All Christmassed Up

15 January 2018

It was a full house at Kyiv’s colourful Cuban restaurant, Habana, on 15 December as networking turned festive for the 2017 Fryday Afterwork Christmas Party. The event was enjoyed by several hundred business people from across the globe, all in jolly festive spirits. As the night went on, networking turned to dancing as guests enjoyed live Cuban music and performances from the talented proprietor Nelson Carrasco and his band. 

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On 27 February, despite the snowstorm and winter-like conditions, brave citizens of Kyiv ventured out to the Riviera Riverside Yacht Club in search of a new scent. Presenting Y, a new fragrance by Yves St Laurent, Aleksiy Tarasov of Ukraine’s internet art project 24/7 was on hand, along with a number of YSL representatives. Guests were treated to a champagne presentation, the musical stylings of Morphom, and then a few lucky lads even took home the new cologne.

TUCC and fans of gastronomic fare gathered at Marokana on 12 March to take in some delectably fine dining. Unveiled on the eve was their exclusive Casablanca sushi rolls along with a fresh Argentinian chardonnay which matches perfectly for those looking to try something new. It was a fabulous evening, made even better with the celebration of Carte Blanche GM Natasha Voloshina on her 25th(?) birthday. The next TUCC event is on 18 April featuring fine English cuisine.

On 28 February at Art Hall D12, the Embassy of Switzerland in Kyiv hosted the opening of the exhibition Swiss Graphic Design, showcasing works by Swiss designers Werner Jeker and Balmer Hählen. The style and structure of Swiss graphic design over the decades has formed the basis of design in the 20th century; evident in works by special guests of the evening, graphic designers from Ukraine – Mykola Kovalenko and Dmytro Bulanov.

Two days of theatre and workshops in English enlisting 70 participants from across the city and attracting an audience of 500 – the Pro.Act festival of theatre on 24-25 February at Les Kurbas Theatre was a huge success! Different teams and schools from across Kyiv brought to life various scenes from Shakespeare as well as a performance of The Little Prince in four languages! There are already plans in the works to grow the event in 2019, which means more English and more great theatre!