BIG NEWS TODAY! Kyiv was chosen to host the contest. After numerous cancellations or postponements, the fight is over!
For those, if any, who have no idea where Kyiv is, what you can visit, how can you get there – don’t worry. In this article you will find plenty of useful information, but first let’s resume the fight between the cities.
NTU and EBU kicked off the bidding phase for the host city/venue as early as the night when Jamala won. Since then, six cities showed their interest in hosting the Contest.
|Dnipro||DniproEuroArena||9,500||Proposal includes the complete reconstruction of the Meteor Stadium, including the Sports Complex Meteor located nearby, to be completed by March 2017.|
|Kharkiv||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex||40,003||Hosted three group stage matches of UEFA Euro 2012. Would have required significant construction including the addition of a roof.|
|Kherson||Concert Hall „Yubileyniy”||1,600||Proposal included expansion and reconstruction of the venue, which would have taken approximately 7–8 months.|
|Kiev ‡||Palace of Sports||10,000||Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009. May conflict with contest preparations as the venue will host part of the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division I ice hockey tournament between 22–28 April 2017.|
|International Exhibition Centre||13,000||Venue submitted as a reserve. Kyiv confirmed on 24 August 2016 that this is where they would like to host the contest if they win the bid.|
|Lviv||Arena Lviv||34,915||Hosted three of the group-stage games for UEFA Euro 2012. The arena required the construction of a roof.|
|Unfinished venue||N/A||An unfinished venue originally planned for EuroBasket 2015 that was 25% complete when construction halted.|
|Odessa||Chornomorets Stadium||34,000||Proposal includes reconstruction of the venue and options for providing a covered roof.|
As you may have noticed, some cities came with very strong offers whereas others… weren’t just as good as they should have been.
EBU and NTU shortlisted the offers, reducing the number of potential host cities to only three: Kherson, Lviv and Kharkiv were not considered as the best offers but, of course, this decision was made having had some solid arguments: Kherson had an extremely small venue, being able to accommodate only 1600 people; Kharkiv was dragged out of the race due to the Russian-Ukrainian fights in the area; surprisingly, Lviv, which used to be seen by the fans as the best bid, wasn’t considered as a possible host city due to unknown facts.
The race was tied: three cities had some real chances of hosting the contest. First of them to be taken out of the race was Dnipro, probably because the city was fairly close to the separatist fights in Eastern Ukraine.
Then, politicians stated that they would like to see the contest being hosted in any city but Kiev in order to promote the country. First, the Palace of Sports, the venue for Eurovision 2005, was disqualified because the venue was just too out-dated. But Kiev had a back-up solution: the International Exhibition Centre.
There were numerous rumours about Odessa hosting the contest and it is even said that politicians had an important role in the decision.
It is curious how NTU cancelled several times the announcement of the city so, probably, the rumours about politics being part of the negotiations were true.
Anyway, Kyiv will host the contest as the official announcement says.
Attractions in Kyiv
It is said that one can walk from one end of Kiev to the other in the summertime without leaving the shade of its many trees. Most characteristic are the horse-chestnuts.
Kiev is known as a green city with two botanical gardens and numerous large and small parks. The Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II is located here, which offers both indoor and outdoor displays of military history and equipment surrounded by verdant hills overlooking the Dnieper river.
Among the numerous islands, Venetsianskyi (or Hydropark) is the most developed. It is accessible by metro or by car, and includes an amusement park, swimming beaches, boat rentals, and night clubs. The Victory Park (Park Peremohy) located near Darnytsia subway station is a popular destination for strollers, joggers, and cyclists. Boating, fishing, and water sports are popular pastimes in Kiev.
The centre of Kiev (Independence Square and Khreschatyk Street) becomes a large outdoor party place at night during summer months, with thousands of people having a good time in nearby restaurants, clubs and outdoor cafes. The central streets are closed for auto traffic on weekends and holidays. Andriyivskyy Descent is one of the best known historic streets and a major tourist attraction in Kiev. The hill is the site of the Castle of Richard the Lionheart; the baroque-style St Andrew’s Church; the home of Kiev born writer, Mikhail Bulgakov; the monument to Yaroslav the Wise, the Grand Prince of Kiev and of Novgorod; and numerous other monuments.
A wide variety of farm produce is available in many of Kiev’s farmer markets with the Besarabsky Market located in the very centre of the city being most famous. Each residential region has its own market, or rynok. Here one will find table after table of individuals hawking everything imaginable: vegetables, fresh and smoked meats, fish, cheese, honey, dairy products such as milk and home-made smetana (sour cream), caviar, cut flowers, housewares, tools and hardware, and clothing. Each of the markets has its own unique mix of products with some markets devoted solely to specific wares such as automobiles, car parts, pets, clothing, flowers, and other things.
At the city’s southern outskirts, near the historic Pyrohiv village, there is an outdoor museum, officially called the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine It has an area of 1.5 square kilometres (1 sq mi). This territory houses several „mini-villages” that represent by region the traditional rural architecture of Ukraine.
Kiev also has numerous recreational attractions like bowling alleys, go-cart tracks, paintball venues, billiard halls and even shooting ranges. The 100-year-old Kiev Zoo is located on 40 hectares and according to CBC „the zoo has 2,600 animals from 328 species”.
How can you get there?
Depending on where you live, you can either go there via plane, personal car or bus.
Flying to Odessa is the most pricey option you have but it is the most effective if you live in the Western Europe. Prices vary from 150 Euros to 600 Euros or even more. And that’s the price for only one adult, one-way trip.
Your personal car may be the best alternative if you live close to Ukraine.
If you get some friends who would like to visit Odessa or even go to the Contest itself, you can rent a bus. It is really effective plus it is very funny.
Another important thing, besides getting the tickets, is booking a room. As usual, Eurovision period gives hotels and speculators the best profit: the rooms will be all booked so you’d better book one as soon as possible.