In recent years, Kiev has seen a boom in the development of tourism, becoming one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Eastern Europe. Modern and traditional combine, creating the perfect destination for all kinds of tourists, be it those in search of new and exciting, or those looking for history, culture, and art. Kiev boasts an original display of contrasts – the perfect scene for a memorable vacation.
With a history of more than 1400 years, the Ukrainian capital is an important cultural, educational and scientific center, but also a stylish destination for families and art lovers, and even a more provocative one for young travelers.
Many musical, cultural and sport events take place in Kiev every year, but 2012 takes the cream. The events below are some of the most prominent hosted by the charming Ukrainian capital city this year.
Sensation White, May 5, 2012
The renowned mega show that conquered the world is coming for the second time to shake Ukraine. Kiev International Exhibition Center will turn all white for the “Innerspace” spectacle. International top artists, exceptional effects and the best electronic music will create a memorable experience, transforming Kiev in a transcendental world.
The City Days, 28-29 May
Organized each year in the last weekend of May, the Days of Kiev are an occasion to celebrate for both locals and tourists. The city’s streets will turn into vibrant show scenes, hosting a wide variety of concerts, exhibitions, folk festivals, cultural programs, the famous “Zhar” food festival and many other events, all culminating with the long waited fireworks blooming all over the city’s night sky.
Euro 2012 Final, 1 July
The biannual European Football Championship Euro 2012 will be organized this year in Poland and Ukraine. Kiev will host some of the most important matches including: three group matches, one quarter-final, one semi-final and the grand final on 1 July. The competitions will take place on the Olympic Stadium Kiev which has been renovated to meet the standards for Euro 2012. Football fans from all over the world are expected to Kiev this summer. If Euro 2012 convinces tourists to visit the beautiful Ukrainian capital then, the city herself will definitely win them over.
Formula 1 Powerboat Competition, 21-22 July
The event will take place on the Kiev Sea in Vyshhorod, where prestigious participants from China, Italy Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. will storm the Ukrainian waters, promising an amazing show for spectators.
These are just a few reasons to visit Kiev, but in addition to these great events, the city of golden domes still hides many surprises for her visitors. The rich culture exhibited in her museums and the tumultuous past of this nation still dominating the Ukrainian background will fascinate the tourist, but the most impressive thing about this controversial city stands in her strong personality, her evolution and her people.