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This must have been the thought of Oleh Skrypka, one of Ukraine’s most famous rockers and festival organizers, who decided to proceed with his annual “Krayina Mriy Rizdvyana” (The Country of Dreams – Christmas) on Jan. 7-8 in Kyiv despite plenty of gray, both in the sky and under one’s feet.

The festival took place in Mamaeva Sloboda, an outdoor ethnic museum designed as a traditional Cossack village. Some of the promised Christmas fun activities – like sledding – had to be canceled. But others – like singing were very much welcome by the crowd.

Skrypka and his band Vopli Vodoplyasova, often referred to as simply “VV,” headlined the performance on the first day of the fest. Both days featured ethnic drinks and food prepared outdoors – but the queues were off-putting for many visitors. There was also a festive fair where embroideries, wood carvings, dolls and other traditional souvenirs were up for sale.

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