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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard – and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Culture

Gogolfest Makes a Comeback

A yearlong break from Gogolfest (due to financial difficulties) created a massive void in the autumn’s alternative artistic scene here in Kyiv. Back this year with a new vision for one of the city’s most interactive, inspiring and often unconventional creative gatherings, however, this festival is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride for the senses all week long!

Dedicated each year to the Ukrainian/Russian writer Mykola Gogol, Gogolfest is fairly recognised as an artistic institution in Ukraine. Headed up by the creative genius, Vlad Troitsky, 2012 marks the fifth year this multidisciplinary festival has taken shape. With a new location and a new philosophy, actors, musicians and artists from all over the country have been invited to participate in this year’s event.
Setting up at an old, abandoned industrial factory not far from the Vydubychi metro station, Troitsky (Dakha Brakha, The Dakh Contemporary Art Centre) admits that this year’s festival will not be on the same financial scale as previous years. He does say, however, that the venue is the “perfect place for contemporary art, as it allows visitors to create their own festival without borders”. 
In addition to performances from the Dakh Theatre, a programme by Pavlo Gudimov is promised, as well as various other showings by well-known DJs, bands and artists! Promising surprises throughout the week, there really is something for everyone. The highlights are listed here. But with new shows and showcases added daily, keep on top of their website for the most up-to-date information. 

Gogolfest 2012 
21 September 
19.00 Theatrical performance – Gogol Metal by the Dakh Theatre opens Gogolfest 2012
20.00 Cinematic presentation – a showing of Dovzhenko’s Zemlya (Earth), accompanied by the Daha Braha ethno house band. Zemlya is considered one of the best movies in the history of world cinema with music by Daha Braha created especially for the film.

22 September
16.45 Cinematic presentation – George Harrison: Living in the material world by Martin Scorsese.
17.30 Musical encounters – a performance by Ensemble Nostri Temporis (Kyiv), Senza Sforzando (Odesa), Uroy Yaremchuk (Lviv) and Dmytro Radzetsky (Kyiv) called MusiCircus, commemorating the 100th anniversary of John Cage – outstanding American musician famous for his atypical use of musical instruments.
23.00 Nightlife – Venetian Snares, aka Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk, takes to the DJ stage to play a mix of what some call “prolific” drum’n’bass, orchestral and intelligent dance music.

23 September
19.00 Musical encounters – Margaret Leng Tan (USA). Demonstrating the art of the toy piano, Margaret was a close personal friend of John Cage and main performer of his music

24 September
19.00 Musical encounters – New Vienna Ball is performed throughout the night by the National Chamber Ensemble Kyiv Soloists (UA). With works by Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, this is a contemporary interpretation of the old favourite. 

25 September 
18.00 Theatrical performance – short film, Cross, by Maryna Vroda (UA), which won the Ukrainian director a Palm d’Or at Cannes last year.  
19.00 Musical encounters – a performance improvisation to discover the musical and visual power of water by The Water Project (UK, UA). 

26 September
19.00 Musical encounters – Ars Moriendi (18 songs for an actor that can sing) by Natalia Polovynka (Lviv, vocals) and Viktpria Polyova (piano, Kyiv). Polovynka and Polyova present musical thoughts based on the poetry of Shakespeare, Rilke, Dickinson and Galsworthy. 
21.30 Cinematic presentation – Mikhail Mestetskiy (RUS) presents his short, Legs – Atavism, which won a prize at Kinotavr cinematic festival this year. 

27 September
19.00 Musical encounters – The New Era Orchestra presents a concert of contemporary academic music called Nevertheless. Part II (works by Giya Kanceli, Artur Maskats, Oleksandr Shymko). 

28 September
19.00 Musical encounters – Famous composer and cellist from London, Anton Lukoszevieze, presents works by John Cage, Lawrence Crane, Christopher Fox, as well as his own. 

29 September 
00.00 Musical encounters – this indie music project by Ukrainian musicians, called Sleepy Music, will take you between sound and silence. As it is scheduled to finish at 04.00, you are encouraged to bring mats, blankets and pillows with you! 

21 – 29 September 
Inzheniernaya 7v (Metro Vidubychi)
Ticket prices vary www.gogolfest.org.ua

Kateryna Kyselyova

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t Know We Had

Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Univer­sal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they don’t understand the meaning of these words.

Kyiv Culture

Pulling Strings
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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