Everybody who likes clubbing is talking about Kyiv. They either have visited or are planning a trip. Ahead of ICKPA, the new festival brought to the Ukrainian capital by Tbilisi’s Bassiani, Nastya Myravyova takes a walk through Kyiv at dusk. She imagines a soundtrack of her “Київ Вечірній,” and scores the stroll in her Borshch mix a few days ahead of the festival.
A few years ago, they said Kyiv would be the new Berlin. Today there’s no need for Kyiv to be anything new except for the new Kyiv. With its adventurous spirit, messy local regulations, welcoming nature of the locals, and a deeply rooted DIY approach towards everything (whether it comes to underground culture or loosely attached hand-built balconies), the city has developed at its own pace, becoming the hottest place to party and make new friends.
In the past few years, many new forward-thinking venues have opened up in the city’s former industrial spaces, bringing up a whole new generation of underground talent. Kyiv-based Nastya Myravyova has earned her status as a local hero in her hometown. It feels like everyone knows her, and she knows everyone. She’s been playing banging techno sets from the early Cxema raves to the Berghain’s anniversary party while combining her DJ activities with a stewardess job, which she enjoys as much as she loves parties.
With her friendly nature, slightly naughty attitude, and a proper Ukrainian sense of humor and self-irony, Nastya senses the pulse of the city and moves softly at its tempo. Ahead of the new festival ICKPA, Nastya takes a walk through Kyiv at dusk, or “Київ Вечірній”—they call it. Strolling down the streets of her hometown full of paradoxes, Nastya imagines a soundtrack for Kyiv and describes it in her Borshch mix a few days before her long-awaited set at ICKPA along with artists like Jeff Mills, VTSS, DVS1, Lena Willikens, Call Super, and the fellow Ukrainian talents like Koloah, Vera Logdanidi, Stanislav Tolkachev, Nastia, and Artem Ikra.