Trypilske Kolo festival offers ethno-flavored fun. It takes place in Rzhyschev of Kyiv Oblast and draws attention to the historical heritage of Ukrainians and, in particular, to ancient Tripillya culture.
This summer, Ukraine offers plenty of opportunities for rocking it outside at very competitive prices. Here are the Kyiv Post’s picks:
The Best City.UA (rock)
June 29 - July 1
Hr 390-890 for one day, Hr 990-2,290 for the whole festival
Hr 300-450 for 3 days camping
Hr 300-450 for 3 days parking
Lineup: Evanescence, White Lies, The Rasmus, Shifty’s Crazy Town, Joachim Garraud, Apollo 440, Brainstorm, DDT, Bumbox, Voply Vidopliasova and others.
When The Best City.UA announcements first surfaced in early spring, some thought it was an early April Fool’s Day joke because this sounded too good to be true. A debutante on the festival scene, the three-day event promised the strongest lineup Ukraine has ever seen.
The location picked for it was Novoselitsa Park, just 12 kilometers away from Dnipropetrovsk, an eastern Ukrainian city. The festival will have two stages, the main one and the lounge one.
The promised cherry on the cake is a big screen on the festival grounds that will broadcast the final game of Euro 2012 football championship, which will take place on July 1 in Kyiv.
A two-ways bus ticket from Kyiv to the festival is available for Hr 350. Another option is to take a train to Dnipropetrovsk and get to Novoselitsa by a marshrutka, or minibus, that runs from the central bus station located next to the railway station.
60 euros per day, 160 euros for festival (price can change)
Lineup to be announced
Kazantip Republic, or Republic Z, is going to open its borders for the incredible 20th time this summer. In two decades not only has Kazantip become the biggest post-Soviet electronic music festival, but got a reputation of a place with no rules, with drugs featuring heavily on the agenda.
The festival has moved a few times, and is now held in Popovka near Yevpatoria, in western Crimea. The festival’s symbol is a yellow retro-style suitcase. If you register your suitcase in advance, it will give you a free entrance to the festival grounds.
Prosto Rock (rock)
Lineup: Linkin Park, Garbage, Bumbox.
Prosto Rock was held for five years between 1997-2002, and is going to be reborn this summer. The small lineup is supposed to be compensated for by Linkin Park, a rock band with a somewhat dwindling popularity abroad, but with a strong backing among the Ukrainian music lovers. Moreover, Prosto Rock is going to be the band’s first performance in Ukraine ever.
A two-ways bus ticket from Kyiv to the festival is available for Hr 350.
Jazz Koktebel (jazz)
August 29 - September 2
Hr 445-545 (current price, can grow up)
Hr 1205 ticket includes two-ways bus trip from Kyiv
Lineup to be announced
Before and during the Soviet times, the small town of Koktebel, located near Feodosiya in eastern Crimea, was known as a bohemian resort cherished by the intelligentsia. Despite the slow erosion of this former shine, the place became the summer jazz capital of Ukraine. Jazz Koktebel emerged in 2003, and in various years welcomed Nino Katamadze, De Phazz, Shibusashirazu Orchestra, Red Snapper, Jamala and Katya Chilly. This year’s lineup is yet to be announced.
Trypilske Kolo (ethnic, pagan)
Rzhyschev, Kyiv region
June 28 - July 1
Hr 110-130 if buying in May, Hr 130-180 if buying in June. Student discounts
Atmasfera, Osimira, Illaria, Kozak System Haydamaky, Krunk, Art Moldova and others
Trypilske Kolo is an ethnic festival with pagan motives. It was first held five years ago, and its theme was water. Each festival was to be devoted to one of the elements. The festival’s history cycle was supposed to restart with water. But a new team of organizers took over, and a new version of Trypilske Kolo will take place this year, themed as the parade of all elements. The festival is conveniently located close to Kyiv - just 85 kilometers away.
Free marshrutkas will go to the festival grounds place from Vydubychi bus station, or avtovokzal, in Kyiv.