Ukrainian

Servant of the People / Слуга народу

Servant of the People (Слуга народу) is a Ukrainian political satire comedy TV show, produced by Kvartal 95 Studio and directed by Alexey Kiryushchenko. The premier of the first season was released on November 16, 2015, on the Ukrainian TV channel 1 + 1. As if it was predicting a political phenomenon that will actually […]

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FO SHO: Three Black, Jewish Sisters Driving Ukrainian Hip-Hop

When she was six years old, Bethlehem (Betty) Endale’s parents asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She still clearly remembers her reply: “Well, I will be a singer.” With her sisters Miriam and Siona, Betty went on to form the group FO SHO, a hip-hop project that has garnered both […]

Kalush Orchestra: The “Conscious” Folk-Rap That Brought Ukraine to Eurovision Victory

The first rap that Oleh Psiuk ever wrote was a diss on his school teacher, much to the joy of his fellow classmates. He was only 15 years old, on track to become an engineer like his father. He loved music and was an avid listener of artists like Eminem, NWA, Eazy E, and Ice […]

Alina Pash: Ukrainian and Rusyn Experimental-Folk Music From the Heart

When asked to describe herself, Alina Pash proudly declares that she is “100% Bitanga” (a word from the Rusyn language meaning “Hooligan”). True to that characterization, she often pushes boundaries through both her personal style and the content of her music. Not wanting to conform to anyone else’s agenda, she even created her own music […]

Postman: Modern City Folk Music from Kyiv and Everywhere Else

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Pochtar performs, writes, and records across a vast array of cities and countries. He names travel as both his passion and his inspiration, driving him to write music that features everywhere from the city streets of his native Kyiv, Ukraine, to Antarctica. Music is not a new pursuit for Pochtar, […]

Mila Sivatskaya: Ukrainian actress, singer, and influencer

Mila Sivatskaya (Людмила Алексеевна Сивацкая) is a well-known Ukrainian actress, singer, model, and show host. She was born on 2 December 1998 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mila lived in a household with her mother Oksana Sivatskaya, father Aleksey Sivatskiy, and grew up with her brother Aleksey Sivatskiy in Kyiv, Ukraine. As an actor, however, she has […]

Shopping in Kyiv

You’ll have lots of options for shopping in Kyiv. Below are some locations and some advice former SRAS students who have studied abroad in Kyiv have to share with you! Introduction to Shopping in Kyiv I have two words to describe shopping in Kyiv: abundant and affordable. The city is overflowing with malls and name-brand […]

Local Food in Kyiv

One of the best ways to jump into a new culture is through the local food. The sheer act of sharing food experiences also gives you instant conversation starter material with locals. Ukrainian cuisine, like many northern cuisine, tends to be rich in root vegetables and fat. We are sure that you will find something […]

alyona alyona

Alyona Savranenko is better known by her stage name, alyona alyona (written in Latin characters and without capitals). She is a Ukrainian rap performer who, although with a background in Russian-language rapping, has greatly boosted the growing genre of Ukrainian-language hip-hop. In the two years since she exploded onto the scene, alyona alyona’s fame has […]

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