City Event

Galina Scoda (Ultramarine Girls)

Some of Eurovision fans may remember Galina Scoda - participant of Moldovan 2008-2010 national preselections with such songs like "Your Own Vision", "Joc De Noroc" and "Actori".

Since 2010 Galina has moved to Ukraine, where she starred in various plays of Musical Theater "Comme il faut".

Since 2010 she sings in cover band "Some like it hot", which has in 2014 been renamed into "Ultramarine Girls"

This year, Scoda has completed in the Ukrainian version of The Voice.

Attempting to cover everything Eurovision related, ESCKAZ could not miss performance of Galina Scoda and Ultramarine Girls (Maria Sorokina, drums, Marta Kovalchuk, bass, Uliana Guda, keyboards). We were looking for suitable dates throughout the week and eventually managed to catch them in Solod enjoy bar.

Having a brief chat with Galina after the performance, we have let her know she is being missed in the Eurovision world and we would be happy to see her again running in the national preselection in Ukraine or Moldova. Hopefully, composers and producers pay attention to her fantastic abilities. Band's website:

Eduard Romanyuta's Grand Euro Party - Live from Kyiv

Eduard Romanyuta (Moldova 2015) has prepared a great celebration and party this year called the Grand Euro Party - live in Kyiv.

Grand Euro Party - Press Conference

This event brings together artists from all over Europe, Poli Genoa (Bulgaria), Bojana Stamenov (Serbia), Emmelie de Forest (Denmark), Dana International (Israel), Nina Sublatti (Georgia), Eldar Gasimov (Azerbaijan), Morandi (Moldova), Alexandra Stan (Moldova) and Anna Nikonova (Ukraine)

Grand Euro Party - Press Conference

Held in the amazing setting of Olmeca Plage not he left side of the Dnipro river, in the resort beach area this event was the brainchild of Eduard and his team. The aim is to bring together former competitors and now friends to celebrate the Eurovision experience and perform for the public.

We were invited to the pre-press event this evening and after a brief press conference we had an opportunity to have a quick chat with the artists who were there. Complimentary food and drink was served for all the invited guests and they all seemed to then have great fun taking selfies…

Catch ups with Poli, Bojana, Nina, Eldar, Emmelie and of course Eduard can be found here

Photos from the event prior to the concert may be found here;

Grand Euro Party - Press Conference

Check back later for the filmed performances live from the stage

With grateful thanks to Eduard Romanyuta and his team for the personal invite

United Kingdom Embassy Reception in Kyiv - with Lucie Jones and Emmelie de Forest

United Kingdom Embassy Reception were again fortunate to receive an invite to the UK embassy reception in the host city this year. Held in the grounds of the Embassy they guest list included some a lot of the local VIPs from the area, so mainly staff from other embassies - we spotted several - and of course the UK press and journalists attending Eurovision this year

All guests were welcomed by the United Kingdom Ambassador, Ms Judith Gough, herself resplendent in a sequinned United Kingdom dress, and treated to excellent complimentary food and drink while waiting for Lucie Jones to arrive

United Kingdom Embassy Reception

We mixed with several of the press and gathered VIPs and then Lucie arrived. After a short speech by the Ambassador, Lucie sang her Eurovision song, Never Give Up On You, and in a great moment was then joined on stage by Emmelie de Forest, Eurovision winner from 2013, and they sang a duet arrangement of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars….but only after they took their shoes off; Clips here

Lucie then gave us a rendition of That’s Life and finally left the stage...

We had a chance to then have a quick chat with Lucie Jones in the garden and also had a quick chat to Emmelie de Forest; Both clips here

Lucie Jones will perform in Saturday night’s Grand Final for Eurovision 2017 and we are hopeful that this year will see a return to the left hand side of the scoreboard - well she at least deserves this in our opinion…

Photos from the event may be found here;

United Kingdom Embassy

Kind regards to all in the UK delegation and especial thanks to Ellen Hughes for the invite

Australia Fan Party

Australia Fan Party

Representative of Ireland, Brendan Murray enjoys Kyiv...

Ireland City Tour

The Irish singer, Brendan Murray took some time out form his hectic schedule to enjoy a city tour of Kyiv. This very beautiful city is a perfect backdrop for Eurovision and it seemed that Brendan liked the look of the place

Ireland City Tour

Ireland perform in Semi Final Two on Thursday and for all the articles we have prepared so far for this delegation please click the tag at the top of this page "Ireland" or "Brendan Murray"

Thanks to team Ireland, RTE and Rayna Connery for the photos

A Day with O.Torvald (Ukraine)

Today, representatives of Ukrainian and largest international press have been invited for a tour with O.Torvald band, which included visit to the "Barman Dictat", Arena City complex and Gulliver mall roof.

"Barman Dictat" (formerly 44 art club) is the location where O.Torvald gave their first ever performance in Kyiv, and still remains favourite stage of the band. Zhenya Galich and his team (who were sadly missing bass guitarist, who was sick) gave rendition of 3 songs including their most recent hit #nashilyudyvsyudy and shared with press members a few drinks.

Special guests were Bandura Style project (Yaroslav Jus and Maryna Krut) who after releasing their cover of Time yesterday were noticed by Zhenya this morning and immediately invited to Kyiv.

After a short walk we have reached location of 2005 Euroclub Arena City where band met with their fans, who, despite just a one hour notice, gathered in masses to meet their idols. Artists spoke with fans and made numerous signatures and selfies.

To finish the day, band and press members have climbed to the 34th floor of Gulliver mall - the 2nd highest building of Kyiv and got a great view on the city from there.

A Day with O.Torvald

Irish Reception in Kyiv

Irish Reception in Kyiv

The now traditional Irish Party at Eurovision took place last night at O’Brien’s Pub in Kyiv. Bang in the heart of the City, close to the Maidan Nezalezhnosti this jolly little bit of Ireland in Ukraine was the perfect venue for the press an delegations to gather and mix while catching up with performances from the Irish singer, Brendan Murray

In typical Irish hospitality the invited delegations and press were treated to complimentary food and drink and had an opportunity to meet with Brendan and his team behind Dying To Try. We spotted the teams from Malta, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and probably missed many many more.

Irish Reception in Kyiv

Then it was time for some traditional Irish music from a local band, we didn’t their name - sorry for that - but they got the crowd going and most of the delegations there danced - or attempted to dance - Irish style….you can watch the clip here;

A special treat were two performances from the Irish Backing Singers, Allison Vard Miller and Margot Daly;

Finally it was time for Brendan to take to the stage and perform for every one and the clips can be found here;

The one highlight was that he made the Serbian singer cry with his performance of Dying To Try and then she decided to sing the Adele song “Someone Like You”; clip here

You can also check all out photos from the event here;

Irish reception in Kyiv

With many many thanks to the whole Irish Delegation for the invite, and especial thanks to Rayna Connery for all her efforts and assistance this year..

Go Team Brendan!!!!

A boat trip on the Dnipro river

Today the Kyiv City State Administration organised a boat trip for the attending press the Dnipro. So this morning I went to the Kyiv River Port, just outside the metro station Poshtova Ploshcha (on the blue line, one stop from the Maidan Nezalezhnoshti metro station). It was very early in the morning, especially after last night's Red Carpet event and afterparty in the Euroclub, but I'm very glad I went as the weather was too good to stay in the hotel.

Already when I came out of the metro station I was treated with a beautiful view on the river. The Riverside station itself is also quite an impressive building, but it's currently being renovated so I haven't got a chance to see how it looks inside. Along the river and on the square you have some nice terraces so I can really recommend this spot for a drink and something to eat if you want to relax.

Kyiv City boat trip

It didn't take me long to find the pier from where the boat would leave. As soon as all the gathered press was on board, it was time to take off. First we went past the St. Nicholas Wondermaker on the Water Church, the only church on Europe to be on the water. A beautiful and incredibly small church. From the same place we also had a view on the much higher located St Andrew's Church. This is all situated on the right bank of the city.

Then we took a U-turn and got to see the earlier mentioned Riverside station from the bank, which has a very long Ukrainian flag on it. The backside it not as impressive as the front, but clearly recognizable.
Next we see a lot of green which is the Marinskiy Park where yesterday's red carpet took place.
Past that we see the Friendship of Nations Arch, for the occasion renamed as the Arch of Diversity. Behind it is the huge statue of a woman, the Motherland Monument that was built in 1981 and that you can almost see standing outside the International Exhibition Centre.

Kyiv City boat trip

Kyiv City boat trip

After another U-turn, this time around the Hidropark Island - which is more or less a huge relax area with beaches - nudist included - it didn't take long until we saw a very familiar few - the IEC and the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ - the church many of you will have seen in the press centre and that turns out to be only opened in 2011.

Kyiv City boat trip

Before heading to the press centre where the first dress rehearsal will start in a few minutes, it was time to enjoy the sun for a bit more on the riverside. Thanks to the organization of this boat trip that let us see a bit more of the city!

You can see all the photos here:

Kyiv boat trip

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