|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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.
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.
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 ¹ 44 (2009)|
27 November - 3 December
Start Wearing Purple!
The Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are coming!
Take me out!
Castaway in Kyiv
On the Sofa with...
|In Addition - Coming Soon|
DJ Marco V, Qiev Dance 2009: Trance Edition, International Exhibition Centre (Brovarsky 15), 5 December at 21.00
As his eclectic music style and very own V-sound cannot just be neatly wrapped up into any already existing musical genre, the most recent album coming from this Dutch music-man, called Propaganda, has proved that he is one of the best trance DJs ever. Are you a fan? Do you wanna be? Get your ticket.
|Welcome to the Balkans - Coming Soon|
BalkanFest, Palace Sport (Sportyvna 1), 4 - 5 December at 19.00
As there are too many great bands to name in just one issue, each week we’ll be highlighting different groups playing the festival and this week we have the infamous No Smoking Orchestra, featuring the highly talented Emir Kusturitsa. This whole bunch of talent got together way back in 1998 when the No Smoking Orchestra wrote the score for the production of Emir’s movie, Black Cat, White Cat. Winning the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival that same year, this talented group considered it quite auspicious that they’d found each other and so have been together ever since.
|The first concert in Kyiv but definitely not the last one! - This Week|
(Rock), 44 club (Kreshchatyk 44), 27
December at 21:00
Kazakhstan rock band MaiOliKa
after being awarded with a special prize on this year’s Indyushata song
festival, after recording a debut album under a tender guidance of Mumi Trol
band and sound producer Pavel Shevchuk. Do those names sound familiar to you?
If the answer is positive, come and enjoy new tracks from their first but not
the last album Pocket Happiness.
|Back to the Future - This Week|
Andriy Makarevych and the Creole Tango Orchestra, October Palace (Instytutska 1), 30 November at 19.00
Infamous for his years of work with band Time Machine, Andriy Makarevyich has long been considered kind of old fashioned. In stepping up his tired old routine, he has put together something a little new, a little different and more than a little impressive. This is the first time Kyiv will hear Makarevyich’s new jazzy sound and as he’ll be accompanied by his own Creole Tango Orchestra, the six albums they have out so far, is only the beginning for this granddaddy of music.
|Oldies Rock the Town - This Week|
Chaif (Rock), Palace Sport (Sportyvna Pl. 1), 2 December at 19.00
It’s been 25 years that Chaif has been playing their music for the masses and to commemorate, they decided an anniversary tour was in order. With numerous European cities planned, here in Kyiv is sure to be one of the best shows they’ll dish out as Kyiv has only the best fans! 25 years, 15 studio albums, 3 anniversary albums – it’s all there in black and white so grab your ticket today!
|Listen Again - This Week|
Deja Vu w/ Igor Krutoiy & Dmitriy Kvorostovskiy, Palace of Ukraine (Chervonoarmiyska 103), 28 & 29 November at 19.00
Dmitriy Kvorostovskiy is headed to the capital once again; but this time, with a completely different relationship to opera and music. In this programme, music you have never heard before will ring true from bona fide to synthetic, classical to pop. Igor Krutoiy has been called in to offer the lyricism and together as friends and colleagues, this will be an opera of fantasy, life and death.
|Composing Emotion - This Week|
Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life & Death w/ the Boris Eifman Ballet, October Palace (Institutska 1), 2 & 3 December at 19.00
As one of Boris Eifman’s favourite composers, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky has paved a road for this St. Petersburg ballet that has brought much success to its choreographer and his dancers. Plunging himself into Tchaikovsky’s life and biography and so moved by the elements of tragedy and emotion found there, Eifman has spent years perfecting the staging of the life of this composer. It is real, it is ethereal, it is incredible: the talent found in some of these artists will knock your socks off.
|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|
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.