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
Koktebel Jazz Festival
For the second year in a row Koktebel Jazz Festival will not take place in Koktebel. One of Ukraine's biggest and most famous music festivals has left the southern Crimean town because of the Russian occupation, and is instead to take place in Zatoka, a town near Odesa. The festival has four stages with Ukrainian and international bands, including 5’Nizza, Machete, Serebryanaya Svadba, Krykhitka, Undiscovered Soul, Paris Monster and many others.
Koktebel Jazz Festival. Aug. 23-30. Zatoka, Creative Village Koktebel (45 Prymorska St.). Hr 150 - 650. To get there, take train No. 763 from Kyiv to Odesa (Hr 330-575, 7 hours) and a bus from Odesa to Zatoka (appr. one hour).
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
'Terralogy' art exhibition
This weekend, don't miss the last chance to see "Terralogy," featuring the works of Ukrainian modern artist Oleg Drozdov. The exhibited sculptures are made of metal and changed with the use of natural processes like rusting and oxidation that create abstract pictures on a metal surface. The chemical processes are continuing, so the pieces change even during the show.
"Terralogy" (art exhibition). Aug. 7-8. 7 p.m. Shcherbenko Art Center (22B Mykhaylivska St.). Free
Ukraine's first big gathering of twins, triplets, and quadruplets. The event features a performance by twin pop duo Anna-Maria, fun contests, a parade of twins, and a picture zone.
Twins Day Festival. Aug. 8, noon. Pryroda Park (11 Brovarskiy Ave.). Free
Evenings of Classical Music
Enjoy the works of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Dvorak and other famous and much-loved classical music composers performed by the Kyiv Soloists Orchestra – Ukraine’s classical music professionals.
Evenings of classical music. July 25, August 15, 30. 8 p.m. Budynok Kino (6 Saksaganskoho St.). Hr 70-250
Live Sound International rock festival
Twenty eight rock bands from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine hit the stage in Kyiv during a two-day fest. Lords of the Sound, Kozak System, Foxthroat, Closterkeller, and an AC/DC tribute by DC-Train are the headliners. Further entertainment comes with bike and laser shows.
Live Sound international rock festival. July 18 – 19. Noon – 10 p.m. Lyodovy Stadium. (9 Akademika Hlushko St.). Hr 170 – 260
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
Ukrainian Drift Challenge
The best Ukrainian and foreign drifters will showcase their motorsport talents at the biggest racing championship in Ukraine. Spectators will have a chance to enjoy the racers’ extreme maneuvers and stunts.
Ukrainian Drift Challenge. June 28. 12 p.m. Kyiv Chayka Airfield (5 Antonova St., Petropavlivska Borshchahivka village near Kyiv). Hr 200
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
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
Tattoo Collection Festival, the biggest tattoo culture event in Ukraine, will gather tattoo masters for classes and performances. The visitors will be able to get tattoos at the festival.
Tattoo Collection 2015 Festival. Platforma Art Space (1 Bilomorska St.). May 22-24, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free
The first Ukrainian Ethno World Festival will gather 200 folk craftsmen from France, Greece, Belarus, Lithuania, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. Guests will be offered an outdoor market, live music performances and various classes in arts and crafts, including basket weaving, glass painting, pottery, paper cutting, weaving, Greek dancing and more.
Ethno Festival. Mystetskiy Arsenal Museum (10 -12 Lavrska St.). May 15 (3 p.m. -9 p.m.), May 16 (11 a.m. - midnight), May 17 (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.). Hr 40 for adults, Hr 20 for children above 12, students, and retirees
March for Peace
A March for Peace will go from the Obelisk in the Park of Eternal Glory near Arsenalna metro station to the Museum of the War History. The march will bring together the military brass bands from several countries. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lead the ceremony of cadets taking an oath..
March for Peace. Obelisk in the Park of Eternal Glory (Arsenalna metro). May 9, 11:15 a.m. Free
Gastro Project Workshop
Gastro Project will hold a conference for restaurant’s owners, professional cooks, and amateur chefs. It includes cooking classes that will uncover the secrets of molecular gastronomy, deserts, and coffee making.
Gastro Project Workshop. Nivki Hall (84 Peremohy Ave.). May 12-13, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hr 1,500 (including workshops), Hr 750 (without workshops)
'Love’s Labour’s Lost'
Kyiv Cinema will show William Shakespeare's "Love’s Labour's Lost" staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of its British Theater in Cinema program.
"Love’s Labour’s Lost" by Royal Shakespeare Company (screening). Kyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska St.). May 5, 7 p.m. Hr 120