Top Events in June/July 2018

One of the most eventful seasons is knocking at our doors. We have been waiting for summer for such a long time this year in Ukraine. Kyiv is practically beaming right now, packed with festivals, concerts and other various events for the hottest time of the year. Music lovers, sports buffs, foodies, businessmen, what a splendid summer you are going to have!

FESTIVALS

June 9-10
O-FEST 2018

City Park in Bucha, Spivoche Pole (25 Lavrska Str.)
Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta ( 53/3 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)

The VIth International Music and Theater Festival “O-FEST 2018” is going to get together talented people from Ukraine and abroad.
On June 9 artistic events will take place in picturesque Bucha Landscape Park; on June 10 it will be a Gala Concert at the Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta.
The theme of “O-FEST 2018” is an operetta-opera-musical. Within a framework of the festival, the leading artists, musicians and conductors from all over the world: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Canada, China, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine will demonstrate their skills in these very genres.
Among the guests, there will be the Ambassadors of participating countries, leading political, cultural and public figures. O-FEST is a crucial event for the development of international cultural relations, promotion of the musical and theatrical art of different countries.

Website: www.facebook.com/ofest.ua

June 10
Jack Russell Kyiv 2018

Jack Russell Kyiv is an already famous parade of the legendary Jack Russell and Parson Terrier breeds. The first JRT Parade was considered the most awaited event of the summer. It will be even more flamboyant and funnier this year.
This year’s carnival, masquerade procession, will start at 11 am in 36 Khreshchatyk Street, proceed across Maidan Nezhalezhnosti, and finish at Kontraktova Square, where the ceremonial part will take place with contests and valuable prizes. All the procession will be accompanied with your favorite soundtracks from “The Mask” movie. The main goal of this event is to raise money for an animal shelter and help other dogs to find owners.
Pre-registration for the participants is required.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/1789518078045253/

June 10
Francophonie Day, the Day of Kostolna Street

Kostolna Str.
On June 10 leave your vehicles at home, and welcome to a European fair with a French charm in Kostolna Street, which becomes a pedestrian once a year to celebrate life in the spirit of ‘très français’. The organizer of the event, the family of restaurants FAMILLE Très FRANÇAIS is preparing lots of entertaining events to make you remember this day until next year. One of the most historic streets of the city will be turned into a bright holiday with a street theater, 2 music scenes with non-stop groups and DJs performances, culinary master classes, a children’s area with permanent entertainment and activities, a photo exhibition, a food court with delicacies from around the world etc. Perhaps, you dream of learning French or studying in French-speaking country? There will be also an educational zone to push you forward. Bienvenue!
Entrance is free.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/2022136354764712

June 15 – 16
White Nights

Art-Platforma (1A Bilomorska Str.)
It is not necessary to go to St. Petersburg to enjoy “white nights”, you know? The bright musical event “White Nights” is one of the most awaited parties in the capital. Thousands of visitors are going to dance together until the early morning, take cool photos, and exchange sincere smiles. More than 100 musicians of different music genres, 5 dance floors, creative zones for taking selfies and art installations, bright light and atmosphere as if at the European parties. It will be exactly one of the brightest and longest night blowouts at the beginning of the summer season. Nights that you will not forget. Nights of freedom and dances. Nights which are somehow brighter than the day!
Entrance fee: for Early birds – UAH 549 for two days, UAH 299 for one day

Website: www.facebook.com/whitenightskiev

June 21-24
BeLive Festival

Olympiyskiy National Sports Complex (55 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
BeLive is a large-scale festival, consisting of many great festivals. It will unite various entertainment such as cinema, music, stand up shows, arts, education, extreme sports, children’s entertainment, street food, etc. into the gigantic “festival” in the heart of Kyiv. The British Jamiroquai – kings of funk – together with its leader and frontman Jay Kay will perform as one of the headliners of this event during the first festival day.
Entrance fee: festival tickets – UAH 1150 (Fan) for all days, UAH 1550 (Golden Fan)

Website: www.facebook.com/events/208194649917055

June 23-24
Charity Kurazh Bazar Flower Power

Art-Platforma (1A Bilomorska Str.)
Charity Kurazh Bazar is an event held every year at Art-Platforma. The participants will sell used things, beauties will take photos, everybody will be able to enjoy the truly warm atmosphere.
There won’t be any rules this time. Put on your hippy jeans and boho dresses, bracelets and bright scarves or buy them right on the spot, and plunge into the positive atmosphere of freedom, love, happiness, and harmony. The ticket can be bought on the spot.
Entrance fee: UAH 70

Website: www.facebook.com/events/806224619565134

June 23
The Greatest Yoga Session in Ukraine
“Marathon Without Rush”

The main stage is located near TSUM/Kyiv City State Administration (36 Khreshchatyk Str.)
Whether you are already a yoga enthusiast or just a curious Kyiv citizen or guest, June is a hot time to bring your yoga talent to light! Why? Because in June, the month of endless days and bright sunshine, all the world celebrates the International Day of Yoga (on June 21, as introduced by a United Nations decision in 2015). On this occasion, the Embassy of India in Ukraine traditionally organizes a special event on a main Kyiv street called the “Marathon Without Rush.”

Imagine thousands of people gathering on a fine summer evening (June 23) on the central Khreshchatyk street and participating in a mass yoga session. The event will be guided by the Indian ambassador, His Excellency Manoj Bharti, who invites everyone to enjoy this celebration of healthy lifestyles and spiritual harmony, to dedicate some time to physical, mental, and spiritual development, and to mark the 26th anniversary of friendship between India and Ukraine!

Last year’s event was the biggest mass yoga session ever held in Ukraine. Representatives from Ukraine’s National Register of Records estimated that 1,517 people simultaneously performed this ancient Indian practice! This time the goal is even more ambitious. We will try to beat the European record by getting 4,000 people doing yoga together. We believe that with your help we can gather even more!

As you arrive, find our Kiev Check-in team there. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome our active readers with the new branded t-shirts. Let’s feel the harmony and make a difference altogether!

Admission is free. All you need to bring with you is a yoga mat and an excellent mood!

Website: www.facebook.com/events/460797271019487/

Photo by Vitalii Zaporozhets
Good to know:
Numerous additional activities will be held at Mariyinsky Park on June 21, from 4 to 9 p.m. Among them are traditional Indian dances, extraordinary master classes, a journey to Indian cuisine, traditional tea ceremonies and many more exciting discoveries.
July 4-8
Atlas Weekend 2018

Expocenter of Ukraine (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.)
Atlas Weekend is a definite must for every festival-goer. It is one of the largest Ukrainian open-air music and performing arts festival which gathers crowds of visitors and super talented musicians from Ukraine and abroad. Apart from music, the festival features such attractions as dance, poetry, numerous stalls and bars serving food and drinks, a kid’s area, markets etc. Such famous bands and singers as Tom Odell, Lost Frequencies, The Chemical Brothers, Nothing But Thieves are going to perform there this year. The main purpose of the festival is the development of Ukrainian festival culture and popularization of Ukrainian music.

Entrance fee: UAH 1700 for all festival days

Website: www.facebook.com/atlasweekend

July 6-7
Ivana Kupala Night

Are you ready to leap over bonfire and start looking for a fern-flower? Ivana Kupala Holiday is one of the most exciting holidays in Ukraine with lots of mysteries, rituals, and traditions to observe. Seize the opportunity to visit numerous events organized honoring The Ivana Kupala in Kyiv at the Pirogovo Open-Air Museum (Akademika Tronko Ave.), Feofaniya Park (32 Akademika Lebedeva Ave.) and Mamayeva Sloboda Kossack Village (2 Mykhaila Dontsya Str.). The lighting of the Kupala fire, fortune-telling on the wreaths, leaping over flames, folk songs, and ethno-disco in the open air are waiting for you here. Suggested dress for the event: embroidered or any traditional Ukrainian clothes.

July 13-15
Midsummer Grand SALE #madeinukraine

Kontraktova Square
When we see the word “SALE”, our eyes immediately become round, don’t they? They will open even wider when you pay a visit to Midsummer Grand SALE #madeinukraine event. Cool shopping from Ukrainian brands together with a fair, food courts, live music and concerts, lounge area and children’s entertainment assures unforgettable impressions. Grab friends, take a glass of champagne, and start your hunting for “more precious than gold” products #madeinukraine!
Entrance is free.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/335952813566402

July 13-15
Santa Muerte Carnival

Art-Platforma (1A Bilomorska Str.)
If you dream of visiting Mexico, if you are a great fan of tequila and fajita or just seeking for vivid memories, meet the first night carnival in Kyiv with a round of applause! Santa Muerte Carnival by Ulichnaya Eda is incredibly colorful and hot, like a Mexican summer.
The event will be completely imbued with the atmosphere of one of the most mysterious and mystical holidays in the world that came to us from Mexico – Santa Muerte. The event starts at 4 pm and continues until dawn. It would be great if you put on a thematic costume and do appropriate make-up. At any rate, Bienvenidos!

Website: www.facebook.com/events/344838992587398

July 25-26
UPark Festival

Dynamo Stadium named after Valeriy Lobanovskyi (3 Grushevskogo Str.)
UPark Festival is the Ukrainian music festival, where such famous participants as RHCP, Muse, HURTS, NBT, performed the previous years. This year you are welcomed to see the live performance of Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Bonobo, Tove Lo, Young Fathers, Little Dragon, Kaleo etc. The festival continues to expand its lineup, and along with the number of participants, the number of light, sound, special effects and other equipment that musicians bring to Kyiv will also increase!

Entrance fee: from UAH 999 for one festival day.

Website: www.facebook.com/uparkfestival

CONCERTS & THEATRE

June 7, 14, 15, 19, 21, 26
Jazz on the beach

Trukhaniv Island
If you combine the two ingredients, summer, and jazz, you will get a portion of incredible pleasure. Sunset, relaxed atmosphere, lightness and live music are waiting for you on the warm sand of Trukhaniv Island.
Entrance fee: UAH 300-400

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarcoConcert/events/?ref=page_internal

June 14
Cigarettes After Sex

Atlas (37-41 Sichovykh Striltstiv Str.)
The authors of one of the most romantic and subtle album of the last year will present their debut album in Kyiv on June 14 at Atlas Club. Cigarettes After Sex is a slowcore and ambient pop, originally from Texas. Their music has appeared as a random experiment, and now accompanies Calvin Klein fashion shows, sounds in the cinema and collects full halls of the grateful public in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Ordinary situations of some relationships will be transformed into a film, accompanied with darkness, concert “smoke”, and the music of Cigarettes After Sex as a soundtrack to it. You are invited to the session.

Entrance fee: UAH 990 (Fan)

Website: concert.ua/ru/eventpage/cigarettes-after-sex

June 22
«The best of Hans Zimmer»

The National Philharmonic of Ukraine (2 Volodymyrskyi Uzviz)
There is eternal music, and more often they are the hits from our favorite movies. «The best of Hans Zimmer» will help you to plunge into the atmosphere of the most beloved ones and re-experience the coolest moments. Soundtracks from “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Rain Man”, “The Lion King”, “Gladiator”, “King Arthur”, “Crimson Tide”, performed by National Academic Brass Band will not leave anyone indifferent.

Entrance fee: from UAH 80 to UAH 400

Website: www.facebook.com/events/101554447377714

July 6
Besame Mucho

Cinema “Kinopanorama” (19 Shota Rustaveli Str.)
The most famous hits of Italian, Cuban and Mexican music, represented in non-standard, jazz variation, this is “Besame Mucho” (“Tu vuo fa l`Americano”), new concert program by “Franckyjazz” band. A key definition of the program’s style is the mastery of mixing several cultures. Get ready to immerse in an era, known as a period of “fusion” of musical traditions – Italian music, American jazz and Latin rhythms. It will be a complete pleasure for your eyes, ears, and soul. Join!

Entrance fee: from UAH 120 to UAH 400

Website: concert.ua/ru/eventpage/besame-mucho

July 13
JUAN CARDENAS & PIANO FLAMENCO BAND

CARIBBEAN club (4 Symona Petlury Str.)
Are you ready for 70 minutes of passion and crazy rhythms? The Spanish singer of flamenco, Juan Cardenas, and Ukrainian band Piano Flamenco Band, will make you dance till you drop with your heart burning. The struggle of feelings, stunning authoring arrangements of famous Spanish authors, passionate choreography will get a true Spanish character. Juan is also a master of playing the cajón, whose sound adds to the flamenco music even more magic. See you in the ocean of passion!

Entrance fee: from UAH 180

Website: concert.ua/uk/eventpage/juan-cardenas

July 18
FINK

Zelenyi Teatr (2 Parkova Road)

The stunning author and singer Fink Greenall from the UK organically combines blues, rock, folk, indie pop, electronics in his songs. In 2015 the artist rejoiced the Ukrainian public for the first time, and now he is coming back with his new album Resurgam. Fink has been recognized as one of the brightest British songwriters over the past two decades and conquers the audience with his powerful charisma, the power of music and voice.
Entrance fee: UAH 759 (Fan)

Website: concert.ua/uk/eventpage/fink

July 19
ZEDD

Stereo Plaza (119 Lobanovskogo Ave.)

Meet a super cool performance by a world-famous DJ, musician and producer ZEDD at Stereo Plaza concert hall on July 19. ZEDD is the winner of the GRAMMY Award, the author of multi-platinum albums, the brightest star in the world of pop and electronic scene. He collaborates with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and this definitely means that you cannot miss this brilliant show. Superstar ZEDD superstar is coming to us! How dare you miss it?

Entrance fee: UAH 649 (Fan)

Website: www.facebook.com/events/216256058929642

July 14
Happy Birthday, Coyote Ugly

9a Mechnykova Str.
Coyote Ugly, a lively, sexy and raucous saloon known for crazy parties—and dancing on the bar!— invites you to enjoy a grand celebration of its 5th birthday on July 14. The bar is expecting more than a thousand guests, and you’ll want to be one of them!

Don’t miss:
The foam party craze featuring a dance floor covered with several feet of foam, birthday performances by the brash and beautiful Coyotes in gorgeous costumes, resident and guest-star DJs, a visit by a famous artist (top secret!), a free bar from 10 to 11 p.m., a birthday cake auction, and many more surprises. This will be unlike any other party you’ve ever been to!

About the Bar:
Ugly Coyote is a U.S.-based chain of 29 outstanding themed bars in various countries. Kyiv’s branch of this legendary franchise goes back to 2013, when two Ukrainian businessmen went to America and were inspired by the bar’s unusual concept and crazy-fun atmosphere. They decided that Ukraine’s capital deserved something like it, and successfully launched Ugly Coyote in Kyiv as an American franchise.

Today, at Coyote Ugly you’ll find the longest and widest bar counter in Kyiv, fantastic body shots served up by beautiful female bartenders (called Coyotes), and spectacular dancing on the bar. Note, only ladies are allowed to dance on the bar, unless a man decides to show off his dancing talents too, by choosing this option from a crazy menu (UAH 1500).

What really makes this place one of a kind is the Coyotes, who create an unforgettable atmosphere every night. There are coyote-bartenders, coyote-captains (performing the role of MC), and coyote-waiters, all of whom have gone through a lot of training to master their skills and create those brilliant shows every night. You will find them impressing visitors with new dance routines on the bar, serving cocktails, and generally entertaining guests.
Coyotes have numerous privileges and freedom to make their own judgments at work. So be aware that if you behave disagreeably she may just decide not to serve you. At Coyote Ugly, women run the show.
Seem intriguing? Then this wildly energetic bar will definitely wow you on July 14!
Join the Coyote dancers, guests and owners for this very special day for Coyote Ugly. See you there!

Website: coyoteugly.com.ua

BUSINESS & EXHIBITIONS

June 6-9
AGRO-2018

Expocenter of Ukraine (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.)
The 30th International Agricultural Exhibition AGRO 2018 will take place in Kyiv from the 6th till the 9th of June. AGRO is the leading exhibition for agriculture, agricultural machinery, livestock farming, alternative energy, and food industry in Ukraine. Furthermore, AGRO is one of the largest agricultural exhibitions of the CIS and Eastern Europe. Special attention is given to novelties of agricultural equipment and technologies, high-performance breeds of domestic animals etc.

Website: www.agroexpo.in.ua

June 14-16
Business Dinner by Design

Art Ukraine Gallery (102-104 Antonovycha Str.)
Business Dinner by Design is a unique design project for interior and culinary art, organized by SEVEN I.D.M.G. On June 14, at the cocktail party, the created interior art zones will be demonstrated to the guests, accompanied by musical rhythms, flashes of soffits, alcoholic cocktails and refined snacks from restaurateurs. On June 15, there will be a business dinner in design areas under live accompaniment, awarding prizes, and a lot of pleasant surprises as well. During the daytime, the expositions will be available in the exhibition mode for everyone to enjoy and be inspired with.

Entrance fee: UAH 600 (the cocktail party, June 14), UAH 100 (the exhibition, June 15-16)

Website: www.facebook.com/events/2026152920931058

June 14
Sweden-Ukraine Business Forum

Hyatt Regency Kyiv (5 Alla Tarasova Str.)
Supported by the Swedish business community since its start in 2012, Sweden-Ukraine Business Forum is a great platform for learning more about bilateral trade, recent reforms and changes in business environment, meeting the representatives of Swedish and Ukrainian companies and exploring business cooperation opportunities.
Besides, there will be a special workshop on the latest developments regarding arbitration, organized by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the world’s second largest institution for settlement of investment disputes.

Website: www.subf.com.ua

June 15
VII International architecture forum 2018

Premier Palace Hotel (5-7/29 T. Shevchenka Blvd., Pushkinska Str.)
An International architecture forum is an annual event that unites Ukrainian and foreign professionals in the field of architecture, design, real estate, and construction.The program of the International Architecture Forum includes reports of foreign and Ukrainian architects (live presentations), demonstration of the latest technologies and products as well as discussions, and short 5-minute practical presentations. The mission of the International Architectural Forum is the dissemination of advanced architectural thought among Ukrainian professionals.

Website: architecturedesign.com.ua

SPORTS

June 24
The third charity Run with Dogs

Park Druzhby Narodiv
Take your four-legged friend, and get ready to experience together what it’s like to respond to the command “BITE!”. There are such distances to overcome as 1 km and 3 km, 5 km for runners without dogs, and 500 m for children. If you do not have a pet, it does not matter as you can take your friends or the whole family and have fun together.

Website: /www.facebook.com/events/152108405623742

June 23-24
Night Marathon Fest

Vyshgorod
You wonder how to combine sports and entertainment. The Night Marathon Fest, the legendary format of racing events all over the world, will give you such an opportunity. You can set a personal record on a smooth and high-speed track and have fun in the family and friends’ circle. Choose your distance – classic marathon (42,195 km), half marathon (21,1 km), double-mini marathon (8,4 km) or ekiden (relay race,5 x 8,4), and here you go! Though it is a sports event you will also be able to taste delicious burgers, enjoy craft beer, and dance at the music show. The start is at 23:59, June 23, 2018, on the embankment of Vyshgorod, so it is also a great chance to meet the dawn over the Kyiv Sea.

Website: gonka.com.ua/events/night-marathon-fest-2018

July 1
Basketball. Ukraine — Latvia

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)
One of the key matches for our team of the kick-off round qualification of the World Basketball Championship starts in Kyiv. On July 1, our team will meet the team of the strongest players from Latvia to find out who is worthy to pass to the next stage. Ukraine – Latvia is an important match on the way to the World Cup.
The situation will be as tense as it could be, and the game is promised to be spectacular. Come to support our sportsmen!
Entrance fee: from UAH 60

Website: kontramarka.ua/ru/event/basketbol-zbirna-ukraini-zbirna-latvii-46054-58154.html

July 8
United Drift Challenge (UDC-2018)

Autodrome Chaika, Chayka village, (2 Antonova Str.)
If you want to see the best drift drivers from Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, to find out what a real auto show is, and to get maximum impressions, United Drift Challenge is your kind of action. Drifting is a driving style in which the driver uses the throttle, brakes, clutch, gear shifting and steering input to keep the car in a state of oversteer while maneuvering from turn to turn. The international race track “Chaika” is already familiar for fans of drift in Ukraine, and neighboring countries. It is rather dangerous, and it doesn’t forgive mistakes. The smoke of burned rubber, the axle of driving wheels, the deep slip will turn out into a mad spectacle, which you have been waiting for a long time.
Come for breathtaking emotions at 11 am on July 8.
Entrance fee: from UAH 399 (Fan)

Website: www.facebook.com/events/1433054450157991

July 28-29
Adrenalin Wakesurf Open 2018

SFERA Beach Club, X-Park, Park Druzhby Narodiv
The third wake surfing championship in Ukraine Adrenalin Wakesurf Open 2018 is gathering all the surfers and fans of the waves! You will enjoy the real surfing, performances of foreign athletes, Adrenalin Kids Camp, entertaining music, numerous contests and sports activities. Overall, it’s an excellent opportunity to try some active rest on the sunny island without having to get out from the city.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/137545220426951

HOLIDAYS

June 01 – International Day for Protection of Children
June 06 – Journalist Day
June 21 – International Day of Yoga
June 24 – Youth Day
June 28 – Constitution Day (National holiday, day off)
July 06 – International Kissing Day
July 07 – Ivana Kupala Holiday
July 08 – Family Day in Ukraine
July 28 – Day of Baptism of Rus