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Top Choice Opera in Kyiv

Taras Shevchenko National Opera Theatre

Performances at this lavish theatre (opened 1901) are grandiose affairs, but tickets are cheap. True disciples of Ukrainian culture should not miss a performance of Zaporozhets za Dunaem (Zaporizhzhyans Beyond the D…
Top Choice Live Music in Kyiv

National Philharmonic

Originally the Kyiv Merchants' Assembly headquarters, this beautiful building is now home to the national orchestra, plus many other musical treats.
Live Music in Kyiv

Bel Etage

Definitely check the website to see what's going on here, as they draw some really top-notch international music talent, especially jazz and blues. In the summer the action often takes place on the rooftop, filling …
Concert Venue in Kyiv


This industrial-style multistorey venue, complete with roof terrace, caters to all musical tastes – from techno to heavy metal – with a sprinkling of theatre and poetry readings. The best of the best in Ukrainian an…
Spectator Sport in Kyiv

Olympic Stadium

Kyiv's main football arena was completely rebuilt for the Euro 2012 football (soccer) tournament. Today it's the home stadium for Dynamo Kyiv and hosts most of Ukraine's international matches, as well as the occasio…
Theatre in Kyiv

Dakh Theatre

Simply the coolest thing that's happening on Ukrainian theatre stage. Look out for perfomances involving The Dakh Daughters – a 15-strong 'singing siren' collective which took YouTube by storm with the mock Gothic '…
Gay in Kyiv


You know Kyiv's come a long way when we can actually publish the names of gay clubs (they used to all be underground). This is a lively and centrally located place with a small stage for drag shows and the like.
Concert Venue in Kyiv

House of Organ & Chamber Music

Beautiful concerts housed in neo-Gothic St Nicholas' Cathedral built by Władysław Horodecki in 1909.
Spectator Sport in Kyiv

Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium

Named after legendary Ukrainian coach Valeriy Lobanovsky (1939–2002), this is the home of Dynamo Kyiv, although they play most of their games in Olympic Stadium these days. There's a Dynamo Kyiv museum and a statue …
Theatre in Kyiv

Theatre on Podol

The best of Ukrainian and Russian drama, both classic and contemporary, is shown here, although shows are in Ukrainian. The theatre building was controversially rebuilt in a modernist style in 2016, drawing a firest…