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If you can’t stand the heat…

24 March marked an enjoyable evening for any gastro-inclined individual at Kitchen 21. With an exclusive invite list, DBI Hotels GM Irantha Duwange and executive chef Aleksandr Kolesnik had their work cut out for them, but delivered with a ‘Spiced Up Cote d’Azur’ menu. More such events are on the horizon – will you get an invite? Head in, get your name on the mailing list, and it could be in the kitchen and on the WO pages next!

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A Cool Start

French Spring got a cool start on 31 March with its inaugural kick-off on Sofiivska Pl, featuring motto of the French Revolution – liberte, egalite, fraternite. Invited guests got the chance to mingle with organisers – the French Institute in Kyiv, along with VIPS as well as local and international performers of the festival earlier in the evening at Premiere Palace. Amazing events continue in Kyiv until 30 April – make sure you take them in!
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Getting Sky-high

Already big rollers on the networking scene, The Big Meet met on 16 March for its second round of nightlife antics at Aloft, Kyiv’s newest hotel in downtown Kyiv. The event was enjoyed by more than 200 members of the international business community and was in fact the Marriot-branded hotel’s first official function. The next big event is schedule for 27 April at Almondo – make sure you are there!

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Melting Colours

On 15 March, in collaboration with the US-Ukraine Business Council, Asters law firm held an opening reception of works by well-known Kyiv-based Georgian-born artist David Sharashidze. Ambassador Extraordinary of Georgia to Ukraine Gela Dumbadze commented “David’s artworks present a unique amalgam of Georgian and Ukrainian culture.” The event was traditionally held in the Asters office with nearly one hundred guests attending, including business managers, diplomats, governmental officers, and public figures.

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Women in Business

The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine was delighted to welcome Member of US House of Representatives, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, and longest-serving woman in the history of the Ohio Congressional District currently serving her 17th term – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to Kyiv in 29 March. Passionate about the initiatives going on in Ukraine, Kaptur presented her project Seeds of Hope, aimed at spotlighting women farmers. During a joint reception at the Hyatt Regency Kyiv with the US-Ukraine Business Council, and on behalf of the Ukrainian business community, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine Andy Hunder presented Kaptur with an award “For Continuous Commitment to Supporting Ukraine”.

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On 27 February, despite the snowstorm and winter-like conditions, brave citizens of Kyiv ventured out to the Riviera Riverside Yacht Club in search of a new scent. Presenting Y, a new fragrance by Yves St Laurent, Aleksiy Tarasov of Ukraine’s internet art project 24/7 was on hand, along with a number of YSL representatives. Guests were treated to a champagne presentation, the musical stylings of Morphom, and then a few lucky lads even took home the new cologne.

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Sushi and Celebrations

TUCC and fans of gastronomic fare gathered at Marokana on 12 March to take in some delectably fine dining. Unveiled on the eve was their exclusive Casablanca sushi rolls along with a fresh Argentinian chardonnay which matches perfectly for those looking to try something new. It was a fabulous evening, made even better with the celebration of Carte Blanche GM Natasha Voloshina on her 25th(?) birthday. The next TUCC event is on 18 April featuring fine English cuisine.

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Swiss Style

On 28 February at Art Hall D12, the Embassy of Switzerland in Kyiv hosted the opening of the exhibition Swiss Graphic Design, showcasing works by Swiss designers Werner Jeker and Balmer Hählen. The style and structure of Swiss graphic design over the decades has formed the basis of design in the 20th century; evident in works by special guests of the evening, graphic designers from Ukraine – Mykola Kovalenko and Dmytro Bulanov.

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