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1 May

Events in Kyiv in May

We have prepared the list of the brightest events to be held in May in Kyiv for those who will decide to come before or stay after Eurovision 2017. Of course, due to language barrier some events might be not understandable for foreign tourists; therefore we have excluded theatrical performances in Russian and Ukrainian.

In addition to the national holidays – and these are May 1st and 2nd – International Workers’ Day, May 8 – Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, May 9 – Victory Day, May 18 – Embroidery Day (Vyshyvanka Day), May 27-28 – The Day of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine will also host the following events:

The Silva Operetta

Date: May 3, 2017

Place: Kiev National Academic Theater of Operetta

Time: 7 pm-9:40 pm

Price: 20-140 UAH

Love story of young nobleman Edwin and Silva, the singer of the cabaret. Does this couple have a future? After all, a person of noble birth cannot marry a commoner. Especially taking into account they have already found Edwin a bride worthy of his status. But the heart wants what it wants… Stormy passion, love and hatred, poverty and wealth, nobility and meanness…The performance is full of vivid emotions, and having watched it once, one can never forget the show.

 

 

Circus on the water

Date: May 6-7, 2017

Place: National Circus of Ukraine

Time: 12 pm-2 pm, 4-6 pm

Price: 50-490 UAH

A huge swimming pool, 20-meter fountains, 3D technologies, light and fire show – all this is a new generation circus and its program “Water and Fire”. Here you will meet professional athletes and acrobats, air gymnasts, trainers, illusionists and clowns. The program offers amazing touching items with sea bears, brown coati, monkeys, parrots, dogs and bears. The highlight of the program is taming the alligator and the magical Incas show that will boggle your imagination and make you doubt the well-known physical laws.

 

 

The Nutcracker Ballet

Date: May 9, 2017

Place: National Opera of Ukraine

Time: 7-9 pm

Price: 20-400 UAH

Fairy-tale … How attractive and interesting is this word for both children and adults! After all, a fairy tale is magic, unusual transformations, many surprises, something mysterious, even horrible, but, most importantly, it is a happy ending, where good always defeats evil. And we love fairy tales, probably because our imagination needs something else than ordinary life, some kind of a miracle. And having combined a fairy tale with music, we feel this wonder that makes us worry and anticipate happy moment.

This is exactly what The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky is. It is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

 

 

The Aida Opera

Date: May 10, 2017

Place: National Opera of Ukraine

Time: 7-10:10 pm

Price: 20-300 UAH

The story of love of the Egyptian commander Radames and slave Aida, taken as a prisoner but in reality a daughter of Amonasro, King of Ethiopia. The feeling grows against the backdrop of violent social unrests in Egypt, and the composer shows this immense feeling by means of bright and unique beauty of the opera music. Love and duty (Radames), love and devotion to the behests of the ancestors (Aida), love and hate (Amneris) – that is the psychological and emotional palette of the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. But the composer goes beyond the traditional love triangle. The author consistently returns us to the origins of this tragedy – its prerequisite is the conquest war that is initiated by the pharaoh and omnipotent priests.

 

 

Concert of Jamala

Date: May 12, 2017

Place: Palace of Sports

Time: 8 pm

Price: 350-1500 UAH

A graduate of Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Jamala dreamt to continue her musical career at the Milan Opera, but her singing career turned out to be different. Jamala is known for her fascinating experiments with such musical genres as oriental jazz and soul, folk, funk, pop and electro; all these styles have made it possible to fully reveal the versatility of her talent. She also takes active part in opera productions and all kinds of shows.

Today her name is known not only in the post-Soviet space, but throughout the world! In many respects this became possible thanks to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 she won as a representative of Ukraine; she performed with the 1944 song. The incredible show, created with a mesmerizing voice, music and atmosphere touched the hearts of millions.

And it is Jamala who made the event of 2017 in Ukraine possible.

 

 

Eurovision 2017: Grand Final

Date: May 13, 2017

Place: International Exhibition Center

Time: 10 pm

Price: 1499-15999 UAH

Eurovision fans have long been familiar with the rules of the competition; there are no serious changes this year. Kiev is now actively getting ready to celebrate the diversity (the slogan of Eurovision 2017).

The last preparations are being made in competition venue (exhibition center); local authorities work on navigation, repair the roads, bus conductors learn English; some kinds of transport will work up to 4 am. In addition to small fan zones, the capital will also provide large ones – Eurovillage and EuroClub.

The first is a large fan zone, accessible to everyone. It will be in the city center; and it was designed as a place for leisure. There will be a huge screen to watch the contest. EuroClub venue is a location that will host various events every evening during the show (for two weeks); that includes parties for all participants from 43 countries, journalists and accredited fans.

 

 

Kyiv Food and Wine Festival

Date: May 13-14, 2017

Place: The Exhibition Center of Ukraine National Complex (VDNKh)

Time: 11 am-9 pm

Price: 80 UAH. At the entrance each guest receives a glass as a gift.

On May 13-14, the eighth Kyiv Food and Wine Festival will be held in Kiev. This time the festival will be devoted to the classic and most ideal combination in the world: cheese and wine.

The best winemakers of the country pack their suitcases and bring their most interesting wines and stories to the capital. But how can you taste wine without flavored cheese? Salty and spicy, soft and hard, with sourness and bitterness, beloved suluguni, classic mozzarella, novelties with cinnamon and almonds, thyme and cumin, and many more other equally interesting tastes from Ukrainian producers will be presented at the festival. Cheese makers will reveal all the secrets of cheese mastering and production at the master classes.

 

 

Gastrovision Festival of street food 

Date: May 13-14, 2017

Place: Art Zavod Platforma

Time: 11 am-11 pm

Price: 75 UAH

Ulichnaya eda is a project aimed at developing and popularizing the modern global culture of street food in Ukraine. The trend slowly but steadily replaces traditional cafes and restaurants around the world. The idea of street food courts is a fundamentally new format not only for catering but for rest, and everybody interested may experience that at the Art Zavod Platforma. This season of Ulichnaya eda festivals turned out to be very rich and interesting, and it feels like it is not going to end up at that. This time fans of nosh-up will enjoy varied tastes of European cuisine – because during the Eurovision 2017 Kiev will be crowded with a huge number of foreign guests. In addition to food, the festival offers extensive cultural program – music, activities, G48 market (fair of Ukrainian designers) and much more.

 

 

The Night of museums in Ukraine

Date: May 13-20, 2017

On May 18, museum workers around the world celebrate their professional holiday. On the eve of the feast many museums open their doors to visitors at night.

The Night of Museums is an international campaign aiming is to show the resources, possibilities and potential of modern museums, and to attract young generation to museums. For the first time, The Night of Museums was held in Berlin in 1997, and in just 4 years 39 countries of Europe and America joined the initiative.

Ukrainian museums first joined the action in 2008. As of today, not all museums take part; that is due to the fact that it is rather difficult to organize night guarding of museums, free entrance for visitors and extra-hour work of employees – especially without state support.

 

 

Tattoo Collection festival

Date: May 19-21, 2017

Place: The Exhibition Center of Ukraine National Complex (VDNKh)

Time: 9 am-10 pm

Price: 130-280 UAH

The festival will bring together tattoo artists from different countries to demonstrate their art, compete for the Golden Machine cup, and please festival attendees with master classes, performances and various competitions. The most courageous guests of the festival can get tattoo by one of the masters straight at the show. The festival will feature exhibitions and performances, master classes, children entertainment, and concert of bands such as O.TORVALD, «БEZ ОБМЕЖЕНЬ» (Ukrainian for No limits) and others, as well as disco and show program.

 

 

The Avia Festival at Kiev Chaika Airlield

Date: May 20-21, 2017

Location: Kiev Chaika Airfield

Time: 10 am-9 pm

Price: 120 UAH

The festival will be of interest for guests of any age. Everyone will definitely get a portion of unforgettable impressions because the sky and flights leave no one indifferent.

Avia Festival events: Meeting point for small aircrafts from all over Ukraine; Aviation show of small, light and ultra-light aircrafts; Aerial acrobatic flights; Demonstration show flights; Parachutists show; Flights on gliders; Festival of balloons.

 

 

Kyiv Mini Maker Fair Festival

Date: May 20-21, 2017

Place: The Exhibition Center of Ukraine National Complex (VDNKh)

Time: 11 am-7 pm

Price: to be confirmed

The festival brings together enthusiasts of different fields: IT, robotics, engineering and design, creativity. Participants will present their works: unusual cars, flying machines, robots, new inventions and creative ideas, 3D and video projects. A separate YouTube zone is dedicated to video blogging, shooting features and management of personal YouTube channel. The program of the festival also features: presentations of children educational programs, student projects, laboratories and master classes, scientific picnics and experiments, work on wood and carpentry, creative workshops, lecture program, etc.

 

 

Concert by Hiromi Uehara and Edmar Castaneda

Date: May 21, 2017

Place: International Center of Culture and Arts (former October Palace)

Time: 8-10 pm

Price: 300-1650 UAH

Hiromi Uehara is a composer and jazz pianist from Japan; she is famous for her music of mixed genres and virtuoso live performances. Her music is complicated and yet airy: when listening, it becomes obvious that the composer is really good with improvisation, and the level of performance is so high (Hiromi does music since she was six years old) that excessive seriousness is left behind. Uehara can play sounds and moods childishly and then immediately switch to a dramatic harmony, and vice versa. At her concert in Kiev, Hiromi will perform with Edmar Castaneda. If you like jazz and high-quality music, this concert should be in your must-attend list.

 

 

Dance Ensemble BATUMI

Date: May 22, 2017

Place: International Center of Culture and Arts (former October Palace)

Time:  7 pm

Price: 150-750 UAH.

By numerous requests of the audience, the cult-favorite Georgian ensemble Batumi will for the first time perform its big solo program in the October Palace on May 22 at 7pm. For 25 years of its existence the ensemble has become a visiting card not only of its native city, but also gained fame far beyond its borders.

Artists extensively traveled: the world applauded their incendiary and unsurpassed dances in Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus… Finally, the turn has come – it’s time for Ukraine!

 

 

Concert of the Kiev Symphony Rock Orchestra “Lords of the Sound”

Date: May 25, 2017

Place: BelEtage Club

Time: 8-10 pm

Price: 200-500 UAH

The band debuted several years ago at the Artist’s House. Now the Bel’Etage club scene will feature the most famous and beloved soundtracks to historical films, games and serials, as well as compositions written by the orchestra members. You will be delighted by unconventional music from the movies such as Game of Thrones, Assassin’s Creed, Lord of the Rings; the symphonic sound will be supplemented by Ukrainian and foreign vocalists. The concert and Viking Music program can be considered a result of the year of creativity of musicians, producers, conductors and all those involved in the work of the Orchestra.

 

 

The Day of Kiev

Date: May 27-28, 2017

In 2017, the Day of Kyiv will be celebrated on May 27-28. To honor the 1535th anniversary of the city, many festive events will take place, including All-Ukrainian Bicycle Day and Run Under the Chestnuts.

The Day of Kiev is celebrated every year on the last weekend of May. In 2017, the festivities are expected to start on May 22. Within a week, the city will host a large number of sports events, concerts, exhibitions, children competitions and festivals. On May 27 Kiev will also welcome famous Vyshyvanka Parade held within International Ukrainian Embroidered Shirt Day.

 

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