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December 30, 2011

Discovering Winter Wonderland 2012 in Western Ukraine’s City of Lviv

A fairy tale that comes to life during the New Year and Christmas holidays takes place in the Ukrainian cultural capital, a western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Christmas fairs scattered all around the old downtown square offer everything from sparkly Christmas tree decorations to the finest local confectionary that simply melts on one’s tongue.

December 28, 2011

Holiday Classic From Ukraine – Carol of the Bells – Goes Clay

A famous Ukrainian folk singer Oleg Skrypka performed a renewed version of the winter holiday classic Carol of the Bells originally composed by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych. This new rendition of the world renowned tune became a soundtrack for the freshly released Ukrainian animation film Shchedryk.

December 22, 2011

First Ever TV+Social Network Launches in Ukraine

The new Say-TV internet project will become a combination of television and a social network, according to its creators. The project will enable the users to participate in TV shows from their homes and even create their own TV programs.

December 21, 2011

CAF: Ukrainian Culture of Giving Surges 45 Positions

A known British charity Charities Aid Foundation upped the index score of charity giving in Ukraine by 13 percentage points (45 places). “In fact, it is Ukraine that has enjoyed the largest growth in its World Giving Index score,” states the 2011 report of CAF.

December 19, 2011

A Charitable Marathon in Lviv: from Andriy to St. Nicholas

The parade of St. Nicholas started a one-week charitable marathon that was organized to collect funds for children diagnosed with cancer. Finland, Sweden, Check Republic, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Nigeria, and Mexico sent their own cultural renditions of St. Nicolas to participate in the Lviv parade.

December 13, 2011

Ukraine Launches Rehab for Bears

Today the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine launched the rehabilitation center for brown bears. The shelter will receive the animals in need of rehabilitation after being ill-treated or having suffered from a natural disaster, etc.

December 8, 2011

Ukraine to Build a Brand New Tourist City by 2014

“In the next three and a half years, essentially, a completely new tourist city will emerge near Yevpatoria,” stated the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov after the conference Inside Ukraine, organized by The Economist in London. The minister said that the development will ensue within the national program to modernize the Crimean peninsula into an attractive tourist destination.

December 5, 2011

7 Wonders of Ukraine Unveiled

Ukraine has selected its seven wonders in the nomination for castles, fortresses, and palaces. All in all, 138 monuments all over the country laid claim to be selected as one of the seven wonders of Ukraine.

December 5, 2011

Charitable Christmas Bazaar Sets Holiday Mood in Ukraine

The 19th Holiday Bazaar organized by the International Women’s Club of Kyiv took place in the Ukrainian capital on December 3, 2011. Over 15,000 people and 38 foreign embassies participated in the event. The main purpose of the Bazaar was to raise charitable funds for the needy women, children, disabled and elderly peoples of Ukraine.

December 2, 2011

Norwegian Literary Almanac to Feature Ukrainian Authors

Norway will publish the literary almanac featuring passages from the works of several Ukrainian writers. Three out of five writes have been already selected. Publishing of the almanac is scheduled for May 2012.

December 1, 2011

Kyiv Has a Better Reputation Than Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Las Vegas

Kyiv made it to the 2011 TOP-100 most reputable cities in the world. Ukraine’s capital has a higher reputation rating than such world cities like Shanghai, Las Vegas, Dubai, and Rio de Janeiro, according to Reputation Institute findings.

December 1, 2011

Ukraine Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Independence Referendum

Twenty years ago today a referendum determined the future of the independent Ukrainian state. Over 90 percent of the voters supported the independence of Ukraine. Elections of the first president of the state took place simultaneously with the referendum on the independence of Ukraine – on December 1, 1991.

November 23, 2011

Ukrainian Subway Station Rated One of World’s Most Beautiful

Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate) station of Kyiv’s subway occupies 11th position on the list of the most impressive subway stops in the world, according to BootsnAll. The renowned community of travelers chose 15 subway stations in the world with the most outstanding application of art, architecture, culture, history, and technology.

November 20, 2011

Festival Chervona Ruta Preserves Authentic Ukrainian Music

The number of this year’s participants has set the record, bringing together 850 young musicians and performers. New to this year’s festival is the collaboration of performers from all regions of Ukraine.

November 17, 2011

Kyiv Makes It to Europe’s Top Shopping Destinations List

Seemingly, British experts consider shopping in Kyiv a bargain. Shops in the Ukrainian capital are known for their extended working hours and frequent discounts, even more so than in other European cities. This conclusion is included to the index of the European shopping destinations The Globe Shopper City Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

November 10, 2011

Ukraine presents “God’s Drink” to the World as the First Wine Festival takes place in Kyiv

Over 50 companies specializing in the mastery of wine making just finished presenting their wines at the First Wine Festival that took place in one of the Kyiv’s 1,000 sq. m pavilions. A show of spectacular mime artists from France, a variety of cultural music performances, and of course, a variety of wines from all around the world, brought together a countless amount of wine loving individuals for a tasting surprise.

November 9, 2011

Ukraine Continues International Tradition of Language Day Celebration

Following the worldwide adopted tradition of promoting literacy and language proficiency by holding spelling bees, language days and literacy festivals, Ukraine celebrates its national language Day. Europe began celebrating the European Day of Languages in 2001 while UNESCO established the International Mother Language Day back in 1999.

November 8, 2011

Lonely Planet Recommends Ukraine as Your 2012 Tourist Destination

The reputable British tourist guide Lonely Planet chose Ukraine as one of the top three tourist destinations for 2012. Uganda and Burma occupy the first two spots of the list. Ukraine, the second runner-up, is referred to as the great unknown of Europe. Lonely Planet argues that people don’t know much about Ukraine and tend to make up stereotypes to fill in the gaps in their knowledge.

November 7, 2011

Cultus Images Museum Opens in North Ukrainian Radomyshl

The museum of pre-owned icons The Soul of Ukraine opened in the city of Radomyshl, Northern Ukraine. The museum features icons created by professional as well as amateur painters. The collection includes large indoor iconostases, icons made of wood or painted on glass, Cossack arks and the icons common for Guzuls – West Ukrainian folk populating the mountain area. The museum was created by a Ukrainian doctor and philanthropist Olga Bogomolets, who spent 15 years collecting the items that are now displayed in the museum.

October 27, 2011

Cannes-Acclaimed Drama To Close 41st Molodist Festival in Ukraine

Today the closing film of the international movie festival Molodist has been announced. The drama Elena (2011) directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev will conclude the Ukraine’s largest film festival on October 30, 2011. Previously, the film won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

October 25, 2011

Ukrainian Vocalist Wins Gütersloh International Singing Competition

Ukrainian Olga Bezsmertna receives the first prize of the 2011 Neue Stimmen competition, held in Gütersloh, Germany. The prestigious international singing competition took place in Western German city for the 14th time. The performers from Ukraine, South Korea, China, Romania, Russia, and Slovakia took the top spots in the final ranking.

October 21, 2011

The Vatican Christmas Tree to Arrive From Ukraine This Year

Ukrainian fir trees will decorate the world capital of Christianity – the Vatican this year. The main Christmas tree of the Vatican, the trees for the official residence of the Pope – the Apostolic Palace, churches and cathedrals in Vatican will come from Western Ukraine, informs the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

October 21, 2011

Argentinian Tango Festival Connects Hearts in Kyiv

For the second year in a row the Kyiv International Festival of Argentinian Tango gathers passionate participants and world-class professionals who share the same passion for the language of music, fiery physicality and body rhythm simply described as tango dance.

October 20, 2011

Ukrainian Capital Takes Up New York’s Torch of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The event, anticipated by the domestic and foreign designers, fashion magazines editors, fashion critics, buyers, and bloggers, has finally begun in Kyiv – the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was launched on October 19, 2011. Traditionally held twice a year in New York, Paris, London, and Milan, the international fashion event is currently debuting in the Ukrainian capital.

October 19, 2011

29th Ukrainian Fashion Week: a Peak Into Spring-Summer 2012 Fashion Trends

Ukrainian Fashion Week attracted the glances of the international haute couture fashionistas for the 29th time. 42 designers presented their pret-a-porter Spring-Autumn 2012 collections. The event featured a gala show of the renowned British-Italian designer Antonio Berardi and a catwalk by American celebrity Paris Hilton.

October 17, 2011

Ukrainian Reporter Wins Investigative Journalism Daniel Pearl Award

A Ukrainian journalist Vlad Lavrov won Daniel Pearl Award for his participation in the transnational investigative project Offshore Crime, Inc. Lavrov was a part of the group of journalists from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ukraine. The six month investigative research uncovered organized criminal groups which used offshore tax havens to launder money, hide assets, and evade taxes.

October 17, 2011

Majestic Chrysanthemums Scattered on the Hills of Kyiv’s Landscape Park

The ten city districts created flower compositions utilizing three thousand chrysanthemums.

October 14, 2011

Ukrainian Painting Sets a New Record at London Auction

A painting by a Ukrainian artist set a new record at the Phillips de Pury & Co auction that took place in London on October 13, 2011. The art piece “Horse.Night” by Anatoliy Kryvolap was sold for USD 124,4 thousand which is the highest a painting by a contemporary Ukrainian artist ever grossed at an art auction.

October 13, 2011

Ukrainian Public Servants Intern at Harvard

This fall the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University hosted 32 Ukrainian delegates, who participated in the newly developed one-week program “Management and Leadership”. The objective of this specifically tailored program was to enable the participants study public administration and improve their skills in implementing economic reforms.

October 12, 2011

Ukraine’s Capital Unveils Its EURO-2012 Venue in a Dazzling Show

On a chill Saturday night on October 8, 2011, approximately 60 thousand guests gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine to witness the official opening of the main Ukrainian stadium Olimpiyskyi that will host the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The opening of the National Sports Complex featured performances of 2,500 volunteers and 500 professionals including the world famous circus Sonics and a renowned pop singer Shakira.

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