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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.

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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.

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