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1 November, 2013  ▪  The Ukrainian Week

Night at the Museum, Jazz Groove and New British Films

The Ukrainian Week offers a selection of events to attend this month

2 November, 7 p.m.

Marcus Miller

International Culture and Arts Centre (1, vul. Instytutska, Kyiv)

Well-known jazzman, multi-instrumentalist and composer Marcus Miller will present his new album, Renaissance, in Kyiv this fall. His distinct style and resonating elastic bass sound, much like the twang of a bow-string, makes Marcus Miller’s style unique and easily-recognized. The new album features the work of a big team of jazz performers, including saxophonist Alex Han, pianists Federico Gonzalez Pena and Kris Bowers and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato. The audience will hear their wonderful creation this coming Saturday night.   

3 November, 19:00

Ennio Morricone

Ukraine Palace (103, vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, Kyiv)

The maestro and composer will give an amazing present to the Ukrainian audience on his 85th birthday. Ennio Morricone has devoted 50 years of his life to composing music for masterpieces of world cinematography. Although his name is mostly associated with soundtracks to modern cult movies, the pieces are more than just film music – they have a life of their own. Ukrainian fans will hear tunes from some of their favourite movies, including Malena, Once Upon a Time in America, Django Unchained and others.

Through 6 November, 7 p.m.


Bilshovyk shopping mall (6, vul. V. Hetmana, Kyiv)

The second international theatre festival, Document, kicked off in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Kherson and Kharkiv at the end of October. The goal of the festival is to share experiences and encourage documentary theatre artists to communicate and exchange ideas. The Kyiv section will offer a reality show with the intriguing incomprehensible title лЕ29дЕ31нЕ30ц - 90 minutes of consumer space. The title is a code of the names of the playwrights and directors who worked on it, including E29 for playwright Tetiana Kytsenko and director Tamara Trunova; E31 for playwright Dan Humennyi and director Olena Roman, and E30 for playwright Oksana Savchenko and director Andriy Mai. Apparently, the artists have borrowed their codes from symbols for artificial food components used on product labels in Ukraine.    


8 November, 7 p.m.

Goran Bregovic

International Culture and Arts Centre (1, vul. Instytutska, Kyiv)

 The fall concert season would not be complete without a vibrant show from the world-renowned Balkan composer Goran Bregovic. Along with his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, Bregovic will present his new programme. His music is always a unique combination of otherwise opposite music genres – Balkan folk music, symphonies and rock. Make sure to book your tickets in advance – Ukrainians love his fusion of Gypsy rhythms and traditional Bulgarian music.

15 – 17 November

Night in Lviv 2013

Ploshcha Rynok, Gallery-Café Shtuka, Museum of Religious History and other venues

(8, vul. Kotliarska; 1, Museina Ploshcha, Lviv)

Night tours are becoming yet another of the many attractions of Lviv, the cultural heart of Ukraine. The Night in Lviv promotion campaign now takes place twice a year – in July and November. This fall programme features around 100 night-time attractions for everyone. You will have the opportunity to attend plays by the Voskresinnia (Resurrection) Theatre, a wide range of city tours including one to the historic Lychakiv Cemetery, a fashion night, numerous concerts, gigs and workshops. This is a destination for anyone seeking a blast of joy and fun.  


From 15 November

New British Film Festival – 2013

Kyiv Movie Theatre (19, vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, Kyiv)

As always, film lovers will have the opportunity to see a series of the Ukrainian premieres and projects of British cinematography. This year’s festival is the thirteenth, featuring eight new movies. Diana is a melodrama that reveals the secrets of the last two years of Princess Diana’s life and love. Hyde Park on Hudson is a story about the relationship between US President Franklin Roosevelt and his cousin. The story of a young couple’s toad trip is the plot of the black comedy, Sightseers. The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard, is based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale.

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