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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ukraine’s finest arrives in the capital

A spectacular three-day festival of Ukrainian art, fashion and music comes to the capital between 17th-19th October 2013

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A spectacular three-day festival of Ukrainian art, fashion and music comes to the capital next week, offering Londoners the chance to experience the best of Ukraine’s rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture. Days of Ukraine in the UK takes place from 17 October to 19 October in some of this city’s most famous locations including the London Library, the Saatchi Gallery and Potters Field Park.
The programme of events is organised by the Firtash Foundation – with the support of Group DF – an international group of companies based in Ukraine, and it offers entertainment for the entire family. Mr Firtash will symbolically open Days of Ukraine in the UK by opening the London Stock Exchange on 17 October.
Day two of the festival will feature a literature evening in the London Library, with readings of classics and modern Ukrainian poetry, including the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.
The Saatchi Gallery will be hosting two events – an exhibition of Ukrainian art and a fashion show of leading Ukrainian designers. The art exhibition will be showcasing for the first time some of the most influential artists on the Ukrainian and the international art scene including works of contemporary Ukrainian artists Alexander Roitburd and Pavlo Makov. The fashion show will present the creme de la creme of Ukrainian fashion design in a runway show featuring leading lights of the fashion world such as Bevza and design duo KAMENSKA KONONOVA.
The three days culminate on 19 October at Potters Field Park where traditional arts and crafts, food and music will provide fun for children and adults in a stylised Ukrainian village. The finale of the festival will be a concert at Potters Field Park, featuring the very best of Ukrainian pop, rock and folk artists, offering a unique taste of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian music!
The concert and fair are totally free to the public and you can apply for tickets to the exclusive opening of the art exhibition and exciting fashion show at the Saatchi Gallery, as well as to the literature evening at the London Library, by visiting the Days of Ukraine in the UK Facebook page CLICK HERE. Numbers are limited so apply now!

Festival listing

18 October


‘From Shevchenko to Zabuzhko’
London Library, St James’ Square
Admission: apply for tickets via our Facebook page
Readings of classic and modern Ukrainian poetry, with a discussion between Dr Rory Finnin and the Ukrainian writer Oksana Zabuzhko about Ukrainian poetry. The evening is curated by Dr Rory Finnin, who is the head of Ukrainian Studies at Cambridge University.


From 18 October until 23 October
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ,
King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
Admission: Apply via Facebook for tickets to
this exclusive preview event on 18 October.
Free to the public from 19 October
The Saatchi Gallery showcases a new exhibition featuring contemporary Ukrainian artists. The exhibition will include works of art by renowned painters and sculptors such as Alexander Roitburd, Oleg Tistol, Anatoliy Kryvolap, Viktor Sydorenko, Pavlo Makov and others.


Saatchi Gallery
Admission: apply for tickets via our Facebook page
Fashion show of leading Ukrainian designers – Lilia Poustovit, Lilia Litkovskaya, Svitlana “Bibi” Bevza and the design duo KAMENSKA KONONOVA. Curator: Iryna Danylevska, the head of Ukrainian Fashion Week.

19 October


Potters Field Park, London, SE1 2AA 
Admission: free 
Head down to Potters Field Park for a fun-filled taste of Ukrainian culture and heritage. The festival will recreate a traditional country fair in a stylised Ukrainian village and offers fun for all the family. Get crafty with traditional pottery and wreath-making lessons and hone your culinary skills creating traditional Ukrainian dishes –  varenyky (dumplings) and borshch. Keep the kids entertained Ukrainian style – making clay animal whistles, weaving ponies of straw and twine, baking birds out of dough and painting eggs. Kids and adults will enjoy the musical games presented by the children’s folklore ensemble Raihorodok. The main stage will feature Ukrainian folk and contemporary music, among them Vopli Vidopliassova, led by Oleh Skrypka and accompanied by Le Grand Orchestra, Astarta and Folknery (folk), Krosna (authentic). Plus, Kozak System and Taras Chubay, classics of Ukrainian rock.



• Krosna band
• Folknery band
• Le Grand Orchestra dance class on stage
• Astarta
• Taras Chubay and Kozak System
• Oleh Skrypka, Vopli Vidoplyasova and Le Grand Orchestra
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