Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs will throw an outdoor concert "Night Serenades" by the Kyiv Soloists orchestra to raise public awareness and support for some 310 Ukrainians illegally detained in Russia or held as captives by Russian and separatist forces in Ukraine's east. The concert will take place on June 19 on Mykhailivska Square, next to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While some Ukrainian music festivals were canceled because of the economic and political upheaveal in the country, plenty remain for music lovers. Here’s a guide to the best Ukrainian rock, ethno and jazz festivals this summer.
As Russian singer Polina Gagarina won second place at the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria on May 23 with "A Million Voices," an alternative music video for the song popped up online. The video mocks the song's call for peace, mixing the pop hit with scenes of Russian violence in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
Brunettes Shoot Blondes is a Ukrainian indie-rock band formed in Kriviy Rig and currently based in Kyiv.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra canceled the performance of Ukraine-born piano soloist Valentina Lisitsa for her Twitte comments against the Ukrainian government.
The musical group Onuka was named the Discovery of the Year at the fourth annual Yearly Ukrainian National Awards in March. Although the experimental electronic band has only been around for a year and a half, it recently sold 1,300 tickets for a Kyiv concert - and it did so weeks in advance.
A previously unknown symphony by Sergei Prokofiev will be aired on Ukrainian online radio Aristocraty (Aristocrats) on March 27 at 7 p.m.
Newly-created Ukrainian duo B&B Project rapidly went viral with their first cover video. The band’s version of the ballad "Nothing Else Matters" by American heavy metal band Metallica gained 600,000 views in 17 days.
Ukraine will know the names of the top achievers in the music industry at the fourth annual YUNA Music Awards. While the award was founded by and receives financial support from Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor, the mastermind behind it is Pavlo Shylko.
Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot has released its new music video called "I Can't Breathe."
They are offering two versions of their English-language song.
One was recorded in one night in a New York studio with video shot in Moscow. Another was inspired by the July death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man put in a choke hold by a police officer in New York. Garner's last words were "I Can't Breathe." The officer was not indicted, triggering mass protests.
Three volunteers of Ukraine's army made a video performing Ukrainian Christmas carol "Shchedryk," known internationally as "Carol of the Bells."
Some argue if the celebrations are inappropriate in the times of war, like the ones Ukraine is going through. Jonathan Bernis, head of Jewish Voice Ministries International, says there is no better time to celebrate.
The official website of Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak was hacked. The unknown hackers put a picture featuring a Russian flag, a middle finger gesture and a "F*ck you Putin" message on the website's home page at www.anilorak.com.
The life of some Ukrainian bands and singers is not what it used to be half a year ago.
They traded comfortable make-up rooms for military tents and professional stage platforms for hand-made dusty stands when they went on a very special tour. They give free shows at the military bases to raise the spirits of the Ukrainian soldiers as the army is fighting Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country.
Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city with more than one million residents, became a cradle of anti-Vladimir Putin and pro-Ukrainian songs through the EuroMaidan Revolution and now the Russian-backed war against Ukraine.
When Russian pop singer Sergey Lazarev said on Ukrainian TV that he does not share his compatriots’ euphoria about his nation’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, he did not anticipate the backlash at home.
As Ukrainian pop star Ani Lorak was receiving two awards at a Russian music awards ceremony in Moscow on May 31, Ukrainian military forces were fighting against Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east - a war that has claimed nearly 150 lives of Ukrainian servicemen alone.
Despite all the troubles Ukraine has suffered in recent months, Ukrainians did not lose interest in fine music. While several summer music festivals, including the legendary Kazantip festival and Ukraine’s biggest rock festival Best City.UA, were canceled or moved abroad due to the unsafe situation in the country, many of them will welcome music lovers as usual.
Kyiv Post offers you a list of summer music festivals for any taste and budget.