When Ukrainian artists and designers from the Varto group called on the international art community some five months ago, asking them to support Ukraine in hard times, the community responded vigorously. The result of the call, 100 anti-war posters from 45 countries are on display at the "Voice of Peace" exhibition in the Hudgraph gallery in Kyiv through Sept. 1.
When it comes to Ukrainian souvenirs, it’s easy to get lost among the rows of embroidered shirts and salo magnets found on Kyiv’s winding Andriyivsky Uzviz, the city’s ultimate souvenir market. But there are plenty of exceptional gifts from Ukraine that will amaze tourists from abroad.
Then risk an administrative fine of Hr 51 by enjoying a “street beer” for less than $1 when exiting at any of the nearby kiosks that are usually found hugging desolate-looking public places. Despite a nationwide prohibition on carrying open alcoholic beverages, thirsty pedestrians can often get fresh beer on tap at major intersections in summertime. As an added bonus, babushkas sometimes sell loosies, or individual cigarettes, for those who are in denial of their addiction.
If you’re into jogging and would like to know more about Kyiv, there is a new service in town just for that: guided running tours. Volodymyr Dehtyarov, founder of the Kyiv Running Tours service that combines sightseeing and fitness, says his foreign friend who started doing such tours earlier inspired him to do the same in Kyiv. “The idea looked interesting to me,” Dehtyarov says. “I thought I like communicating with people, I speak English, and so why not do the same in Kyiv?”
Even before approaching the door, the sound of deep, controlled breaths echoes from within the room. Once inside, the strong smell of incense and body heat emanates as sweaty men and women practice yoga postures side by side. Mats are lined in two rows facing each other. Everyone on them twists, turns and lifts their bodies into carefully balanced headstands.
This summer environmentalists have got a new amusement - an eco-friendly cycle-in cinema launched in the park near VDNH, or Ukrainian Expo Center.
If you need encouragement on a bad day, pay attention to the tear-off ads stuck to the walls around you.
"Sad? Take a smiling baby elephant with you!" reads an ad on Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street.
Instead of a phone number, the ad’s tear-off parts have sketches of cute cartoonish elephants – all hand-drawn.
A new, unusual trend has come to Kyiv. More and more often cars are seen decorated with stickers picturing the ornamentation usually seen on vyshyvankas – Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirts.
A middle-aged woman wearing slippers and shorts is leaning on a fence surrounding a tent in Kyiv’s central Khreshchatyk Street, watching people passing by. A young man in dirty clothes is chopping wood behind her. Smoke is rising from the pan in an old field kitchen nearby.
Under the threat of Russian invasion there is still a possibility for Ukrainians to shift the focus and get distracted from tense news. One of the Ukraine's most anticipated events of the spring, annual French Spring Festival has been on since April 3. The festival gives a chance to feel French breeze in a number of major cities, including Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Odessa, Donetsk, Zaporizhya and Rivne.
As adorable as paper maps are, mobile apps are much more functional when it comes to finding your way through a new city. Kyiv Post tested a number of apps that help to easily navigate Kyiv and picked the best.
The recent EuroMaidan Revolution inspired Ukrainian game developers to release several EuroMaidan-based videogames for iPad and iPhone. Some can also be played on PC online.
A half-million people visit the National Botanical Garden every year, but this iconic Kyiv park has a lot that often goes undiscovered. Founded in 1935, the park offers visitors much more than most see at first glance.
While the idea of boycotting Russian goods, services and contacts has been touted since the beginning of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution in November, Ukrainians have taken it much more seriously since the Kremlin annexed the Crimean peninsula in March.
In four months, the EuroMaidan Revolution went through a lot of disturbing, touching and tragic moments before succeeding on Feb. 22 in its aim of toppling President Viktor Yanukovych. Many moments are captured on online videos:
Artists all over the world now have an easy way to show their support to the people of Ukraine in this time of crisis. A new Artists Support Ukraine (www.artistssupportukraine.com) website invites artists to upload their Ukraine-related works or other art pieces as long as they are devoted to Ukraine. They often come with supportive messages.
This spring’s show of Ukrainian fashion designer Oleksiy Zalevskiy wasn’t crowded as usual. No guests were allowed in, and even the ever-craved front row seats stayed empty. The models walked the catwalk around gratings and fell “dead” one after another to the sounds of gunshots. The guests watched the show on the outside screens and were impressed.