Festival of overtone music,exclusive handmade doll show, Brazilian bossa nova and Industrial Eden
The Doll House
The Kyiv International Exhibition Centre is preparing for the biggest show of handcraft artists in Eastern Europe. This weekend, October 18-20, it will bring together more than 350 Ukrainian, European, Japanese and American designers and artists of beadwork, embroidery, batik, patchwork and other hobbies as well as decorative art.
Part of the show is the contest of handmade dolls called Trendy Doll. It takes place twice a year, in spring and fall. This season’s themes are the Legends of Ancient Greece and Alfa & Omega.
In addition to admiring exclusive dolls and handcrafts, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in workshops, attend interesting lectures, see fashion shows of clothes and accessories, and buy original handmade items.
The Kyiv International Exhibition Centre is at 15, Brovarsky Prospect, Kyiv. The closest metro station is Livoberezhna
Little Opera House (50, vul. Dehtiarivska, Kyiv)
Kyiv is about to host an unusual music event. Organizers are inviting everyone to the third festival of overtone music, dedicated to the oldest instruments invented and played by people, such as the Jew’s harp, didgeridoo and more. Throat singing, otherwise known as overtone singing, is also on the programme: the audience will have the opportunity to learn and practice it. Overall, the festival space unites musicians, singers and the craftsmen who make overtone instruments. Everyone will be able to buy an instrument from craftsmen at the fair.
Ukraine Palace; Kyiv, Zhovten and Kinopanorama movie theatres
This year’s international film festival will open with Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Man of Hope), directed by Andrzej Wajda. Its world premiere was at the Venice Film Festival. Austrian director, scriptwriter and producer Ulrich Seidl will be the special guest and present his full retrospective Ulrich Seidl. Total Retrospective. The competition programme will traditionally feature films by Ukrainian and foreign directors. One of them will win the main prize, the Scythian Deer.
20 October, 7 p.m.
Brazil Bossa Nova Quartet
Tchaikovsky National Music Academy (1-3/11, vul. Horodetskoho, Kyiv)
The energetic Brazil Bossa Nova Quartet will play a gig in Kyiv as part of its new world tour. Its magnificent bossa nova melted the hearts of the Ukrainian audience at concerts last year. This time, the musicians will play a different programme of new songs by Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet to the accompaniment of Helio Alves on piano, Duduka da Fonseca on percussion and Ark Ovrutski on bass. The Kyiv gig, will culminate the band’s tour of the Ukrainian cities of Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Simferopol and Odesa.
Experience the rapid rhythms of Cuban nightlife and indulge in the exotic atmosphere of the Caribbean – one of the most popular Cuban bands, Pasion de Buena Vista, will be performing on Kyiv biggest stage. The troupe has the best dancers and vocalists who are well-known and appreciated in their native Cuba and all over the world. The special flavour of the Cuban lifestyle is presented not only through the powerful vocals and sophisticated performance of the dancers, but also through their colourful costumes. The harmonious combination of all these elements makes the show exotic and gives the audience the magic of a real Cuban night.
25 October, 12 p.m.
Forsage Dance Club (51A, vul. Harmatna, Kyiv)
Today, the magnetic vocals of Dmytro Shurov, one-time pianist for Okean Elzy and Zemfira and the leader of his own band, Pianoboy, coupled with the ambient sounds of his piano will turn the average grey fall night into a time full of vivid and unforgettable memories. The well-known rock pianist will play and sing his hit songs – Vedma (The Witch), Etazhy (Floors), Kozhura (Skin), Miortvye Zviozdy (Dead Stars), Prostye Veshchi (Simple Things), Vselennaya (Universe) and many others. After playing with Okean Elzy, Esthetic Education and Zemfira’s band, Dmytro Shurov rediscovered himself in a solo career, for which his fans are endlessly grateful.
24 October, 6.30 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art Problems (18D, vul. Shchorsa, Kyiv)
Kyiv will soon host an art project. Its principal goal is to discover the factors that changed people’s awareness after the Industrial Revolution. Influenced by technological and scientific progress, social mindset transformed into the desire to create a machine with a human mind. Over 30 artists will present their individual vision of utopias based on endless faith in technology. In addition to massive installations, documentary films, photographs and painting, visitors will have the opportunity to meet artists at discussions and roundtables.
The shambolic renovation of the Central Electoral Commission, which has been in progress for several years now, looks about to be finally concluded. On Feb. 5, the President submitted a list of candidates to the Verkhovna Rada and this suggests that the process is finally being unblocked