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Going Canadian

On 30 June and 1 July, Lviv’s residents and guests had tons of fun as they celebrated Canada Day held in Canada House and Rynok Square in Lviv! Canadian Ambassador Roman Waschuk opened the important event featuring officials and Canadian celebrities representing business, the IT sphere, culture, and sports who shared their experience with Ukrainian audiences. The multifaceted programme was , innsive formative, and highly entertaining. Every attendee found something for their soul, mind, or body, in the award ceremonies, pancake breakfast, discussion panels, networking parties, souvenir fairs, bookstands, the illustrious street hockey, jazz concerts and so much more. NB: the CA maple syrup was delicious!

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In Good Taste

On 14-16 June, a Business Dinner by Design organised by Seven I.D.M.G. swept across into Art Ukraine Gallery. For the first time in Ukraine, designers in conjunction with interior design salons came up with seven dining spots serving refreshments from conceptual restaurants. The unique project appealed to all tastes of attendees. Guests could see and admire exquisite interior solutions while culinary delicacies tempted their tastebuds. Senses of hearing and smell were also put to work as the event had its own flavour enhanced with live music.
Business Dinner by Design helps entrepreneurial spirit meet creative souls. Watch for the next one coming soon.

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Happy Birthday, America!

On 7 July, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine hosted its 27th annual American Independence Day Picnic. More than 3 000 guests of all ages flocked to Kyiv International School to enjoy a festive party offering a big programme – catchy music, contests, as well as kids entertainment and interactive photo zones. The attendees were treated to traditional food, refreshing beverages, and apple and cherry pies. An exciting prize-draw and headliner Antytila added thrills to the overall excitement.

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The Electrichka

As Ukraine moves further away from its post-Soviet past, we look at how best to experience it before its gone. This month – the electrichka For those who don’t know, the electrichka is a very slow, very uncomfortable, local train teeming with interesting stories and fascinating characters. It’s like you have a front row seat […]

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Wine now, run later

On 19-20 May, took place the 10th annual Kyiv Food & Wine Festival at the International Exhibition Centre.  With goals to cultivate Ukrainian wine culture, attendees had the opportunity to try varietals from 32 wineries. Though no additional gimmicks were necessary, those so inclined could took part in an Oyster Battle – a contest to see who could open five molluscs the fastest. There was also the fourth annual Wine Run, a now traditional part of the fest with tastings along the 5km trail and prizes for the best costume! The next event is scheduled for this upcoming October – make sure you’re in town!

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A nice quiet Sunday

On 3 June, the International Women’s Club of Kyiv met at Ukrainske Selo with their families to enjoy the ethno spirit as well as the sun and fresh air. The husbands gathered round the grill preparing a tasty BBQ, chatting, and degusting the Czech beer, while IWCK members and their children partook in classes of yoga, pysanky, vinky with real flowers! One of the goals of the picnic was to raise funds in support of the Crimean Tatar group “Krymska Rodina” who was present at the event. The Crimean Tatars highlighted their culture in an authentic dance performance, music, and a Tatar embroidery workshop. 

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And the winner is…

The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine held a Champions Business Networking Cocktail on 24 May at the brand new Aloft Hotel in Kyiv. All guests enjoyed an evening with fellow members of AmCham, sampled a few traditional football drinks care of Carlsberg and Nemiroff, took hundreds of photos in fab football-style photo zones, and a few even took home some cool prizes from PepsiCo. Of course, the most anticipated part of the event was the draw for the two tickets to the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final thanks to MasterCard. Congratulations to the lucky winner – Serhiy Yanchyshyn!

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Walking across Ukraine

Over the weekend of 8-10 June, Help Us Help the Children (HUHTC) charity was buzzing with activity with an initial Friday evening fundraiser care of His Excellency Roman Waschuk – Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine, and wife Oksana Smerechuk, in the courtyard of the Canadian Embassy. Sunday saw the kick-off of a walkathon, which has president and founder of HUHTC, Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj, embarking on a 650 km walk from Kyiv to Vorokhta to help raise awareness of the problems Ukrainian children face in the orphanage system. The walkathon will end in the Carpathian Mountains on 4 August at the start of Summer Camp 2018.  The goal is to raise one million dollars CAD, to sustain and expand the organisation’s initiatives.
To learn more about the organisation and to follow Ruslana’s walk across the country, visit www.huhtc.org and www.dopmoha-ukraini.org

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