Top Events in May 2017

The month of May is without a doubt the most exciting and entertaining month in Ukraine. This is when spring is in full bloom, there is abundance of outdoor activities, the weather is at its best, and everyone is in great mood.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

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  • The security at the Eurovision Song Contest will be tight and therefore you should always have your ID document ready to enter any Fan zone listed below.
  • In May, several water buses will begin to operate and are expected to simplify the transfer between the Postal Square (Right Bank) and the International exhibition centre (Left Bank) where the Eurovision Song Contest will be conducted.
  • May 09, 11, 13
    Eurovision Song Contest

    International Exhibition Centre (15 Brovarskoy Ave.)

    This year Ukraine is very happy to host the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev following Ukraine’s victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song “1944” by Jamala. Ukraine recently became the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice (2004 and 2016). The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 consists of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.
    The theme for the 2017 contest would be “Celebrate Diversity”, as the executive Jon Ola Sand explained “The notion of celebrating diversity is at the heart of Eurovision values: it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music.” You may also notice the main logo of the event – beautifully stylized beads that form a traditional neck amulet.
    Overall, approximately 20,000 foreign tourists and 2-3 times more domestic ones are expected to arrive in Kyiv in this period and they will be offered a comprehensive entertainment program (see the details below).

    Website: eurovision.tv

    May 07
    Red carpet: the official Eurovision opening ceremony (5 pm)

    Constitution Square and the alley near the Mariyinsky Palace
    43 official delegations will start their pass from Hrushevskoho Str. passing the Verkhovna Rada and Mariyinsky Palace to the observation deck. The red carpet will be of record length – 265 meters. Then the official part of the ceremony will be continued at CEC Parkovy.

    May 01-14
    Euroclub (8pm – 04am)

    CEC Parkovy (16 A Parkova Road)
    Euroclub is a venue open for Eurovision accredited fans, delegations, and press where numerous private parties and after parties, full rehearsals, and performances by participants will be conducted. On May 07 an official opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held here so that you may enjoy the performances of Jamala, Ruslana, Oleg Skrypka and the group “Druha Rika”.

    May 04-14
    Eurovision Village

    Khreshchatyk Str. (from Prorizna Str. to Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Str.)
    Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Kiev during Eurovision Song Contest 2017 where all three live shows (two semi-finals and the grand final) will be broadcasted from the huge screen. Besides, it is a great place to enjoy the performances of artists, DJs, celebrate national holidays, and just feel that strong international atmosphere! The entrance is free of charge and open for everyone.

    Apr 30- May 14
    Eurovision Fan Zone on Sofiya

    Sofiivska Square
    Fan Zone on Sofiivska square can host around 10 thousand visitors and will be divided into such equipped areas:cultural, entertainment, art, recreation, information zones and lots of food courts.

    Apr 30- May 14
    Entertainment Zone on Troitska Square

    Troitska Square
    Be ready to learn much more about the national music with different performances of jazz musicians and folk groups; national theater, and overall unique Ukrainian culture in the entertainment zone on Troitska Square. Here everyone interested can visit zone of master classes, kids activities, exhibitions, food courts, photo zones, and tourist information center.

    Apr 30- May 14
    “Feel Ukraine”

    Kontraktova Square
    Cultural and artistic project “Feel Ukraine” will be held on Kontraktova Square. Here all tourists and Kiev citizens can visit exhibitions, the performances of artists, and watch video films. Every day will be dedicated to a specific topic: jazz day, the day of craftsmen, Ukrainian literature day, fine art day, costume and jewelry day, etc.

    Apr 30- May 14
    “Eurovision: Retrospective”

    Poshtova Square
    Retrospective cultural and art project will be staged on Poshtova Square. Come here for karaoke festival where you will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of Eurovision Song Contest and participate in karaoke singing competition. Every day at 9 pm there will be the special awarding ceremony to congratulate the winners of the day.

    Apr 30- May 14
    Kiev Art Fort 2017

    Kyiv Fortress (24A Hospitalna)
    Kiev Art Fort 2017 is expected to use the defensive fortification to form a peaceful artistic platform. On the main location, there is a large art hall where the exhibits of contemporary artists, the newest and the most relevant interesting cultural projects of Ukraine will be presented.

    May 04-07
    Кyiv Art Week

    Business Center “Toronto Kiev” (100 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.) and others
    International festival Кyiv Art Week includes exhibitions in Kiev Art Galleries, scientific conferences, concerts, parties with the participation of the interesting talented musicians. The main location of the festival is the business center “Toronto Kiev” where International art fair “Kyiv Art Fair”, exhibition “Museum of Private Collections”, and the special project of art-residence BIRUCHIY will be conducted.

    Website: kyivartweek.com

    May 05-14
    Face of Art

    Kiev Art Gallery Lavra (1 Lavraska Str.)
    The program of the international art festival in Kiev Art Gallery Lavra includes: the exhibition “Amazing confusion”, special project of the Foundation “Anti-AIDS” – Kissing Does not Kill, video installation of Yevgeny Chernyshov, media installation of art group “Tenpoint”, performances of the modern Ukrainian theater, famous musicians and representatives of the alternative music scene and much more.

    Website: www.facebook.com/lavragallery/

    May 12-14
    Kyiv Lights Festival

    Kontraktova, Mykhailivska, Poshtova Squares, Andriyivsky Descent, Kyoto Park
    For three days from 7 pm till 11 pm Ukrainian and foreign video artists will transform buildings into the huge spectacular screens with fantastic video projections on Kontraktova, Mykhailivska, Poshtova squares. Within the festival, you will also be able to enjoy a light show in Kyoto Park and Andriyivsky Descent from 8 pm till 11 pm. Admission is free of charge to all the festival venues.

    Website: www.facebook.com/pg/KyivLightsFestival/about/?ref=page_internal

    FESTIVALS

    Apr 13-May 10
    Tulip Festival

    Pechersk Landscape Park (25 Lavrska Str.)
    A grand exhibition of tulips called “A Mystery of Easter Egg” is being held in the Pechersk Landscape Park. You can see more than 200 species of tulips planted in the area of 2 thousand sq. m. As this event coincides with the celebration of Easter, 10 decorative Easter eggs were installed, and you will be able to trace the symbolism of “pysanka” in all the exhibition.

    Website: www.facebook.com/Співоче-поле-165945180473384/

    Apr 28-May 02
    Spring landscape – 2017

    Hryshko National Botanical Garden (1 Tymyryazivska Str.)

    “Spring landscape – 2017” is a landscape design competition dedicated to the Year of Japan in Ukraine. It will gather the talented Ukrainian designers, artists, and florists who are ready to implement their boldest ideas. The program includes show-competition “Japanese motifs in the Botanical Garden”, land art competition “Dialogue with Nature”, and numerous thematic lectures, seminars, master classes, and presentations.

    Website: andvesna.laburo.com.ua

    May 13-14
    Street Food Festival “Gastrovision”

    Art-zavod Platforma (1 Bilomorska Str.)
    Street Food is a large gastronomic platform for the representatives of food business. This time the theme of the festival is the national cuisine of the countries-participants of the Eurovision Song Contest. Also, there is G48 market – a new format of the market where more than 150 Ukrainian producers will present their unique collections.

    Website: ulichnayaeda.com.ua/festival/sff-may-2017

    May 14
    Europe Day (12am – 10pm)

    Sofiivska Square
    This year the annual Europe Day will be conducted within the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest on May 14. The program includes the official opening ceremony; the performance of the musical composition that is associated with each country of EU; broadcasting the video-presentation of each country of EU (the main historical places, cultural sights, events etc.) from the huge screen; European city on Sofiivska Square where you can find individual location of the EU member countries; the great concert with the participation of creative teams – Eurovision guests.

    May 18
    Ukraine’s Vyshyvanka Day

    Sofiivska and Mykhailivska Squares
    Ukraine’s Vyshyvanka Day annually celebrated on Sofiivska Square is a national holiday which salutes the traditional costume. In order to join, just put on your favorite vyshyvanka and come on the central square of the country at 18:00 in order to become a part of a big people chain from Sofiivska to Mykhailivska Squares. Visit this event and get excited by the strong power and beauty of Ukrainian embroidery!

    Website: folkukraine.com

    May 20
    Street music day

    Landscape Alley, 32 Vozdvyzhenska
    Street Music Day is one of the greatest volunteer projects in the world that was launched as a musical flash mob by Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas in 2007. Annually hundreds of musicians, professionals, and amateurs go outside to play music and sing songs. On May 20 the fourth Street music day will be held in Kiev (from 12 am till 10 pm) and other 36 cities of Ukraine.

    Website: streetmusic.com.ua

    May 20-21
    UAmade Fest: Beer culture

    Gallery “Lavra” (1 Lavrska Str.)
    The beer festival “Pyvkultura” is designed to change the conception of consumption of beer. Numerous Ukrainian breweries (from large to local ones) will be presented here so you can compare manufacturers and choose the beer of your choice.You can also participate in thematic degustations, competitions, and workshops and just have fun visiting different interest zones: “FUN”, “BEAUTY ZONE”, “MARKET” etc.

    Website: festival.uamade.com.ua/uamade-fest-u-2017-roci-novij-format-bilshe-rozvag-majbutnye-galereї-lavra

    May 25-28
    Kiev Day

    Sofiivska Square
    Kiev invites all tourists and Kiev citizens to celebrate its 1535-th birthday in the last week of May. Numerous events will be organized during these days in the city center, such as the official opening and Tango Day on May 25, Latina Day on May 26, Waltz Day on May 27, Gala concert and Jazz Day on May 28. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the play of Symphony Orchestra, exclusive art object “Cake of Desires”, food court area and lounge area.

    Website: folkukraine.com

    May 26-28
    Kurazh Bazar: Night Market

    1A Bilomorska Str.
    Kurazh Bazar is among the funniest jumble markets in Kiev that was launched in 2014 and this May it will be a real Indian fiery event here. During these 3 days, you will be able to watch various shows, listen to music, make shopping, drink creative cocktails and all that is in Indian style! Come here with your friends, partner, relatives, pets and just relax!

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/202480253491085

    CONCERTS & THEATRE

    May 05
    W.A. MOZART

    National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Lysenko Column Hall (2 Volodymyrsky uzviz)
    Performed by the symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine the concert “W.A. Mozart” offers to the audience such outstanding compositions as Symphony No. 23 in D major, K 181; Symphony No. 27 in G major, K 199; Symphony No. 38 in D major (“Prague”), K 504. Conductor – Vitaliy Protasov.

    Website: filarmonia.com.ua/afisha/fypchsrkrym_nsrshchyeukh_v_a_psshchaukh/

    May 12
    Jamala

    The Kiev Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)
    A solo concert of Jamala, the winner the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, is expected to be the greatest one performed by the singer. The new concert program called “I Believe in U” is based on the materials of her international album “1944” released by Universal Music Group and other best songs of the singer. The visual design of the concert will be created by Front Pictures company that helped Jamala to prepare her triumphal performance for Eurovision 2016.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/1882517218646756/

    May 12
    Opening of the beach complex “Sandali”

    Trukhaniv Island
    “Sandali” is a full beach complex that in located on Trukhaniv Island – the unique place stated in the heart of Kiev but far from the hustle and bustle of the city. This huge 4000 sq.m. territory is well-equipped with all the necessary attributes of country resort. Besides the picturesque views of the Dnipro River and fresh air, you will find a large swimming pool and sun loungers, restaurant, terrace as well as a tropical bar in the open air, bungalows, volleyball court and much more. Don’t miss the grandiose opening of “Sandali” complex on May 12, at 6 pm. where you will be able to enjoy the concert by Mariya Yaremchuk, Kishe, and Monatik.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/1887102588241528

    May 12
    Richie Hawtin

    Art-zavod Platforma (1 Bilomorska Str.)
    Richard Hawtin will give a concert in Kiev within PlayDifferently tour that, in addition to the Ukrainian capital, will take place in a limited number of cities in Europe and the world. Richard Hawtin is a Canadian electronic musician and DJ and three-time DJ Awards winner, author of 6 albums, an infinite number of singles and mix-compilations.

    Website: www.facebook.com/richiehawtin

    May 15-16
    Electro-Rock-Opera “Orpheus and Eurydice forever”

    Event Hall Freedom (134 Kyrylivska Str.)
    On May 15 and 16 there will be a premiere of a unique musical project, created in the innovative genre of electro-rock opera by outstanding Ukrainian composer Mykhaylo Brunskyy. The audience will have opportunity to hear and see the musical performance that corresponds to the best World contemporary art canons. The great versatility of this work is achieved through the participation of soloists with extraordinary voices: tenor alto, tenor, mezzo soprano, soprano, basso profundo, treble, accompanied by symphony orchestra, academic choir and DJ.

    Website: goo.gl/rwawXG

    May 16
    Romeo and Juliet

    National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50, Vologymyrska Str.)
    Romeo and Juliet is a classical ballet in 3 acts by Sergei Prokofiev and Sergey Radlov based on William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet.” The ballet premiered on the Kiev stage in 1971 and in 1991 the Kiev performance of the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” was recognized as the best interpretation of this work and awarded with a medal according to UNESCO decision.

    Website: opera.com.ua/afisha/romeo-i-dzhulietta-8

    May 14, 17
    The Barber of Seville

    Kiev National Academic Theatre of Operetta (53/3 Velyka Vasylkivska)
    The premiere of opera “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini will take place in May in the Kiev National Academic Theatre of Operetta. The great play of actors and melodies performed by the orchestra, organically linked with witty lyrics, confusions, funny situations, and charming musical portraits – all this is combined with picturesque decorations and colorful costumes of the characters and brings the audience the aesthetically pleasing and memorable experience!

    Website: operetta.com.ua/event/prem-yera-vistava-sevilskij-tsirulnik-muz-dzhoakkino-rossini-5/

    May 17
    The concert Under the Stars On the Grass

    BROOKLYN cinema (Chayky Vlg., 1 Panasa Myrnoho Str.
    Katya Chilly Group presents “The concert under the stars on the grass” by Katya Chilly (vocal, a Ukrainian pop-jazz singer), Maksym Sydorenko (piano), Valentyn Korniyenko (contrabass), Aleks Fantayev (percussion).

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/137530166777229

    May 21
    Band “Skryabin”

    Sentrum (11 Shota Rustaveli Str.)Skryabin is a famous Ukrainian band founded in 1989 by Andriy Kuzmenko that changed Ukrainian music and sinks into the heart of every listener. Their songs remind and make you think about the main important things in life, “to smile when it is fun and do not hesitate to cry when it is sad.” On May 21 at the club “Sentrum” you will hear the outstanding songs of the band “Scryabin.”

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/391938024489512/

    May 25
    Black Art Jazz Collective

    Caribbean Club (4 Symona Petlyury Str.)
    In May Black Art Jazz Collective will play for the first time in Ukraine in the Caribbean Club Concert-Hall. The starry jazz band is represented by six talented African-American musicians that became really famous around the world and successfully promote the recognition of African-American cultural and political figures.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/1874644026152922

    May 27
    Hrystyna Soloviy

    October Palace (1 Heroyiv Nebesnoyi Sotni Alley)

    A famous Ukrainian folk singer-songwriter Khrystyna Soloviy together with her outstanding band will organize a concert in Kiev within the all-Ukrainian tour. Her debut album “Zhyva voda” (2015) is a Ukrainian folk performed in the modern arrangement, the unique combination of pop-rock, blues, and jazz.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/230195917387869

    May 27
    O.Torvald

    Sentrum (11 Shota Rustaveli Str.)
    The Ukrainian rock band O.Torvald that represents Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Time” invites you to visit their long-awaited concert on May 27. They offer you to choose the repertoire of the event by sending them a letter (address: office 10, 19 Yaroslaviv Val, Kiev) so that during the concert they perform your favourite hits!

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/1677807745847041

    May 28
    Opera “Tosca”(a premiere)

    National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50, Vologymyrska Str.)

    Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. This joint Ukrainian-Italian art project in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy in Ukraine and the Italian Cultural Institute in Ukraine was launched on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Italian Republic and Ukraine.

    Website: opera.com.ua/afisha/floriya-toska-3

    BUSINESS & EXHIBITIONS

    Apr 14- May 22
    The Exhibition “Angels Of Ukraine”

    The National Sanctuary Complex “Sophia of Kiev” (24 Volodymyrska Str.)
    On April 14 at 3 pm. there will be the opening of the exhibition “Angels of Ukraine” by the outstanding painter from Lviv Nataliya Kuriy-Maksymiv who is famous in Ukraine and abroad for glass painting technique. The idea of creating a series of “Angels Of Ukraine” that now consists of 25 paintings appeared in 2014 during the the “Euromaidan”. Each work is the author’s vision of individual cities and regions of Ukraine, each angel prays for the peace in Ukraine and for the better future of Ukrainians.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/279997662425081

    Apr 28-May 02
    Old Car Land 2017

    The State Aviation Museum (1 Medova Str.)
    One of the greatest Old Car Festival with more than 900 samples of technique and over 4000 expected visitors will be conducted in the beginning of May. The program of the festival includes the presentation of car collections, a parade of vintage cars, the competition “Best Mechanic”, official tuning contest, competition in the knowledge of traffic regulations etc. At the same time, you can visit the performances of music bands and artists, enjoy your time in cafes and restaurants, and buy handmade gifts in one of the numerous shops there.

    Website: oldcarland.com.ua

    May 12
    NooMa Conference 2017

    Kyiv Golf Center (20 Obolonska Quay)
    NOOsphere MArketing Conference is your perfect place to meet the real big fish of AdTech.
    Their panel of experts will share the latest trends and prospects in Affiliate Marketing, Mobile, Traffic Tracking, Conversational Commerce and Video Marketing.
    Among the speakers of NooMa Conference are: Mark Hassin (Chief Revenue Officer at GDM Group), Alex Omelyanovich (CEO, AdsBridge), Daniel Elad (VP of Video Advertising at GDM Group).
    We will dive into two streams: marketing for beginners and for professionals. If you are a marketing student or just wading into a career in marketing, apply for #NooMa_Sea. #NooMa_Ocean is for the really big fish of marketing.
    Registration and tickets: nooma.space

    Website: nooma.space

    May 17-18
    Numerous International Conferences by IASTEM

    Royal Olympic Hotel (12 Hospitalna Str.)
    In May you can visit numerous events organized by the International Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Management. Among them are the International Conferences on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH), on Science Technology and Management (ICSTM), on Recent Advances in Engineering and Technology (ICRAET), on Medical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences (ICMBPS), on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (ICMAE), on Environment and Natural Science (ICENS), on Economics and Business Management (ICEBM), on Civil and Architectural Engineering (ICCAE), on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision Engineering (ICCARVE).

    Website: iastem.org/conference.php?dt=2017-05&place=Kiev,%20Ukraine

    May 17-22
    XIV Ukrainian Art Week

    Central Artist House (1-5 Sichovykh Striltsiv Str.)

    ХІV International exhibition “Ukrainian Art Week” includes 3 sections: fair-exhibition, competitive program and the program of workshops, lectures, and meetings. You can visit the competition in
    painting, graphic arts, plastic arts, photography, design, textile, etc.

    Website: www.facebook.com/UkrainskaNedeliaIskusstv

    May 18-19
    Ukrainian Diaspora Business Forum

    The Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (33 Velyka Zhytomyrska Str.)
    The first Ukrainian Diaspora Business Forum will be conducted on May 18-19 under a slogan “Ukrainians of the world – for Ukraine.” This project is aimed to develop economic and strategic ties between Ukrainian business and Ukrainian businessmen overseas, patriots of Ukraine; to help in exporting Ukrainian products and services to foreign markets; to attract investment in the Ukrainian economy; to encourage the experienced managers from abroad to participate in the processes of reforming of Ukrainian economy using their practical achievements.

    Website: www.facebook.com/events/1417170961647591

    May 30
    II Energy Congress

    Fairmont Grand Hotel (1 Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska Str.)
    II Energy Congress is the great and among the most relevant and influential events on the Ukrainian market of traditional, renewable energy and energy efficiency, the leading platform for a dialogue between government and business that brings together professionals from Ukraine and abroad. During the event, the solutions to such key issues in the energy sector of Ukraine will be discussed: energy strategy of Ukraine 2035, the prospects for oil and gas, opportunities for renewable energy, Electricity market reform etc.

    Website: noblesfortune.com/calendar/2017/2-energy-congress

    SPORTS

    May 26-28
    Race Horizon Park

    An international cycling road race (category UCI) which is held annually in the capital of Ukraine during the celebration of the Day of Kiev, this year will take place on May 26-28. Following UCI Rules, the first 20 racers who cross the finish straight receive their awards. Totally, the prize fund accounts for 10 818 Euro. Registration for teams ends on 10 May 2016. Men up to 23 years may participate.

    Website: www.racehorizonpark.com

    May 28
    The 25th annual Chestnut Run

    Mykhailivska Square
    I would totally agree that the Chestnut Run is the most massive sports and charitable event in Ukraine. Traditionally it takes place every year since 1993, opening the festivities of the Day of Kyiv. The funds raised during the charitable event will be directed to purchase of the necessary equipment and medical supplies for the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery MoH Ukraine. The event is aimed at strengthening the positive attitude to a healthy lifestyle and developing the tradition of mutual help and volunteering. Start: 10 am.

    Website: probeg.kiev.ua

    HOLIDAYS

    May 01-02 Labour Day Holiday (National holiday, day off)

    May 09 Victory Day over Nazism in World War II (National holiday, day off)

    May 14 Mother’s Day

    May 20 Europe Day (all celebrations will be conducted on May 14 that is related with Eurovision Song Contest held in Kiev)

    May 28 Kiev Day