(Designs from Ukrainian Fashion Week)
You may remember that I visited beautiful Kiev in Ukraine last month, and mentioned that there was a Days of Ukraine festival taking place in London. Well, it’s next week, and there are two great events that are open to the public — the Ukrainian Art Exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery, which opens on the 19th, and runs until the 25th, showcasing a new exhibition featuring contemporary Ukrainian artists, and on Saturday 19th there is a Ukrainian Festival and Concert at Potters Field Park by City Hall on the South Bank, which aims to give visitors a taste of Ukrainian culture and heritage.
I’ll be attending all the events, plus the opening gala at The Natural History Museum on the 17th, and the (invitation only) Ukrainian Fashion Show on the 18th, as a guest of the Days of Ukraine sponsor, the Firtash Foundation and will be Tweeting away on their behalf. (I’m especially looking forward to eating varenyky on Saturday at the Ukrainian Festival.
Event: Ukrainian Art Exhibition
What: The Saatchi Gallery showcases a new exhibition featuring contemporary Ukrainian artists. In the exhibit will be works by renowned painters and sculptors such as Oleksandr Roitburd, Oleh Tistol, Anatoliy Krivolap, Viktor Sydorenko, Pavlo Makov and others.
When: From 19th October until 24th October
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
Event: Ukrainian Festival and Concert
What: Head down to Potters Field Park by City Hall on the South Bank for a taste of Ukrainian culture and heritage.
When: 19th October from 1:30pm– 8pm
Where: Potters Field Park, London SE1 2AA
The festival will take place in a stylised Ukrainian village during a traditional country fair and offers fun for all the family. Get crafty with traditional pottery and wreath-making lessons and hone your culinary skills creating traditional Ukrainian dishes – varenyky (above) and borshch.
Keep the kids entertained Ukrainian style — making clay animal whistles, weaving ponies of straw and twine, baking birds out of dough and painting eggs. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the musical games presented by the children’s folklore ensemble Raihorodok.
The main stage will feature Ukrainian folk and contemporary music, among them Vopli Vidopliasova, led by Oleh Skrypka and accompanied by Le Grand Orchestra, Astarta and Folknery (folk), Krosna (authentic)—and Kozak System and Taras Chubai, classics of Ukrainian rock.