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
Weekend in Opera Festival
Opera stars of Paris and Vienna pay a virtual visit to Kyiv via the silver screen at Kyiv Cinema. Spectators are treated to masterfully recorded performances of The Nutcracker by the Vienna Opera Orchestra, Staatsballett and Carmen by the Paris Opera Theater, and The Magic Flute by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.
Weekend in Opera Festival. Nov. 8-9. 8 p.m. Kyiv Cinema (19 Chervonoarmiyska St.). Hr 150-200
Poets of the Fall concert
Finland’s Poets of the Fall will be presenting the new album “Jealous Gods” to the Kyiv audience. The album has 11 brand new songs – both lyrical ballads and rock compositions. The performance will feature theatrical elements.
Poets of the Fall concert. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Sentrum (16A Shota Rustaveli St.). Hr 430-800
Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Frankenstein'
The "Frankenstein" theatrical performance filmed right on the stage of the London's Royal National Theater in 2011 and directed by Danny Boyle will be screened in Kyiv's cinemas this October. Boyle's previous work includes famous "Trance" movie starring Scottish star James McAvoy and the "127 hours" movie starring Hollywood famous James Franko. Johny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of BBC's "Sherlock" TV series, alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. The screenings are in English with Ukrainian subtitles. Full schedule available at www.britishcouncil.org.ua/theatreHD.
British theater in cinema: 'Frankenstein'. Oct. 21. 7 p.m. Kyiv Cinema (19 Chervonoarmiyska St.). Hr 120
German Film Festival
This year's film festival supported by the Goethe Institute and German Embassy marks its 20th anniversary in Ukraine. Six films are screening: "Beloved Sisters" (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), "Other Motherland" (France, Germany), "The Salt of the Earth" (Brazil, Italy, France), "Superego" (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), "Exit Marrakech" (Germany), and "Dark Valley" (Austria, Germany).
German Film Festival. Oct. 9-15, 7 p.m. Kyiv movie theater (19 Chervonoarmiyska St.) Hr 50
A sensational Ukrainian band that got noticed by the The New York Times and NME magazine, The Hardkiss, will present its debut album and celebrate the band’s three-year birthday on a Kyiv stage this October. Most of their songs are in English, and the music is a mixture of rock, metal, pop, dance and electronic. It’s a combination worth hearing.
The Hardkiss concert. Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Stereo Plaza (119 Chervonozoryany Ave.). Hr 150-600
Kyiv Market Festival
For the fifth time, the annual Kyiv Market Festival will bring together artists of all genres to raise money for charity. The event will include a mixture of street-food vendors, live music and much, much more. Distracted parents can drop their children off at the Kids Market, young painters area, Art Market, young writers area or Book Market. The festival will even have a homemade décor Home Market. There is something for everyone at the Kyiv Market Festival, and remember – it’s for charity.
Kyiv Market Charity Fest. Sept. 27-28, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Peisazhna Alley (2 Volodymyrska St.) Free
An essential event in early autumn, Gogolfest is an annual modern art festival. Contemporary art pieces from Ukraine and abroad will be on display during the 10-day event. The festival has a single interactive space that will unite visual art exhibition, theater perfomances, live music, movie screenings, lectures and master classes.
GogolFest. Through Sept. 21. Vydubychi Art Cluster (7B Inzhenerna St.). Hr 30-100
An essential event in early autumn, Gogolfest is an annual modern art festival. Contemporary art pieces from Ukraine and abroad will be on display during the 10-day event. The festival has a single interactive space that will unite visual art exhibition, theater perfomances, live music, movie screenings, lectures and master lasses.
GogolFest. Sept. 11-21. 7 p.m. Vydubychi Art Cluster (7B Inzhenerna St.) Hr 50