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…

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). The 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…

What can you do in the Kiev region?

Jerom Rozendaal discovers that it is not easy to take a holiday in the Kyiv region. “As thousands of city dwellers flock to the Crimean black sea, or the Carpathian mountains during the traditional Maisky holidays, I find myself having a hard time figuring out where to spend three free days in or around Kiev. Therefore,…

Autumn in Baturyn

Alla Kyslenko explores northern Ukraine. Ukrainian Parliamentary elections were to be held at the end of October, but surprisingly I hadn’t been thinking about them at the beginning of October. Why? Because my friends and I were on the excursion to the historical region of Chernigiv in the north of Ukraine. The places we visited…

Don’t be scared of the lifts

Lifts, or ‘elevators’ in Eastern Europe are intimidating things. They are small, they don’t look safe and they are usually in a state of stinking decay.   However, don’t be scared by Ukraine’s collection of terror-boxes – I haven’t heard of anyone who’s every been hurt in, or by a lift. In Romania, I once squeezed into…

A trip to Vyshgorod and the Kyiv Sea

The mighty Dnieper river is by far Kyiv’s most monumental feature. Not only does it act as a gigantic air conditioner that channels fresh air through the city, but it defines so much of Kyiv city life. Kyiv and the Dnieper are inseparable. Thanks to the Dnieper, there are said to be 120 kilometres of beaches in…