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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On 8 August, the City Swell complex (Muromets Island) became a venue for a special sports and entertainment event designed to present Active.Borjomi.Com. It is Ukraine’s first online hub focused on varied active leisure options. While bringing together professionals and amateurs, this platform provides plenty of useful information as well as announces themed activities that inspire young people to pursue active pastimes. Now you have a chance to learn about and take part in all aquatic and land-based activities going on in Kyiv – from SUP-surfing and hydro cycles up to horse riding and rope parks.

On 4 August, the Miss Ukraine National Committee held the event ‘Sport Morning with Miss Ukraine: Healthy Edition’ on Kyiv’s TSUM’s rooftop. The event brought together nearly 100 girls including 20 Miss Ukraine 2018 contenders. The first part of the programme, a public talk, featured Iryna Galay, the first Ukrainian woman to conquer Everest, Svitlana Fus, a nutritionist and television presenter and Viktoria Kiose, Miss Ukraine International 2016. They shared some useful tips on proper nutrition, active lifestyle, self-motivation, beauty stereotypes and standards. Then all girls took part in a workout with BodyArt fitness coaches.

On 21 July, the final day of the Odesa International Film Festival, AmCham Ukraine, together with chamber member Lavrynovych & Partners law firm, gathered the business community for a cocktail party to both network and discuss films featured at the festival. Guests enjoyed wine and networking with fellow chamber members. They also had the amazing opportunity to take photos in the cinema and with “real” world-famous actors and actresses such as George Clooney, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, and Charlize Theron.

On 13 July, Kyiv’s international business community enjoyed a lovely summer evening in style with The Big Meet Street Party at Aloft Kiev Hotel. Guests were treated to an event dominated by fresh air, sunshine and a convivial atmosphere with pop-up bars and live music from local DJs on the street. Guests also received a complementary welcome drink and had the opportunity to win some cool prizes in a special lottery draw.