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Remembrance Day

As is customary for members of the Commonwealth nations to convene on Remembrance Day, members of the diplomatic and international communities joined together on
11 November at Park of Glory to commemorate and honour those who have fallen in past conflicts. This year is especially significant as it marks the signing of the Armistice ending WWI in the forest of Compiegne in France. Exactly 100 years ago.

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Wanna Be Famous?

Members of the International business community started their weekend in style with The Big Meet at Famous on 2 November. More than 100 guests came along to network, have a few drinks, and enjoy the evening together in great company. There are more great events on the calendar – stay tuned for details.

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100 Years of Austria

The Austrian embassy along with members of the diplomatic community celebrated their national day at a grand reception on 25 October at the Hilton Hotel. A hundred years following the end of the WWI the event was also marked by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Austria. Numerous guests from Ukraine and Austria, representatives of other countries and international organisations, partners and friends of Austria, along with Ambassador Hermine Poppeller, the Embassy team, and Advantage Austria Ukraine celebrated in great style.

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Identity Interrupted

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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An International Treasure

The Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus arrived in Ukraine last month in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Founded in Ukraine in 1918, the group survived two world wars and since 1949 has been based in the US, with members across North America. The 51-membered troupe celebrated at the Ivan Franko Theatre on 22 October alongside our local Mayboroda Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, putting on an incredible two-and-a-half-hour show of national song. The evening continued with a jovial reception.

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The Lightest Event This Autumn

On 12 October in Shevchenko Park, with support of the Kyiv City Administration and the Embassy of Spain, Seven IDMG held its annual White Design Promenade – the White Charity Ball. With people from the creative and business community and other bright young talents on the invite list, art objects placed at the entrance welcomed one and all. The evening continued with an incredible sunset, drinks and snacks keeping everyone sated, and dancing until the wee hours with help of British DJ Mark Summers.

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Trick, Treat, and Tipples

Halloween with the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine is always a spooktacular event. On 25 October, at the Bursa Hotel Kyiv, Chamber Members enjoyed an evening in the company of zombies, vampires, and magicians. A costume contest kept witches and ghouls of all sorts on their toes as they took cool Instagram photos and drunk something like 600 cocktails all in. Special thanks for another great event goes to Carlsberg Ukraine, Coca-Cola Ukraine, Nemiroff Ukraine, and NYX Professional Makeup Ukraine.

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Danish brand ECCO presented a limited line of shoes made from the brand’s innovative material – ECCO SHINEBRIGHT leather. The new ECCO collection is made of leather with microparticles of glass – it reflects bright light, like an animal’s eyes flashing in the dark! Katerina Osadchaya, Leonila Guz, Olga Harlan, Alexander Pedan, Alexandra Kucherenko, and others had the chance to enjoy this new collection in a special “dark room”.

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