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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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16 July - 23 July

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Everlasting Russian Rock! - Coming Soon

Alisa, Cultural Centre of AviationUniversity (Kosmavnata Komarova 1), 2 November at 19.00
Alisa, the legendary Russian hard rock band, has been around since 1983. What’s the secret of their apparently everlasting popularity? Maybe it’s that they named themselves after Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, that they’ve put out 16 consistent albums in a row by now, or that their occasionally Spinal Tappish brand of music is always a hit among those who are, or were, 14 years old and male. The leathery group’s fans are called the Army of Alisa and they welcome new recruits.


Get On Down at Kazantip - Coming Soon

Kazantip dance festival, Popovka village (Crimea), from 26 July till 30 August
The KazantipRepublic is a resort right on the Black Sea down in beautiful Crimea, and every year it hosts a dance festival that’s legendary among those who are into that sort of thing. The rave takes place amidst the resort’s 10 dance floors, 15 bars and lounges, and three restaurants, and it goes on 24 hours a day for more than a month. More than a million partygoers over the last 10 years can confirm that the Kazantip experience is once that stays with you forever.


Special Concert Saying Goodbye to the Organ for Now - Coming Soon

Closing concerts, House of Organ and Chamber Music (77 Chervonoarmiyska), 29-31 July.
Kyiv’s House of Organ and Chamber Music is taking its annual break, but for the last three days of July you’ll have the opportunity to get some musical appreciation in before everyone heads down to Crimea. The three concerts will consist of the best stuff the organisation has played all year, including Tchaikovsky, Cacini, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Schubert, Bellini, Verdi, Gershwin and more. The Kyiv Brass Ensemble will play as well.


For Children of all Ages - Coming Soon

‘Zadunaets za porohom’, Lesia Ukrainka Theatre (5 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho), 24–27 August at 19.00
The Benyuk & Khostikoev Theatre Company distinguishes itself with its ironical and topical productions and this time they’ve injected irony into a production suitable for children. This musical is based on Hulak Artemovsky classic opera ‘A Zaporizhan Beyond the Danube’ and is called ‘Zadunayets za porohom’ – that is, more or less, ‘A Danube Resident Beyond the River.’ It promises a lot of fun and good Ukrainian folk music. Starring Natalia Sumska, Bohdan Benyuk, and Anatoliy Hostkoev. Tickets are 40-300 hrv.


Groundbreaking Art at Ya - Coming Soon

Sumish project, Ya Gallery (55/57 Voloska), 12-28 August
Pasha Gudimov closes the gallery season with his personal curatorial project Sumish (‘Mixture’). Pasha says the aim of the exhibition is to smash the stereotype of how a museum exhibition is supposed to look. You’ll see art from the twentieth and other centuries, starting with Boris Ignatovich photos and leading up to Soviet graphic design. Gudimov’s projects are always worth seeing.


Deconstructing Ukrainian Contemporary Art - Coming Soon

‘Defragmentation’, exhibition by Oleksiy Romanenko, Kyiv.FineArt Gallery (12 Velyka Zhitomyrska), from 2 August
Oleksiy Romanenko's ‘Defragmentation’ project at Kyiv.FineArt, featuring the artist’s stark, simple paintings that recall the work of Malevich (except that they’re rendered on CD cases), will be one of the must-see shows of the late summer. But if Romanenko’s looking back to modern masters like Malevich, he’s also got flags staked in the postmodern and contemporary camps, citing Jacques Lacan, Damien Hirst and others.


Italian Pop Giant in Town - Coming Soon

Toto Cutugno in concert, Palace Ukraine (103 Chervonoarmiyska), 21 November at 19.30
Ukraine must definitely be on its way to EU if Toto Cutugno is coming to town. Some call it Euro-pop schmaltz, some break down in tears when they hear him sing his highly polished romantic hits, but there’s no denying that Cutugno, the 1990 Eurovision winner, is one of the biggest pop stars southern Europe has ever produced. This tour is dedicated to his 35 years in the music business. Tickets are 100-1500 hrv.


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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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