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Celebrate Independence Day at Maidan on Aug.24

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Aug. 19, 2011, 12:24 a.m. | None — by Mariya Manzhos

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Even though this year’s traditional Independence Day parade has been cancelled, there are plenty of events planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s rebirth as a state. Those who love music and prefer the downtown vibe can enjoy a full day of events on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, where celebratory activities will begin in the morning and last all day.


A series of concerts will begin at 10 a.m. with a traditional folk ensemble performance, followed by a youth performance fittingly called “Generation U 20.” At 4:30 p.m., the concert will continue with Ukraine’s best military brass bands.

Throughout the day the competitive spirit of the crowd will be stirred by several contests including graffiti, street football and basketball contests.

The highlight of Maidan’s celebration will be the performance of some of Ukraine’s top music stars at 6:00 p.m. But be warned, it’s likely to draw a large crowd.

In the evening, you can enjoy Sophia Rotaru, Potap and Nastya, Tina Karol, Ruslana, Druga Rika, TNMK and others. The official festivities will conclude with fireworks.

Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 10:00 a.m., Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
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