Have you ever wondered what the foreigner should do when they come to Kyiv? They definitely like to go to the cinemas and enjoy live theatre performance or at least visit some art galleries. Is there such an opportunity in the capital of Ukraine? It is understandable that all the performances should be in English as most people from abroad speak this language perfectly well. Kyiv wins its prize for all the headlines and information in public transport as it is in English. The translation and transliteration work started here in 2012 when preparing for Euro 2012. In the metro and in the electric ground transport you will here the stops named in English. But that’s not the only surprise that waits for you in this huge city. There are also places where you will feel like you’re home again.
We have chosen Top 5 places for the foreigners in Kyiv. Here you don’t have to worry if people understand you. You can just enjoy the time doing the thing that you enjoy the most. These places are wonderful for a date or just for being alone when you need to think about something and forget about the world. Some of the places are actually hilarious.
For movie lovers
This place could be called multinational. The cultural centre “Kyiv Cinema” is a place that host international film festivals. It is the only cinema theatre in Kyiv which shows the movies without dubbing. It means that not only locals can come and watch the movies, but also people from other countries. On April 26, “Kyiv Cinema” together with the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine opened an annual CineFiesta that allows Spanish people in Ukraine as well as Ukrainians who enjoy Spanish language to see the best movies produced in Spain. The movies go with the subtitles in Ukrainian to make sure that everyone definitely understand everything.
As soon as CineFiesta finishes, another film festival starts. It can be Austrian, German, Turkish, British, Dutch, etc. You will never be bored no matter which country you are from. For a whole week you can enjoy the selection of different genre movies – from comedy to documentaries.
Kyiv Cinema website: http://kievkino.com.ua/
The cinema theatre was opened in 1952 and since then the building itself hasn’t changed, even inside you will see high ceilings and big chandeliers. But the insides were renewed completely. The theatre runs three floors. On the first one there is a cash desk in case you prefer not to buy tickets online. The second floor contains a huge hall with a café where you can buy popcorn and drinks. Here the official part of the festivals usually takes places. When festivals are open, they attract crowds of people who want to meet and communicate with native speakers. So, it is quite possible that you meet someone from your hometown in this place.
If you are hungry before the movie but you hate popcorn because you get all that crumbs on your chest in the dark hall, you can visit the restaurant right outside the theatre. It always smells very nice and in summer there are crowds of people chatting and enjoying their vine on the terrace.
If you enjoyed a movie and not you don’t want to go home, you can go to the basement floor as there is a night club where you can play billiards. There is also a stage where sometimes live music can be heard.
The location of the cinema theatre is amazing as it is situated right next to Lva Tolstogo metro station. If you are not tired, you can have a 15-minute-walk to Maidan Nezalezhnosti. And if you are lucky, Khreschatyk will be closed for the cars and you will be able to walk on the road and see crowds of people taking pictures with actors dressed as pandas, penguins, minions and other funny characters. Khreschatyk is splendid at this time of the year because chestnuts trees are blooming beautifully in pink and white colours.
For modern art lovers
Not far from Kyiv Cinema there is an art centre that attracts crowds of people mainly because the entrance is free. When you go out of the corner, you will see a long queue of people waiting impatiently for their turn to come in. Some of them get tired of waiting and just go searching for another adventure. But for those who are patient enough, the owners prepare exhibitions of the artists from different parts of the globe.
You are lucky because there is an English version of the website: http://pinchukartcentre.org/en/
The centre was opened in 2006 but it really boomed in 2009 with the exhibition of skulls by Damien Hirst. A huge number of students attended it. The British artist showed in one of his works how he saw the Orange Revolution of 2004.
If you enjoy and understand modern art, this place is definitely a must. But before going, think which time if better for you not to see the crowds. The queues are not so long in a working day and the opening hours are very convenient. You can find all the necessary information on the official website.
For paintings lovers
The place is called “The Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine”. But to be honest, it mostly represents XX century with some new paintings. If you want to see the works of the artists which you have never heard of before, you should visit this place. Just ask yourself, is Gapchinska the only Ukrainian artist that you know? If it is so, you need to widen your horizons and to see how many talented people live and create in Ukraine.
The entrance is free but you can leave some money for museum development.
Official website (also in English): http://modern-museum.org.ua/ru/index.htm
Not far from this place there is a new café and art centre. Here usually take place fashion events, art installations. In the café you can play intellectual games every week. This place is very popular among Ukrainian youngsters.
The entrance is free of charge.
Official website: https://izone.ua/
For history lovers
This might be depressing but it is a part of Ukrainian history. If you are fond of learning new information about the countries that you visit, then you need to visit National Museum “Memorial to Holodomor Victims”.
It is situated not far from Arsenalna metro station, and it is better if you walk there without taking a car or public transport. The way lays though the Park of Eternal Glory This park is huge and marvellous. People often come here especially in spring and summer.
You will be delighted with the view on Dnipro River. But the statue of the thin little girl in front of the museum entrance will make you shake.
For music lovers
If you like listening to organ with orchestra, this is the number one place for you. Not far from the city centre there is a National Organ and Chamber Music Hall of Ukraine which is literally an active catholic cathedral which holds the concerts everyday expect for Sundays. Well-known organ players perform here.
Even if you get bored of music, you will be happy to see one of the most famous buildings of Władysław Horodecki.
Official website: http://www.organhall.kiev.ua/index.php?lang=en
These are our Top 5 places to visit while in Kyiv. Enjoy your stay and don’t get in trouble because of the language that you speak. You can always find a solution whether you would like to watch a movie in English or communication with people from your country or other countries.