Acclaimed EuroMaidan documentary
“All Things Ablaze,” a Ukrainian documentary that won the Best Eastern European Documentary Film Award at DOK Festival in Leipzig, hits the screens on March 26. It explores the development of the EuroMaidan Revolution from peaceful protests to bloodshed. It is a debut movie by Ukrainian photographers Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov. It runs with English subtitles.
“All Things Ablaze” (documentary). From March 26. Kyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska St.). 6 p.m., 9:15 p.m. Hr 40 – Hr 50
‘Notre Dame de Paris’ concert
Seven soloists, a choir of 150 voices, symphony orchestra, and a rhythm team will perform the songs from the famous musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel in French.
“Notre Dame de Paris” concert. Palace Ukraine (103 Velyka Vasilkivska St.). March 28 – 29. 7 p.m. Hr 450 – 1,750
A global celebration of Irish culture comes to Kyiv on St. Patrick's Day on March 17, and will continue through the end of the week. Check out the Kyiv Post's selection of Irish events and special offers in Kyiv pubs.
Irish Film Festival
Presented by Molodist film festival, the IrishFest arrives in time for the St. Patrick's Day. It features screenings of six new Irish movies - documentaries, comedies, and a thriller - that were successful in the international releases. The movies are screened in English with Ukrainian subtitles.
Irish Film Festival. Kyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska St.). March 12-17. 5 p.m, 7 p.m. Hr 40-50
ONUKA is an up-and-coming Ukrainian band founded by The Maneken frontman Yevhen Filatov and ex-vocalist of the Tomato Jaws band Nata Zhizhchenko. The band debuted in 2013 and was nominated for the Ukrainian music award Yuna in the Discovery of the Year category. In October 2014 their debut album was the most sold record in Ukrainian iTunes.
ONUKA concert. Sentrum (11 Shota Rustaveli St.). March 14. 7 p.m. Hr 200-600
'Color Field' photo exhibition
Those interested in photography should pay attention to the exhibition by the Ukrainian artistic photographer Dimitri Bogachuk. The pictures of his “Color Field" photo exhibition feature city landscapes from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, shot in a peculiar soft pastel spectrum.
"Color Field" photography. Brucie Collections (55B Artema St.). Feb. 26 – April 13, Mon - Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrating 'Black Square' anniversary
Two art exhibitions celebrate the centenary of the “Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich. “Inspired by Black Square" exhibition features paintings, installations, sculptures, photographs, an interactive platform, and even designer clothes. The works are by well-known Ukrainian artists Oleksandr Roitburdt, Tiberiy Silvash, Oleksandr Zhyvotkov. Another exhibition, “Hebdomeros," features works by Anton Logov and Andriy Dudchenko.
Inspired by Black Square. Mystetska Zbirka Art Gallery (13 Tereshchenkivska St.). Feb. 20 – March. 15, Wed. – Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Free
Banned paintings on show
An exhibition in the National Art Museum features the paintings that were hidden in the museum's depository since late 1930s, when Soviet terror was at its peak. The paintings were put away from public view because their authors were prosecuted as traitors and "enemies of the state."
Special Fund Exhibition. Jan. 23 – April 26. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. National Art Museum (6 Hrushevskogo St.). Hr 20
De Phazz music show
German band De Phazz performed in Kyiv in 2014 and is coming for a second show. The band plays electronic jazz in a surprisingly harmonious combination with saxophone, contrabass, violin and other instruments.
DakhaBrakha and ‘Earth’ silent film
A renovated version of “Earth” (1930), a silent movie by outstanding Ukrainian film director Oleksandr Dovzhenko, will be screened with a live concert by Ukrainian music band DakhaBrakha. In 1958, a film critics’ forum in Brussels named “Earth” one of the 12 best films in a history of the world cinema.
Solo show by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, frontman of Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy, will perform solo once again. In December his charity show “Vnochi” (“At night”) was sold out. Vakarchuk will rerun “Vnochi” in March. Most of the tickets are already sold, so hurry up. After Kyi,v Vakarchuk will take the show to Lviv and Odesa.
‘Winter fairytale in Ancient Kyiv’
A celebration of the Orthodox holiday Baptism of Jesus in Kyivska Rus park will please those interested in Ukrainian culture. The celebration will include a theater performance in authentic costumes, a nativity scene, horse riding, crafts trainings and a food festival.
“Winter fairytale in Ancient Kyiv.” Jan. 17-18, 1 p.m. Kyiv Rus Park (Kopachiv, Obukhiv district, Kyiv Oblast). Hr 100
‘Cinderella. A Magical Musical on Ice’
The “Cinderella” musical will be loved by both adults and children. It’s a familiar fairy-tale performed on ice. The music, costumes and acting promise to keep you spellbound with their magic.
“Cinderella. A Magical Musical on Ice.” Dec. 28. 6 p.m. Palats Sportu (1 Sportyvna Square). Hr 150-350
Via Gra Concert
The most popular Ukrainian girl band, Via Gra, is giving a big show. Via Gra disbanded in 2012 after 10 years and 16 versions of the cast. The newest version of Via Gra was formed through a reality TV show and preserves the tradition of casting three young and expressly sexy women.
The New Old Flea Market
Those who enjoy browsing flea markets need to mark Dec. 7 in their calendars. Kyivans will be selling their old treasures at the New Old Flea Market event. New crafts will also be available from a hand-made goods fair. So those who need inspiration for Christmas gift should take their chance.
The New Old Flea Market. Dec. 7. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Platforma Art Factory (1 Bilomorska St.). Free
National Chamber Music Ensemble
The National Chamber Music Ensemble “Kyiv Soloists” presents its new program this December. Oleksandra Savchenko (violin), Anastasia Chop (violin), Oksana Darbina (alto), Natalia Darbina (cello) and Andriy Vasin (piano) perform the compositions of Johann Bach, Maurice Ravel, Dmitriy Shostakovich, and Arno Babajanian.
National Chamber Music Ensemble. Dec. 1. 7 p.m. Actor Hall (7 Yaroslaviv Val St.). Hr 20-30
Strauss Festival Orchestra
Vienna’s Strauss Festival Orchestra comes to Kyiv with a new program “The Anticipation of Viennese Waltz” authored by the orchestra’s conductor Peter Guth. It features the best pieces by Johann Strauss.
Strauss Festival Orchestra. Nov. 29. 7 p.m. Ukraine Palace (103 Velyka Vasylkivska St.). Hr 180-1,500
British Theater in Cinema: 'Medea'
The play "Medea," performed by London's Royal National Theater troupe, will be screened as a part of the British Theater in Cinema in Kyiv. The performance is in English with Ukrainian subtitles. It is 100 minutes long.
British Theater in Cinema: "Medea." Nov. 21. 7 p.m. Kyiv Cinema (19 Velyka Vasylkivska St.) Hr 120
Metallica Cover Show
The Metallica tribute band Scream Inc. will play covers of the old man of thrash-metal in Kyiv this November. The show will include a guitar improvisation demonstration by band members.
Metallica Cover Show. Nov. 15. 7 p.m. Sentrum Club (16A Shota Rustaveli St.). Hr 90-250