Live from Ukraine: Highlights of the Ancient City of Kyiv

Friday 15th September 11.00AM BST


In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location.

Join our new colleague Olga for a special online presentation, broadcast live from her home in her native city of Kyiv (using pre-recorded videos).


During this tragic period  of war and destruction, we take time to learn about the history of Ukraine and celebrate its beauty and cultural heritage in the company of Olga, a highly experienced Kyiv guide and interpreter who will share her great knowledge and love of her city with you, answering your questions as we go.

Olga writes – “On this fascinating walking tour, you will discover the unique landmarks of one of the oldest cities on earth. Together we’ll travel back in time  – you will learn about the Golden Gates which served as a triumphal entrance through the ancient city fortifications. I will take you inside St. Sophia’s Cathedral where you will marvel at this magnificent Kievan Rus temple, built in the 11th century by Byzantine masters. I will tell you about Ukrainian Cossacks and show you St. Andrew’s Church, a well-known Baroque masterpiece. You will learn why this church is called silent and why it was built with no bells. And there is no street in Kyiv more mysterious than Landscape Alley – it’s quite steep and cobbled so wear good shoes … (your slippers will do!).”

The tour will be a live broadcast from Olga’s home using a combination of pre-recorded video tours and footage, photographs and live commentary. The tour is interactive, so you will be able to put questions to our guide throughout the event.

All bookings will also include a donation to two charities suggested by our guide, supporting victims of the war in Ukraine.

Please note that the broadcast will take place if conditions at the time allow and if it is safe for our guide to join us. If the event cannot take place you will of course receive a refund.


This is a live event starting at 11.00am (UK time).  It will last a little over one hour including interactive Q&A. Tune in live from anywhere in the world, or if you cannot participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that day or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £10.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked – please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully. Zoom works best when using Google Chrome.


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will automatically receive the Zoom log in link both on your screen and by email, please keep this safe.

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items’ and ‘junk mail’ folders or click here for advice.


Join the lecture up to ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days. You do not need to advise us if you can’t participate live, don’t worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don’t worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Image – Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv. Photo credi: Ostill.