Independence Day in Ukraine 2018

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Ukrainian Flag and Statue

The most important holiday of the summer is nearing. The 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence will be traditionally met with a military parade, music concerts and many festive events. Let’s see how Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa will celebrate the Independence Day in 2018.

Kyiv

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk performing in LvivThe capital will traditionally meet Independence Day with a military parade on Khreshchatyk. This year, 4.5 thousand military personnel and 250 units of equipment will march the main street of Kyiv. The city center will turn into a huge festive location: for instance, an all-Ukrainian festival competition "You are in my heart, Ukraine!" will take place at Spivoche Pole in Pechersky Landscape Park. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy a live concert of classical music "Classic Picnic" in Shevchenko Park. Kyiv City Administration will be engaged in festivities as well. Kyiv River Port invites everyone to witness sailing regatta, dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine. The event will take place at pier #6.

The festive celebrations, however, won’t be limited just by the center of the city: a traditional Vyshyvanka Race will take place on Rysanivska Quay, stretching all the way to the Dnipro Embankment. Festive events will also take place in recreational parks on the left bank of Kyiv, namely "Victory", "Partisan Glory", "Hydropark" and Central Park of Culture and Leisure. Finally, the night of the Independence Day 2018 in Kyiv will be marked by Okean Elzy concert at Olympiiskyi Stadium. Luckily, public transport, including metro, will work two hours longer for convenient navigating the city. Note that exits from Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk metro stations to Institutska Street will be temporarily closed on August 24 from 8 A.M. till the end of celebrations.

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Lviv

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The heart of Western Ukraine will start the Independence Day celebrations with a musical concert that will take place in front of Institute of Banking on 61, Chornovola Street at noon. A unique ethnic alley will be set up on August 24 from Shevchenko monument all the way to Lviv Opera House. At night, the façade of City Council on Rynok Square will turn into a video mapping location. This video installation will show the historical events that took place in Ukraine since 1991.

The greatest emphasis will be placed on the role of young people, who took part in creating the country. The start of the show is scheduled for 10 P.M. Finally, the highlight of the celebration in Lviv will take place in front of Lviv Opera House. “Ukraine: History of Strength and Independence” project will feature a grand concert with The Hardkiss as the main headliner. The concert will start at 7.30 P.M.

Odesa

People in vyshyvanka carry a huge Ukrainian flagAugust 22 – 26 will mark the 10th Vyshyvanka Festival in Odesa. Traditional celebrations will coincide with the Independence Day. Thus, August 24 will mark the highlight of the festival — a record-breaking vyshyvanka chain. More than 3.5 thousand people dressed in the traditional Ukrainian shirts will gather on Potemkin stairs.

Various events will take place on Prymorsky Boulevard throughout the festival: fun fair and traditional souvenir fair, braiding and origami workshops, as well as entertainment for kids. A grand celebratory concert will be organized on Prymorsky Boulevard as well. The beginning is scheduled for 7 P.M. on August 24.

Photo sources: Volodymyr Nik, Ruslan Lytvyn, LesM / Shutterstock.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.

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