June 2 – RMA #10
June 2 – Little Star International festival of young talents;
June 6 – Mini-Miss Odessa, Mini-Mister Odessa, Ukraine South beauty contests;
June 16 – White Acacia arts festival;
June 18 – Odessa Open Cup international rating tournament in sport dances;
June 23-27 – Semyon Trestin international tournament;
July 5-10 – Cup of Ports All-Ukrainian regatta;
July 11 – Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
July 20 – Golden Mercury competition in the sphere of achievements in trade;
July 22 – Miss Tourism International, Ukraine, Black Sea international beauty contest;
July 25 - Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
August 5 – RMA #5
August 8 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
August 17 - Semyon Trestin international tournament;
August 20 – Nobility Meeting in Odessa “Nobles of the Commonwealth, unite!”;
August 22 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”
;August 28 – Gankevich rock festival.
September 2 – City Day (concerts and shows, fireworks display)
September 3 – What?Where?When? game, international festival
September 6 – United Ukraine” international festival of regional TV and radio stations
September 7 – David Oistrach First International violinists competition
September 19-21 – Jazz Festival (world’s best jazzmen carnival)
October 2 – International Music Day (concerts and musicals at the Philharmonic Society and Opera and Ballet Theater)
October 3 – Julia Ryabchinckaya memorial festival
October 7 – RMA # 6
October 20 – Odessa Guitar Autumn (classic, jazz and flamenco guitar festival)
October 31 – Halloween at Odessa clubs
November 10 – International Youth Day (performances of students’ variety theaters called “Clubs of the Jolly and the Resourceful”, song festival, etc.)
November 18 – Black Sea Cup international karate tournament.
Odessa Humor Carnival has been held there since 1973.
Unlike all other cities of Ukraine, April Fool's Day is a day off in Odessa.
Traditionally the Mayor of Odessa proclaims April 1 a day off.
And, if it is a week day, it is transferred to the nearest Saturday.
The holiday program starts at noon in Cathedral Square.
Then April 1 Procession starts.
It proceeds to:
De Ribas Street - >
Richelieu Street - >
St.Panteleimon Street ->
The last stop of the Procession is the place where the evening gala concert takes place.
At 6 p.m. there is usually an April 1 fireworks display.
Misha is boasting to his friends.
“Once at a party I bet I would eat fifteen sandwiches and I won the argument!”
“And without any consequences?”
“Alas. With consequences! Since that time nobody has ever invited me to any company!”
A secretary enters her boss’s reception room and pours a jar of ink on his head. Then she climbs the table and starts dancing on it.
At this moment the door opens and her friend says,
“Stop it, Valya! It was just a joke about your inheritance of $100,000!”
Father says to his son,
“I have already got used to your wearing my trousers, my suites, shirts and taking my car, but please leave that actress alone!”
Coffee drinking is becoming more and more popular in Odessa.
There are a lot of coffehouses here, among them Cuba Café in Tiraspol Street (formerly Year 1905 Street) near Staroportofrankovskaya Street that was dedicated in 2007.
The café has a unique atmosphere,
excellent Illy coffee,
the best capuccino in the city…
free Wi-Fi zone (3 MB)
There are several art galleries in Odessa where you can see different exhibitions of painting, ceramics, applied arts, sculpture, china or even puppets:
4 Langeron Street
Tel. +38 048 234 80 10
6 Maritime (Primorskaya) Street
Tel. +38 048 729 33 09
Yekaterininskaya (Catherine Gallery)
16 Catherine (Yekaterininskaya) Street
Tel. +38 048 222 48 97
9 Rope (Kanatnaya) Street
Tel. +38 048 715 51 26
24a Langeron Street
Tel.:+38 048 222 48 67
Dialog Art Club
23 Pushkin Street
Tel.: +38 048 225 02 35
42 Bunin Street
Tel.: +38 048 237 93 80
Bridge (Most) Gallery
3 Sabaneyev Bridge
Tel.: +38 048 223 63 04.
There are several movie theaters in Odessa:
22 De Ribas Street
Tel.: +38 048 237 70 71
Golden Duke Movie Center
11 Academician Hlushko Street
Tel.: +38 048 777 92 18
1/3 Spiridon Street
Tel.: +38 048 226 28 27
104 Mechnikov Street
Zvyozdny (Star Movie Theater)
60a Heroes of Stalingrad Street
Tel.: +38 048 252 81 94
41 Varna Street
Tel.: +38 048 777 02 01
December 2 – RMA # 7
December 15 – All- Ukrainian barmen competition
December 15 – The Odessan of the Year contest
December 18 – Miss Odessa beauty contest (unforgettable show with the most beautiful young ladies of Odessa)
December 18 – Mrs.Odessa Open women’s beauty contest.
January 1 – Celebration of the New Year, Odessa style
January 5 – Richterfest Richter memorial festival
January 14 – Celebration of the Old New Year
January 25 – Tatiana Day (merry students’ holiday).February 3 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation # 8
February 4 – “Seasons” international fashion fastival
February 14 – St.Valentine’s Day festivities
February 23 – Day of the Defender of the Motherland
There is a lot to see and to do in Odessa in every season.
This is what I found out about the festivals in spring and other seasons. These festivals are planned for 2005, but they have all become traditional already.
March 6 – Maidan Odessa beauty contest
March 8 – International Women’s Day (love serenades)
March 17 – St.Patrick's Day (a sea of Irish beer)
April 1 – Day of Laughter (this is how we call April Fool’s Day) – funny carnival procession, concerts and shows and ,of course, rock with laughter;
April 2 – Master Gambs humor festival
April 7 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation #7
April 8 – International Day of Tai-zsi and Tsigun
April 8 – Master Gambs TV humor festival
April 10 – International Greco-Roman wrestling tournament
April 15 – Futuris Cup tennis tournament
April 20 – Two Days and Two Nights international festival of new music
May 1,2 – Body Art carnival (the world’s longest living picture at 11, Devolan Descent from noon till modnight);
May 9-11 – Nahata international tournament in karate and kobudo
May 21 – RMA festival (1,000 the most beautiful young ladies from Ukraine at De Ribas Street in Odessa!).
Theater going is very popular among the Odessans and the visitors of the city.
There are several different theaters here:
Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theater
55 L.Paster Street
Tel.: +38 048 223 55 66
The performances usually start at 6 p.m.
Mikhail Vodianoy Musical Comedy Theater
3 Panteleimon Street
Tel.: +38 048 225 09 24
There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at noon.
Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 6 p.m.
Opera and Ballet Theater
1 Chaikovsky Lane
Tel.: +38 048 223 13 29
There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at 11 a.m. or at noon.
Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
You can also attend actors’ evenings where you can see a one-man show of a certain actor.Philharmonic Society
15 Bunin Street
Tel.: +38 048 225 69 03
You can see different concerts or guest performances starting at 5 or 7 p.m.
Odessa Symphony Orchestra gives concerts here starting at 6 p.m.
Yumorina (Odessa Humor Festival) is also held here for five days starting at the end of March and lasting till early April.Ostrovsky Young Spectator’s Theater
50 Greek Street
Tel.: +38 048 222 48 51
There are fairy tale performances for kids starting at 11 a.m., sometimes at noon or at 1 p.m.
The Odessans and the visitors of the city have always loved going to the theaters of Odessa.
The Opera and Ballet Theater
is known all over the former Soviet Union countries.
The Philharmonic Society
often stages guest performances of different theaters.
You can also attend a concert or a variety show there.
I was lucky to attend a performance at both theaters and was very impressed by them.
The attitude of 0dessites is unlike any other I have experienced & is not easy to define; contrary & paradoxical as it is. Perhaps this is best typified by their reaction to receiving gifts, something that you might assume to be gratefully taken, considering the proportion of the population claiming they're too poor to afford food...
In general, 0dessites are appreciative of a kindness, but it is tempered with a peculiarly strident perfectionism, that contradicts the adage; "beggars cannot be choosers..." I had the opportunity to talk to an 0dessite whose sister had lived in the States since she was 6, so this local woman had fluent English from visiting her there. She recited to me an incident when in USA, of being offered a new pair of jeans from an American friend of her sister, which, though being the correct size/fit, were turned down due to some displeasing detail. My 0dessite informer explained how her sister was caused great embarassment by this refusal & accused her of being "rude", as soon as their friend had gone...
The woman reciting this to me, had no reserve in repeating the story or impressing upon me that Americans are so false for accepting things they do not really want. I believe this reflects the fundamental attitude difference between east & west, (& I did not mention at the time that us British are supposed to be more ingratiating than our American kin in such situations...)
My 0dessite informer was indigant that by being honest, she was regarded as being rude - a concept that with other folk in the city I have observed & experienced is not understood. I can appreciate her viewpoint, but for someone living in the second most prosperous country on the planet, I just cannot make sense of this perfectionist choosiness in a nation with a Third World standard of living...
There are genuine beggars of the streets of 0dessa, who are grateful for just a few kopeek in their cups, but others pretending to be borderline this status, are some of the choosiest folk I have had the misfortune of encountering in any culture! 0ne such person was the reason I ever visited the city in the first place, (though she had only married an 0dessite to raise her standard of living , & was originally a refugee from Tiraspol). She actually believed she was Russian aristocracy & had a birthright to be resident of the Winter Palace - but all she posessed to justify this, was the obnoxious ATTITUDE...
Despite impressing upon me how she was, "living lika dog", too poor to eat properly or afford her rent, on my arrival she decided we had to eat in restaurants everyday & go the short distances there by taxi, because it was too much effort for her to walk in her high heels! The taxi fare alone cost the price of going to a supermarket & buying provisions, ironic, considering her insistance I rent an apartment so as to have a kitchen, yet the 1 time she actually cooked for me, she accused me of treating her as 'slooshanka' (maid)! I have never met a more choosy pedantic person in all my life - every time she opened her mouth it was to criticise some aspect of my appearance & anything I gave her had to be inspected for hours until she could discern some flaw in it that offended her perfectionist vision.
In my country, her behaviour would be regarded as ill-mannered & egocentrically rude, like a badly brought up child, & in truth, that is what this 33 year old divorcee, still was - so do not go to 0dessa expecting politeness for generosity - you might receive a RUDE surprise...
0dess'ka 0blast is a hardwater area - something you only have to turn any tap on to discover!
Limescale emerges in flakes & even when boiled in strong tea or coffee, taints the taste. In Soviet times, drinking water was delivered daily by tanker, but now you have to go to the pathetically few & far between, for a city of 1.1million people, standpipe stations, with plastic containers to store your water in. To counteract the limescaling of pipes, an unforunate tradition has arisen in 0dessa, in August, when the weather is described as , "dooshna" (suffocatingly hot) to turn off hotwater systems. The result of which is THE worst thing about the city if you visit in this month - THE STENCH! You really do have to experience it to believe how bad it is - not only of unwashed bodies, but stale, sweaty clothes as well...Even in the evenings, when the streets are not so crowded, the air is still tainted by this pervasive odour...By far the worst afflicted is public transport, making trams & trolleybuses unusable, unless you're adapt at holding your breath, as the locals appear to be...
0dessa is a city with a reputation for a unique sense of humour & there is even a day set aside as a festival to celebrate 0dessite hunour...
The city can also be recognised in scenes from the locally made, but American financed, blend of Jeremy Beadle meets The Benny Hill Show - NAKED & FUNNY!
This show is a supposed set-up of unsuspecting passers-by, usually involving at least 1 model losing her clothes, stripping-off, or appearing topless in such unlikely settings as a library...
It is entertaining enough, but the over-acted reactions of members of the public when the hidden camera is pointed out to them, suggests that as with all such supposedly candid tv, the entire scenario was no secret...
This programme might not be regarded as typically 0dessite, but I do think it reflects the city's humour, because like the people, it is a tad immature/childish, akin to a McGill seaside postcard scene, minus the English subtlety & sophistication - adding any bikini model who is game enough to give an eyeful of her 'balshoi bankee' ("big jugs"...)
I once presented a bottle of Californian wine to some folk in 0dessa, who found it hilarious when the label serving suggestion was translated to read, "with a barbecue, or while watching a DVD..."
Quite why drinking wine while watching a DVD was such a source of hilarity I still do not quite appreciate; I suppose you have to be an 0dessite?
Kiev might be Ukraine's capital (& 'the mother of Russian cities'), but 0dessa is reputedly the nation's most cosmopolitan, owing mostly to it being the biggest, bustling port on the Black Sea.
But, is it 'cosmopolitan' by western standards, or Russian-speaking standards?
I would compare it to my hometown, Harwich, England, in terms of its cosmopolitan status - it has some history behind it, certainly & is also an international hub of tourist entry & exit, as well as freight, but of the local folk?
The attitude is not really 'cosmopolitan' at all - disappointingly so in the case of 0dessa, where locals do not even seem to understand the basic concept of tourism...
(All tourists are looking for a wife or smuggling contraband, or spying...)
0dessa might be the most cosmopolitan city in all Ukraine, but like all Russian-speaking states, it has not caught up with western-thinking towards foreigners & their slang reflects this - "nyerusski" - means; "no russian (spoken)" & is equivalent to westerners saying, "dumb"; as if being speechless = stupidity...