Chocolate Festival in Lviv
The beautiful city of Lviv this year invites tourists to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with one of the traditional markers of the day – chocolate. The 6th Chocolate Festival will be held from 14 until 17 February and guests will be treated with the best chocolate recipes and a huge multilevel cake that will be exhibited in Palace of Arts on Kopernika 17.
It is a traditional celebration marking the coming of the warmer months. Four enormous pancake fairs are already scheduled for this spring. On 11 – 17 March, Maslyana will be celebrated in Pirohovo, Mamaeva Sloboda, Kyiv Rus Park and the Expocentre of Ukraine with thousands of pancakes on offer for you.
Lambert Leaves Queen at Home
Revered 2009 American Idol star Adam Lambert is already a favourite here in Ukraine, appearring on stage with Queen and Elton John during Euro 2012. This year he’s coming back to rock Ukraine on 18 March.
The 2013 IIHF World Championship Division I
It is known as one of the most brutal sports in the world, and when those facing down on the ice, armed with puck, sticks and skates are the best from across the globe you are guaranteed a spectacle. This year, Donetsk will be hosting Group B of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. While Group A will be competing in Hungary, the teams in Group B compete in Donetsk on 15 – 21 April.
The Annual Kyiv Marathon is scheduled this year on 28 April. Consider yourself a good runner? Start training today and show up on Maidan Nezalezhnosti at 8.00 to be in the running as the 2013 Champion.
The 3rd City Exhibition of Tulips
This year, spring will marked with a big open air exhibition of tulips scheduled from 20 April to 5 May. Held in Pechersk Landscape Park (near the Statue to the Motherland), the exhibition promises to be a colourful and fragrant event with over more than 400 thousand tulips on display.
Ukrainian Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013-2014
This spring, fashionistas will gather alongside the catwalk once again to see clothes the fashion world of Ukraine has decided are on point to stock your wardrobe for the colder months. As usual, the practical will be on show along with the more avant garde creations. Wait for 6 – 10 March to see what will keep you both warm and stylish.
Victory Day Parade
Up to 10 million Ukrainians, are estimated to have lost their lives in the battle between Soviet and Nazi forces in World War II. Consequently, victory remains a historic and cultural touchstone across the nation. On the 67th anniversary of Victory Day, a parade is planned on 9 May in Kyiv. As the numbers of veterans dwindle year-on-year, the event takes on a greater poignancy. So come and commemorate the memory of the fallen as well as mark this critical date in both Ukraine and world history.
Eurovision 2013 Finals
It’s kitsch, over-the-top and thoroughly addictive and on 18 May, the annual circus that is the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malmo, Sweden. All eyes in Europe will be glued to TV screens to watch the competition unfold. If Ukrainian representative Zlata Ognevich and her song Gravity pass through both of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, then she has a chance to perform in the finals.
Cumulatively, they bring a sea of white to the streets of Odesa. Five years on from the first event, the number of brides who don their dresses and gather on Teshchin Bridge for a parade continues to grow. On 29 May you will be able to see them in all their nuptial finery.
The last weekend of spring coincides with the Day of Kyiv, and to celebrate Oleh Skrypka is organising a big rock festival with a twist on 25 May. Musicians, bikers, extreme sportsmen and even Cossacks will gather on Trukhaniv Island for an action-packed schedule of events.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest
As last year’s 10th anniversary Junior Eurovision Song Contest ended with the triumph of Ukrainian youngster Anastasia Petryk, Kyiv has earned hosting rights this year. Watch out for the date and time to be announced soon.
The Final Match of the Ukrainian Football Cup
Every year, the finals of Ukrainian Football Club are held at the beginning of summer. On 1 June, the best Ukrainian football team of 2013 will be named after the match.
2013 IAAF World Youth Championships
This year, the International Association of Athletic Federations will be conducting their World Championships from 10 to 14 July in Donetsk. Preparations are already under way as the city prepares for this huge sporting event.
Inter-museum project Fata Morgana
While preparing for the second Arsenale biennale scheduled for 2014, Mystetskiy Arsenal (Lavrska 12) is dedicating this year to fostering relationships with other museums. Opening the month-long Fata Morgana project on 15 August, Arsenal will show the best works gathered from across Ukraine to illustrate the lineage that links the country’s ancient and contemporary art.
Once again, the Crimean Peninsula will play host to electronic music festival Kazantip. Think of it as a Ukrainian version of Woodstock or Glastonbury – each year, thousands of fans of dance music gather in Popovka village for two weeks of abandon. With plenty of dance areas, top DJs and beautiful people, why not join them on the shores of the Black Sea from 3 to 18 August.
On 7 – 11 August, Western Ukraine invites guests for the 7th Pidkamin Ethno Festival held in the picturesque environs of a Dominican Monastery in Pidkamen village, Lviv region. The best way to learn about Ukrainian traditions is to mix with those who live them every day.
The pagan rite of Ivana Kupala is held every year on 6 – 7 July and will be celebrated in Pirohovo, Mamaeva Sloboda and Khutir Savky. Annually, youngsters gather together to jump over fire and float wreathes on the river to find out what their future holds.
Independence Day of Ukraine
Write 24 August in your diary as it’s Ukraine’s biggest holiday. Marking the fall of the Soviet UNI0N and 22 years since Ukraine declared itself an independent state, Independence Day will gather crowds of people on Maidan Nezalezhnosti with a concert schedule that will run all day.
32nd World Gymnastics Championship
The world’s best gymnasts are gathering in Kyiv on 26 August, combining strength and grace to compete for the titles of World Champion. The tournament ends on 9 September in Kyiv’s Palace Sport.
Football: Ukraine vs England
This year, Ukraine qualifies in Group H for the World Football Cup 2014 facing Montenegro, England, Poland, Moldova and San Marino. The most anticipated match for Ukraine is the one with England on 10 September starting at 19.00 Ukrainian time. Although the stadium hasn’t been chosen yet, you will definitely have an opportunity to watch the game on TV.
The Ukrainian love of beer is patently obvious when you see just how much of a hold the amber liquid has on daily life, a bottle of beer is bought as casually as a bottle of Coca-cola in the west. Ukraine's 20th annual Oktoberfest is scheduled to take place on 21 – 23 September. Events will be scattered across Kyiv, however, to get a truly German flavour look for inspiration at Spartak Stadium (Frunze 105).
The 6th Big Antique Salon
Who knows what treasures are lurking in the average Ukrainian home? This event is a chance for people to find out. Antique masterpieces from private and museum collections will be exhibited in Mystetskiy Arsenal (Lavrska 12) from 28 November to 8 December.