The "Independence Concert" stage is the largest one that has ever been set up in the Ukraine. There are 3 big video screens on the stage and also 8 video screens (8x6 m) with 10 sound delay towers set up along the Khreshchatyk street and the Independence Square. The stage assembly started on the June 4th. More than 50 trucks shipped the stage, light, sound, screens from Belgium, England, Scotland to the Ukraine. LeRoy Bennett  has been working on the set-design of the stage specialy for the architectural complex of the Independence Square in Kiev.

The Independence Square is located right in the centre of Kyiv. It's called "The Heart of Ukraine". Khreshchatyk, the main street of Kyiv,  crosses the square. The venue can be easily reached on foot from the nearest subway stations: "Maidan Nezaleznnosti" (Independence Square), "Khreshchatyk", "Teatral'na" and "Zoloti Vorota" (see the Kyiv Metro Map). On the weekend Khreshchatyk street is closed for cars and public transport.

About Kyiv

Kiev, also spelled Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ (help·info), Kyyiv); Russian: Ки?ев, Kiyev; is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnpro River. The name Kiev is said to derive from the name of Kyi, one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kyi, Shchek, Khoryv and sister Lybid'). Kiev is one of the oldest and most important cities of Eastern Europe and has played a pivotal role in the development of the medieval East Slavic civilization as well as in the modern Ukrainian nation.

As of April 2007, official municipal estimates placed the population of Kiev at about 2.7 million inhabitants, although some much higher unofficial estimates are often published.

Kiev is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.

The Dnipro River naturally divides Kiev into the Right Bank and the Left Bank areas. The Right Bank, located on the western side of the river, contains the older portions of the city, as well as the majority of Kiev's business and governmental institutions. The eastern Left Bank is predominantly residential. There are large industrial and green areas in both the Right Bank and the Left Bank.

A historic cultural centre of the East Slavic civilization and a major cradle of Christianization for what became the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian nations, Kiev retained through centuries its cultural importance and even at times of relative decay, it remained the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the primary importance. Its holy sites, of which the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (the Monastery of the Caves) and the Saint Sophia Cathedral are probably the most famous, attracted pilgrims for centuries and now recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites remain the primary religious centres as well as the major tourist attraction. An important part of Kiev's culture is the many theatres in the city, which include: Kiev Opera House, Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater, Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama, the Kiev Puppet Theater, October Palace, National Philharmonic of Ukraine and many others.

Other cultural items include the Dovzhenko Film Studios, and the Kiev Circus. The most important of the city's many museums are the Kiev State Historical Museum, Museum of the Great Patriotic War, the National Art Museum, the PinchukArtCentre, the Museum of Western and Oriental Art and the National Museum of Russian art.

In 2005 Kiev hosted the 50th annual Eurovision Song Contest as a result of Ruslana's Wild Dances being victorious in 2004.

Source: Wikipedia. Free encyclopedia.

Useful links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev
http://www.tour2kiev.com/
http://www.go2kiev.com/view/
http://www.interesniy.kiev.ua/

About Ukraine

Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe and has its own territory, government, national emblem, flag and anthem. According to its territory it's a largest European country and borders on Russia, Byelorussia, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Poland on land and Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey on sea.

Ukraine is a unitary state composed of 24 oblasts (provinces), one autonomous republic (Crimea), and two cities with special status: Kiev, its capital, and Sevastopol. Ukraine is a republic under a semi-presidential system with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The population of Ukraine is about 46 millions. Local time is GMT+2.

The official language is Ukrainian but many people (especially in the Eastern Ukraine) speak Russian.

The dominant religion in Ukraine is Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which is currently split between three Church bodies: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autonomous church body under the Patriarch of Moscow, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchate, and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

A distant second by the number of the followers is the Eastern Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which practices a similar liturgical and spiritual tradition as Eastern Orthodoxy, but is in communion with the See of Rome (Roman Catholic Church) and recognizes the primacy of the Pope as head of the Church.

Ukraine has a mostly temperate continental climate, although a more Mediterranean climate is found on the southern Crimean coast. Precipitation is disproportionately distributed; it is highest in the west and north and lesser in the east and southeast. Western Ukraine, receives around 1,200 mm of precipitation, annually. While Crimea, receives around 400 mm of precipitation. Winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland. Average annual temperatures range from 5.5-7 °C in the north, to 11-13 °C in the south.

According to 1887 estimates by Austro-Hungarian geographers, the Ukrainian city of Rakhiv (48°45′N, 18°55′E) is the site of the geographical centre of Europe.

The territory of Ukraine is mostly a level, treeless plain, calls "steppe". There are the Crimean Mountains in the Crimean peninsula and the Carpathians in the west, but they are not very high. Mixed forests of pine and fir-trees, beeches, limes, oaks and elms cover the mountains, but the thickest woods can still be found in the northern part of the republic, in Volyn. Kiev and Cherkassy lie in the midst of Ukrainian southernmost pine forest. The main Ukrainian river is the Dnieper. It is one of the longest European rivers and one of the republic's main source of hydroelectric power. The Dnieper and its tributary the Ross had been the cradle of the Ukrainian and Russian people in time immemorial.

Due to favorable climatic conditions, Ukraine is traditionally an agricultural area. It grows wheat, maize, buckwheat and other corn, red and green vegetables, all kinds of fruit, melons and berries.

Useful links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine

Ukrainian currency

The hryvnia (sometimes hryvnya; Ukrainian: гривня) has been the national currency of Ukraine since September 2, 1996. It replaced the karbovanets at the rate of 1 hryvnia = 100,000 karbovantsiv. The hryvnia is subdivided into 100 kopiyok. The ISO 4217 codes are UAH and 980.

Official Exchange Rate of Hryvnia against Foreign Currencies:
http://www.bank.gov.ua/kurs/engl/last_kurs1.htm

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is the largest Ukrainian private philanthropic organization and was established in 2006 by businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk. The Foundation develops and implements social projects aimed at modernizing Ukraine and the bringing about of a new generation of Ukrainian leaders.

The Foundation's top fields of activities are health care, education, culture, human rights, Ukraine's global integration and local communities' development.

Among the largest projects of the Foundation are: the "Cradles of Hope" Program for opening neonatal health care centers all over Ukraine; student scholarship program "Zavtra.UA"; the PinchukArtCentre contemporary art museum.

Victor Pinchuk Foundation is a member of European Fund Center and Ukrainian Grant makers Forum, a partner of the Yalta European Strategy (YES); the Foundation cooperates with Clinton's Global Initiative and other non-governmental organizations.

The official web-site: www.pinchukfund.org