Odesa City News: December 2018

Odesa in winter

As usual, Odesa stands out from other Ukrainian cities: this month the city will hold a charity bike ride, resembling the famous Santa Ride events across the globe. Besides, dwellers of the city will have a chance to witness a sculpture from the Burning Man festival.

Burning Man sculpture in Odesa

Burning Man Love statueThe iconic sculpture that popped up in numerous social networks during Burning Man 2015 will be installed in Odesa. The sculpture called 'Love' depicts two kids, trapped in the bodies of adults, stretching hands to each other.

The author of the sculpture Aleksander Milov is an Odesa native, so the art piece will now make a full circle. As 7 Kanal reports, the sculpture will be recreated from scratch, as the one that astonished the world currently resides in Hungary. The kids' figures are 3D-printed. 'Love' will be installed near the Zvezdnii Cinema.

NextBike rental to be launched in 2019

Woman riding a NextBikeMid-November, a new bike station appeared near the Railway Station. The new construction was installed by NextBike - the first in Ukraine municipal bike rental service. According to Dumskaya, the new stations will be installed near Odesa Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy, in Arcadia, Lanzheron, on Soborna Square and several other places in the city center.

In total, 10 bike rental stations are planned to be installed during the first step of the project. The bikes themselves are to appear in spring 2019. The rental is fully automated via mobile app: all you need is to scan the QR code or tap in the bicycle’s serial number. The price per hour is UAH 20, the monthly pass will cost UAH 250 and the seasonal pass will be available for UAH 800.

Charity Bike Day 2018

Man in a Santa costume on a bikeVeloVektor bicycle community in Odesa organizes a charity bike day. On December 23, all dwellers of Odesa are welcome to participate in the event to help children in need. From December 5 to December 22, locals are encouraged to bring sacks with sweets, cookies and small presents to the main office of VeloVektor (24/7) and bicycle cafe Tour de France (7 A.M. - 10 P.M.). The sacks with presents refer to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of kids, whose day Ukrainians traditionally celebrate on December 19.

On December 23 at 11.30, cyclists will gather by the Duke de Richelieu monument to prepare for the cycling event. Participants are encouraged to dress up like Saint Nicholas and his assistants like angels and elves - or simply put on the red Santa hat. The cyclists will then ride the city streets to create a real fairytale mood and take pictures near the Christmas tree on Dumskaya Square. The second part of the event will include a festive program for participants and kids. You can check out the details at the event's Facebook page.

Odesa restaurant awarded the prestigious SALT Award

People toasting with wineOn December 2, Congress and Exhibition Center "Parkovy" in Kyiv hosted the SALT 2018 Award Ceremony. The national restaurant award SALT is one of the most reputable awards in Ukrainian fine dining business.

Odesa-based Bernardazzi restaurant won the title of the Restaurant with the best wine list. It is the only venue in Odesa to receive SALT Award this year. Bernardazzi restaurant located on the ground floor of Odesa Philharmonic Hall has also been awarded five Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator throughout its existence.

Odesa 365 Expo City

In October 2018, Odesa hosted the III Investment Promotion Forum Odesa 5T aimed at promoting the technological potential of the city to possible investors. One of the most-discussed projects, Odesa Expo Center 365, landed on Odessa 5T YouTube page.

The potential project is said to "change Odesa for good" - Expo City aims at expanding trade, economic, scientific and technical relations with foreign partners. Besides, it would be the largest expo center of Eastern Europe, uniting a concert arena with 30 000 seats, shopping area, 5-star hotels, scientific research institute and much more.

Photo sources: hannahshappy.com, nextbike.com.cy, Bernardazzi restaurant Facebook page, depositphotos.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.

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