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7 (2014)
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.


What's On Archive 44 (2009)

44 (2009)/2009
27 November - 3 December
Start Wearing Purple!
The Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are coming!

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Stars of Distinction - Coming Soon
Stars of La Scala, Palace of Ukraine (Chervonoarmiyska 103), 5 December at 19.00
With La Scala being one of the most important architectural structures in opera society today, there have been many greats to have graced its stage and come this winter, a few of those greats will do the same on the golden stage of our Palace here in Kyiv. Some of those golden voices include Italys Giorgio Giuseppini (bass) and Luca Lombardo (tenor), Spains Eteri Lamoris (soprano) and Guillermo Orozco Contreras (tenor), Germanys Luisa Ali-Zade Maier (mezzo-soprano) and Andreas Macco (bass) and Frances Franck Ferrari (baritone). Tickets are 250 3000hrv.


It Aint All Bad - Coming Soon
DJ Elbee Bad, Xlib Club (Frunze 12), 5 December at 23.00
Elbee Bad is a Bronx born bad-ass of a DJ who has made it big into the Berlin beat and will be taking his turn on the music scene here in Kyiv the beginning of next month. He is being brought in by the Zhiguli brand, a young up-and-coming DJ duo that plays neo-disco well into the night having nothing to do with the soviet cars of old thank god! This should be a pretty good party as this bad boy has been at the turntable for over 20 years. Make sure you reserve your spot to groove!


Awaiting ReUNI0N - Coming Soon
Guano Apes (Germany, Alternative Metal), National Aviation University (Kosmonavta Komarova 1), 10 December at 19.00
Even after taking a short hiatus from each other after the release of their third album, these guys are energetic and unstoppable! There was reason to get back together again, however, as their first albums won numerous awards all over the world and so after four years with which to sit and think about whats really important, Guano Apes is back on stage again, refreshed and ready to rock.


Christmas with the Kids - Coming Soon
New Years/Christmas Event, October Palace (Institutska 1), 26 December 6 January at 10.30, 13.30 & 16.30
This holiday season is quite possibly the most festive of them all and with shows popping up here and parties popping up there, your schedule is sure to be full for the entire month of December going well on into January. The kids have not been forgotten either as the Moscow Theatre for Children and Youth is coming into town to offer you three great plays Old World Fairytale, Aladdins Magic Lamp and Morozko they are sure to enjoy. Especially once they find out that Santa Claus, Snegurochka, clowns and magicians will also be on hand!


Back in Brazil, Jazz-Style - Coming Soon
Brazil Bossa Nova Jazz Festival, National Music Academy (Architecture Horodetskoho 1/3), 10 December at 19.30
Bossa Nova is a band with an innovative technique described as New Feature or New Style and is definitely something we havent heard too much of around here. Demonstrating the differences in our cultural understanding when it comes to this Birdland sound, Adnet, Helio Alves, Duduka da Fonseca and Ark Ovrutski are also listed in the lineup ensuring that this distinctively unique musical evening will certainly be worth the price of your ticket. Come and listen to the sounds of Brazil tinkering with those of Ukraine.


A Bordello in Kyiv - Coming Soon
DJ Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello and MC Pedro, Sullivan Room Kiev (Prorizna 8), 5 December at 22.00
There is a New York based Gypsy-punk band called Gogol Bordello becoming hugely popular not only in North America, but on our continent as well and as their front man Hutz hails from the western part of this great nation, he knows how to throw a good party. Famous for their Balkan beat combo of dub, reggae, Gypsy, finding one word to describe the group is rather difficult. To understand, youll have to come out; and coming out is something you shant regret!


Meeting - Coming Soon
Foundart Gallery (Frolivska 1/6), Exhibition of Paintings by Viktor Chumachenko 4 18 December
Viktor is one of those rare types of artists for whom art is an eternal process of searching out the reason we all exist. Questioning himself with every work he produces, he finds that his exhibitions are the answer as visitors come and visitors go, but most leave with a higher admiration for his art. What he finds inspiration in is a meeting of the senses where his main characters appear as the sky, the earth, water and the burning sun.


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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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