Top Events Calendar
October / November 2018

Photo credit to: Dzhul Irina (Instagram: @irinadzhul)

FESTIVALS

Oct 20-21
Happy Birthday “Kurazh Bazaar” Flashback 90’s

Expocenter of Ukraine (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.)
Bang! Our favourite “Kurazh Bazaar” turns 3 years old! Get your rollerblades out from the wardrobe, put on bike shorts and neon windbreaker with cool oakleys because this time we are partying in the style of 90’s! A lot of exotic photo zones, mouthwatering food courts, vintage bargains, and music sessions are promised! Smells like teen spirit, ha? 🙂
Tickets: UAH 50. If you dressed up like a damn hot 90’s dandy – entrance is free!

Website: www.facebook.com/events/171979500068277

Oct 20
Whiskey Dram

Mystetskyi Arsenal (10-12 Lavrska Str.)
Are you a whiskey-geek? Or you just have discovered the world of malt and want to understand the basics? Or just eager to spend an unusual weekend? The Whiskey Dram will be equally interesting to everyone. Here, you can find more than 350 of malt under one roof, the selective whiskey zone with rare positions, an updated lecture format, international ambassadors of your favorite whiskey brands and representatives of those units, that have never been in Ukraine before! Whiskey Dram is not a simple festival about whiskey, it’s about people, who create it and those who just love it. Cheers!

Website: concert.ua/ru/event/whisky-dram

Oct 27, 10 pm
Halloween Party Night at Coyote Ugly Bar

9A Mechnikova Str.
Coyote Ugly, a lively, sexy and raucous saloon known for crazy parties—and dancing on the bar!— invites you to enjoy a vibrant and unforgettable Halloween celebration.
Coyote Ugly Bar is a legend, a little universe of its own where coyote girls run the business. This famous anti-glam bar officially opened its doors in Kyiv on July 10, 2013, and since then has become a beloved destination for people looking to let their hair down and have some fun.
It’s one of the most popular places in Kyiv to celebrate Halloween because of its truly festive atmosphere. Halloween is a big night that typically draws more than 1,300 guests dressed in fancy costumes with crazy hairstyles and great makeup. The coyote girls also look “awfully” beautiful, so much so that you may forget to make your order.
The interior of the bar is always decorated in a fun and frightening theme for the holiday. There will be a varied program for the night with a uniquely scary show, a popular DJ, a new “signature” dance by the coyote girls, and a prize for the best costume.
To be sure to get a table, reserve two weeks ahead; otherwise, you may find yourself having to dance all night till you drop. Then get ready to put on your scariest costume ever and have a blast at Coyote Ugly!

+38 044 363 06 88
+38 063 670 23 73

Website: www.facebook.com/CoyoteUglyKiev

Oct 27
Nordic Night 2018

Kyiv History Museum (7 Bohdana Khmelnyts’koho Str.)
This year the North is coming to Ukraine earlier than winter.
On 27th of October, the second Nordic Night will take place at the Museum of Kyiv History. The event is supported by Embassies of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as the Nordic Council.
The Nordic Night at the Museum will create a perfect immersion into the Nordic way of life by sharing the key values of the Nordics and inspire guests by giving an authentic experience and creating a warm friendly atmosphere.

3 floors of the Museum of Kiev History will be transformed into the display of the Nordic countries with multiple activities exploring Nordic cultures and their special features through music, games, exciting discussions and talks, various workshops – on dance, cycling, cuisine, and much more. So the guests will have a chance to taste different aspects of the Nordic life.

They we are aiming to favor the exchanges between Ukrainians and Nordics, some corners and activities will be oriented to the English speaking audience.

Tickets for Nordic Night 2018 can be purchased online at TicketForEvent and starting on 22nd of October – at the ticket desk at the Museum of Kyiv History. At the entrance on 27th of October tickets can be purchased for 300 UAH.

Follow the event’s page for updates!

Website: www.facebook.com/events/299765667287565

Oct 30-31, 8 pm
Halloween at the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum

Mikhail Bulgakov Museum (13 Andriyivskyy Descent)
On the eve of the most magical night of the year, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum will be transformed into a place of magic and mystery. This evening is a chance to drop in on the Great Ball and promenade around an old house, plunging into stories drawn from books of legend.
Are you brave enough to explore the hidden corners of this mysterious house?
Dress code: For women, black and silver, with a shiny element. For men, black and white; bow ties welcome.
Ticket price: UAH 400
16 +

Website: www.facebook.com/events/308379663076744

October 31, 8 pm
Ball at Woland

D 12 (12, Desyatynna Street)
On October 31, all souls in the capital are invited to the ball! With 1,100 square meters of mystical space for dancing, entertainment and memorable experiences, this is one of the biggest Halloween parties anywhere, all based on Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita.”
Ticket price: UAH 700
Website: www.facebook.com/events/317953625419283

Oct 27
Halloween at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts

15-17 Tereshchenkivska Str.
This Museum of Western and Oriental Art has one of the largest collections of foreign art objects of Ukraine. Every year it organizes something special to celebrate Halloween, and this year as you may have guessed is not an exception.
On November 3, you will have a brilliant opportunity to visit the museum for free and get involved in “scary” excursions on the West European exposition if you come in frightfully good costumes.
Also, this year the specialist in Buddhism will take you for a walk of the truly terrible Eastern practices. The ancient masters of the East attained great heights of self-improvement implementing these practices but some of them were lost in the meditative state forever.
Keep in mind that this tour is not for the faint-hearted, and it is 18+.

+38 044 235 32 90

Website: www.facebook.com/khanenkomuseum

Oct 26-27
ZooBonusFEST-2018

UBI Conference Hall (8 Dorohozhytska Str.)
The major autumn event – a spectacular holiday for pet owners and their fluffy friends – ZooBonusFEST-2018! The organizer promises to deliver an exciting show program, conferences and workshops for zoo specialists and animal owners, and food tasting as well as real culinary pleasures for the pets. You will also have a chance to get free consultation and advice on pet care from leading veterinarians and zoo nutrition specialists.

Website: www.facebook.com/ZooBonusFEST

Nov 10
“IX Kyiv International blues festival

Cinema House (6 Saksahanskoho Str.)
For the ninth time, Kyiv will host an event that is considered a popular “must perform” for many artists and “must-visit” for real Blues fans. This year the festival’s agenda will surprise guests with a record number of participants from 6 countries, among which is international band led by Neil Nolen (USA) who has been performing his fiery blues-hit program from Australia to Canada for more than 30 years!
Tickets: UAH 250-600.

Website: concert.ua/en/event/marco-concert-kievskii-mezhdunarodnyi-festival-blyuza

CONCERTS & THEATRE

Oct 19
7 PM
The HARDKISS. Iron Swallow ”

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
Boom! The HARDKISS are back with a new album – “Iron Swallow”, and ready to surprise you on Oct 19 at the Palace of Sports. Julia Sanina – the soloist of the band – compares new album to the cocoon, with its own atmosphere. The lyrics will become more intimate, while the sound of the tracks will convert into electronic and most of the songs will be performed in Ukrainian.
Tickets: UAH 200 – 800

Website: kiev.karabas.com/thehardkiss-kyiv

Oct 19-20
7 PM
Children of the night

National Opera of Ukraine (50 Volodymyrska Str.)
October 19-20 features the performance Children of the Night by the world-famous prima ballerina Kateryna Kukhar and her husband, professional dancer Alexander Stoyanov, at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. You will witness fantastic continuation of the story about Androgin, a mythical creature who was composed of two persons with one head, but became too dismissive of his power and was punished afterwards – divided into two parts: male and female. “Children of the Night” combines the classical academic tradition and the latest light and graphic solutions that create a real magical atmosphere for you to feel deeply the performance.
Tickets: UAH 100 – 2500

Website: opera.com.ua/afisha/diti-nochi-pislyapoludneviy-son

Oct 20
7 PM
Charles Aznavour

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (103 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
For the first time, one of the greatest singer-songwriters that France has ever known, 93 years old living legend Charles Aznavour is coming to Kyiv with his best hits! Most successful French crooner has released more than 1300 songs that were likely listened even by your grandmother! Take a unique chance to listen to “Une vie d’amour”, “Les Comédiens”, “La Boheme”, “For Mama”, “The Old Fashioned Way” – those songs that will remain in the memory of people for many years to come…
Tickets: UAH 990 – 9490

Website: kiev.karabas.com/sharl-aznavur

Oct 20
7 PM
Besame mucho

Kinopanorama Cinema (19 Shota Rustaveli Str.)
Ami l’italia? Or America? Both? Then the “Franckyjazz” collective has something cool for you! Their new “Besame Mucho”program includes the most famous hits of Italian, Cuban and Mexican music which are presented in non-standard, jazz interpretation. A key definition of the program is the masterful combination of several cultures: Italian vibes together with American jazz in the “Tu vuo fa l`Americano” composition, as well as English language accompanied by latin rhythms in the “Sway” song. See ya there, amico!
Tickets: UAH 150 – 450

Website: kiev.karabas.com/besame-mucho-1

Oct 23
7 PM
KOVACS

Zhovtnevyi Palace (1 Instytutska Str.)
Her voice is compared to Nina Simone, her songs are frank and sincere story about herself – drug problems, ex lover experiences and the lack of parental attention. No wonder critics have already called the singer “the most vivid and most inspired project of the last decade.” Dutch diva Sharon Kovacs together with her band is coming to the capital to present her new album “Cheap Smell” and surprise you with piercing tango motifs. Tickets: UAH 750 – 2690

Website: kiev.karabas.com/kovacs

Oct 26
7 PM
Olya Polyakova. “Queen of the night” premier

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
Main Ukrainian singing blonde is back with astonishing concert program – “Queen of the night”. Her previous “Olya Polyakova”, “Encore” shows gained unsurpassed success gathering more than 60 cities together, while extraordinary concert conceptions got into Ukrainian Record Book! On October 26 you will witness even more impressive production, charming appearances, and lively humor.
Tickets: UAH 190 – 2490

Website: anshlag.com.ua/concerts/olya-polyakova

Oct 27
7 PM
80’s Party

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
Pop-legends of golden disco era will visit Ukrainian capital to amaze you with 3 hour concert and transfer to the most dancing period of the previous century – incendiary 80s! CC Catch, Bad Boys Blue, Joy, Lian Ross and a lot more other legends of the century will bring all the nostalgic fans to the insane party with bright staging and modern choreography. You will dance, you will sing, you will shout and “loose your heart tonight”!
Tickets: UAH 650 – 1950

Website: kiev.karabas.com/diskoteka-80h

Nov 1
7 PM
Dan Balan

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
Are you ready to hang out with the most popular singer of the 2000? Dan Balan worked with Rihanna and T.I., performed together with Massive Attack and Vera Brezhneva, and was even nominated for Grammy Awards. Now Moldavian musician is coming to Kyiv to conquer your body and soul with famous Numa Numa, Chica Bomb and other fiery songs. Stay tuned!
Tickets: UAH 410 – 1610

Website: bilethouse.com/events/event/6279?seans=28759

Nov 2
7 PM
Adriano Celentano Tribute Show

Zhovtnevyi Palace (1 Instytutska Str.)
“It seems like there are two of us”- said Celentano after visiting his tribute show. Indeed “Lui e gliamici delRe” is known as the best tribute show of Adriano Celentano, while the soloist of the band – Adolfo Sebastiane – is a total copy of grand Italian singer. Despite the fact that maestro doesn’t tour any more, on November 2, his “gang” will perform all the best hits at the Zhovtnevyi Palace. Real Italian vibes and cascade of emotions are promised!
Tickets: UAH 200-1200

Website: kiev.karabas.com/en/lui-e-gliamici-delre-trib-yut-shou-adriano-celentano

Nov 5
7 PM
Birkin Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique

Zhovtnevyi Palace (1 Instytutska Str.)
Jane Birkin is known, first of all, as an actress, but after the acquaintance with famous French composer Serge Gainsbourg became a musician as well. In 1969, they released an erotic record known for the title track “Je t’aime … moi non plus”. A lot of things has changed since that time, but Birkin still performs and now together with Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Nakajima she travels all around the world with the “Birkin /Gainsbourg” programme accompanied by a symphony orchestra. On November 5, seize an opportunity to hear it live from the stage of the Zhovtnevyi Palace.
Tickets: UAH 390-2990

Website: kiev.karabas.com/birkin-gainsbourg-the-symphonic

Nov 10
7 PM
DakhaBrakha

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (103 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
David Beckham used their song as a soundtrack in a commercial for his football grooming brand, Glastonberry and Bonnaroo festivals gladly invite them every year, while in “Fargo” TV Series you can hear familiar “Sho z-pid duba” song. This is all about famous Ukrainian ethnic quartet – DakhaBrakha! Having experimented with Ukrainian folk music and adding some Indian, Arabic, African and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. You will hear unique musical instruments like darbuka, tabla, didgeridoo, djembe, percussion, bugay, zgaleyka and a lot more! Tickets: UAH 450-1950

Website: kiev.karabas.com/dahabraha

Nov 14
8 PM
Sting&Shaggy THE 44/876 TOUR

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
Ukrainian beautiful capital – Kyiv will host a two-hour musical journey and one of the most long-awaited concerts of the year. Within the European tour of Sting and Shaggy, two famous musicians will present songs from the recently released “44/876” album, as well as perform our beloved hits – “Shape of my heart”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Englishman In New York”, “Message In A Bottle” and many others. Tickets: UAH 1790 – 9900

Website: kiev.karabas.com/sting

Nov 15
7 PM
Jah Khalib

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Str.)
A famous rapper and beatmaker from Kazakhstan, who is compared to the Canadian hip-hop star Drake, performs in such a clear language and tells the stories so easily that it’s impossible not to join his rocking vibe. All the best hits will be performed at a big solo concert and no one knows for sure how long it will last! Tickets: UAH 490-3000

Website: kiev.karabas.com/jah-khalib

Nov 22
8 PM
Kadebostany

Atlas (37-41 Sychovykh Stryltsyv Str.)
Swiss pop-quartet Kadebostany are coming to Kyiv in context of their world tour to present new album “Monumental”. Apart from that, they will play songs that made them famous – “Crazy in love” (Beyoncé cover) and “Castle in the snow” which has more than 21 million reviews on YouTube. Rhythmic and passionate dances accompanied by brass will create unforgettable show while charming voices of the band will bring a magical aura that you will remember for many years to come!
Tickets: UAH 600-1500

Website: kiev.karabas.com/kadebostany

Nov 28
7 PM
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (103 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
A grandiose concert dedicated to the centenary of National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will be held in the capital. They are considered the most famous symphony collective in South Europe. During the last 25 years, the orchestra recorded more than 100 compact discs and traveled all around the globe with their killing repertoire: from Barroco era to modern avant-garde! Tickets: UAH 210-700

Website: palace-ukraine.com/afisha/558-sumfonichuy-orkestr-ukrainu

BUSINESS & EXHIBITIONS

Oct 1 – Nov 15
“Living Dinosaurs”

Expocenter of Ukraine (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.)
Thousands of children adore these prehistoric creatures: buy books, toys and play computer games. This autumn you can please your kiddo with a unique exhibition of the most natural reproduction of the giant inhabitants of our planet. 24 installations executed in real size, have colors corresponding to their species, texture, moves and even sounds!
Apart from the installations, guests will discover unknown details about their existence and paint a dinosaur at hand-made zone. Let’s transfer to the Mesozoic Era together!
Tickets: adults UAH 160, kids UAH 130

Website: kiev.karabas.com/vystavka-zhivye-dinozavry-26

Oct 12 – 28
All-Ukrainian Art Exhibition

Central House of Painters (1-5 Lvivska Square)
Another great option in October is to delve into the graceful world of Ukrainian art. You can admire fabulous masterpieces by renowned Ukrainian artists during the great art exhibition that opens on the second week of the month. It’s dedicated to Painter’s Day in Ukraine (October 14) and will be open at the Central House of Painters until the end of the month.

Website: dvnshu.com/anons/346-vseukrayinska-vistavka-do-dnya-hudozhnika.html

Oct 9-12
Aviation and Space Salon AVIASVIT-XXI

International Exhibition Centre (15 Brovarsky Ave.)
On October 9-12, on the eve of the national holiday Defender of Ukraine Day, don’t miss a chance to attend the ХI International Aviation and Space Salon AVIASVIT-XXI. In Ukraine, where the largest and heaviest aircraft in the world, the An-225 Mriya, was designed, you will have an opportunity to take a deeper look at the recent accomplishments of the Ukrainian defense and aerospace industry. Aviation and Space Salon AVIASVIT-XXI is a large scale event where you will plunge into the aerospace and defense industries and hear the opinions of decision‑makers on key issues of the development, production, and sales of aircraft equipment and weapons.

Website: iec-expo.com.ua/en/aven-2018.html

Oct 18-19
Kyiv International Economic Forum

CEC Parkovy (16A Parkova Road)
Kyiv International Economic Forum is a major international conference focused on the future of economic development. KIEF 2018 will cover such topics as the trade war and its influence on the global economy, the blockchain and cryptocurrency market, the generation of artificial intelligence and other cases which will aspire to build a successful future by bringing together people who have passion and power to make positive changes.

Website: forumkyiv.org/ru

Jun 23 – Jan 6
“Democracy Anew?” at Pinchuk Art Center

Pinchuk Art Center (⅓ -2 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
Recently a major international group exhibition has opened at Pinchuk Art Center. “I want a dyke for president” is the first sentence of the exhibition, which sharply points towards the upcoming presidential election of Ukraine. Throughout the exhibition you will also consider such questions as “How to adjust democracy to survive the challenges it faces today?”, “How to protect democracy as an open society?”, “Do we need to rethink this system?”.
Admission is free

Website: new.pinchukartcentre.org/en/exhibitions/democracy-anew

Oct 23 – 26
Ukrainian Creative Week 2018

VDNH (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave, pavilion #13)
Ukrainian Creative Week is a platform for sharing experience, ideas and networking of creative community.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/293093934863023/

Oct 31
Kyiv Smart City Forum 2018

CEC Parkovy (16A Parkova Road)
50 representatives of city authorities and institutions, technological companies and vendors, NGOs and city activists, infrastructure experts and representatives of international funds will unite to promote the value of smart city and its development. A lot of presentations, workshops, panel discussions are promised.
Participation fee: basic – UAH 300, premium – UAH 900

Website: forum.kyivsmartcity.com

Nov 16
Ukrainian Silk Road Forum 2018

NSC «Olympyiskyi» (55 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
The great event in the investment sphere – III Ukrainian Silk Road Forum provides more than 30 speakers including Ukrainian Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure. Here you will have a chance to hear some exclusive recommendations from successful entrepreneurs doing successful business in China. The price of the participation package depends on a date of purchase.
Group discounts are available.

Website: forum.silklink.org/en/main

Nov 19
Ukrainian Business Forum 2018

CEC Parkovy (16A Parkova Road)
UBF 2018 – How to survive in the time of changes? Investments and Innovations for Business – includes 2 stages with actual discussions and cases, more than 30 high-level speakers from Ukraine and Europe. It is a great chance for those who are interested in efficient networking with business owners and professionals.

Website: eventbrite.com/e/ukrainian-business-forum-2018-tickets-47706188494

Nov 23-25
Global Hack Weekend 2018

32V Akademika Vernadskoho Blvd
Global Hack Weekend 2018 is an extreme growth catalyst and one of the largest hackathons in Eastern Europe which specifies in such directions as internet bots and smart assistants, online education, blockchain and cryptocurrency digital asset, as well as cashless alternative payment systems, online security and personal data protection. 48 hours, 1000 participants, 50 mentors and a lot of successful entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and product managers.

Website: 2event.com/uk/organizers/6171

HOLIDAYS

Photo credit to: Dzhul Irina (Instagram: @irinadzhul)

October 07 – Teachers’ Day
October 04-10 – World Space Week
October 14 – Defender’s Day of Ukraine / Day of the Ukrainian Cossacks (National holiday, Oct 13-15 are days off)
October 24 – United Nations Day
October 28 – Day of Ukraine’s liberation from fascist invaders
October 31 – International Black Sea Day
October 31 – Halloween 2018
November 09 – Day of Ukrainian literature and language
November 17 – International Students’ Day
November 22 – Freedom Day (the first day of the Orange Revolution)
November 24 – Holodomor Remembrance Day

Summer-to-winter time transition
NOTE, on October 28 (traditionally the last Sunday of October) there is a summer-to-winter time transition. When local daylight time is about to reach 4 am on Sunday, October 28, 2018, clocks are turned backwards 1 hour to Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3 am local standard time instead.