219th birthday celebrations – Odessa itinerary

For those readers likely to be in Odessa between 30th August and 3rd September, you will be present as the city celebrates its 219th “official” birthday – it is far older.

Anyway, the itinerary for those few days is as follows:

It includes rock fest, art & flowers exhibitions, music concerts, gala concert etc.
Traditional concert followed by a large firework will take place at Potyomkin Stairs in the evening.

In the network of the celebration, a range of traditional events will be held, including:
- International “Meetings in Odessa” Culture and Arts Festival;
- Gala concert of the XXII “Piqué Vests” Rock Festival in memory of I. Gankevitch at the Kulikovo Field (Chicherina and Skryabin are the headliners of the concert);
- Gala concert at at Potyomkin Stairs;
- open-air “Rakhmaninov by the Sea” concert by Alexei Botvinov by the Vorontsov Palace’s Colonnade;
- open-air “Jazz in Classics. Classics in Jazz” concert by Yuri Kuznetsov in the City Garden;
- flowers exhibition and the 2nd Arts and Crafts Festival;
- “Open-air cinema hall” at Langerone Descent;
- Yerzy Hoffman’s “Ukraine”movie presentation;
- meeting with the legendary Yuri Norstein, the author of bestseller “Hedgehog in Fog”cartoon;
- festive firework.

The traditional Gala-concert at Potyomkin Stairs will feature numerous famous artists, including In-Grid, Potap and Nastya Kamenskykh, BoomBox, Tina Karol, “X-Factor” Show winner Aida Nikolaychuk from Odessa, “Country’s Voice” Show winner Anna Khodorovskaya from Odessa and others.

As and when more details of who on what date and where become available, I will attempt to let you know.

I must admit I do fancy attending “Rakhmaninov by the Sea” and the jazz classics at the City Garden – both of which I hope will occur before the 2nd September when I should be heading to Crete for a few days.

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