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May-2017

Don’t miss best summer festivals in Ukraine this year

We already feel it’s near. The weather is getting hotter, the clothes – lighter and the mood rises to the top. Eventually, just a few days left to the official start of summer. Have you made your plan already? Whatever it’s “yes” or “no”, summer festivals in Ukraine are among must-visit ones.

Every year plenty of big and hundreds of small events are taking place all over Ukraine. Music fest, holiday celebrations, traditional markets and art events – check our list of best summer festivals in Ukraine and make your festival road map.

the White Nights

When? 2nd – 3rd of June
Where? PLATFORMA art-zavod, Kyiv
How much? 399 UAH (one day) and 699 UAH (both days)

Let’s start this summer with the biggest dance event! The White Nights for the third time already introduces the concept of a total musical freedom by putting together at the same place dancefloors of different music styles. Different artists and DJs from all over the world will make you dance all night. However, here you can find not only a good music. Light shows, art installations, lounge areas, food, and drinks will help you to enjoy your first true summer party for a maximum. A must-attend for parties addicted.

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Porto Franko

When? 14th – 18th of June
Where? Ivano-Frankivsk
How much? need to confirm

A festival that combines all possible types of art, from painting and literature to theater and performances. For four days ancient fortresses and urbanistic architecture of Ivano-Frankivsk city center will become a venue and decoration for this postmodernist celebration of art. Experimental music, alternative theater, installations, and performances are going to attract contemporary art lovers from all over Ukraine, Europe and overseas. This year organizers promise to include lecture space as well to let people get to know more about modern art and its trends.

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atlas weekend

When? 28th of June – 2nd of July
Where? VDNH, Kyiv
How much? 55 EUR for 5 days pass

5 days of the best Ukrainian and world’s music from famous bands. This year one of the biggest music summer festivals in Ukraine prepared a lot of surprises and special guests. Among them – The Prodigy, Three Days Grace, Kasabian and John Newman, not mentioning dozens of best Ukrainian groups and artists. Together it sums up in 8 stages and 200 artists during 5 days of the festival. In addition, organizers promise a lot of fun on 30 interactive locations.

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Odessa International Film Festival

When? 14th – 22nd of July
Where? Odessa
How much? 1200 UAH for the full festival pass

Together with Cannes, Berlin, and Venice, there is Odessa standing. Odessa International Film Festival is one of the most visited in Eastern Europe, was founded in 2010 to spread awareness about high-quality intellectual cinema art in Ukraine. Exclusive films’ releases, workshops from world’s best movie industry experts and a unique festival atmosphere all together make a 9-days cocktail of this big international event.

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color fest ua

When? 12th – 13th of August
Where? Ice Stadium, Kyiv
How much? from 150 UAH to 1500 UAH

Today color Holi festivals are taking place all over the world, not just in its country of origin – India. And as you could guess, Ukraine is not an exception. Every summer for the last five years Ukrainians have a chance to participate in the most fun and bright ever color fight. Together with a fight, each year organizers ensure a big choice of other additional activities as well. You can join master classes of traditional arts, try some Indian and Ukrainian cuisine and dance to the live music performances together with a colorful crowd. Join this celebration of happiness.

Zahid fest

When? 18th – 20th of August
Where? Rodatychi, Lviv region
How much? from 250 UAH to 4000 UAH

Another famous one among music summer festivals in Ukraine is taking place in Lviv region 9th summer so far. It’s rated as one of the most soul festivals thanks to its atmosphere and a unique spirit. Moreover, you have a chance to live right here on the festival venue at the special camping and share your emotions and festival experience with locals, music fans, and foreign guests.

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koktebel jazz

When? 24th – 27th of August
Where? Chernomorsk, Odessa region
How much? from 390 UAH

This warm and endlessly musical festival is gathering friends for the 15th time, now in Odessa. This event keeps its popularity due to the perfect combination of classy music and opportunity to spend a nice vacation next to the sea. A stage on the beach, warm sunsets and sunrises, and the magic of jazz – you just can’t simply miss it!

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Sorochynskiy Yarmarok

When? 22nd – 27th of August
Where? Velyki Sorochynci, Poltava region
How much? free

Back in times, Ukraine was famous for its fairs (“yarmarok”) that were happening all over the country. The biggest fairs’ boom happened in XIXth century, that’s when a fair in Sorochynci was organized for the first time. However, it’s never big the biggest or the most famous one. Who knows, maybe we’d never hear about it if the world’s famous writer Mykola Gogol didn’t describe it in one of his tales with the same name. Today it’s, probably, one of the most known traditional summer festivals in Ukraine, that gathers around million people from all over the world yearly. Each year, makers from all over Ukraine and not only come to participate in this fair to offer their products for sale. Everything, from food and clothing to pottery and jewelry, can be found here. Also, you can enjoy folklore performances, vagabond theaters and tons of tasty traditional dishes here. The best place to dive into Ukrainian culture.

Today it’s, probably, one of the most known traditional summer festivals in Ukraine, that gathers around million people from all over the world yearly. Each year, makers from all over Ukraine and not only come to participate in this fair to offer their products for sale. Everything, from food and clothing to pottery and jewelry, can be found here. Also, you can enjoy folklore performances, vagabond theaters and tons of tasty traditional dishes here. The best place to dive into Ukrainian culture.

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