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December 29, 2012

Ukraine Opens Impressive 10,000 Items Strong Geology Exhibition

The Taras Shevchenko National University of Luhansk presented its very own geological museum that features a collection of unique ore, mineral, and rock samples. The museum exhibit features 10,000 samples, collected since 1950. One of the highlights of the display is an imprint of a large dragonfly that lived in the Carboniferous period (approx. 360 – 300 million years ago).

December 27, 2012

Ukraine Scores High in Six International Tourism Ratings: Tourism Boom Expected in 2013

Globe Spots, National Geographic, Trip Advisor and The Lonely Planet ratings have named Ukraine among Top 10 destinations for 2013. The country’s touristic prospects changed from being an outsider to a “must-see” destination after hosting Europe’s major sporting event – EURO 2012 football championship.

December 25, 2012

Saint Mykolay Opens The Gate to Winter Ukrainian Holidays

This is not Santa Claus or Per Noel or any other well-known character that brings gifts to all of the Ukrainian kids and adults for the holidays. Ukraine has its own legendary saint, Svyatyy Mykolay, or more familiar as Saint Nicolas, protector of the poor, travelers and all whom are good.

December 24, 2012

Ukraine Sends a Girl on Fire to Eurovision 2013

Over the weekend Ukraine choose its representative to the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place at the southern Swedish city of Malmö on May 14-18th, 2013. Ukrainian pop singer Zlata Ognevich (her stage name is a wordplay that combines words gold and fire) will perform her Eurovision entry – power ballad Gravity – on the Malmö stage.

December 19, 2012

Ukraine – Globe Spots’ Top 2013 Country in Central and Eastern Europe

Independent group of keen travelers Globe Spots presented their top countries to visit in 2013. “We focused on destinations we think will be hot – or at least should be,” states globespots.com. Ukraine became the only destination in Central and Eastern Europe to make it to the list and took the eighth spot in the Top Ten.

December 14, 2012

Doors Open at Father Frost Headquarters Near Kyiv

Father Frost (Ukrainian equivalent of Santa Claus) will receive letters from children in his newly opened headquarters in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region. The organizers informed that kids sending their letters to Father Frost can be sure each and every one of them will be read and replied with a postcard and a present. The authors of 50 most appealing letters will be invited to visit the headquarters on January 14th, 2013.

December 14, 2012

Ukraine Gets Customized YouTube

Google launched Ukrainian version of the world’s number one video hosting YouTube. The website youtube.ua will feature most popular Ukrainian videos and help promote Ukrainian talents, TV stations, and brands. YouTube already agreed to host content for a number of large Ukrainian companies, including companies Lavina Digital, Talant, TV channels 1+1, ICTV, Inter, Novyi, and STB.

December 13, 2012

Record Snowfall in Kyiv Since 1881

Over December 11-12th, the snowfall in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv has set an absolute record since the first recorded meteorological observation in the city. Moist snow with surface crust accumulation reached 85 mm (3.5 in), beating the previous 1979 record of 60 mm (2.4 in), reports Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center.

December 10, 2012

National Geographic Goes Ukrainian

The first issue of National Geographic in Ukrainian will be published in March 2013, reports telekritika.ua. One of the world’s most known magazines on geography, history and culture will run for UAH 25-35 (under USD 5) a copy. Currently, Ukrainian readers use the Russian version of National Geographic.

December 9, 2012

Kyiv Welcomes Its Residents and Guests to the Museum of Dreams

The unique museum of dreams invited visitors to take a peek into the human subconscious state of mind, and to discover the secrets of the dream world mysteries. The Ukrainian Association of Psychoanalysis approved the exhibition, which was designed to educate attendees in the aspects of culture and various techniques of modern dream research.

December 4, 2012

Ukraine Opens National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2013”

Southern Ukrainian peninsula Crimea opens the list of the new year’s 20 must-see places, picked by the National Geographic Traveler editors. “The Crimean Peninsula, with its voluptuously curved Black Sea coast of sparkling cliffs, is paradise – with Riviera-grade vistas but without Riviera prices,” describes the south Ukrainian gem the popular tourist magazine.

December 4, 2012

Ukrainian Reporter Wins Eastern Partnership Journalism Award

Ukrainian journalist Kristina Berdynskych became the winner of the Reporters for Reporters competition for journalists from the Eastern Partnership countries (EaP). Berdynskych, a reporter from Ukrainian Korrespondent weekly, was awarded for her story on the country’s officials who became millionaires, yet, notwithstanding their wealth, claim welfare and health benefits from the state.

December 3, 2012

Ukraine Skyrockets to Number One at Junior Eurovision

Anastasiya Petryk, 10, from Ukraine won the 10th Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song Nebo (Ukrainian for sky). The Ukrainian-language ballad allowed Anastasiya to wow the international televoters and jury with her powerful performance and become the first among competition entries from 12 countries.

December 3, 2012

People From All Over the World Need to Discover Ukraine – UNWTO Head

World Tourism Organization plans to deepen cooperation with Ukraine, stated Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO. He added that Ukraine had to promote its tourist potential, letting the world discover “your mystery – the great city of Kyiv, a wonderful country”. Rifai said that successful EURO 2012 hosting gig helped present Ukraine as a young and ambitious state.

December 3, 2012

Kyiv Features American Independent Film Festival

The American Independent Film Festival celebrates the work of indie filmmakers. It is a unique platform for new talent and a tour-de-force of low-budget creativity and innovation. The Festival attracts an amazing array of filmmakers from across the United States and offers film industry professionals in Kyiv, Ukraine an extraordinary chance to glimpse the future of cinema.

November 28, 2012

Ukraine Film Wins Tallinn Black Nights Festival

Ukrainian film House With aTurret (2012) won the grand prix of the 16th Black Nights Film Festival. The black and white motion picture tells a story of an eight-year-old boy whose mother dies at a small railway station in a house with a turret. Eva Neymann from south Ukrainian port city of Odesa directed the film.

November 23, 2012

Lviv Offers Night Tours For Off-season Travelers

“Lviv at Night” is traditionally one of the highlights of the cultural program designed to attract the western Ukrainian city tourists in mid-November. Local museums and guides invite residents and guests of Lviv to enjoy the city’s miraculous history, rich traditions, and ambiance till midnight and beyond. More than 100 free night excursions and theater performances, as well as visits to the museums and galleries have been offered this weekend.

November 14, 2012

TripAdvisor Names Kyiv Europe’s Top Destination on the Rise

Known travel website TripAdvisor announced its Travelers’ Choice 2012, naming Ukrainian Kyiv the top destination on the rise among the cities of The Old World. Ukrainian capital placed third in the world’s top ten rating. It was preceded by Argentina’s top beach resort Mar del Plata and the South American largest city Sao Paulo, Brazil.

November 7, 2012

U.S., Ukraine, and the UK Offer Secret Restaurants

One of theworld’s largest travel sites – TripAdvisor – presented a list of secret restaurants, where a customer is required to know a password to enter. San Francisco’s romantic getaway Bourbon and Branch topped the list, while Ukrainian partisan shelter Kryjivka in Lviv made it to number two. London’s Archipelago and two more American venues – Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club and spy-themed Safe House – close the list.

November 6, 2012

Kyiv Subway Welcomes Another Year of Effective, Affordable Transporation

On November 6th, 1960, Kyiv City Subway (Metro) opened its first line, consisting of five stations. Over the past 52 years the subway became the lifeline of the city – a major means of transportation for a three million megalopolis. Currently, the subway has three lines and transports approximately 1.42 million passengers per day.

November 5, 2012

An Ancient Book Collection Comes to Kyiv

A new exhibition, The Book for All Times, came to Kyiv featuring a combination display ancient books and their art. The collection of 40 ancient and very rare books was donated from private collectors Igor Ponamarchuk, Oleksandr Prognimak, and Artur Umanskyy, as well as state collectors from Ukraine, whilst the art was a collection of replicas by the famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali and others The purpose of this exhibition is to examine and understand the development of book publishing throughout history.

November 1, 2012

Kyivers Explore Human Body at Controversial Display

For this year’s Halloween, the coordinators of the unconventional exhibition The Human Body featuring real human bodies organized a spooky, yet enlightening presentation. The display has been the talk of the city since it premiered in Kyiv at the beginning of September. The exhibition which has been created for education purposes demonstrates 135 preserved human bodies and body parts and is open to general public.

October 29, 2012

Casual Connect Entertains Kyiv

Casual Connect is the premiere annual event for the casual games industry with over 4,500 professionals attending Casual Connect each and every year. This year’s event – taking place for the seventh time in Eastern Europe – was held in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

October 26, 2012

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company Celebrates 75 Years

The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Ensemble just celebrated its 75th anniversary and presented a fabulous one-night performance in Kyiv. The company is considered to be one of the best traditional dance troupes in the world. The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Le Figaro have critically acclaimed Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Ensemble as the most colorful, histological, and culturally collective dance troupe ever.

October 23, 2012

Ukrainian Kyiv Celebrates Oriental Culture

A Japanese Culture Festival, Japan-mania, took place at the Kyiv Expo Plaza this weekend (Oct 20-21). The festival featured traditional Japanese crafts, music, theater, paintings, clothing, food, martial arts and more. This weekend event was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Ukrainian-Japanese diplomatic relations.

October 22, 2012

Ukraine Produces Developers With Unique Ideas – IT Investment Expert

WNU sat down with Alex after his speech at the largest in Central and Eastern Europe international conference of internet technologies and innovations IDCEE 2012 that took place on October 18th, 2012, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

October 16, 2012

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Embodies National Heritage and European Values

As Ukraine’s National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy celebrates 397 years since the date of its inception – October 15th, 1615, its students, lecturers, employees, and alumni participate in cultural events aimed at highlighting the establishment’s rich educational, cultural, and democratic tradition. Country’s famous education-for-all advocate, the university is known for being a stronghold of freedom at all times throughout its history.

October 15, 2012

Fashion World Admires the Talent of Ukrainian Designers

As Ukrainian Fashion Week comes to its end, its participants walk away satisfied – the designers presented their collections, while critics and buyers appreciated what they saw. “Ukrainian designers are talented to such extent that they have become part of international fashion already”, commented Andrea Deanesi, blogger for Vogue Italy. David Hadida and Claire Khoriaty of designer platform TRANOI expressed desire to work with a string of Ukrainian designers whom they consider to have “tremendous potential”.

October 9, 2012

Sewer Museum Opens in Kyiv

The Ukrainian capital’s public utility and water supply communal service company Kyivvodocanal opened the first ever Sewer Museum in Ukraine. The museum describes more than a century’s history of the city sewer system dating as far back as 1879. The museum showcased various tools and machinery of the Kyiv sewage system including old (200 year old made out of wood) and modern pipes, valves and pumps, hatches of different time periods and models, as well as pumping stations.

October 5, 2012

Ukraine Joins the Memory of the World

Ukraine joins UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, aimed at making the world’s documentary heritage permanently accessible for all. This statement was made by Liubomyr Mykhailyna, the head of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical Cultural Preserve. He stated that the preserve was in possession of an extensive collection of the XVI-XVIII century blackletter books that need protection, preservation, as well as digitizing.

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