Culture In Depth, 02/08/2017

August Promises to be Eventful

Kharkiv has pleased guests and residents with numerous events during the past two summer months: forums, festivals, concerts, exhibitions. August promises to be no less eventful, perhaps even more impressive. Kharkiv Observer chose the liveliest events to make your last month of summer unforgettable.

Book exchange at Litmuseum

Another book exchange at Knyzhkova Kliumba run by Kharkiv literary museum will take place on August 2. This time, the guest will be Kharkiv musician, Yurek Yakubov. It’s a chance to exchange books, meet new people and just have fun. Besides, Yurek will play the ukulele, and who would want to miss that? The event is free, but don’t forget to bring a book.

When: August 2, 7 p.m.

Where: Kharkiv Literary Museum, 6 Bagalia Street, Kharkiv

Events at Letopark recreation area

On August 4, at Letopark stage, there will be a concert including the bands Dilais, Estradarada and The Quest Pistols Show. Price: UAH 150 ($6).

On August 10, there will be a charity party in support of the planting Sakura Alley. It is a public, charitable project for residents and visitors to the city; contests, prizes, gifts, an auction and fresh air will all be on offer. The entrance is free.

On August 26 at 7 p.m., Mozgi band’s big concert will begin. Price: from 300 UAH ($12).

Where: Shopping Mall French Boulevard, 2nd parking level; 44B Akademika Pavlova Street, Kharkiv

Art-Picnic in Feldman Ecopark

Unique social project Art picnic begins in Feldman Ecopark on August 5. The Art picnic is both a multidisciplinary cultural and educational project. The main goal is to teach a new, healthy lifestyle, which art and Ukrainian culture play an important role.

It will consist of 10 main areas: art, cinema, music, theater, literature, sports, children, festivals and fairs, good deeds, meetings with interesting people.

The event will be opened by Pur;Pur Band. Karliki Broccoli, Hapochka, Epolets, Bila Vezha and others will also perform over the weekend. Entrance is free for all.

When: August 5-6

Where: Feldman Ecopark, Lesnoe, Kharkiv region


NametFEST is the first tent festival in Ukraine, which aims to gather together as many tourists as possible from all over Ukraine in one place to observe the Perseids meteor shower. But that’s not all; the organizers also promise a lot of positive impressions, interesting lectures, new acquaintances, useful workshops and much more. This is one of the outstanding events of the last summer month to happen on the bank of the Siversky Donets river. Participation is free. Note, “Namet” means tent in Ukrainian.

When: August 12-13

Where: Zmiivske Gorodysche, Kharkiv region

“The Road to the East” literary and musical festival

One of the lbig events of the summer, “The Road to the East” festival, will take place in Izium town and Ivanivka village on August 18-19. Serhiy Zhadan Charity Foundation organizes the festival; all events are free.

On August 18, the pre-party starts on Fazenda Vinograd from 7 p.m. onwards. The evening will see Yuri Andrukhovych and ArtPole put on the play “Albert or Capital Punishment,” Zhadan with the Mannerheim Line project, and a jam session.

On August 19, the day stage in Izium center opens at 12 p.m. with Slobozhanshchyna Contemporary Folk and a fair nearby.

Lyubov Yakymchuk, Artem Polezhaka, Yuri Andrukhovych, Alexei Chupa, Dmitry Lazutkin will start to recite their works at noon on the literary stage in Spartak cinema.

The evening stage over the river will launch at 6 p.m.; it will feature music bands Tartak, Shana, The Vyo, and Zhadan and Dogs.

When: August 18-19.

Where: Ivanivka village and Izium town, Kharkiv region

Okean Elzy concert

On August 24, the Ukrainian Independence Day, the cult Ukrainian rock group Okean Elzy will perform at the Metalist stadium. It is likely to hear songs from their upcoming albums at the Kharkiv concert, as well as, of course, their well-loved hits.

When: August 24, 8 p.m.

Where: Metalist Stadium, 65 Plehanivska Street, Kharkiv

Price: from UAH 450 to UAH 650 ($18 – $26)

Kharkivgrad International Poetry Festival

Shulzhenko Museum of the famous Kharkivites will host the final of the annual Kharkivgrad International Poetry Festival on August 26. It is dedicated to the City Day. Participants of the contest read poems about the city, about how they feel in the city, how they see Kharkiv.

When: August 26, 1 p.m.

Where: Shulzhenko museum, Baikalsky Lane, 1

By the way, on August 23, Kharkiv celebrates City Day that precedes Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24; both days always offer varied programs with concerts, exhibitions and performances.

Kharkiv is a young, dynamic city full of enthusiasm and ideas. The city can surprise and entertain guests with diverse and often free events, suited to any taste.

Text: Anastasia Mitrofanova

Photo: Status Quo