YAPC::Europe 2013 in Kiev — Venue
The YAPC::Europe 2013 in Kiev will be held in the Ukrainian House national centre (UA), a five-storey building in the very centre of Kiev.
Address: Kiev, 01001, ulitsa Kreshchatik, 2.
Let’s first give a word to the official site of the venue.
The Ukrainian House is situated on the main street of the capital city, Kreschatyk Street. It stands at the beginning of a street like the root note of a chord.
Ukrainian House has a simple, uncluttered structure. Crisply rhythmic pylons and white marble walls, coupled with red granite, give it its monumentality. The total area of the building is 17.550 m², including 8850 m² of exhibition area.
The Ukrainian House is located in the city centre, where the business, political and artistic life of Kiev is concentrated. There are comfortable hotels, numerous restaurants, cafes and bars nearby.
The solemnity and formality of the facades and interiors of the building create the necessary background for hosting various events, large both in terms of volume and of content: forums, symposia, conferences, presentations, seminars, press conferences, scientific, technical, commercial and industrial exhibitions, cultural and artistic events, opening days, shops, auctions, festivals, concerts and spectacular entertainment.
Spacious rooms, galleries, halls and a lobby constitute not only an example of impeccable design with marble, granite, aluminium, absorbing plates and other high quality materials, but are also part of the high potential technical equipment buildings.
The venue is a five-minute walk from the central square, and a ten-minute walk from the Dnieper River.
We will rent the following rooms.
- Concert hall (782 m²). The room for hosting concerts, literature and art events, congresses, conferences and presentations. It has 490 stationary seats, the stage and a screen. It is equipped with theater, regular and dynamic lightening systems (whatever that means :-) and the 7 kW system of sound amplification. There is a direct connection with the radio studio nearby.
- Large exhibition hall (300 m²). The hall is oriented for hosting art exhibitions. It can host expositions during specialised exhibitions. It was used as a press centre during the visit of Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, and during annual meetings of the European bank for Reconstruction and Development.
- Small exhibition hall (150 m²). The hall is used as a place for art exhibitions and vernisages.
The venue already ensured us that they have enough wireless capacity to let the attendees use their devices.
The venue is equipped for disabled access. Also, note the uninterrupted air conditioning.
We believe we made the right choice. No doubt the venue will increase the attractiveness of the YAPC as a conference. Even though it is still a grassroots event, it can be hosted in a great building. As a separate bonus, the venue has a big hall area.
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GPS location: 50.453207, 30.526843.
The contract with the venue has been signed in December 2012. The dates of the main days of the conference are 12–14 August 2013.
We will also examine the Wi-Fi infrastructure of the building to make sure it will work during the conference, taking into account all the numerous devices you may bring.