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A New Identity Five Years On

On the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’S Revolution of Dignity, a new exhibition opens to reveal and commemorate the realities of the events of that time. Identity Interrupted by Ola Rondiak takes a piece of history and intertwines it with her own. “Identity Interrupted is a metaphor for Ukraine. It demonstrates its indominable determined spirit” Growing […]

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Complicacy… Complicity… Complexions

Star Dust is a new and bold experiment set to songs by British rock icon David Bowie A huge success in New York, Star Dust features the talents of the US-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet formed by pioneering choreographer Dwight Rhoden and prominent dancer Desmond Richardson. Director of the world-famous The Great Gatsby, Rhoden brings a […]

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Beauty Saves the World

On 20 September, Kyiv will play host to the final of Miss Ukraine 2018 – a national annual contest that has been held since 1991. This year, 25 pretty girls, meticulously selected out of 15 000 applicants from all over the country, will compete for the coveted crown

The winner of Miss Ukraine 2018 will represent her country at the 68th Miss World contest involving contenders from more than 120 countries across the globe. China will play host to the prestigious beauty pageant on 8 December.

Apart from Miss Ukraine, another two participants will be named Miss Ukraine International and Miss Ukraine Earth. Winners of these titles will take part in the UNICEF-supported Miss International 2018 in Japan and the UN-supported Miss Earth 2018 taking place in the Philippines.

In a bold move, the US’ Miss America pageant this year eliminated its swimwear component, “aiming to evolve in this cultural revolution”, says the organisation’s chairwoman. The change has not affected the Ukrainian contingent however, which will go ahead with the traditional bikini round. In fact, this portion of the pageant in Kyiv will be accompanied to hits by well-known Ukrainian singer, NK. The theme? Earth, water, air, and fire, meant to emphasise the idea that each girl has her own beautiful element and unique driving force.

Miss Ukraine, with its total prize pool totaling 700 000 UAH, promises to be a stunning performance enhanced with a musical show featuring Monatik, Dzidzio, Kazka, Alekseev, Lucky4 and NeAngely. A TV version of the big event will be broadcast on 1+1 Channel at 23.00 on 30 September.

Before jury members choose a beauty queen, What’s On presents the contenders:

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Only the Brave

By the organisers’ own admission, it was a brave undertaking. Yet, as they say, nothing ventured nothing gained and since first taking the risk in 2015, Brave! Factory Festival has grown into a fully-immersive and more than 24-hour underground music and arts event that already is regarded as one of Europe’s best Brave! Factory Festival […]

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Sailing in All Winds

Although yachting is less popular in Ukraine than abroad, it has a certain cache on Kyiv’s social scene. Seen as an elite sport, entertainment, lifestyle, or all in one, it is a great option to enjoy an escape from your daily routine. And you don’t need to be an oligarch to do it. What could […]

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First Comes Tinder, then Comes…Marriage?

Dating apps seem to be the way you date these days, and with so many out there, it can get confusing. Recently or chronically single and in need of a little help? What’s On to the rescue. Single and like dogs? Tin Dog is a great dating app. Have eclectic taste in music and will […]

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Sleeper: Born to Walk

Back in 2014, amidst the anti-government clashes and ousting of then-President Viktor Yanukovych, the annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent hostilities in eastern Ukraine, two girls in their early 20s decided to launch Sleeper – a brand that would change the notion of loungewear for good. It is not easy to catch them – Asya […]

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Inspired by Crypto

Her designs make quite the fashion wave internationally, and after you check out her creations you’ll know why. Now Anna Karenina, better known as Anna K has her sights set on a bigger goal – turning the fashion industry on its head via blockchain. Six years ago, Anna K made her debut as a designer […]

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