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Zouk Festival

on 3-7th March, 2022

Mission completed

(How we arranged the festival during the most turbulent times)

‘Is it difficult to run events?’ - ‘No, not at all. It's like riding a highway motorcycle, except the motorcycle is on fire. Everything is on fire, and you're in hell …’, this is how the event organizers had joked before March 12, 2020.

Since then more than 500 social dance festivals and other events all over the world, including Ukraine, have been canceled or postponed to an unknown date ... It’s affected our friends, colleagues, dancers, and instructors who were being held hostage by the situation. And the decision to continue was a tough call! After all, that was suspense; nobody knew what to expect and on the burning road (remember the motorcycle on fire?:)) burning fences are about to grow. May our dear guests forgive us; I have not smoked anything.

Back in March, we faced obstacles on our way, such as canceled flights throughout Europe, fear, and sometimes even panic in front of the unknown. Even then, our artists were allowed to come to Kyiv with apprehension. And we remember one of the instructors wore a mask and protective gloves all the time and did not want to dance with the guests under any pretext. Let alone the fact when all the guests from Italy started calling in an instant and unanimously asked to postpone their passes and accommodation to 2021. Almost one in two dancers asked if the festival takes place. Only 1000 messages in three days :) There were no cases of diseases in Ukraine yet, but even then we felt the first wave of the future hurricane.

We overcame the first effects of the storm and then fell altogether into lockdown and the unknown. But the Russian roulette was expecting us in sight. We could not afford to drink mojitos while lying on the beach, so we were working hard on preparing for the Sensual Festival. But then suddenly international artists reported one by one that they could not come to Ukraine due to their restrictions and the worsening situation. Despite that, we decided to hold the festival. And, lo and behold, we were still able to declare the TOP bachateros, which arrived in Kyiv a month before the festival. (They probably knew something). And our instructor from Sweden, amazingly, overcame the border barrier, risking to become an inadmissible passenger for Ukraine (Thank God everything was fine).

But no such luck! While we were examining new standards and requirements in a pandemic (we bought hundreds of protective masks, sanitizers, developed a route map, trained staff, imposed all necessary restrictions), our government closed the borders in an instant. And you know what? The government opened it on the last day of the festival! “Good God! It is over!” we thought at that moment. But life went on, and we launched a flash mob for the guys #KSfunnychallenge. Due to this action, perhaps our female partners almost did not notice the lack of foreign guests. By the end of the summer, we completely shifted our focus from advertising to anti-crisis communication. After all, what could be better than friendship and warm relationships, that can give strength to get through difficult times?!

Because of you, our flexibility and responsibility, we held the festival! When most people did not believe that this was possible, your safety became our main mission. Maximum safety in the arms of care and love. And, of course, the high level of professionalism of our instructors, DJs, the whole team, and the support of each of you - all this became the key to success. Having taken this way together, we move on, and we are confident of a positive result and our bright future. And we can safely say that Kyiv Dance Festival 2021 will take place💚

The organizer Dennis Nedelko

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Artists 2022

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Fred-Nelson & Morgane
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Antonio & Jasmina Berardi
DJ Ozy Shyne
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DJ Engel
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Chicho & Liza
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Raul & Maria
Fola & Jaya
Constantine & Diana
Aleksandr & Anna


one venue


Mercure Kyiv Congress Hotel

The Mercure Kyiv Congress Hotel is located just a short ride away from Kyiv's city centre and is part of the Cosmopolite Shopping and Entertainment Centre. The hotel is within easy access from all relevant business and leisure facilities. Prospect Peremohy is the direct road connection to the city centre. Shuliavska metro stop is just a few minutes' walk away. Offering a unique design of avant-garde style dedicated to famous artists, Mercure Kyiv Congress is located just few minute's walk from Shuliavska Metro Station. Stylish rooms offer free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee facilities. Guests are offered free access to the hotel's fitness centre and outdoor pool.

A flat-screen TV, hairdryer and a safety deposit box are provided in all the air-conditioned rooms at the Mercure Kyiv Congress. Dark wooden furniture and colourful paintings give each one a contemporary look.

Delicious meals of French and Bavarian cuisine are served in the Brasserie restaurant and Mercure Kyiv Congress private brewery with high ceilings and panoramic windows is working on site. There is also an equipped congress hall at the property.

Kyiv Railway Station is 5 km away, Kyiv Airport is 10 km away. Boryspil International Airport - 39 km away. Hotel adjoins Cosmopolite Entertainment Centre, a full range of conference service is also available.

Solomjanskyj is a great choice for travellers interested in city walks, churches and sightseeing.

This property is also rated for the best value in Kyiv! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. The staff speak English

Ukraine, 03057, Kyiv, 6, V. Getmana str.

Tel. +38 (044) 205 35 20

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Mercure Kyiv Congress Hall

The concept of Mercure Kyiv Congress combines both a 4-star hotel belonging to the global Mercure network and a high-class congress center.

Mercure Kyiv Congress is an ideal place for events, festivals and congresses. The complex includes conference rooms of the hotel and the largest in Kyiv congress center with a total area of 5000 m2, ideal for any events - the Mercure Congress Center. Equipped with modern equipment, the halls of the congress center can accommodate more than 4,000 guests.

This is a place of power, our home for all days of the festival, which becomes the world's center for dancing. having been here once, you will definitely come back

code of conduct

1. All participants are requested to strictly follow the rules of the venue at all time.

2. Only dance shoes or soft sole sneakers are allowed at the venue during Workshops, Socials and Parties

3. During party time in the evening, all participants are required to use the Wardrobe to store jacket/coats and larger bag items at cost. .

4. The Organizer is not responsible for any lost items left unsecured at the venue.

5. During party time in the evening, security will be entitled to check your bags if asked (no drinks or food are allowed).

6. Once purchased, the tickets are non-refundable. But this year we introduced new rules:you can transfer your ticket to another guest without fee, or transfer your pass to the next festivals in 2021 or 2022. If the festival does not take place, you can receive a refund or transfer your pass to the next festivals in 2021 or 2022.

7. All participants MUST wear the congress wrist band AT ALL TIMES. Failing to wear your wrist band may disallow you to enter the congress venue by the organizers/security.

8. The Organizer reserves the right to refuse entries which are not in the best interests of the congress.

9. Smoking is not allowed inside the congress venue (unless in the designated area).

10. Any violent action will be reported to hotel security which can result in contacting the local authorities.

11. Any resolution to conflicts among congress participants will be decided upon by the Organizers at their discretion. Organizers will act in line with the spirit of KDF.

12. Attendees causing damage to KDF and/or venue properties will be subject to reimbursement based on the Ukrainian Law.

13. To ensure all the attendees enjoy high quality, not overcrowded workshops, the Organizers reserve the right to restrict the number of participants per workshop.

14. Even though KDF Organizers take necessary measures they are not responsible for “artists no show” situations. There will be no reimbursement for tickets due to “artist no-show”.

15. Any further inquiry can be sent by email to