Having attended the ‘Days of Ukraine‘ press launch in Kiev, it’s very exciting to know that the festival starts today in London, showcasing the very best of Ukrainian culture including fashion, music, art and literature. This intriguing country is a fascinating mixture of proud heritage and contemporary ideas with cutting edge musicians, artists, fashion designers and writers taking their rightful place on the world stage. For three jam-packed days the UK has a wonderful opportunity to see what Ukraine has to offer.
Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom runs from Thursday October 17th to Saturday 19th, 2013. On October 17th there is Gala opening and in the evening a series of evetns including ‘Autumn is so lovely’ by artist Zinaida Lihacheva, clasical music concert by Myroslav Skoryk with orchestra, Bass singer Serhiy Magera and ballet dancers Ivan Putrov and Tetiana Lyozova.
On October 18th the Ukrainian Art Exhibition opens at the Saatchi Gallery, curated by Igor Abramovitch featuring Anatoliy Kryvolap, Victor Sydorenko, Oleg Tistol and many others. It runs for 2 weeks and entry is free. The programme culminates in an outdoor extravaganza in Potters Field Park where there will be plenty of fun for all the family. The Ethnic Festival and Concert starts at 1.30pm and runs until 8pm – free admission. There’ll be ethnic dancing, folk music, a classical concert, a dance class and one of Ukraine’s most famous rock stars, Oleg Skrypka who played a major role in setting up the ‘Days of Ukraine’.
You can have a taste of Ukrainian cuisine, try your hand at Cossack games and buy traditional Ukrainian crafts plus lots more to see, all celebrating the very best of Ukraine.
There are so many facets to Ukraine culture and so many things to see and do that a few days in London will only scratch the surface. I predict that Kiev will become the next Prague or Berlin for the Long Weekend break. Get there now before the ravening hordes arrive!
Ukrainian culture is very interesting. It’s different from the European tradition in the West. I visited this country and I was impressed how beautiful it is.
Yes Veronika, it is quite lovely isn’t it. I’ve only been to Kiev and was so impressed with everything I saw. Sure it is going to become a very popular destination for travellers from other parts of Europe.
The Festival is over for this year but hopefully there will be another one next year and in the meantime, hopefully many mmore vistors will start going to Ukraine – it’s only a 3 hour flight from the UK!