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April Fools Odesa-style

16 April 2018

In its 45th year, Ukraine’s ultimate April Fools event – Yumorina gathered more than 100 000 people on the streets of Odesa on 1 April in a parade to outdo all previous years’ events! In a nod to The Three Musketeers, the theme for this year’s event – Odesa for all and all for Odesa – paid homage to the multinational hospitality of the city, boasting as it does more than 130 nationalities. The day climaxed with shows on the mainstage featuring League of Laughter and Kvartal 95 among others, with headliners Alekseev and Verka Serduchka stealing the show! With more fabulous events planned in this fabulous seaside city, like Children’s Day on 1 June and Day of Odesa on 2 September – just to name a few! – make sure you get it on your list of places to visit this summer!




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Ivan Honchar Museum opened its doors on 8 November to reveal its latest exhibition, Identity Interrupted, by Ukrainian-American artist Ola Rondiak. The collection features 53 works, including paintings and sculptures, in dedication to the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. Ther series intertwines the history of the artist along with that of the country, the result of which is poignantly relevant. The exhibition remains on show until 9 December – don’t miss it.

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