Guest post from Kiev by Classic Rock Radio presenter Marilyn Michaels
The three-day festival, which will be celebrating Ukrainian culture, and organised by charity *The Firtash Foundation, with the support of Group DF, an international group of companies based in Ukraine.
It will run on 17-19 October 2013, with a multitude of events including a free concert and fair at Potters Field Park (by Tower Bridge) on 19 October. A stage will host a series of Ukrainian folk, and contemporary music groups led by Ukrainian ‘rock legend’ Oleg Skrypka and accompanied by Le Grand Orchestra.
The various festival events will bring together Ukraine’s premier performers, musicians, designers and artists. There will be plenty of entertaining events, suitable for all ages. Learning Ukrainian crafts is just one of the many fun things to keep children occupied.
Those attending the festival will have an opportunity to enjoy Ukrainian music, arts, fashion and cuisine. (sampling the varenyky or vareniki is recommended, they are a delicious light dumpling, stuffed with sweet or savoury fillings!)
“We strive to promote Ukrainian culture, literature, and language abroad. Ukraine is a European country, and we wish the world to know it. Ukraine has many advantages over other European countries – a vast area, mountain ranges, two seas, the fabled fertile black earth, a long rich history, colourful folk traditions, and talented youth. Days of Ukraine is a great opportunity to showcase our homeland to British residents, and tourists,politicians, diplomats, and cultural figures. This is a project that every Ukrainian can be proud of,” said Lada Firtash, the chairwoman of the organizing committee and head of the Firtash Foundation.
If art is among your interests the 18th of October will see the official opening of a Ukrainian art exhibition, which will last for 2 weeks.
Days of Ukraine enjoys the patronage of Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine. It is supported by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, as well as other political and business luminaries in the UK.
Last month I attended a press conference in Kiev, as a prelude to the festival, and it honestly looks very interesting. This will hopefully become an annual event, though I think it would be rather special to attend the very first one!
*Firtash Foundation is a private charity founded by Dmitry and Lada Firtash. The Foundation’s primary objective is long-term and systematic support of education and culture in Ukraine, The Foundation’s priority areas are support of talented and pro-active Ukrainian youth, encouraging studies of Ukrainian language, history and culture of Ukraine in Western Europe, as well as supporting and preserving Ukraine’s culture and heritage,. One of the best known projects of the FIRTASH Foundation is the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, which provides foreign students with an opportunity to study Ukrainian language, history, culture, literature, and cinema.
Marilyn Michaels is a presenter & producer on Classic Rock Radio where she also writes for the station blog She started life in Canada and has lived in various countries since. She did some acting and singing in musical theatre and film, and even a spot of modelling before falling ‘quite by accident’ into radio and voiceovers and now finds herself writing travel articles too. .Her radio interviews include James Brown & Queen’s Brian May among many more. She is still probably the only person to have done live radio aerobics instruction from a studio roof!
Find Marilyn on Twitter @RadioGirlProds. Marilyn is proudly vegetarian and active in promoting a cruelty free lifestyle.