Kyiv Kustom Kulture
The Kustom Kulture (misspelling is intentional) is a neologism describing artworks, vehicles, hairstyles, and fashions of those building custom cars and motorcycles. The Kyiv festival is set to promote customizing vehicles to make them one of a kind. Customized cars, motorcycles and bikes will be displayed.
Kyiv Kustom Kulture Festival. Aug. 29. 12 p.m. Lavra Gallery (1 Lavrska St.). Hr 70
As Kyiv prepares to celebrate Independence Day during its second year at war with Russia on Aug. 24, some have no time to take a break for the holiday. They’re too busy fighting to make sure Ukraine stays independent.
Synevyr is arguably Ukraine's best-known lake, featured in songs and poetry and often called the most beautiful one. Located in the far west of Ukraine at the height of 989 meters above sea level, Synevyr is the largest lake in the area of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.
Street Food Festival
Dozens of street food vendors and rising young restaurateurs will offer their food at the Street Food Festival that will take place in 13th time. On the menu this time: Cuban sandwiches, corn dogs, bruschetta, Belgian waffle sandwiches, and more.
Street Food Festival. Aug. 15-16. 11 p.m. Platforma Art Factory (1 Bilomorska St.). Hr 40 for entrance; food not included
Swans, experimental rock from the U.S.
American experimental rock band Swans will perform in Kyiv for the first time on July 10. The band’s was founded in 1982 and is led by Michael Gira, who reformed the band in 2012 after it broke up in late 1990s.
Swans (experimental rock). July 10. 8 p.m. Sentrum (11 Shota Rustaveli St.). Hr 400-800
American-Ukrainian art exhibition
A new exhibition in America House features traditional hand-painted pysanka Easter eggs by U.S. artist Sofika Zielyk and watercolors by Fulbright scholar Grace Mahoney, who has painted portraits of Ukrainian grandmas. Her watercolor series is called "Portraits of the Unlost."
Pysanky eggs and watercolors by American artists. Through July 30. Closed on Sunday, Monday. America House (6 Mykoly Pymonenka St.). Free admission, a passport is required
Ukraine's government members summed up the state's efforts in improving Ukraine's business climate in a meeting with members of American Chamber of Commerce and European Business Association on June 25.
Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers wants Parliament to fire Ecology Minister Ihor Shevchenko after he rejected Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's offer that he resign voluntarily.
A key to a good Saturday night out is picking a bar route. Here's a simple recipe that works: start with some filling food and drinks in a stylish eatery, go on to a trendy bar, and polish it all with a sunrise seen from an around-the-clock rooftop pub.
Singer Alla Moskovka, widely known as Alloise, was a frontwoman for the successful local band Gorchitza before starting a solo career in 2012. She performs pop, soul and R&B, and sings exclusively in English. She was named Best Ukrainian Act at the MTV European Music Awards in 2012.
Alloise. June 25. 9 p.m. G13 ProjectStudio (23 Baltiyskiy Lane). Hr 200
A group of government watchdog organizations are crying foul over how four members were chosen to a panel that is supposed to appoint experts to the newly formed National Agency for Prevention of Corruption.
Ethnic music festival
The Land of Dreams (Krayina Mriy) is Ukraine's biggest ethnic music and Ukrainian culture festival, founded in 2004 by Oleh Skrypka, frontman of renowned band Vopli Vidoplyasova. While its primary focus is Ukrainian culture and music, the festival offers a lineup of ethnic bands from other countries.
The Land of Dreams (Krayina Mriy). June 20-21. Pyrohovo Museum (Pyrohiv village, Kyiv Oblast). Hr 200
Oleh Skrypka in acoustic show
Oleh Skrypka, the eccentric and buoyant frontman of Vopli Vidopliasova, an ethno-rock legend of Ukrainian music, is set to give a solo show in Kyiv. Skrypka sings and plays multiple instruments, but prefers the accordion.
Oleh Skrypka (acoustic). June 11. 9 p.m. G13 ProjectStudio (23 Baltiyskiy Lane). Hr 250
Ukrainian art of 1985-2004
The newest exhibition in Pinchuk Art Centre brings together the works of some of the most acclaimed modern Ukrainian artists from the period that defined contemporary art in Ukraine – from pre-perestroika time to Orange Revolution. The exhibition features works of 18 artists, including Pavlo Makov, Illya Chichkan, Arsen Savadov, Alexander Roitburd.
“Borderline. Ukrainian art of 1985-2004.” Pinchuk Art Centre (1/3-2 Velyka Vasylkivska St.). May 30 – Oct. 4. 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Closed on Monday. Free
The editorial crew of Elle Ukraine, one of the country's few fashion magazines, had to hastily change the cover photo of the May issue after the originally advertised cover angered public.
The atmosphere was spooky in Kyiv on April 16 as news broke about the murder of a third prominent person in four days.