Group launches se­ries of se­cret par­ties in Kyiv


A group of peo­ple board a bus. They don’t know where they’re go­ing. They don’t know who some of their fel­low trav­el­ers are. They only know they’re go­ing to have some fun.

They’re be­ing taken to a se­cret party or­ga­nized by Limb, a group of 15 like-minded young peo­ple that formed around a month ago and de­cided to ar­range a se­ries of nine se­cret par­ties.

The first party was held on Aug. 19 in Vysh­horod, 20 kilo­me­ters north of Kyiv. It at­tracted around 100 ad­ven­tur­ous elec­tronic mu­sic fans.

The main idea was to give peo­ple a new ex­pe­ri­ence of par­ty­ing in un­usual places in­stead of go­ing to fa­mil­iar bars and clubs, Limb’s mem­bers said. They want their vis­i­tors to en­joy the fun at­mos­phere and not con­cen­trate on any­thing else.

“Limb is a con­di­tion, when peo­ple dive into the at­mos­phere and lose their sense of time,” one of the team’s lead­ers, Olek­sii Nik­itin, told the Kyiv Post.

The idea of or­ga­niz­ing se­cret par­ties came to the Limb group af­ter some of them went on va­ca­tion in early July to the beach re­sort of Za­toka, on the shores of the Black Sea in Odesa Oblast.

The group of 55 friends stayed in a recre­ation cen­ter that, as it turned out, didn’t have ei­ther a bar or a club for par­ty­ing.

How­ever, the re­source­ful group bought some build­ing ma­te­ri­als and con­structed their own bar and DJ booth right by the beach, Nik­itin says. They fenced off the area, built a roof, and brought in a stereo sys­tem, a DJ and a bar­man.

Af­ter com­ing back to Kyiv, 15 mem­bers of the va­ca­tion group started dis­cussing the idea of ar­rang­ing sim­i­lar par­ties in Kyiv.

“We liked it so much that we wanted to do some­thing like this here,” said an­other Limb mem­ber, Evhe­nia Mit­si­tis. Good or­ga­ni­za­tion The party kicked off at around 9 p.m. as stylish look­ing youths with orig­i­nal makeup and cloth­ing started show­ing up at the se­cret spot near Vysh­horod.

The or­ga­niz­ers sold tick­ets on­line be­fore­hand, and pro­vided pur­chasers with in­for­ma­tion about how to get to the venue.

Par­ty­go­ers could ei­ther take a bus from Petrivka metro sta­tion that Limb had rented, which

de­parted every 30 min­utes and cost Hr 50, or get to Vysh­horod on their own and then take a golf cart to the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

The mys­te­ri­ous se­cret place turned out to be a patch of sand with some trees that juts out from the west­ern shore of the Kyiv Sea, just off the main road. There, Limb had set up a DJ stand, a food court, a bar, and lounge zones with poufs and chairs. The site al­ready had a cov­ered dance floor.

Nik­itin says that the place matched their re­quire­ments - wa­ter nearby, and lots of open space.

“We wanted peo­ple to feel com­fort­able here, like home, where every­thing is pro­vided,” Mit­si­tis said.

Small lights and dec­o­ra­tions hang­ing around the area added to that ef­fect, while the pow­er­ful sound sys­tem called on par­ty­go­ers to let their hair down.

Za­har Seme­nenko, an IT de­vel­oper, who had come to the party at the in­vi­ta­tion of his friend, said that he loved the party’s at­mos­phere. “It’s a rush. Mini-Ibiza,” he said. In the danc­ing area the or­ga­niz­ers set up a long DJ stand and put up a white can­vas be­hind to pro­ject a light show. Pre­pared by Sk­ilz an­i­ma­tion stu­dio, the win­ners of the Kyiv Lights Fes­ti­val, the light show com­ple­mented the elec­tronic mu­sic and con­trib­uted to the in­tense mood on the dance floor. By mid­night the danc­ing was be­com­ing fren­zied.


As the party was es­sen­tially an ex­per­i­ment, Limb de­cided to test out new vari­a­tions of two of the main com­po­nents of any party – the mu­sic and the bar.

They mixed dif­fer­ent mu­sic by com­bin­ing DJs who had never be­fore played in one lineup. Per­form­ing at the party were Ca­pac­i­ty­house, Ptakh, SHU, Vaia, Sht­enge, Guy Richard, Mju­nior, and Pi­lar­ion.

Nik­itin said that when DJs per­form to­gether, they ad­just their mu­sic and cre­ate a unique style that emerges from the whole lineup.

The risk paid off, with some vis­i­tors say­ing the DJ lineup had been the main rea­son they had come.

Two friends, an­a­lyst Kseniia Oush and a pro­ject man­ager Evhenii Mashyna, are reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to elec­tronic mu­sic par­ties and fes­ti­vals in Kyiv. They spot­ted the event on Face­book and at­tended pre­cisely be­cause of the lineup.

Oush said that apart from mu­sic, she liked the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the event and would prob­a­bly come to a Limb party again.

Mashyna agreed, added that he liked the se­cret party for­mat as “an un­known lo­ca­tion is al­ways in­ter­est­ing.”

As for the bar: Limb cre­ated their own bar menu with thir­teen drinks con­cocted from a range of liquors.

Mit­si­tis says they didn’t want to bring in a bar ser­vice, so they pre­mixed bev­er­ages that suited their taste.

“It is not a big va­ri­ety of drinks, but all of them are of a good qual­ity,” she said.

Mit­si­tis says that Limb has lots of other ideas that couldn’t all be tested at one party – they will be used later.

“We will change lo­ca­tion, will add new entertainment el­e­ments,” she said.

Nik­itin said that al­though the party had been se­cret, there had been too much spoiler in­for­ma­tion re­leased ahead of the event. Next time, Limb will make their party much more mys­te­ri­ous, he said.

But he’s keep­ing tight-lipped about the de­tails of the next event, only say­ing that it will be held in around a month.

“There’s a fine line be­tween draw­ing a veil to keep up in­ter­est, and re­veal­ing too much,” Nik­itin said.

The Limb group of party or­ga­niz­ers held the first of a se­ries of nine se­cret par­ties on Aug. 19, on the west­ern shore of the Kyiv Sea in Vysh­horod, 20 kilo­me­ters north of Kyiv. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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