Month: August 2014

Video: Kayaking Kyiv

The mighty Dniper river and Kyiv’s cultural and social history are inextricably intertwined and the myriad of islands, forests and sandy beaches which cut through the city provide endless hours of entertainment and relaxation. The river divides Kyiv (literally) but it also unites it as thousands and thousands of Kyivians mingle on its shore throughout the summer.

This weekend we joined them, hired some Kayaks from its Hydropark and paddled our way downstream to Slavutych stopping en-route for a picnic on a small island.

Then came the rain….

Thanks to Doug for arranging everything!

Invite: ‘Party Concert’ Najivo – 13th of August 2014

Join the 4th ‘party concert’ Najivo on 13 August 2014 from 8pm at the First Family studio in Kyiv (Obolon).

navThe line-up includes Karolina Mirgorodskaya, Margarita Rayska, THEROOF, Maryana Golovko & Valeri Koshman, and Dima Kelly (lead singer and founder of Champagne Morning) will attend as a special guest. Singles of this Ukrainian band are heard on numerous radio stations and occupied the top positions in the UK and US music charts: Miracle – # 5 on Amazing Tunes Radio (UK) and # 1 on IndieDial Radio (US) Also, the song Miracle was introduced at the UK BBC Intoducing radio show.


The next radio hit “The Culture” appears on the soundtrack to the movie “Tіnі Nezabutih Predkіv.”

Come and join us for hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Entrance fee: 70 UAH.
Simeyna Studia
Heroiv Stalingradu ave, 20 (Minskaia metro)


Please book in advance: +38 (067) 887 87 17

Najivo – is a platform for artists all over the world, where they can present their talent and creativity as well as get acquainted with other musicians and performers.


Paint by Numbers

I woke-up on Saturday morning to the following message: 

“Hey Ian, me and Ruslana are going to the Kyiv color fest”, “wanna join us?”

I should have been looking for an apartment but curiosity won and I flicked open the Facebook page for the event. I couldn’t really understand what it was, but as it was only 20 minutes by metro from Maidan and the weather was good – so I agreed. 

Walking through Maidan on my way to the metro I passed busses of young riot police, guys carrying crates of Molotov cocktails, people trying to clean the place and at least two massive fires as the tent city went up in smoke. All adequately bonkers for a Saturday in central Kyiv. 

By the time I had arrived at ‘Ipodrom’ metro station, the everything had changed but it was no less bonkers. 

Sun + Music + Paint = The Kyiv Festival of Colour

I haven’t seen this many Ukrainians having this much fun for a long time. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean: 




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