It only happens once a year that Kostelna street closes to cars and opens to pedestrian traffic only to celebrate the French joie de vivre on Kyiv’s Francophonie Day! Organised by the Tres Francais Family on 10 June, a number of French talents took to the stage to entertain the masses of Kyiv. Handmade goodies, street theatre, all manner of master class all making their mark. Didn’t manage it this year? Check in around this time in 2019 – the day was such a success it’s sure to be back!
On 9 October, a documentary film “The Man Who Stole Banksy» that tells us about the most mysterious street-art contemporary artist was presented in the building of the Malaya Opera. Within this event, creator of the project CityArt, and initiator of the creation of series of murals in Kyiv – Geo Lerosom presented a book – Kyiv Street Art vol. 2. Also, muralist-artists Apolo Torres (Brazil) and Matt Down (Belgium) gave a short, but very interesting lecture on street art before the show.
On 12 September, 40 Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club members gathered at Veranda restaurant for a ‘Super TUCC’ event – one of the largest attendances yet. The exquisite cuisine and specially-selected paired wines in combination with the great service made for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the club’s 16-year history. This level is sure to achieve Veranda a TUCC 5* rating.
On August 30, a presentation of the Association of Mentoring for Children and Youth – a group created for the systematic support of children in boarding schools and those who have faced difficult living conditions, was held in Vatra restaurant.
Mentorship offers a great opportunity to connect with children who are away from their homes to let them know that they are not alone and they have support on the outside. The organisers themselves are no less impressive: leading Ukrainian and international experts – Kidsave (USA), One Hope (UA), My Home (UA), along with Mykola Kuleba, ombudsman of the President of Ukraine for Children.
Together we can help to reform the system and find permanent families for orphans and life-long mentors for at-risk children and youth.
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On September 6, Switzerland celebrated Swiss Night in honour of the national day of Switzerland! More than 1 000 guests enjoyed music by popular Ukrainian artist Khrystyna Soloviy as well as sounds of Swiss saxophonist Roland Graf at the National Sanctuary Complex St Sophia. Two honourable guests – Nataliia Popovych, co-founder of UCMC, and Andrej Lushnycky, president of the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland/Honourary Consul of Ukraine in Switzerland – were awarded a Tell Award, created by UA sculptor Oleh Pinchuk. It was a grand evening!