestable leader of the main cultural events 2018 in Ukraine related to music. The main purposes of Atlas Weekend are to develop festival culture in Ukraine, to attract foreign tourists to the country and to popularize Ukrainian music in the world. In different years, line-up of Atlas Weekend included performances of numerous famous artists such as The Subways, Apocalyptica, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Röyksopp, John Newman, Three Days Grace, Nothing But Thieves, Alex Clare, Boombox, The Hardkiss and many other. In 2018, Atlas Weekend will last 5 days. The guests are welcome to enjoy shows of 200 artists on 8 stages, and also to have fun on 30 entertainment locations on more than 80 sq. km of festival territory! Early bird tickets are already on sale, so true music enthusiasts can buy them now for the most inviting prices.
When: August 4-8, 2018
Where: Expocenter of Ukraine, 1, Glushkova avenue, Kyiv
“Molodist`” International Film Festival
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The main purpose of “Molodist`” International Film Festival, which is annually held in Kyiv from 1970, is to support work of young film-makers. Each year, many talented actors, producers and movie directors take part in the event. The festival also attracts attention of wide audience – from representatives of artistic intelligentsia to curious students. In different years, the festival was visited by such famous personalities from cinema world as Jos Stelling, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jerzy Hoffman and many other. In 2018, organizers of “Molodist`” decided to change its traditional dates and to hold festival in May instead of October. This decision is explained by several factors. Firstly, autumn season always has tight schedule of film festivals, and it provokes competition between different events. Secondly, spring weather brings more opportunities for arranging various outdoor locations. And finally, May is the best time for tourism in Kyiv – it means that “Molodist`” International Film Festival may expect significantly larger number of foreign guests.
When: June 26-July 2, 2018
Where: Kyiv
Arsenal Book Festival
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Arsenal Book Festival in Kyiv, one of the most important main cultural events 2018, is the largest event in Ukraine where art and literature come together. This is major annual book- and literature-themed event in Eastern Europe, held since 2011. Arsenal Book Festival is aimed at promotion of Ukrainian literary environment and books’ market through international exchange and dissemination of best practices. Traditionally, the festival becomes a platform for writers, philosophers and artists, literary agents and book industry professionals to network and share their experience. Book Arsenal has a distinct interdisciplinary approach with a great variety of programs: literary, art, music, children and other. The geography of the Arsenal Book Festival in 2017 was vast, the guests were arriving from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Belgium, Romania and other countries. No doubt, that Arsenal Book Festival 2018 will be an exciting event for all lovers of literature.
When: May 23-27, 2018
Where: Mystetsky Arsenal exhibition hall, 10-12, Lavrska street, Kyiv
Read: Mystetskyi Arsenal: National Art and Culture Museum in Kiev
Leopolis Jazz Fest
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Leopolis Jazz Fest (ex-Alfa Jazz Fest) is an international jazz festival, annually held in Lviv from 2011. In 2016, famous “The Guardian” mentioned this event as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe. Traditionally, the festival events take place on three stages in the city: the main stage in Bohdan Khmelnytsky park, the stage on Rynok square and the stage in Pototsky palace yard. The list of headliners of Alfa Jazz Fest 2017 included such well-known artists as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Buika, Yellowjackets, China Moses, Gregory Porter, Chucho Valdes and many other. Along with jazz concerts, the program of the festival also offers jam sessions, master classes and autograph sessions of world jazz stars. Tickets for Leopolis Jazz Fest 2018 will be available from April 2018.
When: June 27-July 1, 2018
Where: Lviv
Odessa Classics
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“Odessa Classics” is an international festival of academic music, which takes place in Odessa each year from 2015. Along with classic music concerts, festival program includes exhibitions of paintings and synthetic modern art, discussions and conferences on issues of development and popularization of different forms of art. Being an important classic music event, “Odessa Classics” also provides wide opportunities for avant-garde, experimental, modern academic music and unusual approaches to concert traditions. In 2017, concerts of world-famous virtuosic violinists Vadym Repin and Daniel Hope were the key points of “Odessa Classics” program. Both artists were invited by president of the festival – Olexiy Botvynov, who is famous for being a part of the international pianism elite.
When: June 1-10, 2018
Where: Odessa
Read: Best Classic Musicians in Ukraine
Enjoy art in all its forms visiting the main cultural events 2018 in Ukraine!
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