In the last decade Ukraine’s capital Kiev has grown into a European entertainment hub, attracting some of the world’s most famous musicians and DJs.
For example, Joachim Garraud, who is one of the brightest stars in the French DJ scene, has been a regular visitor to the nightclub Dali Park since 2004.
In Ukraine people are more likely to spend money on leisure. It also has less restrictive alcohol and tobacco advertising, which means clubs get more financial sponsorship.
Club manager, Fabrice Schwarz explained how that benefits the venues there: “We have exactly the same DJs as in Europe, who play in the most important clubs. From that point of view Ukraine is ahead of the game. They can get artists who play in France and are very difficult to hire because of their high fees”.
In Kiev’s Arena Entertainment Centre, night club Decadence has opened its party season on a summer terrace. It is one of the most popular nightlife attractions among foreign visitors.
One party reveller enthused: “A lot of beautiful women, it’s a vibrant city, reminds me a lot of New York. The [Arena] centre is very vibrant, a lot of people running a lot.”
The number of foreigners living, working or just visiting Kiev has increased dramatically in recent years.
One Ukrainian woman said: “I have noticed that almost 70 percent of people at nightclubs here are foreigners. I believe it’s a positive thing. This means new acquaintances, new contacts, new possibilities.”
To those who are looking for an alternative way to spend a night out, Kiev offers a number of outdoor events. One of them is Slava Frolova Art-Picnic which offers visitors different kinds of entertainment, including concerts.
“Here you have so much space – you can go walk around, wander and then come back, take a cup of tea, or coffee. You can stay here for the night, just with a sleeping bag and a mat,” said one visitor.
Kiev is truly a party-goers paradise – Bring your clubbing gear and have a fantastic time.