Events in Kyiv - October 2019

Fall is starting to take hold but it doesn’t mean that Kyiv gets less exciting. If you are looking for things to avoid autumn sadness, here are LOADS of great parties, concerts, exhibitions, film premieres and festivals we’ve handpicked for you. 

visual arts / exhibitions

Photo by Oleksandr Navrotsky

'There there'
by Oleksandr Navrotsky

When: September 25 - October 22
Where: French Institute of Ukraine
Free entrance

Kyiv based photographer Oleksandr Navrotsky presents his new series at the French Institute of Ukraine as a part of the “Skin of the city” exhibition cycle. Oleksandr’s works are an outstanding example of the abstract street photography and offer a glimpse to another Kyiv – eery, anxious and yet full of magic.


When: October 17 - January 19
Where: Mystetskyi Arsenal
80-40 UAH

Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit (1927–1998) was a Hutsul artist, writer, philosopher, ethnographer, and photographer who lived in the Carpathian village of Kryvorivnia. She wrote prose and poetry, created self-made books, drew, photographed, painted icons and pictures. She mastered the whole photo process all by herself and captured the surrounding reality. In thousands of photos, she documented the lives of residents and guests of Kryvorivnia, church holidays and folk rites, Hutsul daily routine, and Carpathian landscapes.

Alexander Glyadyelov
at Mayak Gallery

When: October 16 - November 3
Where: Mayak gallery
Free entrance

Aleksandr Glyadyelov is a Ukrainian self-taught photographer. Glyadyelov has traveled frequently throughout the former Soviet Union working on projects in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Kyrgyztan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and the United States. He covered the armed conflicts in Moldova (where he was wounded), Nagornij Karabakh, and Chechnya. The exhibition will feature some of his early works from Kyiv.

Slightly Altered. Synchrodogs

When: September 3 - 27
Where: Dymchuk Gallery
Free entrance

Synchrodogs consists of Ukrainian photographers Tania Shcheglova (b. 1989) and Roman Noven (b. 1984). Working on ‘Slightly Altered’ project artistic duo Synchrodogs went into a one-month trip across Carpathian Mountains to discover how far people managed to intrude into the territories that were meant to be wild.

Exhibition of Bird in Flight Prize ’19 finalists

When: October 11 – November 10
Where: Set Gallery
Free entrance

The exhibition of the projects from the short list of the international contest of innovative photography Bird in Flight Prize ’19 will be opened in Set art space. The ten best projects are chosen by the contest jury which consists of a photographer and a member of Magnum Photos Antoine d’Agata, YET Magazine editor-in-chief Salvatore Vitale, member of the Unseen advisory committee Emilia van Lynden, artist Ola Lanko, photographers Dmitry Kostyukov and Vlad Sokhin.

Black Cloud — Kyiv Biennial 2019

When: October 11 – November 23
Where: KPI Library, House of Cinema
Free entrance

The goal of Kyiv Biennial is to reflect on social and political transformations in Eastern Europe over the past three decades, influenced by the Chernobyl catastrophe, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the development of information and communications technology. The Biennial’s program will incorporate an exhibition presenting the works of artists from Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain, India, Canada and other countries, as well as a public program featuring international researchers, scholars and activists.


heat singers by nadiia parfan

Heat singers premiere

When: October 17
Where: Zhovtnen Cinema

For many years, Ivan Vasyliovych has been the trade union leader at Ivano-Frankivsk TeploKomunEnergo, a municipal heating company in western Ukraine. His magnum opus is the trade union choir for mechanics, repairmen, dispatchers, book-keepers and other employees. Ivan Vasyliovych is very proud of their creative achievements but is also keen to point out that "the heating comes first - and only then do we sing!". The rehearsal schedule must be organized around the "heating season". As the collective are trying to fix the old pipelines, customers are bombarding the hot-line service. Is it possible to warm up their cold radiators with the power of Ukrainian folk song?



When: October 17
Where: Zhovtnen Cinema

The festival programme consists of the best films from the European film festivals and is curated by Ukrainian cinema critics. Every screening will be followed by a Q&A session. All screening are in original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles.

Man and Monkey

OLDSCHOOL cinema club
Man and a Monkey

When: October 16
Where: Dovzhenko Center

The first full-length Ukrainian popular science film that was considered lost will be shown with live concert by the Ukrainian group Ptakh_Jung. Researchers at the Dovzhenko Centre discovered the film in the National Cinema Archives of Japan (NFAJ), where a negative had been preserved.

Concerts / parties

Dakh Daughters

Dakh Daughters

When: October 17
Where: Zhovtnevy Palace
350 UAH+

Dakh Daughters was born at Dakh Theatre. It is an multi-instrumental projects that combines piano, cellos, accordion, drums, violins, xylophone and other instruments. They often use texts by famous authors in their lyrics (e.g. Taras Shevchenko, William Shakespeare, Iosip Brodsky, Charles Bukowski).

Onuka & Naoni – Mozaїka

When: October 25
Where: Zhovtnevy Palace
420 UAH+

The Ukrainian electro-folk band will present its new album Mozaika with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Just imagine the scene: over 50 musicians on the scene, over 40 Ukrainian traditional instruments, and electronic motives by Onuka. Definitely not to miss!

Xiu Xiu


When: October 27
Where: Monteray Club
400 UAH+

The American experimental band from California coming again in Kyiv to present their last album «Girl with Basket of Fruit». Hooray!

Worn Pop: She Past Away

Worn Pop: She Past Away

When: October 25
Where: Mezzanine
500 UAH+
The Turkish post-punk band She Past Away will present "Disko Anksiyete" in Kyiv.

Rave # Wallis(Berlin)

When: October 25

Techno producer, mastering engineer and resident DJ at Upperberry parties in the iconic Berlin club ://about blank. Other artists TBA


Towards a Typology of Soviet Mass Housing

Towards a Typology of Soviet Mass Housing

When: October 31
Where: CANactions school
Free entrance

In 2019-2020, CANactions Talk holds a series of educational events that address the context of «micro rayons», mono-functional mass housing estates of the socialist period. Philipp Meuser is managing director of Meuser Architekten GmbH and head of DOM publishers.