The home in which Anna Akhmatova wrote her first collection of poems. The house that features representations of Atlanteans on Lyuteranska where Maxim Gorky once lived. The endocrinology hospital on Reitarskaya where Nikolai Amosov worked. All of these beautiful examples of architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries form the basis of the Dvoira project.
In 2016, professional photographer Vera Shelest decided her stockpile of photos of Kyiv facades, which she took on city walks, needed to be used in some way. Experiments in Photoshop resulted in appealing kaleidoscopes, and a little later the photographer used them in textile prints on her other passion – women’s scarves. Thus, in March 2017 the Dvoira brand was created.
The first collection consisted of 10 scarves, two of which were bought by Ukrainians from New York and Israel. Other products are now on sale: T-shirts, skirts, magnets, cup holders, and postcards covering the history of these houses. In addition, Shelest has held two photographic exhibitions, the first of which was devoted to the Day of Kyiv.
Not only a commercial project, it’s also a way of attracting public attention to dilapidated, but important old heritage buildings that need restoration, and yet still retain their previous grandeur.
A fun and fantastic new way to explore has recently popped up on our GPS. It’s called geocaching, and though it’s new to us, there are more than 300 fabulous locations in Kyiv alone to cache in. Intrigued? Playing hide and seek with latitude and longitude coordinates, geocaching gets you using the GPS on your […]
With the 2018 UEFA Champions League here in Kyiv this year, Michael Hudson of Dinternal Education came up with a fabulous competition to get locals out and about, showcasing their favourite parts of Kyiv to the throngs of tourists headed our way this month. “We got entries from secondary school students, college and university teams, […]
There’s surely no better reason to roll-out this semi-regular feature dedicated to one of the finer things in life than a beer festival. While we usually showcase smaller craft beer type establishments (we’ll make special mention of one later), this is too good an opportunity to miss. Brought to you by the team behind the […]
Ukrainian talents continue to collect accolades worldwide. In April, Kharkiv-born illustrator Stanislav Senchuk showcased his own vision of a headline-making cover from a British Vogue issue. His sketch Models Change attracted the attention of the glossy magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE. Consequently, British Vogue published Senchuk’s stylised image on its Instagram page as a ‘creative […]