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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 EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys 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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Arts Fantastic Impressions of Far Away - This month
Arts  Fantastic Impressions of Far Away
Countries. Roads. Impressions, graphics by Yuriy Rubashov,  Art Blues gallery (38 Andryivsky Uzviz), till 21 August

Graphic artist Yuriy Rubashov is one local who has plenty of visas in his passport, travelling through Jordan, Sweden, Great Britain, the USA, and France to name but a few.


Holiday Flying the Black Flag - This month
Holiday  Flying the Black Flag
Independence Day with Makhno, Underground Literary and Music Festival, Tent City at GulyaiêPole (Zaporozhska oblast), 23-24 August

To todays thinking and patriotic Ukrainians, Makhnos anarchist principles are celebrated as an expression of the countrys freedom loving democratic zeitgeist, a modern manifestation of the Cossack spirit and as such this underground literary and music festival is more a celebration of Ukraine, and Orange Ukraine in particular, than a socialist call to arms for rural revolution.


Arts Kyiv Culture Goes Country - This month
Arts  Kyiv Culture Goes Country
Contemporary Arts Festival in Shargorod (Vinnitska region), 19-20 August, across town

The sleepy town of Shargorod will be shaken to its picturesque rafters when cultured types and Eurotrash invade for a contemporary arts festival organised  by L-Art gallery and EIDOS cultural foundation.


Leisure Get Your Rented Roller Skates On! - This month
Leisure  Get Your Rented Roller Skates On!
Roller skate rental, summer stall (13 Khreschayk), till the end of a summer

Theres a whole lot of skatin going on down in Khreschatyk, where the pastime has been added to more traditional downtown Kyiv weekend pursuits such as slurping ice-cream, watching demonic mechanical dogs, weighing yourself, cheering on some of the worlds worst breakdances and watching girls, watching girls, watching girls go by.


Auction Bid for Luxury Confiscated Plunder - This month
Auction  Bid for Luxury Confiscated Plunder
Auction of confiscated jewellery, Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange (1 Mezhygirska), 15 August (time on www.minfin.gov.ua)

The ever watchful employers of the SBU, Ukrainian Custom House, and Ministry of Interior have certainly been busy of late, and this month an estimated seven million hryvnias worth of confiscated booty will go under the hammer thanks to the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance.


Festival Fun and Frolics in Southern Sun - This month
Festival  Fun and Frolics in Southern Sun
International festival Olvia 2006, Dnipro-Bug Shoreline (Nikolaev oblast, Ochakov region, Parutino village), 12-13 August

From gala regattas to visits to archaeological digs, the second Olvia festival has something for everybody. The two day bash takes place within the confines of a stunning nature reserve where the mighty Dnipro meets the Bug, and besides the above activities also offers, sports, theatrical performances, comedy, music, and of course, the obligatory beauty contest dubbed Olvia Aphrodite. For more information call the organizers on 8067-733-6824.

Pinchuk the Patron - Kyiv Art
Nothing is as cool in todays London as hanging out and drinking coffee at Tate Modern gallery, and this renewed intrest in modern art as high fashion is coming to Kyiv in September as Victor Pinchuk, former President Leonid Kuchma's son-in-law, is launching his ambitious Pinchuk Art Centre in Arena Entertainment. The three storied contemporary art centre will open with the 'New Space' exhibition showcasing works by Ukrainian and foreign artists from the oligarch's personal art collection.


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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didnt 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 dont 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 childrens 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. Whats 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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